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1  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: Yesterday at 11:23:10 am
Looks like two trips between Exeter and Okehampton, then away to Derby.

2  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: E-scooter trials - but rental only. What do members think? on: January 15, 2021, 08:26:39 pm
From Bristol 247:


Police chiefs have been won over by the region's e-scooter trials after initially fearing 'twisted metal and bodies scattered all over the highway', it has been revealed.

Avon & Somerset Constabulary traffic management unit boss Richard McKiernan told a remote meeting that he had expected carnage on roads and pavements during the West of England Combined Authority's (WECA's) pilot project.

Instead it has been a 'policing non-event' and he has been 'massively reassured' by the trial, which metro mayor Tim Bowles says will become vital in how we move around the region for generations to come.


I read that too, and thought it grounds for measured optimism. I can't imagine how it will pan out in the future. A limited experiment during a prolonged quiet spell with a few hundred machines owned by a monopoly is one thing. Upscaling that to a few thousand, and letting people use the scooter they bought on EBay to cut through a dark, rainy rush hour in the run-up to Christmas may prove to be a horse of a different colour.
3  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: January 15, 2021, 12:24:17 pm
Here are a couple of photos of the first sleepers  being unloaded at Okehampton station.

These are reproduced with the kind permission of the owner and copyright holder, Mark Fabiano, who is a Colas Rail driver. The pictures were first shared on the North Devon Railways Facebook page, and all credit to the organisers of that too. It is well worth a look through.
4  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: January 15, 2021, 08:40:35 am
I have read in another place that work on the line to Okehampton has stepped up markedly in the past few days, and will henceforth be full-on. The work so far has been to allow free rein to engineering trains. 14,000 new sleepers are on order, along with enough new rail for the whole line to Coleford Junction.
5  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Engineering work to close St Ives branch Jan to Feb 2021 on: January 13, 2021, 08:30:06 pm

But it doesn't stop all kinds of ill-informed speculation proliferating!

Not on here - speculation is usually very well informed.
6  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Engineering work to close St Ives branch Jan to Feb 2021 on: January 13, 2021, 06:59:26 pm
According to Network Rail, answering Peter in their Twitter feed:

Hi Peter, guard rails will be installed in these loops.  Used on tracks where there are bendy sections to catch the train should the unfortunate happen and a train is derailed.  They are also used over viaducts where the parapets may not be high enough. more pics in coming weeks

Bloomin' internet - ruins debate.
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: First Group on the ECML on: January 12, 2021, 07:57:54 pm
Of course they are also working on batteries for storing traction power too, but the recent (last month!) announcement of this was of an experimental unit (for GWR), and the agreement with Hyperdrive (last July) was to develop batteries. So it doesn't sound like they have one sitting on a shelf suitable for a production order.

At the time of the recent announcement, I tried to picture what type of battery would be needed to get a fully laden IET moving away from a platform without some sort of meltdown. My inner cynic, seldom far from the surface, thought the idea was a bit of a publicity stunt to stop people asking when the first electric train would arrive in Penzance. Presumably, the general idea is to use the batteries to keep moving once the diesels have helped the train to its top speed. I wonder if it is worth GWR's while, although I suppose it might cost nothing to let a private company develop something that they may or may not use.
8  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Engineering work to close St Ives branch Jan to Feb 2021 on: January 12, 2021, 07:12:47 pm
For some reason I am not seeing the images referenced today by RailCornwall.  I am using MS Edge and am logged in; images are showing fine in other posts.

If I reply using the quote button I can see the image URLs and if I copy them into the address bar I can open and see the images.

I had the same problem with his posting on 6 January but the posting on 7 January displays with no problems.

Any ideas please?

I'm using the Edge, version 87.0.664.75 64-bit, and it works fine. There aren't many options for compatibility, as there are in IE and Chrome. Maybe check for an update? Or try playing U2 at the same time, but otherwise I'm out of ideas.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Selecting Devon and Cornwall destination(s) for day trip(s) on: January 10, 2021, 07:53:28 pm
Two qualifications to my selections-

1 - Paignton on the basis that you also proceed to Kingswear on the South Devon Railway. This together with the trip from Exeter probably gives you as much coastal scenery in a day as you can get on a railway trip.

2 - For Exmouth, better still to stop off at either Topsham or Lympstone and explore on foot - but do take the trip to Exmouth before/afterwards to enjoy the trip down the estuary.

Two good recommendations. A trip to Paignton can only really be justified by the onward ride to Kingswear. Like Barnstaple, I'm sure it has its own charms, but I haven't found them yet.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Railway and Related History / Re: Final run of the travelling post office, 9th to 10th January 2004 on: January 10, 2021, 07:50:13 pm
Not quite the end of the carriage of mail by train, I don't think - just they end of sorting on the move??

I was surprised to see a TPO, or at least a train the livery, one day when I was flying out of Filton. I didn't have a camera, and my log book doesn't nail the date, but I would guess at 2008.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Here's the best product for residents of ... on: January 07, 2021, 02:27:06 pm
I think the trend started with Readers Digest back at the dawn of time. I used to get letters from campaign manager Tom Champagne (his real name apparently) offering me the chance to buy some dodgy encyclopaedia or other, and  "be the envy of all your friends at No Fixed Abode"

I seem to be plagued with adverts about earwax.

12  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: January 06, 2021, 09:10:06 am
Platform 2 is the old Motorail bay at the Portishead end of the station. I think Bristol 24/7 have allowed themselves to get confused!

Wot I thought too.
13  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Engineering work to close St Ives branch Jan to Feb 2021 on: January 06, 2021, 08:35:54 am

There is plenty of video of the Plasser machine in action, including this piece in Sweden.

In the light of the last few posts - what prospects of someone developing something better than the much-heralded machine that failed to deliver the goods on the GWML electrification to deliver OHL lines quicker and cheaper?

It seemed to me at the time that the fault lay not with the OHL train but with whoever thought it was appropriate for the particular job in hand. I may well have this wrong and look forward to correction, but I recall that it worked according to what it said on the tin. There were lots of issues with stuff that had been buried along the lineside without being recorded, such as a massive internet outage when it punched a gantry base through a fibre optic cable, and signal cables being cut. Some of the tracks weren't in the same position as when someone last updated records, and we were left with exploratory digging having to be done by men with shovels. On a lovely virgin railway, with all the add-ons routed neatly through proper conduits, it might well have accomplished the claimed 1.6 Km per overnight shift, but the real world proved to be a more challenging environment. I would hope that we got our money back, but somehow, I doubt it..
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: January 04, 2021, 07:54:42 pm

Platforms two and three at Bristol Temple Meads are currently out of action as work begins to refurbish the roof of the main train shed.

When was platform 2 last used, other than for parking?

Fixed quotes - RS
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles on: January 04, 2021, 07:43:05 pm

No, but there are some online (even previous forum links) - old film and a still from it

That is truly remarkable!
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