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1  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Decision on Dawlish wall to be made Tuesday 16 April on: Yesterday at 07:57:44 pm
Converting back to 7 foot gauge?

It's the new one fathom gauge.
2  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Climate change protests to target overground? on: April 18, 2019, 07:26:33 pm
When you see video clips like the one attached to this story, you canít help but think the powers that be a quite happy to let bridges and streets in London remain blocked which had caused no end of problems for those going about their daily lives. Can be hard enough in London as it is.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8888682/cops-rave-extinction-rebellion-eco-warriors-oxford-circus-arrests-commuters-agony/

Talk they are going after Heathrow. When does the government, responsible for law and order in this country, decide enough is enough?

This country is already a laughing stock because of the mishandling of Brexit, now we allow people to close off major roads and bridges in the nationís capital for days on end with our police dancing and riding on skateboards with the protesters.
These protests are going on in various countries around the world. I don't know where Extinction Rebellion originated but it's an international organisation.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Pilning - the station, services, viability and closure of down platform - ongoing discussion on: April 18, 2019, 07:24:14 pm
How old is that? Not many motorcycles less than 120lbs now.
4  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Climate change protests to target overground? on: April 18, 2019, 11:38:20 am
If Extinction Rebellion's aim is to call attention to their demands, rather than promote or hinder any specific activity, then blocking the Overground and busy mainline stations is quite a good way to do it. Unfortunately for rail travellers.


There is a sad irony in targeting one of the widely accepted solutions to the problem and consequently undermining it's reputation for reliability and robustness with the travelling public.
Yes. Though I dare say in terms of strict CO2 accountability, regular train travel isn't sustainable either.
5  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Climate change protests to target overground? on: April 18, 2019, 09:20:10 am
I suppose that its very difficult to protest in a way that gets noticed without inconveniencing the public to some degree. We should make sure all houses are properly insulated as other nations have done - but how do you protest ? Climbing up someone's loft with some glass fibre is hardly news worthy !

The problem is at the heart of capitalism itself - and changing our priorities away from making 100 people more wealthy than entire nations towards a fairer sustainable future for all isn't something the establishment are prepared to countenance. They will need to be forced into it eventually whether they like it or not. The alternative is that we put private profit first, ignore the consequences and everyone looses.

If you're going to try to lay the problem at the door of capitalism you may wish to consider that China produces 28% of the World's carbon dioxide emissions....more than the USA, Russia & India combined.
China has not been a communist country for a couple of decades.
6  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Climate change protests to target overground? on: April 18, 2019, 09:18:40 am
If Extinction Rebellion's aim is to call attention to their demands, rather than promote or hinder any specific activity, then blocking the Overground and busy mainline stations is quite a good way to do it. Unfortunately for rail travellers.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: "I would recommend passengers to sit as far as possible from the engine ..." on: April 15, 2019, 06:12:14 pm
This is all ultimately distraction though: the key is not avoiding sitting in the pollution, but avoiding making it in the first place.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: "I would recommend passengers to sit as far as possible from the engine ..." on: April 15, 2019, 10:43:28 am
Some studies have found that the air inside a car is more polluted than the air at the side of the road. The problem appears to be that exhaust gases from the vehicles in front are sucked into the car, either by air-con or simply by motion. Presumably it's a similar basic problem with trains, albeit the fumes are coming from the train's own engine not other trains'. But it must vary a lot with airflow, which is going to be affected by all sorts of fixed and changing factors (like shape of vehicle and speed).
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Halfway there... on: April 09, 2019, 03:56:59 pm
I still think the best of those things was the one of Cameron "singing" Don't Stop Me Know (which I think was made by Cassetteboy). Not topical, but fun!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Train Horns causing disturbance on: April 09, 2019, 03:48:23 pm
It always sounds to me like it's between Redland and Montpellier, but you might be right. "Toot," you're making good progress with the weeding. "Toot toot," I'll be round for my asparagus later. etc.

Coincidentally, I did hear a train hoot about five minutes after my post this morning.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Train Horns causing disturbance on: April 09, 2019, 09:33:36 am
I'm a couple of hundred metres from the Severn Beach line and sometimes, but only on certain days, I hear trains hooting. They seem to be hooting somewhere near the Arches (where the line crosses the A38 between Redland and Montpellier). I guess the variability from day to day is down to wind direction (the predominant wind would carry sound away from us) but why are they hooting at all?There is a signal there but that doesn't seem like a reason. (I'd just like to add it's not a disturbance at all and I've never heard anyone nearby mention it Ė it's nowhere near as loud as the sirens and as for the police helicopter which comes over from time to time... )
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: More level crossing stupidity on: April 08, 2019, 04:15:34 pm
Thanks for sorting out the image url, Grahame. I'm neither ashamed nor embarrassed, because it seemed to be working, but I am grateful!
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / More level crossing stupidity on: April 08, 2019, 02:49:04 pm
https://v.wpimg.pl/NzU1MDE0YRs0Uzt3aktsDncLby0sEmJYIBN3Zmp_YU5sBDVycwBhHntGPS0oV2AKOR58dHEHf0hkAn9yaB19T2wFeHFzCXlVNlkiID9ZKwB7Wz0jZ00



Yes, that's a police car. No, it wasn't on an emergency. Yes, the police have issued a statement: they are "sorry and ashamed."



(Do we have a dedicated thread for this type of stuff?)

Edit to change that incredibly long URL to something our server understands! - grahame
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: April 08, 2019, 01:37:58 pm
What stages now remain before one of our great and good take their photo opportunity of digging the first turf to commemorate the commencement of it's construction?

Oh, several more election cycles (ref Martyjohn) and a couple of telegrams from the Queen!
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Intermediate services v stopping expresses on: April 08, 2019, 01:33:55 pm
Just to add another consideration into the mix: a separate stopping service might allow for further stations to be opened along the route, which would not be feasible if their only possible service would add more time to an express.
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