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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Major First shareholder 'demands' First pull out of UK railways on: May 21, 2019, 09:21:35 am
Article on BBC R4 financial news about this story.

Claim by the spokesman for the investor that (my words) First Group shovelled 400 million into the firebox with no hope of any return on this sum to shareholders. The named investor is said to hold 10% of Firsts shares and has called an Extraordinary General Meeting to effect a board shake up and remove 6 members of the board from office. Also claimed that the First Board are prevaricating over the calling of the EGM. Investor also calling for First Group to exit the rail business. In bathroom/shower at time of broadcast so didn't catch all of comments/interview but seems there is increasing investor unrest in the company with no prospect of dividends resuming in the near future.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Topics to concentrate on in the future - the rail future on: May 20, 2019, 05:05:50 pm
Just an idea but is it feasible.

Take a branch line like the St. Ives. Looe or Windsor lines.

Convert a displaced LU or 3rd rail unit to run on a battery pack.

At each terminus set up a charging point comprising of a short (say 2-3 metres) stretch of 3rd rail and a treadle.

As the train approaches the stop block the pick up shoe rides onto the stretch of third rail, the leading bogie depresses the treadle and switches on the power to charge/top-up the batteries.

On leaving the this time rear bogie releases the treadle and thus switches off the current.

No plugging in or out needed.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Things we may not see again on: May 19, 2019, 06:21:50 pm
I am reminded of the occasions a few years ago when T & T coaching stock was used by FGW as it was on some services between Cardiff and Taunton and the train manager has a script to read over the PA on how to open the carriage doors as for many years previous the service had been in the hands of sprinters and pacers.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 17, 2019, 06:57:49 am
So BCC is not the only LA to waste money on bus shelters being erected AFTER a route has been axed, BBC R4 news reporting residents of an area of Rotherham are perplexed after council workman arrived and erected a 6000 bus shelter at a stop that had recently seen the service axed. Reminiscent of the 20000 BCC spent in the Lawrence Weston area on 2 bus shelters opposite each other on a route where First Bus re-routed their service and the Wessex contracted service was withdrawn. Oh well its only taxpayers money and theres plenty of that sloshing around looking for a project to be spent on.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: What will you be doing on Saturday 18th May 2019 on: May 17, 2019, 06:25:23 am
AGM Didcot Panel Society

Muddled up my words after a couple of ciders, should have posted AGM Swindon Panel Society at Didcot.
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: What will you be doing on Saturday 18th May 2019 on: May 16, 2019, 11:38:38 pm
AGM Didcot Panel Society
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: "Travelling by train is up to 13 times more expensive than driving" on: May 14, 2019, 06:33:07 am
Easyjet is even cheaper than driving, last time my Bristol to Glasgow and back cost, Bristol to Glasgow, 24.99 and Glasgow to Bristol. 22.98, in total 47.97, less than the total cost of a full tank of petrol into my Ford Fusion.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Go big or go home! on: May 14, 2019, 06:20:23 am
I have a fond memory of my three day visit to Salt Lake City. On my first night in the hotel I replied to the waiters comment, "anything to drink sir", "yes, please", said I "what beers have you". "Beers", replied the waiter, "this is Utah sir".
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn, bobm and I, 11th May 2019? on: May 13, 2019, 12:05:13 am
Where's the Gentleman's Room?

10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn, bobm and I, 11th May 2019? on: May 12, 2019, 11:29:44 pm

Where's the Gentleman's Room?

11  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 12, 2019, 06:56:31 am
A chance to use the Metrobus to Long Ashton Park and Ride yesterday - my first trip on this route

Echoing (perhaps) what's already been said / asked ... I really wonder why there's a "need" for the guided sections and wonder if a simple road for bus and emergency service use only would be just as good, and perhaps cheaper as it's such a standard thing to build flat roads and to build buses to run on them.   I also found myself wondering at the rather curvy route ... so much so, I rather found myself turned around and not knowing which direction was which!

Park and ride ... buses quiet (but then it was the quiet middle of the day, and a Saturday) and lots of available spaces in the P&R for growth - at least on Saturday.  How is it doing the rest of the week?

That blue cars registered keeper will get a nice letter dropping on the their doormat shortly cos they shouldn't have been where they were in that piccy. Hmmmm.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: How much taxi before it stops being a train journey? on: May 10, 2019, 06:43:59 pm
Probably more than I would like with the decline in (disappearance of) funding for "rural" bus services.
True, though I guess the 376, which runs from Bristol to Street, still has funding. At any rate, a return to Wells costs 7, which struck me as good value for the 22 mile journey compared to 13 (I think) for a return from Bristol to the airport, which is only about 8 miles.

Only 6 when bought on the m-ticket app, the metrobus i-points or in advance on the TravelWest smartcard.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Newly restored "Flying Scotsman" back in service - ongoing discussion on: May 09, 2019, 06:29:21 pm
Flying Scotsman has been fitted with CCTV cameras to capture images of people on 'the wrong side' and persons so captured will be prosecuted with their publication in/on the media to be identified.

Bristol Post posted details of a forthcoming FS outing to Worcester, approximate times and where to see it INCLUDING the site of at least one former station site where the remnants of a platform still exists.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Railways crossing runways on: May 09, 2019, 11:04:38 am
I don't recall there being gates on the level crossing, nor any furniture that may have got in the way of a taxying aircraft...
There were very long, wheeled, barriers. You can see the tracks they ran on in this Google maps image:

Zooming in on the link you can see the barriers which moved eastwards to open them for an aircraft movement. I do recall on the south west corner there was a small fixed control cabin for operating the barriers which was interlocked with the signal box at Filton North in the days before the Bristol Panel Box but how it operated once Bristol Panel took over I can only assume the crossing barriers were interlocked there.
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Metrowest Status on: May 07, 2019, 09:29:21 pm
So sorry, I thought you were proposing a swivelling tunnel to get to depth quicker!

Go on, be bold. We've got loads of boat lifts on canals; so why not a train lift?

Also why not a rail transporter bridge.
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