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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2018, 11:56:03 am »

......I knew I'd seen that somewhere before!

https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-to-go-ahead-with-ballot-of-paddington-depot-members/
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2018, 02:39:08 pm »

Brian: "Are you the National Union of Railwaymen?"

Sibling Reg: "%@#! off! (incredulous) National Union of Railwaymen?! We're the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union."

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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2018, 02:43:03 pm »

Ah, those were the good old days - when unions had names like SODIT and NOTSOBA.

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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2018, 03:01:31 pm »

During my (far off) days in Local Government we had a Union called NALGO - aka Not A Lot Going On.
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2018, 03:36:15 pm »

National Union of Domestic Employees or NUDE. Used as a joke in a sitcom here it actually exists in Trinidad.
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2018, 04:52:52 pm »

During my (far off) days in Local Government we had a Union called NALGO - aka Not A Lot Going On.

I wonder if any of their members worked for that late unlamented franchise WAGN, aka We Are Going Nowhere.
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2018, 05:27:53 pm »

Clearly it was going a lot faster than you'd like to see something that big do - and given that there's little gradient approaching Turner Siding it can't have been just gravity what done it. l.

I'll take that back - I think gravity might well have done it all alone.

It's not a familiar train or railway to us: very heavy (about 40,000 tons), almost straight after the first bit out of the hills, and a steady fall at about 1 in 300. It may be steeper at the start - though you do wonder why a stopping place wasn't level. At nearly 3 km long, it's a long run from near the back if you need to get to the front in a hurry - so it need not have accelerated from a stand very fast.

If it did average 110 km/hr, it must have gone a a lot faster in places, even if it did reach a balancing speed. So the first statement stands.
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