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Picture of train was off track.

OUR cover has been blown.

Hands up, we admit it. Our knowledge of trains could be bettered.

This gap in our education was spotted by Peter Lavery, who was disgruntled to discover that the photograph of a train we used to illustrate a story about Merseyrail on July 24 was misleading.

He emailed: "It is a pity that being the 'local' newspaper, you cannot even check that the picture printed of a Merseyrail train is correct."

"The picture on page two was of a class 158 (Diesel), which are not used by Merseyrail. The trains on Merseyrail are either class 507/508 and were built in the 1970s and do not have air-conditioning, which again was stated in another article later in that day's ECHO.

"The class 158, which is used by TPE and some Northern services does have air-conditioning, which more often than not does not work in warm/hot conditions. But I do agree that when things go wrong on Merseyrail, they do seem to take a long time to correct. If the problem is with the train then the problem lies with Merseyrail, but if it is a signal or track defect then this is National Rail."

In effect, the point of our article was a well-argued one. The picture, however, appears not to be quite so defensible.

We can only commend Mr Lavery on his detailed knowledge of trains and go off, with our tail between our legs, to brush up on our own.

THE monthly Capital of Courtesy series has created a huge amount of interest since it was launched earlier this year.

Often controversial, but always well read, the series, which aims to highlight levels of courtesy within the city's businesses and services, has continued to prompt a number of readers to nominate their own favourite eateries, shops and places of interest for the special Capital of Courtesy Award at Liverpool Academy of Excellence's Customer Service Awards next February. Just this week, J Gilligan emailed to say: "I would like to nominate the Picture House pub on London Road. "Every time we go into this friendly pub, the staff are always so friendly, happy and helpful.

"During the day, a lot of older men go in here and they all say the same thing - it is a lovely pub. You only have to ask the old veterans who use this pub on the second Monday of every month for their meetings and they will all say the same. During match days, it gets very crowded but still the staff take the time to be polite and cheerful."

If you think your own favourites deserve to be considered for this prestigious award, nominate them by writing to Rachael Tinniswood, Liverpool ECHO, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB, telephoning 0151-330 4932 or emailing You never know. You could be the reader responsible for nominating the winner.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2006
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