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Jeremy Double (02.09.2017, 10:36)
Anna Noyd-Dryver <Anna> wrote:
> PhilD <phildeaves> wrote:
> Spate has become a word. Some of the restricted clearance/out of gauge load
> words (e.g. OPPOS, and others I can't check now) were published in the WON
> regarding the initial runs of class 800, though I'm not sure quite what the
> purpose of this was.
> My favourite from that list is "LOUGH Shunting horse ill. Send relief.".

It's only 50 years since the last shunting horse was retired from British

Clive D.W. Feather (18.09.2017, 19:55)
In article <ooa0jo$t3d$1>, Anna Noyd-Dryver <Anna@noyd-> writes
>> Is this shorthand still in common use on the railways?

>CAPED is common-ish slang (though usually what is meant is PINED) - also it
>has become a word in its own right, e.g. "We might have to cape that",

If I recall correctly, the actual telegraph words were CAPE ("service
following has been cancelled") and PINE ("service following has been
terminated short of destination").

The other one that seems to have survived is SPATE ("temporary speed
restriction is no longer in force"), at least in the sense of "SPATE

(Anyone who starts talking about acronyms like "Speed Advised Terminated
Early" is simply deluded.)

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