The Anonymous Widower

How Many Diesel Multiple Units In The UK Have Voith Hydraulic Transmissions?

This may seem to be a funny question to ask, but all will come clear later in the week.

Doing a quick search through Wikipedia finds the following trains.

  • Class 150 – 135 – two-car – 2 x 213 kW
  • Class 150 – 2 – three-car – 3 x 213 kW
  • Class 153 – 56 – one-car – 1 x 213 kW
  • Class 155 – 7 – two-car – 2 x 213 kW
  • Class 156 – 114 – two-car – 2 x 213 kW
  • Class 158 – 149 – two-car – 2 x 260-300 kW
  • Class 158 – 23 – three-car – 3 x 260-300 kW
  • Class 159 – 30 – three-car – 3 x 260-300 kW
  • Class 165 – 48 – two-car – 2 x 261 kW
  • Class 165 – 27 – three-car – 3 x 261 kW
  • Class 166 – 21 – three-car – 3 x 261 kW
  • Class 168 – 9 – two-car – 2 x 315 kW
  • Class 168 – 8 – three-car – 3 x 315 kW
  • Class 168 – 11 – four-car – 4 x 315 kW
  • Class 170 – 41 – two-car – 2 x 315 kW
  • Class 170 – 88 – three-car – 3 x 315 kW
  • Class 171 – 12 – two-car – 2 x 315 kW
  • Class 171 – 8 – four-car – 4 x 315 kW
  • Class 175 – 27 – two-car – 2 x 340 kW

Note.

  1. The three fields after the train class are the number of trains, the number of cars in each train and the number andsize of engines per train.
  2. All trains seem to have one diesel engine per car.
  3. All trains seem to have the same or similar Voith transmission.

There are a total of 816 trains of various lengths.

October 14, 2020 Posted by | Transport | | 4 Comments

The Footbridge At Feltham Station – 13th October 2020

Next to Feltham Station, Network Rail are building an unusual footbridge.

This visualisation from Network Rail shows the design.

 

These are the pictures I took today.

Some of the features of the bridge can be picked out on the visualisation.

October 14, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Alternative Funding Seems To Be Doing Well

I watch a couple of crowdfunding sites and they certainly seem to be still attracting funds.

I have recently invested a small sum in Cornish Lithium, as I like both the technology and history of the company.

Their round of crowdfunding is coming to an end, as they have raised £4.5 million against a target of £1.5 million.

It certainly appears that there is money for a good company in these troubled times.

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A Posh Bus Stop In Islington With A Carpet

Do your local bus stops have carpets?

This picture shows a stop in St. Paul’s Road in Islington!

October 14, 2020 Posted by | Transport | | 1 Comment

The Liverpool And Hackney Puzzle

I know Liverpool well, as I was there as a student in the 1960s and now help fund cancer research in the University.

I now live in Hackney, which is a very mixed borough in London and not unlike lots of Liverpool in parts.

It puzzles me and some of the researchers I know in Liverpool, why Liverpool has a rate of the covids, which is five times higher than it is where I live.

October 14, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Drax, Velocys Help Launch Coalition For Negative Emissions

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

U.K.-based companies Drax Group and Velocys are among 11 organizations that have launched the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which aims to achieve a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 by developing pioneering projects that can remove carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the atmosphere.

This paragraph details the companies and organisations involved.

In addition to Drax and Velocys, members of the coalition include Carbon Engineering, Carbon Removal Centre, CBI, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Climeworks, Energy U.K., Heathrow, International Airlines Group, and the U.K. National Farmers Union.

They have sent a letter to the Government, which can be downloaded from the Drax website.

Conclusion

I have an open mind about biomass and products such as aviation biofuel and techniques such as carbon capture.

Keeping the wheels of commerce turning, needs a sustainable way to fly and ideas such as producing aviation biofuel from household and industrial waste, could enable sustainable transport in the short term.

Carbon capture is very difficult in a lot of processes, but I feel that in some, such as a modern gas-turbine powered station, if they are designed in an innovative manner, they an be made to deliver a pure stream of the gas. A pure gas must be easier to handle, than one contaminated with all sorts of unknowns, as you might get from burning some sources of coal.

I am pleased that the National Farmers Union is involved as using pure carbon dioxide, as a growth promoter for greenhouse crops is a proven use for carbon dioxide.

Overall, I am optimistic about the formation of the Coalition for Negative Emissions.

 

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