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1  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Missing - a strategy for buses? on: October 17, 2018, 06:11:46 pm

On a city bus making its way around the historic port city, passengers smile at the driver and say “Bonjour” as they board.

Soon, they will be saying «Santé, Conduire!» as they dismount.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 05:52:26 pm
All four tracks now open (one restricted to diesel only), so there's a fighting chance of a reasonable evening peak service.  Trains and crew still badly displaced though, so it'll be far from perfect!

Yaay! Four tracks, now!

I pity the driver involved "The cost has run into millions!"
"Sorry about that."
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 17, 2018, 03:36:15 pm

I hadn't realized the pantograph had 'horns'. Cheers!

A pantograph is a much more sophisticated piece of kit than most people, me included, realise.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in £21m revamp on: October 17, 2018, 03:30:54 pm

But look what's been happening in the last 30 years: Queen Square and College Green are now superbly restored, and while The Dibleys were subverting their MetroBus Millions to build long-dreamed-of road schemes, Bristol used their bit to turn The Centre from a traffic system into something like a public plaza.

Put like that, MetroBust almost sounds like a good idea.

There's apparently a vacancy for a spin doctor at MetroBust - Comical Ali is leaving because he is fed up of having to exaggerate all the time. Interested?
5  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Devon Metro on: October 17, 2018, 03:22:11 pm
Is there any mileage in persuading Exeter Chiefs to part-fund a loop/turn-back between Digby and Sowton and Newcourt?

The idea has been kicked into touch.
6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: October 15, 2018, 07:53:45 pm

Of course you could just change it from an exhortation into a kind of statement, and it would remain appropriate. Now, that alters the stress when spoken, but is there a way of indicating it in writing? I think not, apart from omitting the exclamation.

Steady now, stuving! That exclamation mark, and the comma, were added to the original handle to celebrate the then Transport Minister, Justine Greening, giving the go-ahead to the project, and sending then Railway Minister Theresa Villiers to tell everybody and pose for the Post. It wasn't random, and took months of high-level meetings. I'm going to run the next amendment through the GRIP process, just in case.
7  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Devon Metro on: October 15, 2018, 07:47:00 pm
I am new so bear with me. I have looked at the pocket timetables for 2019 which do not seem to be any different to now. Can someone please tell me what has happened to the proposed Devon Metro (and new services to Cornwall) as I understood they would still come in in January even though the 802's would not use an accelerated timetable until May..


Welcome from me, also! I watch the Devon Metro news more carefully since I moved to within 3 miles of Tiverton Parkway. From the answers already given, we can see that any change to a railway is always a frustrating slow matter, and like the wings of the butterfly starting a hurricane, the smallest thing can cause major headaches elsewhere. The good news is that the general direction seems to be forward,even with all the snags along the way.
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: October 15, 2018, 07:36:46 pm
I hope Tony is polishing up his new moniker for 12 days time. The suspense and excitement over this is almost as exciting as the event itself !!! Roll Eyes

Good grief, I had forgotten that! I'm not back in the same continent for another 8 days - it's going to be tight!
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 15, 2018, 07:34:36 pm
Not the beefiest bridge in the world, was it? https://goo.gl/maps/z29j4vbkysT2

No, for sure, and it's been polished off now. The line was supposedly mothballed, but the moths don't seem to have noticed.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in £21m revamp on: October 15, 2018, 07:31:00 pm
The next phase of this junction improvement kicks in on 21 Oct 2018

Looks like traffic coming south down Temple Way wanting to head west on Redcliffe Way can't.  Isn't that the very journey the flyover used to provide?   Not really needed now??  Not sure if that was possible in previous phases either - I normally just hoof it from Temple Meads ...

They can, travel south over south bound Bath Road bridge do a u-turn onto the north bound Bath Road bridge and thence to Redcliffe Way. A two way flyover over the alignment of the "temporary" flyover would have been the best plan but you know Bristol Politicians, can't see any further than the end of their noses.

A mere six sets of traffic lights to negotiate. Plan B, doubling back up Victoria Street then across to St Thomas Street, is a no-go. I have, at times, been known to turn left innto Temple Back East, U-turn, then cross over past where the fire station was. I can't remember if that is still possible. I would certainly advise planning your route through the area for now, very carefully.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Closure threat - Bristol Railway on: October 15, 2018, 06:55:19 pm
I honestly never knew that railway existed, lived in WSM for 43 years and worked in Bristol the last 23
Have been to Ashton Court before too

How did I miss it?

#MeToo.

Quite. Possibly the council is just playing political games, or perhaps they really can't see that if you raise the cost of something to the point where your customer can't afford it, you end up with a revenue of 100% of nothing. There was some similar kerfuffle a while back when they wanted to start charging the organisers of the Bristol's iconic Balloon Fiesta for the use of Ashton Court; Don Cameron said he was prepared to pay £1 (no typo; one pound) but if the council wanted more he'd have to consider moving it elsewhere...

Filton? Or Kuala Lumpur?

I don't think Don Cameron makes much from the Fiesta. Probably nobody does bar the stall holders - and the businesses of Bristol, of course. If Devon County Council, to take an example, was prepared to shell out tens of thousands of pounds to have the Cycling Tour of Britain clog its roads for a day and think it good economics for the county, I am sure Don Cameron would have little problem in finding a new venue. Marvin risks throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and making Bristol a joyless place.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Newly restored "Flying Scotsman" back in service - ongoing discussion on: October 15, 2018, 06:52:10 pm
No offence meant. Its a pedantic peccadillo of mine. One of many.

Writing it in bold and caps actually looks quote good. Close to the original Gill Sans typeface used by the LNER. Grin

Its

Tut Tut!  Roll Eyes Tongue Wink

And who started this Pedants' Revolt?
13  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Sinkhole at Newton Abbot - main line closed 14/10/18 on: October 14, 2018, 11:28:29 pm
Updated.....Network Rail have been aware of the situation for 4 years.....question for them is why has nothing been done?

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/real-reason-dawlish-mainline-closed-2108074

Because it’s not London.

And just possibly because, as it would have needed the line to be closed in any case, why not wait until nature does the preliminary demolition work for you?
14  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: 30th October 2018 - Minehead Rail Link Group on: October 14, 2018, 04:04:38 pm
It will be bad enough with "fire breathing, spark snorting iron monsters roaming the countryside at will ! crops will be destroyed by fire, horses be frightened before becoming extinct, the hovels of the poor be tumbled down, hens will stop laying, cows dry up, and the district be covered in smoke, dirt and misery"

"The afternoon will be mainly cloudy, with light showers and occasional sunny spells, see the BBC Weather website for more details"
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 14, 2018, 03:56:34 pm
As an inch is defined as 25.4 millimetres exactly, the length of the foot is defined by size of the metre - which used to be that object kept in Paris!

So it's a kind of metric measure Cheesy

By the same logic whiskey, being made from grain, is practically muesli.

Wasn't the original idea of the metre supposed to be 1/10,000,000th of the distance between the north pole and the equator? It was from that, and the realisation that it wasn't easy for any Tom Dick or Henri to measure that the platinum rod was used as the standard.

The nautical mile, being the distance between two minutes of a degree of longitude, has at least some basis of relationship with the natural world. The statute mile is as arbitrary as Fahrenheit.
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