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QUOTE OHLE faults tend to be rare so not sure what they would do in that case

Didn't one of these happen at the Callais end of the tunnel a few months back? They left the train where it was for the duration of the repair (~4 hours) and the passengers started to bake slowly in the carriages. A most distressing experience I believe.

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QUOTE when I worked on the buses, the railcos were insistant we did NOT drop passengers off at convenient[for them] points....but took them all the way past their homes, to the station!

That's still the way /and/ if the train was not scheduled to stop at a particular station, the bus won't stop there either! The instance I witnessed was a Reading / Bedwyn replacement service where a passenger wanted to get off at Aldermaston station but the train service was not scheduled to stop there. Our driver said no. If you look at a map you will notice that the railway line is actually a long walk from Aldermaston village but less than 50 yards from the A4 which our road vehicle was using. After arguing the toss for a mile or so, the bus driver relented and pulled in to let the guy off. This was quite a late night service as I remember.

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QUOTE in order to protect the owners of Antwerp airport.
What a quaint little place that airport is (or was when I was using it about 10 years ago). I don't think the runway was long enough for any jets so it was a turbo prop. On one occasion I did have to complete my journey by train from Brussels airport because I was half way to Heathrow when I realised that I had left my passport at home. Needless to say I missed the one direct plane and had to divert. It was doubly awkward because that was the day I was carrying a lot of test gear......

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