Friday, January 05, 2007

Meanwhile, there is yet more fucking lunacy over at GNER.
East coast train operator GNER is distributing radio-controlled watches to 1,000 staff as part of a new drive to get more trains running on time.

The watches automatically adjust themselves once a day in response to a time signal from an atomic clock.

Even if the watch is only a fraction of a second out, it will correct itself to the precise time.

It seems a bit bizarre to issue these watches when they are about to lose the franchise (insane though that might be). Although, of course, a watch is the traditional retirement present...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Running trains is about attitude. Swiss trains run on time. British ones don't. British railway staff are greedy, lazy and crooked.

Does anyone remember that terrible Max Pax coffee? Years ago the deputy director of catering on BR told me it was introduced to stop fraud by stewards. Apparently they were buying a tin of gold blend and flogging their own coffee instead of the stuff provided by the company, and making their own sandwiches to sell, this ensuring max profit for no overheads.Max pax was introduced to stop this, not for any customer satisfaction reasons.

I had the misfortune of temporarily working for Virgin Railways. On about my second week in the job a steward casually explained to me how he was pilfering between twenty and thirty quid a day. And that was what he admitted. God knows how much he really got. I did report him but my line manager was subsequently sacked because he was using his company credit card to fund a shag fest in Scotland. For all I know, the perp in question is still on the trains.

It was well known that drivers got pissed the night before a duty, were unable to sign on in the morning due to strict rules, and phoned in sick.