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Birthday Monitor
2019-03-07 07:31:37 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
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Sid Nuncius
2019-03-07 07:39:09 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy birthday, umrats!
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Penny
2019-03-07 14:32:28 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy birthday, umrats!
ditto
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Sally Thompson
2019-03-07 07:45:28 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Many happies!
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Dumrat
2019-03-07 07:52:45 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday, KRW and any other umrats who may be lurking!
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Vicky Ayech
2019-03-07 08:37:06 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday, KRW and any other umrats who may be lurking!
Many happy returns from me too and I expect you've got plans for
tonight, but if you would like to celebrate tomorrow at The Bull I
think there will be plenty of wedding food to spare ;)
Jenny M Benson
2019-03-07 09:07:04 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Many happy returns, K Richard! Have a great day!

Ditto to Rob if you pop in, or if anyone is in contact.
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Serena Blanchflower
2019-03-07 12:21:28 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy birthday to all assorted umrats!
Many happy returns, K Richard!  Have a great day!
Ditto to Rob if you pop in, or if anyone is in contact.
Have done.
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others have thrown at him (David Brinkley)
Mike
2019-03-07 09:11:49 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Looks like a extra large meeting in the choccy bunker and The Bull today!
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Chris McMillan
2019-03-07 09:45:13 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Looks like a extra large meeting in the choccy bunker and The Bull today!
Pass on collective wishes to Mime Brown, please.

Sincerely Chris
Sid Nuncius
2019-03-07 09:58:09 UTC
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Pass on collective wishes to Mime Brown, please.
Mime, eh? That must make his radio show interesting.
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Nick Leverton
2019-03-07 11:07:01 UTC
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Pass on collective wishes to Mime Brown, please.
Mime, eh? That must make his radio show interesting.
The pictures are so much better on the radio ...

Nick
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BrritSki
2019-03-07 12:46:45 UTC
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Pass on collective wishes to Mime Brown, please.
Mime, eh? That must make his radio show interesting.
The pictures are so much better on the radio ...
Pick of the Week: The Sound of Silence

Classical: 4'33"
Nick Odell
2019-03-07 18:38:37 UTC
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Pass on collective wishes to Mime Brown, please.
Mime, eh?  That must make his radio show interesting.
The pictures are so much better on the radio ...
Pick of the Week: The Sound of Silence
Classical: 4'33"
Light opera: G&S Carefully on tiptoe stealing..
Chris McMillan
2019-03-07 18:15:58 UTC
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Pass on collective wishes to Mime Brown, please.
Mime, eh? That must make his radio show interesting.
LOL. I blame the on screen keyboard!

Sincerely Chris
steveski
2019-03-07 12:17:02 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
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krw
2019-03-08 17:38:59 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
Many thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I was taken away
from all of this by the good lady who booked tickets to Bristol on one
of these new fangled electric trains. Although I thought we were
running on diesels from Swindon to Parkway the authorities tell me it is
electrified.

We visited the Suspension Bridge (nearly getting blown away) and SS
Great Britain which was absolutely fascinating even if built to the
wrong gauge (or something like that). At the latter I qualified for a
SC discount much to the good lady's pleasure.

Dinner last night was at Casamia. Superb meal and very well looked after.

Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move and the performance was not overly exciting. What a
strange way to run a railway. IKB would never have got it this wrong.
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Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
Vicky Ayech
2019-03-08 18:13:42 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
Many thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I was taken away
from all of this by the good lady who booked tickets to Bristol on one
of these new fangled electric trains. Although I thought we were
running on diesels from Swindon to Parkway the authorities tell me it is
electrified.
We visited the Suspension Bridge (nearly getting blown away) and SS
Great Britain which was absolutely fascinating even if built to the
wrong gauge (or something like that). At the latter I qualified for a
SC discount much to the good lady's pleasure.
Dinner last night was at Casamia. Superb meal and very well looked after.
Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move and the performance was not overly exciting. What a
strange way to run a railway. IKB would never have got it this wrong.
Could the power come through the line the train runs on? I looked
after a project years ago to deliver basic skills to London Transport
employees. Some team managers' literacy was not good enough at the
time to read safety warnings and they had to rely on their second in
command. As preparation for visiting teams I did a safety course and
was told that one of the lines the trains run on is live. When they
are to work on it the electricity is turned off. To get down there
safely they needed to be able to read the notices of when the rails
would be live.
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2019-03-08 19:17:30 UTC
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Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move and the performance was not overly exciting. What a
strange way to run a railway. IKB would never have got it this wrong.
Could the power come through the line the train runs on? I looked
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The "third rail". It's not one of the main rails (the axles would short
it!), but a third rail alongside one of the main ones. Common in the
south-east, I think.
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Sid Nuncius
2019-03-09 10:10:02 UTC
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The "third rail". It's not one of the main rails (the axles would short
it!), but a third rail alongside one of the main ones. Common in the
south-east, I think.
Surely the Third Rail tries to reconcile right-rail and left-rail
divisions by advocating a varying synthesis of some right-rail economic
ideas and some left-rail social policies.

I think you're right that it was only taken seriously in some very small
areas of the South-East.
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Mike
2019-03-09 11:13:22 UTC
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The "third rail". It's not one of the main rails (the axles would short
it!), but a third rail alongside one of the main ones. Common in the
south-east, I think.
Surely the Third Rail tries to reconcile right-rail and left-rail
divisions by advocating a varying synthesis of some right-rail economic
ideas and some left-rail social policies.
I think you're right that it was only taken seriously in some very small
areas of the South-East.
The line from Reading to Earley that runs past us just two rows of houses
away and next to the A329(M) is a Southern Region line with third rail
facility.
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krw
2019-03-09 11:48:30 UTC
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The "third rail". It's not one of the main rails (the axles would
short it!), but a third rail alongside one of the main ones. Common in
the south-east, I think.
Surely the Third Rail tries to reconcile right-rail and left-rail
divisions by advocating a varying synthesis of some right-rail economic
ideas and some left-rail social policies.
I think you're right that it was only taken seriously in some very small
areas of the South-East.
A treatise on electric trains.

London Underground uses 4 rail trains. The two live rails are in the
centre and offset from the running rails (also two) on which the wheels
connected by axles run. Do not touch rails three or four.

Third rail electrification stretches from Dover to Weymouth with the
exceptions of the Marshlink, Uckfield, and North Downs lines, plus the
lines from Southampton/Basingstoke to Salisbury.

Network Rail is electrifying some of God's Worst Railway but have spent
too much so cannot finish it. The government identified nice new
electric trains but had to spend the money needed to finish the
electrification on new diesel engines, fuel tanks and so on on the nice
new trains so they can go where there is no electricity at slower speeds
than we were all promised. IKB is spinning so fast at this that he
could probably provide the electricity needed.
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Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
Chris J Dixon
2019-03-09 20:59:27 UTC
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A treatise on electric trains.
London Underground uses 4 rail trains. The two live rails are in the
centre and offset from the running rails (also two) on which the wheels
connected by axles run. Do not touch rails three or four.
Third rail electrification stretches from Dover to Weymouth with the
exceptions of the Marshlink, Uckfield, and North Downs lines, plus the
lines from Southampton/Basingstoke to Salisbury.
Network Rail is electrifying some of God's Worst Railway but have spent
too much so cannot finish it. The government identified nice new
electric trains but had to spend the money needed to finish the
electrification on new diesel engines, fuel tanks and so on on the nice
new trains so they can go where there is no electricity at slower speeds
than we were all promised. IKB is spinning so fast at this that he
could probably provide the electricity needed.
:-)

Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.

So long ago that it seems like another age, I was involved in
regular night time testing of the Brush/GEC class 314 prototype
(converted from a 2-car PEP) on LTS (now c2c).

The Brush and BR Derby contingent would rendezvous at
Loughborough station to catch the latest possible train to St
Pancras, then make our way to East Ham. It would still be far too
early for our midnight start, so the adjacent Indian restaurant
was our next call, followed for some by a cooling lager.
(Different times...)

