The Anonymous Widower

First Order For Mireo Plus B Battery EMUs

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

The Land of Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock body SFBW has ordered 20 battery-equipped Mireo Plus B electric multiple-units from Siemens Mobility, which will then be responsible for their availability over a 29½-year operating life.

The Siemens Mireo Plus B Battery EMUs appear to have the following specification.

  • Ability to use overhead electrification.
  • Ability to use battery power for a range of eighty kilometres.
  • Two underfloor lithium-ion battery packs.
  • Batteries handle regenerative braking.
  • 160 kph operating speed.

Delivery is by December 2023.

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Preparations For War

I always remember a tale told by my mother about her mother, who was born in Dalston in the 1880s.

In 1939, my mother asked her mother, if she was ready for the inevitable war.

The reply was as follows.

I was caught out in the First War and I’m not going to get caught out in this one!

I’ve got a hundredweight of jam and a hundredweight of sugar in the cellar!

Do readers still know what a hundredweight is? – Fifty kilos.

From what I know, my grandmother was rather a forceful woman of very strong Devonian ancestry, with the Yeoman surname of Upcott.

In this war against COVID-19, I may have made a few preparations, but nothing like those my formidable grandmother would have made.

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Food, Health, World | , , , | 4 Comments

Serial Cooking – Pasta With Yogurt Sauce For One

This is based on a Lyndsey Bareham recipe, which I cooked in Serial Cooking – Quick Pasta For One.

Note.

  1. There’s a lot of room for error and personalisation.
  2. I suspect it works equally well with Marks and Spencer’s normal pasta.
  3. It can be cooked in about ten minutes,

‘ve cooked it perhaps twenty times now and eaten it every time.

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Food | , , , | 2 Comments

A Class 755 Train PowerPack Car

The picture shows the PowerPack car of a Class 755 train.

Note.

  1. The two covers to give access to the two engines on each side of the car.
  2. The shared Jacobs bogies between the cars.
  3. The pairs of shock absorbers between cars.

The Jacobs bogies and the shock absorbers are probably used to help give the trains a smooth ride. The Wikipedia entry for Jacobs bogies says this.

Instead of being underneath a piece of rolling stock, Jacobs bogies are placed between two carbody sections. The weight of each car is spread between the Jacobs bogie. This arrangement provides the smooth ride of bogie carriages without the additional weight and drag.

After my half-dozen or so rides in Class 745 and Class 755 trains, I wouldn’t be averse to seeing a lot more of these trains in the UK.

 

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Morden South Station – 24th December 2019

These pictures were taken on the 24th December 2019, at Morden South station.

The station is based on an island platform like many on the Sutton Loop Line.

The station doesn’t have step-free access, but I suspect, that a lift could be installed between the tunnel and the island platform.

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Morden Station – 24th December 2019

I have started to catch up on my old pictures, as I have confined myself to barracks.

These pictures were taken on the 24th December 2019 at Morden station.

I may need them in the future and I can always find them here.

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Electric Aircraft Pose New Challenges For Maintenance And Repair

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Institution Of Mechanical Engineers.

The article looks at the Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) of electric aircraft.

It is a article very much worth reading!

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The Tate Is Closing

I have just received this e-mail from the Tate, where I am a member.

For over 120 years we’ve been welcoming people to our galleries, to enjoy great art from around the world. However, the welfare of our members, visitors and staff must always come first.

That’s why we are closing Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives from this evening, 17 March until 1 May. We will be reviewing this and keep you updated.

We believe that access to art is a universal human right. Now more than ever, art can lift our spirits, brighten our days and improve our mental health. So whilst our galleries are shut, we’ll be sharing some ideas for how you can still enjoy the best of Tate wherever you are.

Thank you for your support and for being part of Tate. We hope you will bear with us during this period of disruption. If you have tickets to upcoming events, we’ll be in touch soon. And of course we will extend your Membership for the duration of the closure.

We don’t know yet when our galleries will reopen, but we look forward to welcoming you back when they do.

Until then, stay safe and take care. We’ll be in touch soon.

Best wishes,

Maria Balshaw
Director, Tate

It is not unexpected.

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , | 1 Comment

Clean Air For All: Lampposts To Charge Electric Cars

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

An “electric avenue” has been developed where lampposts have been converted into chargers for battery-powered cars.

The project has been led by Siemens.

Surely, all lampposts should have an electric car charging point.

A Regret

I am limiting my travel because of COVID-19 and only using Shanks’s pony, so I will not be able to provide one of my pictures of the chargers.

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 6 Comments

BCRRE Recognised for its HydroFLEX Work

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2-View.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham has been recognised in the Guardian University Awards 2020 for its work in the UK’s first hydrogen powered train, HydroFLEX.

From my monitoring of the various hydrogen developments and their prominence, it appears that all questions are being explored and that hydrogen will have an extensive future on both rail and the road.

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