The Anonymous Widower

Faster London Trains Could Make Your Commute Even Longer

I have spent much of my working life calculating the dynamics of systems, be they complex sets of calculations for a Bank, the solving of massive sets of differential equations or calculating how many days, hours and minutes a project will take and how many pounds, groats or donkeys it will consume.

So when I saw an article in New Scientist with the title of this post, I had to read it.

You should!

In my modelling of complex systems, nearly fifty years ago, I used state-of-the-art, digital and analogue computers to model complex interactions in chemical reactions and plants. In more than one case the answer that was obtained was unexpected.

But then you can’t argue your feelings against thoroughly correct mathematical equations!

The same is happening in this transport example. Your feelings may say faster trains will get you there quicker, but properly modelled it would appear that the reverse may be true.

One thing that may be true in some places, is that adding new stations to a line reduces the time taken to commute.

So sometimes residents wanting a new station near their houses, may just be right!

Only a rigorous mathematical model will tell the truth!

Leeds seems to have an ambitious station  building program, whereas only one new station;Lea Bridge, is being built in London.

And intriguingly in London, Crossrail is being built with only one new station; Woolwich, although some are being substantially rebuilt!

I hope they’ve done their modelling extensively enough!

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Pure Gold In The Fight Against Unwanted Calls

This morning on my mat was a card put through my door by one of umpteen mini-cab companies that are a real swarm here.

But the card is pure gold, as it listed both a landline and a mobile number.

So any caller on either my landline or mobile gets a polite message asking him, (Is it ever a her?), to ring my mobile or landline.

Those that throw rubbish on my doormat, will find these nuisance call merchants will give them a few minutes of idiotic chat.

September 10, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Hanwell Station – 10th September 2015

My walk ended at Hanwell station.

It seems to have had a good clean  since my Before Crossrail visit and some small works.

However the real Hanwell station appears to be standing up and it looks like it will be good.

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Walking From Three Bridges To Hanwell

I walked from Three Bridges via the Grand Union Canal and Hanwell Locks to Hanwell station.

From the canal it was a walk through houses and I didn’t take any pictures.

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Transport, World | , | Leave a comment

Three Bridges

If you read Rolt’s biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, you get the impression that the engineer was not a totally serious man without any sense of whimsy or humour.

A few weeks ago I read something about his last design, the unique Three Bridges, which arranges a road above a canal, above a railway. So I just had to visit.

Unfortunately, you can’t take photographs from the railway, but you almost get the impression, that Brunel intended to leave behind something by which he would be remembered. This Google Map shows the layout.

Three Bridges And Hanwell Locks

Three Bridges And Hanwell Locks

The railway is the freight only Brentford Branch Line.

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

I Thought All Tomatoes Were Round!

I thought these tomatoes were funny, as they are labelled Classic Round Tomatoes.

I Thought All Tomatoes Were Round!

I Thought All Tomatoes Were Round!

Or can you get square ones now?

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Food | , | 1 Comment