By this time, the last up train would have run, so only the down
platform was open. We marched onto the station, donning our hi-vi
as we went, straight off the ramp and across the underground
lines. Stepping gingerly over two singles and a double - rather
like show jumping, the doubles were the hardest. One of the BR
guys (ex SR) was much more at home, but being rather short
confessed to being concerned about catching the rail with the
back of his standard-issue coat on a wet night.

All we had to do then was cross the LTS running lines and we were
on route to the depot, ready to spend the night shuttling between
East Ham and Southend.

Chris
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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2019-03-09 22:13:25 UTC
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Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
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I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to an
outsider?
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live your dash. ... On your tombstone, there's the date you're born and the
date you die - and in between there's a dash. - a friend quoted by Dustin
Hoffman in Radio Times, 5-11 January 2013
krw
2019-03-10 16:55:18 UTC
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Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
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I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to an
outsider?
If you have an electric train and have gaps between the electric supply
lines (downhill in this example) to maintain line speed you need another
power supply - batteries, diesel generator sets and if the latter
somewhere to carry the fuel.

If you add the weight of batteries or gensets and fuel it makes the
train a lot heavier, so to get up the hill you are wasting energy moving
dead weight. And you have all the costs of maintaining and refuelling
the extra kit, so it spends longer on overhauls than a pure electric.

So think of all of the wasted energy over the 40 year life of the hybrids.

