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31  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Dawlish - permanent resilience work - ongoing discussions on: November 10, 2020, 11:54:49 am
Wouldn't some old pacer units have worked just as well ?? Tongue
32  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Unique words - "You have said ziss only once" on: November 02, 2020, 09:47:45 pm
I always thought Puccini was the ideal track for going to the Isle of Dogs.....
33  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Stopping trains that overshoot ... on: November 02, 2020, 05:23:20 pm
Bristol Temple Meads...a couple of IKB (Isambard Kingdom Brunel) top hats over the buffers on Platform 1. Mind you seeing how slow the Severn Beach 166s come in, I reckon I could stop it with my little finger !
34  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Marooned goods vans on: October 31, 2020, 07:50:02 am
Crumbs ! Roll Eyes
35  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Journeys between places with similar names on: September 28, 2020, 06:32:23 pm
Does Portishead (Portzed to us locals) to Port Said count ?

The urban legend round here concerns the only manufacturer (Mustad) of horse shoe nails in the UK (United Kingdom) at that time. They had a consignment that needed to be returned because of quality control. Guess where they ended up ?.......
36  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: James Freeman - MD of First West of England - to retire from business, 5.2021 on: September 09, 2020, 05:44:25 pm
It's a shame he cannot sort out the position across Portishead and probably the rest of North Somerset, where all the digital displays say 'Please refer to timetables' and the timetable cases are still displaying the covid 19 emergency notices that have been there since April. A check on next bus shows that the updates from Sunday 6th have not been included. If he was wondering why passenger numbers are still well down, it might be because we can't get the information about what buses are running !
37  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: September 04, 2020, 02:29:00 pm
I assume the 'male' bike sheds are where you tie it to a pole, the 'female' ones are where you slide it in. I await with bated breath to see the design of the transgender bike sheds.
Wil they be in various shades of skin tone, a range of sizes to acommodate the vertically and circumferencely challenged,  and will they all have a plaque to say they were nothing to do with slavery ?
38  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Wuppertal 'suspended' more ways than one ! on: August 23, 2020, 09:51:31 am
The unique Wuppertal railway is currently suspended ...see what I did there....during the week,only running at weekends, until summer 2021. Apparently there is a problem with the overhead wheels of the newly introduced cars.
39  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: And you thought some UK liverys where bad on: August 15, 2020, 09:51:03 am
Saint Theresa of Villiers Chipping away at the Barnet.

I was going to say Dominic Cummings, but there again, it might be my eyesight. Roll Eyes
40  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Bmblbzz buzzing around on Sunday? on: August 05, 2020, 07:07:03 am
They could have done with one of these in Beirut yesterday.

Coinicides almost to the day to the 30th anniversary of the hottest day on record 38C in Cheltenham on Aug 3rd in 1990. That record was broken last year with 38.7 in Cambridge.

It was also the day when the Albright and Wilson liquid white  phosphorus plant in Portishead went up, caused by incorrect and careless  storage of an inflammable substance. The cloud of toxic gas and smoke was blown south westwards and despite only living a mile and a half away, I knew nothing about it,as my view of the cloud was obscured by the hill.

Totally oblivious, I turned on the telly to see people wearing face masks in Exeter!

I found this report on the event, in the Liverpool Echo no less !

 In August 1990 one of the most spectacular health and safety failures occurred when many drums of white phosphorus went up in smoke, and certainly put Portishead on the map.

It was reported afterwards that the warehouse contained more than 30 tonnes of P4 in 166 drums, each holding 200kg. The explanation into the cause was that overnight one of the drums had caught fire spreading to the others. Over 100 firemen brought the blaze under control and it was clear that toxic white phosphorus vapour and breakdown products were given off over a 15 mile area, just as they would at Oldbury some 19 years later. It apparently also set off smoke detectors in guest houses in Weston Super Mare- perhaps a throwback to one of the dismissed claims against the new factory made many years earlier.

Unfortunately as they always did, Albright and Wilson were quick to try to downplay this incident, blaming the hot weather and putting some form of “Dunkirk spirit” in the fantastical b******* written in Albright World. They claimed that 167 drums were damaged or destroyed out of 366 held. A sandbag lake was created to attempt to contain the obvious major pollution, though what effect this had is unclear. The dock lowered by 30 inches due to the volume of water being used to fight the fire- but where did all of this heavily contaminated phossy water go back to?

Struck (no pun intended) by the parallels with what we were lucky to avoid in Portishead, and an early use of face masks !
41  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IRJ: £1.2bn rail upgrade proposed for southwest Britain on: July 22, 2020, 11:14:52 am
I would love to see what a forpot ential passenger looks like ! Roll Eyes
42  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: TV shows that weren't quite what I expected [DotD 21.04.20] on: July 13, 2020, 02:27:32 am
Antiques railshow.....where grahame and his merrymaker band of masked moderators try to get to some fancy destination that is not served by rail. The general public queuing up, socially distanced, with grandfather's GWR (Great Western Railway) cap badge are subjected to irritating announcements of see it, say it, sorted.  This is followed  by an announcement that if you want a valuation, please phone BTP (British Transport Police) on 6806.....

The hospitality buffet car, usually reserved for a very discerning gentleman who prefers fillet steak and port, has been scrapped and replaced by a 1962  BR (British Rail(ways)) curling cheese sandwich, cut diagonally, believed to be the first made with Mothers Pride.

The highest valuation of the day goes to a rock cake, believed to emanate from Carnforth station buffet during the filming of Brief Encounter. The cake will need to have  spectrograph analysis to see if the teeth marks match with Celia Johnsons dental records.
43  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Buses - what would put you off using them soon? on: July 07, 2020, 08:05:22 pm
Arriva have asked passengers to sit one seat per row from tomorrow.
44  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Buses - what would put you off using them soon? on: July 07, 2020, 05:51:51 pm
With reference to Liskeard Rich's comment about LA produced timetables....a couple of years back, I challenged North Someret's public transport department about having replaced all the timetables locally a week ago, and then changed them all again a week later, complaining about a waste of money. The rather sniffy response I received  stated that with a state of the art laser printer in the corner, they could print as many timetables as they liked at the touch of a button.
So why have they been caught out this time, when the new timetables have been out for over a week ?
45  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Devizes 52-year wait for train station could end on: July 07, 2020, 03:56:37 pm
The Wurzels belong to Somerset ! Why not try raking in a few Moonrakers instead?
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