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Welcome to the Forum

Welcome to the Forum.

General Rules

It is your responsibility to ensure all your contributions to this forum are respectfulappropriaterelevantlegal and accessible. All the rules below apply to all contributions in all areas of the forum, if any content causes you concern, please alert us to it, by reporting it.


  • We aim to create a friendly environment for all members, where individuals respect each other. Please ensure your contributions comply with this.
  • Do not post information that may lead to the personal details of any individual being identified without their permission unless already publicly available.
  • Do not post material which in any way discriminates against, or provokes, any person or group of persons.
  • Do not share private messages on the forum without permission from the sender or forum staff. If you are concerned about a message, use the report button.
  • When copying others' material you should credit the publication, website and author as applicable. If you are in any doubt please ask us by private message.


  • Please ensure your contributions are suitable for the wide age range we have as forum members. We have a duty to ensure that offensive material has no place on this forum, and that content remains family friendly.
  • Please ensure your contributions are accurate to the best of your knowledge.
  • If you wish to advertise, promote or fundraise on the forum, you must first obtain permission by contacting us.
  • We have difficult moderation judgements to make, which we appreciate not everyone will agree with. Please do not discuss moderator actions and decisions on the forum. If you have any concerns please contact us.
  • Moderation decisions may result in us reviewing, editing or removing any contribution at any time.
  • On occasions where we remove content from the forum, this must not be re-published.


  • New threads should be given appropriate, descriptive titles and subsequent posts should remain relevant to the original topic.
  • If referring to an external source you should put the text in QUOTE tags, provide details of the source and make a relevant comment to promote discussion.
  • If posting a personal suggestion for changes to rail provision, you should make this position clear in the thread title so readers are clear it is not based on the work or aspirations of any recognised body.
  • If posting a thread requesting a list of examples of a specific, or combination of characteristics, you should start the thread title with "Trivia:".


  • Your contributions must not defame any person or organisation.
  • Your contributions must be consistent with relevant conditions, laws and byelaws.


  • All contributions should be readable and understandable. You should use the forum's default font and formatting, unless appropriate to aid clarity. Additionally you should make reasonable efforts to use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar in all your contributions.
  • When quoting other members' posts, please attempt to quote only the parts relevant to your response. Quoting long posts in full should be avoided.
  • Please remember many members do not understand rail “jargon” (including acronyms, station codes and specialist terms). Such terms should be correctly defined the first time they are used; codes and abbreviations must not be made up.
  • Please respect others' bandwidth; many members use mobile devices and/or have slow connections.

Signatures, avatars and accounts

  • We have a “one account per person” policy, except with permission under exceptional circumstances.
  • Avatars must be reasonable and non-animated.
  • Signature limits are:
    • Up to two lines of size 2 text; maximum 150 characters (including spaces)
    • Use of bold and colours must be reasonable and not excessive
    • Only a non-animated image is allowed
    • Overall maximum height 60 pixels; width 500 pixels (inclusive of image, text and blank lines)

Please contact us for further information on moderation policies and penalties.

This privacy policy sets out how Plague Island uses and protects any information that you give Plague Island when you use this website.

Plague Island is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

By submitting or posting content on Plague Island, you grant us a non-exclusive license to process and display such content, so it is visible to others. Whilst you hold the copyright for any of your creations, by submitting it here you grant us publishing rights for its continuing use.

Plague Island may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect
We may collect the following:

  • name, occupation and date of birth
  • contact information including email address and instant messaging handles
  • IP addresses used to register, log in, and post messages
  • brand and version of your web browser, operating system and device used during a browsing session
  • demographic information such as your gender, location and interests
  • forum preferences
  • other information you may wish to provide

What we do with the information we gather
We require this information, which is provided by your consent, to prevent misuse of the services we provide and to identify content posted by individuals.


  • We will send you welcome messages to verify your email address and to inform you of the services we provide and confirm when your account has been activated
  • Should you consent, we may periodically send you messages and may contact you for market research purposes relating to the forum
  • We may use the information to improve our service
  • We will use the information to customise the forum according to your preferences and to protect your information

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies
We use cookies to enable functions such as showing whether or not a thread or forum you are viewing has new posts since your last visit, or to automatically log you back in when you return to the site after being away for a while, storing your username and password. Cookies are also used to track your current session, ensuring that you remain logged-on while browsing the site, to prevent misuse of the services we provide, and to ensure compliance with our forum rules.

We may also use third party advertisements on Plague Island to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use cookies when they advertise on our site, which will also send advertisers information including your IP address. Plague Island have no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third party advertisers although we believe that these organisations ensure that your privacy is protected and are compliant with current UK regulations concerning the processing of data.

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites
Our website contains links to other websites of which we do not have any control. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy policy applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal data
You are able to set privacy settings which can limit who can see some information you have provided and who can contact you. You are also able to set preferences in order to receive or stop receiving email notifications regarding new or updated content. Details on how to do this are in the post below.

Should you wish to exerise your rights under GDPR to remove your data, you will need to email with your user details.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal data to third parties unless we have your permission, are required by law to do so, or if we need to submit a report regarding misuse of the services we provide.

You may request details of personal data and supplementary information which we hold about you. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please use the 'Contact Us' link at the bottom of every page. A fee may be payable in exceptional circumstances.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please use the 'Contact Us' link at the bottom of every page. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

How do I change my Username?
Your Username is the unique name with which you log in to the forum. It also appears alongside any post you make and on your User Profile page. You select your Username when you first join the forum and it cannot be changed. We recommend that your Username does not contain any personal data or any information which can be used to identify you.

In exceptional circumstances, we may allow members to change their Username on one occasion only, at the discretion of the staff team where good reason exists, such as privacy concerns. To request a Username change in these circumstances, please click the 'Contact Us' link at the bottom of every forum page and send us your current Username, your proposed new Username, and the reason for the Username change request.