The Anonymous Widower

Global Centre Of Rail Excellence Takes A Step Forward With Formal Partnership Arrangements

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Wales Online.

This is the first two paragraphs.

The planned £100m Global Centre of Rail Excellence on the border of Neath Port Talbot and Powys will take a step closer to reality when councillors meet to formalise partnership arrangements next week.

Plans for the centre which were announced by the Welsh Government last summer involve a new facility to test trains in the UK.

In my view this centre is much needed, so that trains manufactured and modified in the UK, can be adequately tested in as short a time as possible.

Sending trains to be tested half-way across Europe, as currently sometimes happens, is not an efficient method of getting trains into service.


May 5, 2019 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Alstom Coradia iLint Hydrogen-Powered Train Video

I’ve just found this video from Alstom.

Intriguingly, the video was filmed at Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof, which is in another part of Germany, about two hundred kilometres to the South-East of Hamburg.

There does seem to be several local services radiating from the City on lines without electrification.

May 5, 2019 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Government Has ‘Double Standards’ For Allowing Drilling In Devon

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Telegraph.

This is the first paragraph.

The Government has been accused of “blatant double standards” for allowing drilling in Cornwall that is able to cause stronger tremors than fracking.

This is at the United Downs Geothermal Project in Devon.

It certainly looks like one rule for geothermal energy and another for fracking.

But then in a lecture in London, I heard a Professor of Engineering from Glasgow University, say that fracking was used in the Highlands of Scotland to obtain clean water.

May 5, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Boeing 737: Much More Than Just The Max

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on cnet.

It is a serious history, that explains how Boeing ended up in their current position.

I will still take a lot of persuading to fly in one!

The Sunday Times today has an article which is entitled Boeing Biggest Worry: Who’ll Want To Fly In A 737 Max?

Enough said!

I can see Internet designers putting together easy-to-use web sites to help passengers avoid aircraft they don’t like. There are some now, but they are rather clunky and you need to be fairly tech-savvy.

May 5, 2019 Posted by | Computing, Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Custom House Station – 4th May 2019

I took these pictures as I walked pass Custom House station.

It appears to be substantially complete, with even an on display Elizabeth Line logo.

Note that this station was to a large extent built in a factory near Sheffield. Engineers in charge of the construction, told me that the quality and speed of construction were better, than building everything on-site.

May 5, 2019 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 2 Comments

Mojitos On Display By The Tills In Dalston Marks And Spencer

As this picture shows, the well-publicised Mojitos are handy in Dalston Marks and Spencer, which is perhaps thirty metres from the London Overground at Dalston Kingsland station.

They are the two light-blue cans on the left of the shelf.

I had just relieved the shop of two bottles of my favourite 0.5% Southwold Ale.

Incidentally, I have never drunk any alcoholic drink out of a can, without using a glass as an intermediary.

These days, I don’t even drink soft drinks directly out of a can.

If Transport for London allowed sponsorship of rail lines, perhaps the North London Line would be sponsored by Marks and Spencer, as they have stores very close to the following stations.

  • Richmond
  • West Hampstead
  • Hapmstead Heath
  • Dalston Kingsland
  • Hackney Central
  • Stratford

I think there will be more.

May 5, 2019 Posted by | Food, World | , , , , | Leave a comment