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Buy Your Own LIVE Departure Board!

Calling All Stations is delighted to announce that it has partnered up with Rail Departures to offer readers 5% off on your very own LIVE Next Train Indicator departure board.

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The displays makes use of National Rail Enquiries’ (or Real Time Trains) API meaning they show real-time departure information from your selected station. Rail Departure BoardThe built in WiFi also means that once setup the boards can run stand alone.

Available in three sizes the boards are fully customisable too, meaning you can choose your own favourite station, colour scheme and information characteristics.

These are a must have for any rail enthusiast as well as being brilliant addition for offices, pubs, restaurants or businesses that may be interested in live departure and status information from their local station.

www.RailDepartures.co.uk are currently taking orders for the first production run of displays which should be available in late Autumn 2016. Readers of CallingAllStations.co.uk can get 5% off on their departure board by ordering through this link

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Full Features:

  • Firmware wrote to simulate the look and feel of real Next Train Indicator boards in great detail.
  • You can set any UK departure station and optional destination station.
  • Currently supports two API’s (Realtime Trains and National Rail Enquires).
  • Fully configurable (colours, animation timings, display options/features).
  • Power saving (will dim between set times).
  • Desktop configuration app and web app(coming soon!).
  • Built in WiFi.
  • Plug and play. Just plug in it, set your WiFi details and your good to go!
  • 5v Wall power supply included.
  • New firmware features being added all the time! (ie Clock, custom user messages, rainbow text effects and many more!).

Board Dimmensions:

  • P2.5 – 80mm x 480mm
  • P3    – 96mm x 576mm
  • P4    – 28mm x 768mm

The Secret #NightTube Service To Epping

There has been much debate on the Twitter and Blogespheres over when the Night Tube is actually the Night Tube. The consensus seems to be: Any services that fall after the last and before the first “normal” Monday-Thursday advertised trains belong to the Night Tube.

Fluid Definition

The Night Tube therefore doesn’t have a set start and finish time across the board and is fluid depending on where you are looking on the network. Take Marble Arch for example. On a normal weekday here are the last and first trains:

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“Sack Them All” and Other Misinformed Naivety

The Night Tube finally arrived last weekend. In true British railway fashion it rocked up nearly a year late – it’s original proposed start being September 2015. It was well documented in the media that the delay was down to rota and pay arrangements for Tube staff. (And note I say staff and not just drivers). If you think about it, who would blame them for kicking up a fuss. If you already worked weekends (plus some nights) and then got told to do more, surely you would kick up a fuss or want some form of financial recompense? I’d find it hard to believe if you said you wouldn’t.

Anyway, as we can see it was, and still is, a highly controversial and divisive subject. Many Londoners faced days of network shutdown and became frustrated with the unions and the argument. This played into the hands of then mayor Boris Johnson who wanted nothing more than to push through grand infrastructure changes in his name with the public on his side. TfL, who became the pawn in his master plan, and who probably given the circumstances would rather not have to open up the Tube overnight anyway, had to enforce working changes over their staff. Naturally they made a bit of hash of it and relations went sour in the process.

“We’ve got the technology for driverless trains – so sack them all.”

With the tired and disrupted public firmly on Boris’ side, I’ve found myself – as an enthusiast of such things – defending (or sometimes turning a blind eye to) highly negative comments regarding TfL’s front line staff – normally the drivers. In fact I still have to read these comments to this day, just have a look at last week’s Night Tube ride on my YouTube channel and you might see what I mean. I shall refer to these know-it-alls as “The Commentators” during this article. 

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7 Weeks: The Shortest Ever Valid Pocket Map?

Last week I took a trip on the newly launched Night Tube and picked up a few copies of TfL’s brand new pocket night map. In fact you can watch the whole excursion here, where I talk more about TfL’s soon to be out of date map.

Well it appears the death knell has already sounded as Sadiq Khan has today announced the Jubilee Line will be joining the party on the 7th October – bringing an answer to the question when will that map become obsolete?

That means that initial pocket night map will have only been valid for 7 weeks. Is that the shortest time a pocket map has been valid for?…

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#NightTube: An Existential Crisis

When is the Night Tube actually The Night Tube? Diamond Geezer will tell you exactly when you’re officially on the graveyard shift…

“You might think midnight, but it’s not as simple as that. The issue’s not about time so much as trains, all the trains up to a certain point being ‘normal’ and all those after that being ‘Night Tube’. Actually it’s not as simple as that either.”

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Source: First And Last – Diamond Geezer