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moggie
Dec-02-2005 @ 11:20 AM                           Permalink
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In the twenty years that I've had a boat on the Broads I have, at times, become very frustrated at the time that I have had to wait for the bridge to open.  One bridge, which will for the time being remain anonomous, once kept me waiting for almost two hours.

I recently spoke to Railtrack on this matter and they seemed semi surprised.  I got the impression that i was not the first person to ask them about this.

They did ask me to compile any facts about this and I wondered if any of you had experience of long waits.

Out of interest it appears that bridges should be closed for the passage of trains for a period of six minutes either side of the train's arrival time.  That would make a total time of twelve minutes of closure.

Any comments please Question

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Can't help with compiling your evidence Moggie, as I've never been greatly delayed... once had to tack around near Reedham until it opened, but not for long... However, it did bring to mind an incident when sailing with my uncle - quite a few years ago, approaching said bridge for the first time... he assured me with straight face that the bridge would open if someone waved a red bucket from the foredeck - and that Whelpton's placed one in the peak for that very purpose...

As the bridge duly opened upon my bucket wave, I would have believed him for a good while longer, had I not gone back to the well to find him chortling loudly into his mug of tea!

Danny

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Back in the old days when forepeaks had extra berths in them the red bucket had a very different purpose and was painted red so that you did not use it for drinking water. I suspose not a lot of people know that now Evil Grin

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Hi Moggie
about a month ago I was helping my mate bring his boat
round from the southern broads up to Potter. We seemed
to be delayed at Reedham for around twenty minutes or
so, something about a train being late. Generally
though, five or ten minutes seems to be the norm.
Cheers
Mat
PS. just read your bit Dannyboy, very funny!

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All true Mat, to my shame - I've still got to get the old boy back, but he doesn't come up to the broads too often now, being well into his 70's - LAst time we sailed together it was with his son and my Dad, we sailed Whelpton's High Seas, lovely!

Thanks for putting me right about the bucket Bill!!  Can't help thinking the Bridge operator must've had a good chuckle too, I bet they see that a few times a season... not that I'd ever stoop so low..

Danny

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I always seem to spend ages swanning around in front of somerleyton, although this year no problems at all. It would be nice though if they would use the indicator boards.

I've got a vague recollection that when I watched the YNR last year they had an electronic countdown clock on the bridge, could be wrong about that though due to the severe hango.. jet-lag I was suffering at the time.


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