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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Coronavirus: Great Western Railway reduced services on: March 30, 2020, 10:19:09 pm

More daytime American TV has confirmed to me the comments of Malburian et al.

One is not impacted by the virus, one is affected by it.

One does not gift food to a food bank, one gives or donates it,

One does not loan, one lends.

One does not envision a pandemic, one imagines it.

One is not conflicted, one is equivocal or ambivalent.

The above comments are not insightful, they are perceptive.

Gated anglophone pedant,

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2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crystal ball - will coronavirus effect our travel (public and private)? on: March 12, 2020, 08:45:49 pm

Entropy can decrease, but only with an input of energy into the Earth System - mainly solar at surface and thermonuclear decay at depth


I used to try to explain it to students by pointing out that they could spend all weekend tidying (ie increasing order reducing entropy) their flat. By Sunday pm they were worn out but there were just the same contents.They would be looking forward to going back to work for a rest. By Friday it would be as untidy again.

The modern term for the balance between energy and order is of course Exergy - which is destroyed in natural events.

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3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crystal ball - will coronavirus effect our travel (public and private)? on: March 12, 2020, 03:26:44 pm
How does flying an aircraft empty rather than loaded have "an environmental impact" then?

All human activity (eg exhaling) requires emission of global warming gases.

We have to decide how to ration this based on the value of the activity. Business and leisure activities made possible by flying may have utility - empty aircraft flying to tick bureaucratic boxes don't.

Perhaps the wording should have been, "an avoidable environmental impact".

Absolute sustainability is not possible in this world - entropy must increase.

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4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: White diesel to be required for railway use ? on: March 11, 2020, 08:05:52 pm

IIHC,
The Chancellor exempted farming, rail and heating oil from the end of the "red" concession.

Pity...

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5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crystal ball - will coronavirus effect our travel (public and private)? on: March 05, 2020, 09:23:26 am
I have counted my toilet rolls and confirm that I have 221 rolls. 2 large cartons each containing 108 rolls, and 13 loose rolls.
1 carton of 108 rolls lasts very roughly a year. I re-order when down to roughly one carton.


It's Coronavirus (a bad cold - not 'flu) not Norovirus - you've stocked up for the wrong one!

Having had Norovirus on a cruise, I can tell you that you've forgotten to pack a good pair of running shoes....

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6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 - Government proposals, alternative routes and general discussion on: March 04, 2020, 11:26:18 am

I think the difference is in passenger density. IIRC the bus allows 0.18m2/pp, the train 0.5. Load factors then come in (don't we know it) as well as the attractiveness of the transport mode to the car /plane user with the choice and journey time.

Statistics....

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7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Reading Station improvements on: March 03, 2020, 11:42:31 am
As 2/3 of our weather traditionally comes from the South West, most main line  GWR stations must be windy. We could have wind breaks on platforms but either wouldn't see our train coming or would walk into the glass. There are plenty of warm spaces to hide from the weather on the main platforms.

What we shouldn't have is a flooded transfer deck. While it must have ventilation louvres, they should have had droplet eliminators to prevent moisture entrainment.

It's just a pity there wasn't more roofing particularly over the escalators, and an eastern footbridge; customer amenity wasn't top of the designers agenda.

I still rather like it.

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8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crystal ball - will coronavirus effect our travel (public and private)? on: February 25, 2020, 09:17:07 pm

....and let's remember that most deaths are occurring in countries with far less comprehensive health systems than our own.  When the NHS wants to it can be fearsomely efficient, more so than in other advanced countries, probably a legacy of wartime control.

So cheer up!

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PS asked today in Boots for face masks - "never sold 'em" was the reply. Have to use my welding masks instead.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Friday 28th February 2020 - Greta Thunberg in Bristol. on: February 23, 2020, 10:48:02 am

Little Greta will be a double benefit; not only will she draw attention to climate change but also she will soften the schools' present financial crisis when head teachers fine the many parents for their high minded offsprings' absences.

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10  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Electrification - even of thin long lines on: February 21, 2020, 10:13:19 pm
Another hidden cost that one could argue about, arises from the superior performance of electric trains. They go faster, have low marginal costs, attract more custom, merit increased frequencies and so need costly improved track maintenance both for speed and capacity. The early SR electrifications also did not show savings in running costs (vide G T Moody's book), rather a vast increase in patronage, train miles and farebox income.

How one compares analytically and validly, a mediocre diesel service with a good quality electric timetable, I'm not really sure, even with BCR's. We just know which one's better.

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11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Contactless Payment on GWR services to Reading on: January 31, 2020, 04:07:22 pm
I asked at the Reading enquiries desk how to respond to GWR RP inspectors if I'd paid contactlessly. I was told that their "machine" could read a card (e.g a VISA debit!) and tell if it had been touched in.

I remember telling a similar tale to loud mobile users in coach A; that speaking loudly wrecked the battery!

I'm as intrigued to know that one can write to flash memory on a bank card, as I am to find that I can travel with a TfL off peak ticket (c£10) in the last 20 minutes of the  GWR evening peak.

Enjoy the debate

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12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Minor 'collision' at Paddington on: January 28, 2020, 11:21:42 am

One wonders what is behind that nose cone and how good it is at absorbing a low speed impact without expensive and protracted repair.

That's two 80x's with broken noses.

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13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Newhaven Marine. Closure consultation, January 2020. on: January 23, 2020, 06:51:32 pm

Ship.  Please....


No. Vessel. It could be a Barque or a Brig

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14  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: 0740 Reading to Oxford - timekeeping since 15/12 change on: January 18, 2020, 08:25:19 pm
Why is a freight meandering around commuter land at 0759?

Because they bid for and pay for the paths.  There’s too much freight around, especially on that key corridor to keep it parked away somewhere for five or six hours a day during the peaks.

Agreed. But don't passengers pay very high peak fares so that the TOC can outbid the price sensitive freight sector/operator?  A five to six hour period with (less)  freight would be in two halves, am and pm and would be both partial and tidal. Also the paths don't seem really to be there as evidenced by the delays and erratic timekeeping. Do freight operators really pay for the delay minutes they cause or does NR (i.e the taxpayer) pick up the bill?

Perhaps we need a fattish controller again.

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15  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: 0740 Reading to Oxford - timekeeping since 15/12 change on: January 18, 2020, 04:20:26 pm

Why is a freight meandering around commuter land at 0759?

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