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post Jul 27 2017, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 27 2017, 10:13 AM) *
Interesting that the government who have just announced the banning of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 for environmental reasons is the same government that has recently announced major cutbacks in the railway electrification programme that will mean the continuing use of diesel power for some time to come! rolleyes.gif


The whole issue is interesting, particularly given the time span. If, and for us it's a massive if, we get the answers right, it may be that things look rather different. Driverless vehicles and different types of construct and fuel need to be added to the mix. Frankly, it amazes me that anyone is even thinking of 'electrifying' an existing ice engined type car, or even electrifying a railway any further than we really need on today's projection. However, our demonstrable national lack of technical skills probably means our solutions will just be refitting what we have today; like putting an immersion heater in a steam engine and calling it an electric train.


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post Jul 27 2017, 06:55 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 27 2017, 07:17 PM) *
like putting an immersion heater in a steam engine and calling it an electric train.

That's an interesting idea OTE.
But ridiculous surely?
Unlikely anyone has thought of that before!
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post Jul 27 2017, 07:49 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 27 2017, 07:55 PM) *
That's an interesting idea OTE.
But ridiculous surely?
Unlikely anyone has thought of that before!


Great find; thanks for that!

Yes, see where an abundance of cheap electricity can lead! Seriously though, real innovation often takes what seems to have been a blind alley technology and adapting it anew. For instance, I'm convinced absorbtion refridgeration has a very bright future; because it's so much more fuel efficient than compression. So then, steam engines. Oliver Bullied the Southern's last steam engineer was the only one to try a fundamental rethink. His Leader class engines. Perhaps coupled up to an electric or otherwise fuelled boiler, it would work. Similarly, given micro reactors are more than feasible, no reason, apart from public fears, why that shouldn't be a source of primary heat.

Then there are straightforward electric trains. Sure, a lot of research still needed but there were and potentially still are high hopes for sodium and such like storeage batteries. So, in simple terms, how much lower would be the first cost to have electric trains running under the wires to say here and then switch to battery for the trip on to the West Country and back? Now that's a real bi mode train!





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post Jul 29 2017, 09:57 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 27 2017, 10:13 AM) *
Interesting that the government who have just announced the banning of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 for environmental reasons is the same government that has recently announced major cutbacks in the railway electrification programme that will mean the continuing use of diesel power for some time to come! rolleyes.gif


I trust you are not implying an element of hypocrisy from our beloved leaders ? rolleyes.gif


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post Aug 2 2017, 06:10 PM
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New CEO of the franchise running South West Money, sorry Trains was being paraded today. He is absolutely committed to giving customers a much better deal, more coaches, more seats, more punctuality closer cooperation with Network Rail etc.etc. etc. So that's alright then.



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New CEO of the franchise running South West Money, sorry Trains was being paraded today. He is absolutely committed to giving customers a much better deal, more coaches, more seats, more punctuality closer cooperation with Network Rail etc.etc. etc. So that's alright then.


What a relief ! I was somewhat concerned that they may appoint a feckless individual who was out for his own ends.


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post Aug 30 2017, 07:02 AM
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Well, consistent at least!

A great example of British engineering project management on display over the Bank Holiday, showcasing to World what we are like.

(Loved the excuse, if in doubt, blame it on the signals....)


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