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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: RIP Little Chef on: Yesterday at 06:58:26 PM
Some table service diners remain, unbranded or branded as EG Diner, but that is likely to only be a temporary measure while Euro Garages decide which partner brand to install.

RIP Little Chef. Born 13th October 1958. Died 31st January 2018.
Ah, so that was the thing about Little Chefs. Table service. I wouldn't have remembered if it hadn't been mentioned. I'm sure I've been to a Little Chef once or twice but the last time would have been probably in the 1980s or early 1990s. And as I say, very rarely. Which is probably why I associate it in my mind with Burger King etc. Actually, what was the table service? Was it orders taken at your table or was it order at the counter and food brought to your table? Still some diners of the second sort around, at least.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Jumping fishplates! on: Yesterday at 01:06:30 PM
*I assume this is an understatement.

3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Metrowest Status on: February 22, 2018, 01:31:07 PM
It's at least five years since I've been past there so I expect it still had trees back then.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Metrowest Status on: February 22, 2018, 11:50:09 AM
...shanty town...

That's no shanty town! That's Pete Chapman's 'Ennywevvers' glamping site, just there behind the pig farm.

Funny old place, Bristol.
Is that the place you're talking about! I wonder if anyone has ever actually 'glamped' there?
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: February 22, 2018, 09:30:33 AM
One of the problems with buses in Bristol (and lots of other places) is that you have to go through (and often change at) the city centre. Very few "tangential" or "circumferential" services. MetroBus does nothing to address this.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Scrapping trams from Birmingham on: February 22, 2018, 09:19:38 AM
Not even 20 years, only 16: 1998-2014 according to that story. Perhaps we could have had them in Bristol for Mayor Marvin's Marvellous Metro?  Cheesy
7  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Hydrogen Trains on: February 14, 2018, 08:47:05 PM
Hydrogen? I don't know about that. I recently acquired some early 1930s Cycling magazines and they've filled me with a curious desire for acetylene lighting. Just to try, like.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Bristol-Bath Railway Path improvement work on: February 14, 2018, 06:30:10 PM
Cyclebag are still going, in some form. http://www.cyclebageast.btik.com
9  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Bristol-Bath Railway Path improvement work on: February 14, 2018, 03:23:56 PM
I read the first post in this thread and thought, Good, bits of that section are awful. Then I noticed the date; it's referring to work done almost six years ago. Shame they only did such small sections!

As for the light rail link, I've no idea what understanding there was when the path was first established but I wonder if any of those original understanding parties are still around? Avon County Council has gone, and though Sustrans is still around, the path actually pre-dates them. It's been there an awfully long time now; it's actually older than the mean age of UK population (which is 41)! Width? Probably ok for a single track from around Warmley east. The Bristol end is narrower, has a couple of steep gradients and a few sharp corners.
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The End Of Diesel Traction In The UK? on: February 14, 2018, 03:14:08 PM
A JoJo has two bogies each with 10 powered axles on each side?

I think that JoJo and BoJo will be wind-up trains.
JoJo winds up the passengers, BoJo does the same but only past Calais.
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The End Of Diesel Traction In The UK? on: February 13, 2018, 03:59:43 PM
Carbon-based lever-operative propulsion system? Worked for the Greeks!

12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: At the sign of an upturned lip on: February 13, 2018, 02:18:18 PM
I guess navigating by the stars must be usual in Bath, for some reason...
All the stars live in Bath. When I lived there, Van Morrison owned a house only two streets away. Or so it was rumoured...
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: At the sign of an upturned lip on: February 13, 2018, 12:40:18 PM
Now I know that The North is... Hereford!
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The End Of Diesel Traction In The UK? on: February 12, 2018, 04:35:32 PM
The end of internal combustion cars (on new sale) announced for the same date was a non-announcement as technological development means only niche cars (Ferraris, for instance) will have any use for petrol or diesel engines by then. It happens regardless of ministerial announcements. With trains, the technology is also here, but depends on government investment (or a radical rethink of rail privatisation).

That may be so, but there is still a false equivalence being drawn between the last sale of IC cars and the last withdrawal, of solely IC trains, even more so given the longer lifetime of a train.
True. Even if we assume the end of mass petrol and diesel car sales comes in 2030, there will still be plenty around in 2040 and there's no date set for their withdrawal from road use.

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But in practice, it's not so different from what the industry has being forecasting. Last year's rolling stock strategy document scaled back the rate of replacement of diesels by electric trains a little compared with  earlier ones (and note that in that report bi-modes count as electric). The forecast numbers for 2044 (as at 2015, pre-Hendy) or 2046 (as at 2017) were:
2044: 1234 diesel out of 22031 (6%)
2044: 2460 diesel out of 21136 (12%)
(both are the middle of three forecasts for different levels of increase).

Both forecasts assume that every diesel engine not meeting NRMM IIIA or B will never be replaced, and all such trains (i.e earlier than classes 800 and 68) will be scrapped before then.

So on that basis the industry is likely to say "So? What's the problem?".

Interesting to see the figures.
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The End Of Diesel Traction In The UK? on: February 12, 2018, 03:15:58 PM
The end of internal combustion cars (on new sale) announced for the same date was a non-announcement as technological development means only niche cars (Ferraris, for instance) will have any use for petrol or diesel engines by then. It happens regardless of ministerial announcements. With trains, the technology is also here, but depends on government investment (or a radical rethink of rail privatisation).
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