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1  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2019 to 2045 / Re: Looking forward - another year, and not just operations but a wider picture on: November 12, 2018, 07:50:39 am
Yes, it is an important player but you are far far too modest about your own part in getting the whole set up started and on the road. The residents of Melksham and the readers of this forum owe you a enormous debt of gratitude. Us dear readers, would never even have heard of Melksham without you ! And most unlike me, I am not making a facetious comment !
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bumper picture quiz - November 2018. on: November 11, 2018, 09:29:41 am
Finn would be barking mad, if he heard you call him that !
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bumper picture quiz - November 2018. on: November 10, 2018, 05:24:39 pm
8. Caerdydd Canalog ?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Jo Johnson Resigns As Transport Minister on: November 10, 2018, 01:09:44 pm
What has struck me that in the day is was Patrick McGlocklin as Transport Secretary and Claire Perry as Rail minister that it was the rail minister we always heard about.   
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I'm sure it must ring a bell ( see wot I did there?) with Sir Patrick McLoughlin to have his name mispronounced and mispelt, more often that not. Not always that easy to confuse a bell and a lake.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Musical trains on: November 09, 2018, 06:16:28 pm
Our trains can just about manage G CCC G C when in Yorkshire, if they are still allowed two tones.
As a celebration of the scrapping of the Severn bridge tolls could we not line up some locomotives on the sidings at Severn Tunnel junction to play Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau and then gather at Pilning to play God save the Queen on New Years Day. Roll Eyes
6  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Jo Johnson Resigns As Transport Minister on: November 09, 2018, 04:37:55 pm
Always seemed to have trouble mastering his brief at Transport, unlike his brother
 who appears to have trouble keeping his briefs up !
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: The first time ever I saw ... on: November 08, 2018, 08:32:10 pm
And then HMQ comes along, and says 'And what do you do ?' over your shoulder........
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Having it both ways on: November 06, 2018, 06:41:26 pm

I have ventured into the strange land beyond Clifton Down Tunnel, you know - I find that as long as I remember to whistle Che farņ senza Euridice to myself as we rattle under The downs
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Best of Gluck with that!
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One arrangement I have of this is called 'Dance of the happy Spirits'. I didn't think they served alcohol on the Severed Bleach line.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Having it both ways on: November 06, 2018, 04:42:45 pm
Why not really push the boat out and spend another £3 for a whole line weekly season?



I have ventured into the strange land beyond Clifton Down Tunnel, you know - I find that as long as I remember to whistle Che farņ senza Euridice to myself as we rattle under The downs

Best of Gluck with that!
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 05, 2018, 03:31:24 pm
NRE gave me change at Bristol Parkway all day for a train to Sheffield on Mon 19 November......
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 05, 2018, 02:54:44 pm
Has the 4 track blockade between Temple Meads and Parkway been extended by a further week ? NRE are telling me it will be a bus between those two points up to Sunday 25th November !
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: November 02, 2018, 11:57:27 am
Shall I pop over the road and ask the Brecknell Willis factory foreman if he knows what's going on?  Tongue
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Or Mr Freeman or Mr Hardy ? What a shame they didn't stick with making pipe organs.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: November 01, 2018, 05:08:58 pm
The author cheerfully admits '£40m is a back of the envelope calculation!'. He suggests infilling the rails and running buses through Portishead as now, along a bus only lane of the Portbury hundred, and then joining the STRAILed rail at Portbury dock as far as Cumberland basin and then join the Metro bus route M2 to the 'real' Temple Meads, Cabot Circus, BRI, University , Jacob Wells Road, and back to the centre. One snag that I can foresee is how to get off the strailed rail and on to the non guided busway bit of the M2 as it cant go over Ashton Avenue Swing bridge.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: November 01, 2018, 02:23:31 pm
An article has popped up in the latest edition of the Portishead and Portbury paper suggesting that the way forwards could be STRAIL. It is a system of new and recycled thick rubber panels laid within and beside existing rail tracks and has been used in 30,000 locations in 5 continents to allow road traffic to drive over railways. It does not stop the tracks being used by trains.
I wonder if the Dft and NR have considered this...the author claims it will reduce the cost to about 40 million, down  from the 175 million that has been bandied about elsewhere.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: November 01, 2018, 08:27:49 am
Let's hope that services are more 'up the pan' than 'down the pan' from this morning then ! Shocked
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