My local line has bits of third rail electrification along the route.
So they are taking electric trains older than the diesels currently in
service on the line and adding diesel engines to them. So we will get
an upgrade of "older" trains. It would be much quicker to infill the
bits without third rail with the necessary and it would be there for
evermore cutting down the diesel pollution. But the ORR says it is not
safe to have third rail railways.
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Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2019-03-10 17:31:23 UTC
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Post by Chris J Dixon
Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
[]
I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to
an outsider?
If you have an electric train and have gaps between the electric supply
lines (downhill in this example) to maintain line speed you need
another power supply - batteries, diesel generator sets and if the
latter somewhere to carry the fuel.
[]
Ah. I had thought - and I'm unfamiliar with the line, so I don't know if
the gradient would support this - that the suggestion was that the
trains would roll downhill. Obviously you'd need _some_ alternative for
lighting and control (not least of the brakes!), but not as much as to
actually move the trains.
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half the lies they tell about me aren't true. - Yogi Berra
krw
2019-03-10 23:17:43 UTC
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Post by Chris J Dixon
Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
[]
I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to
an  outsider?
If you have an electric train and have gaps between the electric
supply lines (downhill in this example) to maintain line speed you
need another power supply - batteries, diesel generator sets and if
the latter somewhere to carry the fuel.
[]
Ah. I had thought - and I'm unfamiliar with the line, so I don't know if
the gradient would support this - that the suggestion was that the
trains would roll downhill. Obviously you'd need _some_ alternative for
lighting and control (not least of the brakes!), but not as much as to
actually move the trains.
You need a fairly steep gradient to maintain a significant line speed.
If you do not run at full line speed then the journeys take longer than
they should and the journey times become uncompetitive with taking cars
or coaches. Usually when adding electrification the lines will be
resignalled, relaid with higher line speeds and generally made better.
--
Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
Mike
2019-03-11 08:29:30 UTC
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Post by Chris J Dixon
Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
[]
I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to
an  outsider?
If you have an electric train and have gaps between the electric
supply lines (downhill in this example) to maintain line speed you
need another power supply - batteries, diesel generator sets and if
the latter somewhere to carry the fuel.
[]
Ah. I had thought - and I'm unfamiliar with the line, so I don't know if
the gradient would support this - that the suggestion was that the
trains would roll downhill. Obviously you'd need _some_ alternative for
lighting and control (not least of the brakes!), but not as much as to
actually move the trains.
You need a fairly steep gradient to maintain a significant line speed.
If you do not run at full line speed then the journeys take longer than
they should and the journey times become uncompetitive with taking cars
or coaches. Usually when adding electrification the lines will be
resignalled, relaid with higher line speeds and generally made better.
....and will at least reach or even surpass horse and cart speeds.
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krw
2019-03-11 10:41:36 UTC
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Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
[]
I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to
an  outsider?
If you have an electric train and have gaps between the electric
supply lines (downhill in this example) to maintain line speed you
need another power supply - batteries, diesel generator sets and if
the latter somewhere to carry the fuel.
[]
Ah. I had thought - and I'm unfamiliar with the line, so I don't know if
the gradient would support this - that the suggestion was that the
trains would roll downhill. Obviously you'd need _some_ alternative for
lighting and control (not least of the brakes!), but not as much as to
actually move the trains.
You need a fairly steep gradient to maintain a significant line speed.
If you do not run at full line speed then the journeys take longer than
they should and the journey times become uncompetitive with taking cars
or coaches. Usually when adding electrification the lines will be
resignalled, relaid with higher line speeds and generally made better.
.....and will at least reach or even surpass horse and cart speeds.
Dr Lardner has a lot to answer for.
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Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
Mike
2019-03-11 11:57:24 UTC
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Post by Chris J Dixon
Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
[]
I'm sure you're right that it _is_ daft, but can you explain why, to
an  outsider?
If you have an electric train and have gaps between the electric
supply lines (downhill in this example) to maintain line speed you
need another power supply - batteries, diesel generator sets and if
the latter somewhere to carry the fuel.
[]
Ah. I had thought - and I'm unfamiliar with the line, so I don't know if
the gradient would support this - that the suggestion was that the
trains would roll downhill. Obviously you'd need _some_ alternative for
lighting and control (not least of the brakes!), but not as much as to
actually move the trains.
You need a fairly steep gradient to maintain a significant line speed.
If you do not run at full line speed then the journeys take longer than
they should and the journey times become uncompetitive with taking cars
or coaches. Usually when adding electrification the lines will be
resignalled, relaid with higher line speeds and generally made better.
.....and will at least reach or even surpass horse and cart speeds.
Dr Lardner has a lot to answer for.
Had to look that up and,
(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysius_Lardner) has more information
than that which may be placed on a coal shovel! I also note that ‘criminal
conversation’ is another term for sausage hiding! One lives and learns -
and I thought I had sufficient discomfort with _my_first name!
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Penny
2019-03-12 09:13:06 UTC
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On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:57:24 GMT, Mike <***@ntlworld.com> scrawled
in the dust...
I also note that ‘criminal
conversation’ is another term for sausage hiding! One lives and learns
I learnt that years ago from the radio play 'No Rights, Only Wrongs'
(broadcast May 1995) about Caroline Norton (played by Celia Imrie) who
managed to get the law changed in regard to child custody and married
women's property. The court case was used by Dickens in 'The Pickwick
Papers' but I don't think he used the term.
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Annoyed by The Archers since 1959
Sid Nuncius
2019-03-10 05:59:32 UTC
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Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
I assume that there will be a replacement mime service until engineers
have restored the words.
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Nick Odell
2019-03-10 10:13:33 UTC
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Apparently a money saving suggestion for the cross-Pennine route
is only to electrify the uphill track. Words fail me.
I assume that there will be a replacement mime service until engineers
have restored the words.
I am so glad that I read that between sips of my morning tea.

