The Anonymous Widower

Walloonacy

In Brexit – Signalling Implications For The UK, I quoted this from an article on Rail Engineer.

The endless committees to discuss and agree how the standards will be implemented do not get in the way. Whilst not suitable for main line usage (at least in the foreseeable future), there could be suburban routes around cities (for example Merseyrail) that could benefit from CBTC deployment.

So when I read articles like this one on the BBC, which is entitled Ceta talks: EU vows to unblock Canada trade deal, I do wonder if the EU has got its decision-making right.

Allowing the Walloons to block the trade deal with Canada, is a bit like giving a handful of MPs, the right to block new standards on the making of sausages.

When we leave, which is something I don’t want, the EU must surely reform itself to make it a more efficient and sensible organisation.

October 22, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

After One Tunnel Finishes In London, Another One Starts

Crossrail’s massive tunnel under London is now in the fitting out stage and some of the capitals human moles, are probably now working on the Thames Tideway Scheme to create a super sewer under London.

But according to this article in Global Rail News, others have moved on to Kennington and have started to dig their way to Battersea for the Northern Line Extension.

This though is one of London’s traditional smaller-bore tube tunnels and the tunnellers are stating in a traditional way. This is said.

 

The article also has this map of the line.

Although TBMs will be used to construct much of the extension, tracked excavators supplied by Schaeff are being used initially to excavate the tunnels around the Kennington loop, where the new line meets the existing railway.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr, shows the layout of the lines at Kennington station.

Track Layout At Kennington

Track Layout At Kennington

Note.

  • The map can’t show it, but the platforms at Kennington are on two levels.
  • There is also a reversing siding between the two tracks going South.
  • Charing Cross Branch trains use the loop and Bank Branch trains use the siding to reverse.
  • The extension to Battersea is shown in dotted lines.

It was very good of the engineers, who extended the Northern Line in 1926, to future-proof it with a loop, that looks like it makes the extension to Battersea, easier to build!

October 22, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 3 Comments

Do On-Line Advertisers Waste Their Money?

I monitor my INR using a Coagguchek device. And very good it is too!

But how many times a week do I get an on-line advert for the device? I’ve not counted, but it must be many.

Why does on-line advertising, preach to the converted?

Google needs a better algorithm!

October 22, 2016 Posted by | Computing | , , | 2 Comments