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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel 1976 on: Today at 09:52:48 pm
Ah, look, here's the photo from my angle...

2  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: Today at 05:50:46 pm
I'm struggling to understand the constraints at either end of Filton Bank. Presumably the works at BEJ will give more routing options and flexibility, but what about the other end? I feel S&TE may have explained all this (possibly more than once) but I've just spent half an hour staring at the track diagrams and I'm not the wiser, and not much better informed...

Can anyone help?
3  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2020 to 2045 / Re: Friday 28th February 2020 - Greta Thunberg in Bristol. on: Today at 11:32:13 am

It's not contrary to the received wisdom on global warming. Global warming science predicts extreme weather events, be they storms, rain, droughts of heavy snow.

In that case, I offer my humble apologies. I mistakenly considered it to be "Climate Change" that is the undeniable science which explains and predicts the extreme weather conditions currently being experienced, which is why I specifically avoided using the term in this instance. It's painfully obvious that the climate is changing, and not for the better. I thought "Global Warming" was more of a perception than a science. However, I'm happy to stand corrected and can only apologise. Either way, the snowfall in Norway is causing huge disruption to the railways there, which is hopefully an observation worth making in itself on a transport forum.

According to NASA, global warming is the driver and climate change is the effect. Global warming certainly isn't just a perception; it is the measurable yearly increase in mean temperatures.

I note that some prefer the term 'climate breakdown', which does perhaps convey the urgency of action a little more assertively.
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Transport focus wants bad road signs on: Today at 11:07:45 am
Cyclists Dismount signs, ever seen a Cyclists Remount sign?

...or a 'Motorists please push your vehicle' sign?
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Transport focus wants bad road signs on: Yesterday at 01:00:21 pm
Forgive me if I am going off topic slightly, but puffin crossings are all badly-signed by design. How anyone could possibly imagine that putting the signal on the post where you wait is a good idea defies reason: on crossroads, this often makes it unclear which crossing the lights refer to. On top of that, the pedestrian lights appear to be deliberately angled so that you can't see them until you are stood right at the crossing, which just makes life that little bit harder.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2020 to 2045 / Re: Friday 28th February 2020 - Greta Thunberg in Bristol. on: Yesterday at 09:08:22 am
...contrary to the received wisdom on global warming is currently experiencing their highest snowfall totals for over 15 years.

It's not contrary to the received wisdom on global warming. Global warming science predicts extreme weather events, be they storms, rain, droughts of heavy snow.
7  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: More seats for 3 years, but then fewer - Welsh Valley Trains. on: February 23, 2020, 07:50:19 pm
Edit: Even 2 TPH would warrant raising a glass!

In all this world, why I do think,
There are five reasons why we drink:
Good friends, good wine, lest we be dry;
Or lest we should be, by and by;
Or any other reason why.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2020 to 2045 / Re: Friday 28th February 2020 - Greta Thunberg in Bristol. on: February 23, 2020, 11:46:26 am
I'm waiting to hear the call for the rejection of constantly, or at least frequently, upgraded new hand held mobile electronic devices by those who make up it's key market.
These are largely produced in countries using carbon heavy means and are made of rare and precious minerals and metals which themselves are mined in an ecologically destructive manner.



If you can fit all that onto a placard, come and join us on Friday!
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Imagine you are responsible for a heritage railway - poll on: February 23, 2020, 10:13:00 am
I found this a bit hard to follow! I think I just voted for retaining standard gauge (and nothing else!); I would have liked to be able to vote for electrification!

As I've said elsewhere, I would keep the scenery just as it is, and only make minor safety updates to stations. Other than that, for the most part I'd rather have a train service than a museum.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2020 to 2045 / Re: Friday 28th February 2020 - Greta Thunberg in Bristol. on: February 23, 2020, 09:59:11 am
My daughter asked to attend a school strike in the summer, and I went with her because she finds crowds a bit scary. It was the first time she'd ever been to a 'demo', and I was focusing on her and whether she was OK. It was only when she overcame her shyness and held up the banner she'd made that I realised that this was my first demo too!

What's the point? Is it virtue signalling?

The strike I attended was one of the largest to date. I thought many people would be getting grumpy because they could not get about, but this was absolutely not the case. Bus drivers, their engines switched off, were high-fiving the kids as they walked past. Cafe owners were coming out onto the street to give them free drinks.

Being there gave me something that is in pitifully short supply at the moment: hope.

And for what it's worth: Greta Thunberg says she's coming by train. My daughter (whose name is not Jemima) and I will walk there.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Minehead Rail Link Group on: February 22, 2020, 11:50:08 pm
...I wouldn't expect too much; the Welsh government and (I think) Pembrokeshire County Council have both declared a 'Climate Emergency', yet both support 'improvements' to the A40 which the Welsh government freely admits will increase greenhouse gas emmissions!

This is the same throughout England. Road schemes just have to connect up to the Highways England funding firehose, whilst sustainable transport has to scrat around like Bear Grylls looking for patches off moss to wring a few drops from. Something has to change!
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Chickens at Montpelier, cats at Huddersfield, ... on: February 21, 2020, 10:42:27 pm
Apparently there's a unicorn burrow at the foot of Temple Meads Station incline, which could easily be turned into a tube station...
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Minehead Rail Link Group on: February 21, 2020, 10:39:02 pm
The only reason I can think of for wanting to replace semaphore signals with colour lights is to reduce staffing costs by allowing signal box closures.

That was the reason I had in mind.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel 1976 on: February 21, 2020, 08:42:43 pm
Is that you (the tall chap) under the 'Taxis only' sign, RS?

He's very good, isn't he? Yup, that's me.

This was the 'farewell to the KSW's' tour. I may be able to find the precise date if I dig deep enough. I think YHT924 may have been out that day too. I seem to remember going round Shirehampton Green three times, and quite a struggle getting up Allison Road...
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Where was Red Squirrel 1976 on: February 21, 2020, 06:50:46 pm
A departure from the usual format; I suspect most people will recognise the location, so this is more of a 'Where's Wally?':

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