back to article Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

As if its financial woes weren't bad enough, IBM is suffering the further indignity of having a Scottish rail operator halting services to a station named after everyone's favourite mainframe maker. Scotrail has announced that IBM Halt station, a single platform stop on a sleepy country branch line running past Greenock, west …

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Watch for more UK jobs being shunted into a siding.

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That's no way to speak about Ireland.

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I hope they issued shutdown -h under appropriate change control.

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I was think more along the lines of ...

an IBM Halting Problem

I'll get me coat

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Re: I was think more along the lines of ...

IBM no - platformed.

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Re: I was think more along the lines of ...

An IBM DoS

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Re: I was think more along the lines of ...

The 'Train now arriving is the Last Train to Armonk'

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So it will no longer be IBM's Platform-as-a-Service...

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Halt and Catch Fire...

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IBM Station caught on camera here as part of last year's All The Stations: https://youtu.be/Oe3y1RMhbRM?t=183

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The timetable for this station is intentionally left blank.

EOM

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Re: The timetable for this station is intentionally left blank.

Someone issued the final pend command.

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A list of stations with fewer passengers than IBM in 16/17:

Barry Links

Tees-Side Airport

Breich

British Steel Redcar

Kildonan

Reddish South

Golf Street

Havenhouse

Buckenham

Elton & Orston

Stanlow & Thornton

Denton

Sampford Courtenay

Shippea Hill

Scotscalder

Acklington

Thorpe Culvert

Coombe

Sugar Loaf

Pilning

Beasdale

Duncraig

Clifton

Altnabreac

Kirton Lindsey

Culrain

Locheilside

Nethertown

Achanalt

Kinbrace

Wressle

Lakenheath

Portsmouth Arms

Lochluichart

Chapelton

Loch Eil Outward Bound

Hensall

Rawcliffe

Llangynllo

Falls Of Cruachan

Roman Bridge

Broome

Whitley Bridge

Bearley

Pont-y-Pant

Invershin

Ardwick

Llanbister Road

Achnashellach

Springfield

Dunrobin Castle

Duirinish

Attadale

Braystones

Garth (Powys)

Cynghordy

Gainsborough Central

Dolgarrog

Hoscar

Thornton Abbey

Ince & Elton

Pegswood

Berney Arms

Hubberts Bridge

Stromeferry

Spooner Row

Polesworth

New Clee

Eccles Road

Tal-y-Cafn

Hopton Heath

Eastrington

Balmossie

Kildale

Sandplace

Broomfleet

Georgemas Junction

Arram

Barrow Haven

Dolau

St.Keyne

North Llanrwst

Tulloch

Battersby

Lochailort

Cilmeri

Brigg

Causeland

Llandecwyn

Tygwyn

Finstock

Pen-Y-Bont

St.Columb Road

Saltmarshe

Bynea

Rogart

Llangammarch

Combe

Forsinard

Abererch

Salwick

Armathwaite

Snaith

Llanwrda

Lapford

Llanaber

Quintrell Downs

Luxulyan

Thurgarton

Corpach

Thornford

Ffairfach

Ruswarp

Chetnole

Tonfanau

Chathill

Moss Side

Newton St.Cyres

Harling Road

Llangennech

Achnasheen

Maesteg (Ewenny Road)

Claverdon

Gilfach Fargoed

Dalwhinnie

Pensarn

Widdrington

Penychain

Roy Bridge

Glan Conwy

Garve

Knucklas

Swineshead

Commondale

Dolwyddelan

St.Budeaux Ferry Road

Bescar Lane

Pantyffynnon

Dovey Junction

Langwathby

Peartree

Loch Awe

Lazonby & Kirkoswald

Roche

Sleights

Llandanwg

Invergowrie

Hawarden Bridge

Wennington

Swale

Bugle

Upper Tyndrum

Grimsby Docks

Morar

Ascott-Under-Wychwood

Dove Holes

Dockyard

Doleham

Styal

Bodorgan

Fearn

Little Kimble

Llangadog

Penally

Ardlui

Ty Croes

Castleton Moor

Tyndrum Lower

Bucknell

Pontarddulais

Rolleston

Lamphey

Lairg

Brora

Dalmally

Bridge Of Orchy

Golspie

Helmsdale

Carrbridge

Monifieth

Banavie

Menheniot

Okehampton

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@ Ian Johnston

Well going by that list, most of Wales and the Highlands of Scotland should have their rail services discontinued as well...

Shhhh, don't give them ideas!

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

That's a long list, totally knackered my scrolling finger, thank you.

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Well going by that list, most of Wales and the Highlands of Scotland should have their rail services discontinued as well...

Reading that list brought back memories of this from Flanders & Swann:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6OHD2uCpfU

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There's some great place names in that song.

"At Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Chester-le-Street"

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Chester le Street is my 'local'

But no sodding trains to anywhere stop there. Tees-Side Airport (now Durham Tees Valley Airport) is quite a way from the airport if I recall and only has a train-a-day or something equally pathetic; about the same as the amount of planes that now depart form the airport itself.

Anyway I thought the point of a 'halt' is the train only stopped if someone wished to alight or disembark, so it could theoretically continue to serve it even if it didn't actually stop, unless there dismantling the station entirely.

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"Loch Eil Outward Bound"

Intriguing. So why are a lot more people travelling to Loch Eil Inward Bound? Is it the start of a tourist boat tour?

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Re: Chester le Street is my 'local'

"[...] unless there dismantling the station entirely."

The article says the new timetable will make a timing allowance in case the station's service is ever reinstated.

Presumably the economies are in not having to provide ticket machines or lighting etc.

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6032 passenger visits per year, which would be about 23 return journeys per working day in the first half of the year, when there were still people working there, and zero in the second half, other than a couple of trainspotters who want to visit every station in an area.

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A list of stations with fewer passengers

Am I the only one who looked through that with The KLF's It's Grim Up North running in my head?

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Re: Chester le Street is my 'local'

Good point, but typically halts are nothing more than a platform anyway, tickets being bought onboard. Think Trainspotting and you have a good idea.

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Some of those even have more than 1 train service a week

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Chester-ale-Street

Chester-Le-Street must not have been hosting an England Cricket Test that year.

It once had a bangin’ SKA club, sadly no more.

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I seriously doubt that IBM will be the big corpo that they once were.

Only time will tell.

And all the good puns have been taken, lets conduct an orderly exit to our houses instead.

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No point in visiting...

The only building left there is the old call centre so all the manufacturing parts are leveled now.

There's tons of YouTube videos and images online of it before it was all knocked down. A good start is here > https://imgur.com/gallery/SZZ5z

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Anonymous Coward

More IBM appropriate

We'll rename it Ginni ...Always looking towards the future, because the present really sucks.

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IBM HAL t?

Sounds like it all started going wrong in 2001.

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Run out of steam?

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::sighs::

Yet another hard ABEND from IBM.

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I hope people won't ...

mind the gaps ... in service.

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Even though the network doesn't run to IBM, it runs on IBM

By all accounts, Network Rail is a keen IBM customer , not sure if still for mainframes - although they certainly once were - but definitely for big-blue middleware.

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I'll raise a pint to the people I worked there with

I wasn't there long (by old time IBM standards) but it was a nice posting and I enjoyed walking to the train in the evening, seeing the rabbits hop around the bowling green.

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Now flattened

I worked at this site for 32 years (apart from 2 x 1 year trips to North America) - there was a great atmosphere here with 5500 people on-site at its peak.The buildings are now just rubble - I pass it fairly regularly still but luckily the site is now pretty well masked from the road so I don't need to avert my eyes...

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