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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Delay scarf on: Yesterday at 10:54:34 am
It is reported in the "i newspaper" that DB bought the delay scarf at auction.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: January 12, 2019, 07:05:44 pm
Having gone up to Paddington today and then read this, it crosses my mind as to what condition all those nice Elizabeth line trains at OOC will be in when the line is ready. Will they have rusted to the rails.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Re-use of Welsh railway tunnels for cycling on: January 10, 2019, 10:50:45 am
Not quite the same progress with some English tunnels. The South Downs National Park wants to re-open the Singleton Tunnel on the old Chichester to Midhurst branch (to extend the Centurion Way). I get the impression that Natural England are digging their heels in because of bats. Not aware that the issue has been raised with the two following tunnels.
4  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019 on: January 05, 2019, 04:31:59 pm
Definitely some memories surfacing here. When I used to work in engineering mnufacuring I remembering producing various items of kit in that standard PO Yellow (can't remember the BS standards number, 381C?).
I also have lurking in a tool box a PO contact burnisher, although that was Army issue for burnishing contacts on magnetos, on a Centurion tank.
Certainly showing my advancing years.
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Ken Livingstone on transport as a public service on: January 05, 2019, 04:16:14 pm
Wot, no newts!
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: January 04, 2019, 10:48:51 am
Thames Water probably have a similar problem. There was a massive sale of their paper record maps, presumably before they had digitised them all. So it is not unusual for them to claim they don't know where the pipes are.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: January 03, 2019, 03:59:00 pm
Can we apply for a franchise with little money in the bank, little experience and no equipment?

Oops, sorry that is the Marine side of DfT.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic) on: January 02, 2019, 07:35:35 pm
I hope it doesn't turn into another Cow Lane Reading affair. Just dig a bit out one side at a time. Cycled through yesterday and they still have a lot of work to do.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: December 31, 2018, 03:03:36 pm
Some of Southern's commuter stock don't have loos either. Must be very pleasant if you are stuck outside Victoria in the rush hour.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: December 31, 2018, 08:52:57 am
They actually start work on Reading Green Park?
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Some very light post prandial mental exercise on: December 30, 2018, 10:27:20 am
The answer to my implied question (to myself?) about the chain ferry moored at Gosport. It is the old Cowes chain ferry, having looked more specifically yesterday after a cycle ride down the busway.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Cambridge Guided Busway - ongoing discussion and updates (merged topic) on: December 30, 2018, 10:17:14 am
Did a cycle ride down the Gosport - Fareham Busway yesterday to see what progress on the extension.

They have cleared the trees from the end of the existing busway. Intrigued to see that there was still a single rail track amongst the remains of the vegetation. Also a set of buffers at the end of the track, presumably all left from when it was finally used to supply the RNAD Bedenham. Also a sign has appeared at the Fareham end announcing to intention to extend that end, which is part of the Fareham development plan.

No sight of any plant or anything, so presumably awaiting the next phase in spring.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Some very light post prandial mental exercise on: December 27, 2018, 10:27:45 am
Well you always get added value on this forum! Thanks for the extra info.

I think I will stick to checking the progress on the extension to the Fareham-Gosport Busway (ex-Gosport branch railway), and then Gosport Ferry this Saturday. No engineering and no industrial action.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fares and ticketing options - 2019 - Melksham to London on: December 26, 2018, 08:27:02 pm
Not your personal area of interest, but might be worth reminding about restrictions on non-folding bikes. I presume the restrictions into Paddington at peak times also apply from Melksham.

A slight red herring. Have been told at Reading that there is no restriction on using off peak tickets coming back from Waterloo. Is this only for Reading and Windsor lines and not applicable to Wessex lines?
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Some very light post prandial mental exercise on: December 26, 2018, 08:02:38 pm
Yes they were chain ferries. There is currently a chain ferry moored adjacent to the Gosport pier of the Gosport ferry. Don't know if it was connected with the idea of making the Hayling Ferry a chain ferry, a non-starter if ever I heard of one. I think the Hayling Ferry is struggling out of season. The problem with taking the Gosport chain ferry out of service was that the replacements don't take cars and it is a long drive round.

Cowes chain ferry has had repeated problems and periods out of service this year. Fortunately the jet foil to West Cowes (from Southampton) will take the Brompton.

Are the residents of Sandbanks complaining they can't afford the ferry!!! Mind they have not had a lot of luck in the Poole area recently, took them a long time to sort their bridge out.
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