Nick
Mike
2019-03-08 18:21:36 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
Many thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I was taken away
from all of this by the good lady who booked tickets to Bristol on one
of these new fangled electric trains. Although I thought we were
running on diesels from Swindon to Parkway the authorities tell me it is
electrified.
We visited the Suspension Bridge (nearly getting blown away) and SS
Great Britain which was absolutely fascinating even if built to the
wrong gauge (or something like that). At the latter I qualified for a
SC discount much to the good lady's pleasure.
Dinner last night was at Casamia. Superb meal and very well looked after.
Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move and the performance was not overly exciting. What a
strange way to run a railway. IKB would never have got it this wrong.
Didn’t you notice the ‘tender’ filled with bunny cells?
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steveski
2019-03-08 21:45:59 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
Many thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I was taken away
from all of this by the good lady who booked tickets to Bristol on one
of these new fangled electric trains. Although I thought we were
running on diesels from Swindon to Parkway the authorities tell me it is
electrified.
We visited the Suspension Bridge (nearly getting blown away) and SS
Great Britain which was absolutely fascinating even if built to the
wrong gauge (or something like that). At the latter I qualified for a
SC discount much to the good lady's pleasure.
Dinner last night was at Casamia. Superb meal and very well looked after.
Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move
Dual or triple power: OH, Diesel or 3rd rail. Although prob. not 3rd rail
on the Western Region.
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Steveski
Mike
2019-03-09 07:54:48 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
Many thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I was taken away
from all of this by the good lady who booked tickets to Bristol on one
of these new fangled electric trains. Although I thought we were
running on diesels from Swindon to Parkway the authorities tell me it is
electrified.
We visited the Suspension Bridge (nearly getting blown away) and SS
Great Britain which was absolutely fascinating even if built to the
wrong gauge (or something like that). At the latter I qualified for a
SC discount much to the good lady's pleasure.
Dinner last night was at Casamia. Superb meal and very well looked after.
Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move
Dual or triple power: OH, Diesel or 3rd rail. Although prob. not 3rd rail
on the Western Region.
‘We apologise for the delay of the 11:44 to Swindon, we are waiting for
that dirty black cloud to nugger off so that the solar cells can charge up
the bunny cells a little - then we will be on our way.’
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Toodle Pip
krw
2019-03-09 11:51:07 UTC
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Dual or triple power: OH, Diesel or 3rd rail. Although prob. not 3rd rail
on the Western Region.
First GW will soon be running oh/3 rail/diesel trains from Gatwick to
Oxford. Stupid idiots will still fail to operate a customer friendly
timetable because they do not know what they are doing.

ORR are equally stupid in preventing modest third rail expansion to cut
out the diesel requirement.
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Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
Sam Plusnet
2019-03-09 20:47:24 UTC
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Dual or triple power: OH, Diesel or 3rd rail. Although prob. not 3rd rail
on the Western Region.
First GW will soon be running oh/3 rail/diesel trains from Gatwick to
Oxford.  Stupid idiots will still fail to operate a customer friendly
timetable because they do not know what they are doing.
ORR are equally stupid in preventing modest third rail expansion to cut
out the diesel requirement.
"Third rail expansion" sounds like a serious engineering problem.
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Sam Plusnet
krw
2019-03-10 16:55:50 UTC
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Dual or triple power: OH, Diesel or 3rd rail. Although prob. not 3rd rail
on the Western Region.
First GW will soon be running oh/3 rail/diesel trains from Gatwick to
Oxford.  Stupid idiots will still fail to operate a customer friendly
timetable because they do not know what they are doing.
ORR are equally stupid in preventing modest third rail expansion to
cut out the diesel requirement.
"Third rail expansion" sounds like a serious engineering problem.
Extension would be a better term!
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Kosmo Richard W
www.travelswmw.whitnet.uk
https://tinyurl.com/KRWpics
Chris McMillan
2019-03-10 11:44:59 UTC
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Birthday News for today, 7 March: Kosmo Richard W, Rob Linham, Sharon
Richards, Mike Brown and Abbie Tucker.
Happy Birthday KRW!
Many thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I was taken away
from all of this by the good lady who booked tickets to Bristol on one
of these new fangled electric trains. Although I thought we were
running on diesels from Swindon to Parkway the authorities tell me it is
electrified.
We visited the Suspension Bridge (nearly getting blown away) and SS
Great Britain which was absolutely fascinating even if built to the
wrong gauge (or something like that). At the latter I qualified for a
SC discount much to the good lady's pleasure.
Dinner last night was at Casamia. Superb meal and very well looked after.
Back on one of these new electric trains. Given that there seem to be
no overhead wires between Temple Meads and Swindon I am not sure how it
managed to move and the performance was not overly exciting. What a
strange way to run a railway. IKB would never have got it this wrong.
Can’t help you there, KRW. Yes, wouldn’t fancy the suspension bridge one
bit today! Not been on the “Great Britain”, never found the old ships easy
to navigate. (McT may have been though, being his stamping ground)

Sincerely Chris
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