The Anonymous Widower

The Case Of The Disappearing Litter Bins

Coming back from Cardiff today, I had some Marks & Spencer sandwiches and some of their still lemonade, which ended up in a carrier bag.

There were no litter bins on the exit of the train I used, so I had to carry my rubbish to the Lizzie Line, where I knew there were bins.

I took this picture in May at Tottenham Court Road station.

But they were missing so I had to bring it home.

I asked one of the station guys and they said, that they kept falling off the wall.

So let’s hope that a solution can be found.

August 3, 2022 Posted by | Design, Food, Transport/Travel | , , | 5 Comments

The Quality Of The Ride On The Lizzie Line

This morning I went from Moorgate station to Paddington station on the Lizzie Line.

I was in a virtually empty car and I could gauge a good estimate of ride quality.

In my opinion, the gold standard in the UK for some time has been the British Rail Mark 3 coach.

  • But Mark 3 coaches don’t always run on modern slab track, which must give a smoother ride.
  • Each track under London also has its own tunnel, so there is no buffeting, when you pass a train going in the opposite direction.
  • Acceleration is also very smooth, due to the high proportion of powered axles.

I am getting very close to naming the Class 345 train, as the new gold standard.

August 3, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lime Kiln Fuelled By Hydrogen Shown To Be Viable

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

Lime is one of those materials that plays a large part in our lives without our even knowing it. The Wikipedia entry lists a multitude of uses.

The article starts with these paragraphs.

The trial, led by Tarmac at its Tunstead site near Buxton, was the culmination of a project to demonstrate the potential to use hydrogen as a viable fuel alternative to natural gas for commercial-scale production of lime.

A number of trials were conducted with differing energy replacements, which culminated in a 100% replacement of the natural gas.

While it has been shown to be feasible, we have not yet been told how soon it might be practical or affordable.

The article finishes with this optimistic statement.

Tarmac, a CRH company, has cut CO2 by 24% per tonne of product since 1990; it is aiming for 45% by 2030.

This article illustrates how some important industries create a lot of carbon emissions and how decarbonisation would be fairly easy with a plentiful supply of hydrogen.

This is also the sort of industry, that would benefit from blending up to twenty percent of hydrogen into the UK’s natural gas supply, as is currently being investigated by the HyDeploy project.

August 3, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , | 1 Comment