You need to be stopped in the yards, with time to have a good look around, to realise that they are probably largely unchanged in the last century or so. Which then leads you on to the question of whether this is part of the problem with running a modern rail network. We have a few minutes to reflect on this as the 07:14 waits patiently for somebody somewhere to initiate the super-complex arrangement of lights required to tell the driver to proceed. It's a topic that was heavily debated recently over at Railpage
. The gunzels would have you believe that the signalling mechanism is perfect the way it is and there is no need for new technology to improve things - I gather a certain Neil Ludd held similar views some 200 years ago!
Platform 9 for the 17:38 the sign says. "That'll be wrong" says Shaz. "Let's check anyway" I say. Shaz is right. I'm wrong. The sign's wrong. Platform 12 it is. But we get away on time so anybody cutting it fine probably went to platform 9 and missed it. That's life with Connex.