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Old 15th February 2020, 11:18
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The "Coolies" as you so delicately put it, will be assembling the microchips for the digital signals and arranging the finance for HMG to issue as Bonds. HS2 may have to introduce the snowflake generation to picks and shovels. FCUK Savid Javid has just resigned.
But who, exactly, will be foolhardy enough to invest lifetime savings or pension funds in those Bonds? The Victorians raised private finance for their railway building orgies by similar processes, issuing Bonds backed by fanciful promises that were impossible to uphold, causing much financial misery to the investors who appear to have not learnt from the South Sea bubble or Dutch Tulips. It was all very well for the Government of the day to nationalise the system after WWII while it was struggling to recover after 6 years of highly intensive operations and considerable neglect, but no new lines were built for years and the "Modernisation Program" of the 1950's was all about using imported oil that was cheaper than domestic coal supplies, and building new diesel powered locomotives that were capable of sustained high speeds on a railway that was essentially the same one built by the Victorians but designed for slower speeds and semaphore signalling systems.

No amount of bombastic hyperbole about getting things done can hide the fact that HST is an answer to a question that nobody asked.
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Old 15th February 2020, 11:41
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You can't help but wonder if Brunel and Telford and Co are turning over in their graves.

Not without first submitting an action plan, a method statement and a full risk assessment.
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Old 15th February 2020, 13:22
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You forgot the traffic cones and environmental impact statement.
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Old 16th February 2020, 13:16
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Hold hard! Surely if we having two lines on the new permanent way judicious avoidance of interconnecting points may reduce signalling requirements to a schoolboy level of sophistication while still being safe or perhaps safer. It would be interesting to see how budgets for signalling replacement on the existing mish-mash network compares with that proposed for HS2.
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Old 24th February 2020, 12:52
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Took this pix at the Earl's Court Motorcycle show back in the 70's. I came very close to signing my life away in order to buy one of these, the classic Triumph Trident 'Slippery Sam' replicas of the bike that won the TT production race 5 years in a row in the early 70's. And this against some pretty serious competition.

I wish I had now, I shudder to think what one of these would cost these days ...
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Old 22nd March 2020, 13:02
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A few more vintage vehicles to jog the memory.

A nice little Austin drop head - 8hp.
Jowett Javelin.
Armstrong Siddley Saphire.
Triumph Mayflower. My father had one of these. When you see these
old cars they were so small compared with todays models. The baby of the Renown.

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Old 22nd March 2020, 21:36
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Took this pix at the Earl's Court Motorcycle show back in the 70's. I came very close to signing my life away in order to buy one of these, the classic Triumph Trident 'Slippery Sam' replicas of the bike that won the TT production race 5 years in a row in the early 70's. And this against some pretty serious competition.

I wish I had now, I shudder to think what one of these would cost these days ...
You would have to have a very neat little bum to be comfortable on that.
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