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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where have I travelled by public transport - last six moths on: Today at 03:49:25 pm
13/15. A couple of wild guesses that came good.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: "At least 17 dead" In train drerailment Taiwan on: Today at 01:56:28 pm
It's noticeable that the leading vehicle has overturned on the outside of a curve.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Trains That Changed The World - UKTV Yesterday, 17th October 2018 on: October 19, 2018, 03:37:07 am
For the impatient among you, the entire series is available to watch now on the UKTV Play platform. Online, through Apple/Android apps, and via some Smart TV and broadcast provider platforms.

Opening voiceover: "The train. Among the most revolutionary of human inventions."

Can't argue with that. If steel wheel on steel rail wasn't such an interesting and engaging subject I wouldn't have found reason to compose 16000+ posts on this forum!
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: October 19, 2018, 02:51:46 am
All of a sudden images of Stanley Baker & Michael Caine at Rorke's Drift spring to mind......."Customers Sir.......thousands of 'em"



Oh. Hang on. The (frequently mis)quoted line is "Zulus Sir..."
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Newly restored "Flying Scotsman" back in service - ongoing discussion on: October 19, 2018, 01:14:42 am
Which Tyler.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 18, 2018, 11:31:02 pm
the stupendous Millau viaduct.

British architectural design at its best.

On my bucket list of drives.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 18, 2018, 11:01:31 pm
You can of course have seperate cantilevered arms for each running line, but that requires more space between lines, and many more borings for the stanchions.

Hence formation spanning portals across multiple lines.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 18, 2018, 10:15:46 pm
Every time I see the GWR catenary I am surprised how much more heavy duty is seems from other electrified main lines. Is part of the project's problem that it is over-engineered?

I don't see the two track GWML sections, with their individual cantilevered OHLE as over-engineered. The four track portals are arguably more intrusive, as residents overlooking Hermann's Hole have long since moaned about, but it should always be engineering over aesthetic. The recent dewirement of the headspan section nearer Paddington has brought into sharp focus the need for robust OHLE.

Better engineering should mean fewer dewirements.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 18, 2018, 08:50:54 pm
Something very wrong with the software if a Special Stop Order causes the train to dump its air.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 18, 2018, 08:19:40 pm
On the move again at 2012 after a Train Management System reset*.



*Driver must have called the IET Crowd:
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 18, 2018, 08:13:06 pm
Meanwhile...

From what I can gather from GWR's Twitter feed, for the past 30 minutes the IET on 1C27 1900 PAD-BRI has been blocking the DM at TWY (having made an extra stop there due to other cancellations) because of an apparent loss of power. RTT and OTT both appear to confirm that it's currently going nowhere.

Brakes stuck on and losing air.

Sounds familiar...
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 18, 2018, 08:08:27 pm
Who said the camera never lies?

Telephoto's narrow depth of field making that second image look far more cluttered than reality.

To say nothing of four tracks approaching a major interchange versus the two tracks through Bath.

A supposition, but if Brunel had had the option of overhead electrification I'd wager he'd have used it. Residents and users of the railway through Bath should understand that this is a working railway and not some heritage tourist attraction to be preserved in aspic.

The wires will come to Bath. It won't be permanently canned on heritage grounds. Deferred a few more times on cost grounds maybe, but the knitting will arrive sometime in the 21st century.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 18, 2018, 07:51:07 pm
I have been briefed (in confidence) on the footage of the roof mounted Pan CCTV.

Defiantly not and infrastructure problem

There was a problem with the Pan, exactly what I am not at liberty to say; the ORR report should make interesting reading

Some speculation across rail related forums and social media that the pantograph was tied down at the head end and it was the elbow that raised. Either commanded or uncommanded. Speculated to have been left tied down after transit from the factory in Italy.

However, there is YouTube footage of 802016 running with pan up at Reading on 3rd October. 802016 has been in the UK since 28th August. Hard to believe the pantograph would still be in delivery tied down status.

https://youtu.be/UDbRwfp3qio

So, had it been tied down again, and mistakenly put on test in that state and then raised accidentally, either commanded or uncommanded? Or could it be that the pan was fully operational and raised in error, again either commanded or uncommanded?

There's also some contention over the speed the train was running at. Could an 802 have reached 105mph on diesel by the time it was at the incident location?

Can those in the know confirm or deny that the pantograph head was tied down?

I too await with interest official reports. With the huge disruption caused I do hope such reports are going to be made public, and in a timely fashion. Had there been injury or a risk of injury then the RAIB would be involved and a report could take up to a year to be published. Hopefully ORR and Hitachi/GBRf will be honest and open as soon as reasonably practicable.

Oh, and Network Rail need to get a shift on and replace the headspan OHLE sections with portals. Headspan has been okay on the GWML up until recently as it was only used by Heathrow Express/Connect services. But the use is now far more intensive with Class 80x and 387 now also using this 1990s cheap headspan OHLE.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Phil's Madventures on: October 18, 2018, 07:18:05 pm
Did you go hunting on the active network for a modern poster asking:

"Do you know how much British farmers will benefit when we leave the European Union?"
15  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Devon Metro on: October 17, 2018, 03:35:03 pm
They could at least try. Surely not too big a job to tackle.
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