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 41 
 on: Yesterday at 21:11:41 
Started by Shackeng - Last post by tunnie
I have a conservatory, I insulated the walls etc l, with kingspan stuff, added proper radiator.

Problem is conservatoryís are shite, foundations tend to be crap and floor is not insulated either. Itís like trying to heat a kitchen cullender.

Iím now favouring bulldozing it and building a proper extension.

 42 
 on: Yesterday at 20:53:59 
Started by Tilbo - Last post by STEMO
Tarmac is garbage for drives etc ,any ground movement will crack it and any cold weather will rip it up
that was why people started the block paving craze
any ground movement and the blocks settle evenly ,ok ,you end up with a dip but not a pothole  :y
block paving can be re-layed too after you decide to add fiber cable etc or replace that leaky water pipe  ;D
And yet the tarmac drive we had at our old house was fine after 12 years.
no ground movement ? been a drive for years ? slight slope to drain it ?
I was a builder before you were pupped. It was fine.
point i was trying to make was that your old drive was just that,old compacted drive , not recently disturbed ground around a new build house that gets a few scoops of base and a smear of top coat whacked down with a pedestrian roller .
And my point was : If it's done correctly, it will last fine.

 43 
 on: Yesterday at 20:52:58 
Started by Webby the Bear - Last post by Webby the Bear
Cheers TA. Just gone on there. What do I search on eBay cos ets doesnít do much

 44 
 on: Yesterday at 20:52:31 
Started by Shackeng - Last post by STEMO

Sorry, Chris, I forgot your were in your nineties.  ;D

 45 
 on: Yesterday at 20:51:20 
Started by Shackeng - Last post by Sir Tigger QC
 ;D  :y

 46 
 on: Yesterday at 20:36:41 
Started by TheBoy - Last post by Entwood
Take his license away.
Then shoot him.
Then shoot his family.


Looks like a Hyundai .. Terracan maybe? Jimmy....

The same(ish) stretch was at a standstill this morning (northbound, I was going southbound) after another big shunt. Won't be long until it's made "Smart" to stop these kinds of incidents*


*that's sarcasm, btw.

That's all standard motorway, none of the M40 is going smart. M4 is....

Which I'm pretty sure is why it's quicker for me to detour 20 miles across Silverstone and come down the M40 (unsmart) than it is to drive down the M1 (smart)..

 :'( :'( :'(   Not the most sensible of posts IMHO, with 3 people dead.

I doubt there was the intention to kill, or die, in the minds of the folks in the vehicles, who will have all had families and friends now suffering great loss.

 47 
 on: Yesterday at 20:35:16 
Started by Shackeng - Last post by LC0112G
I agree with Lizzie. For an 'rescue' loco system to be any use, it would probably have to be run by Network rail, as a kind of AA/RAC for the railways. It's just as likely that a freight train would break down and block the line as a passenger train. They would need to position locos around the network, with probably 50 or so miles between QRA sites. Given the size of the network, you'd need dozens if not hundreds of locos.  Add that to the 24 hour crewing requirements and the costs quickly balloon out of control. So instead of that, Network Rail just fine the operating company if their trains break down causing delays.

Another thing you'll often notice with the steam loco excursions is that there is often a diesel loco in the set either directly behind the steam loco, or on the other end. That's so that if the steam loco breaks down the diesel can continue push the whole lot out of the way. I doubt using steam locos as Thunderbirds would work - the steam loco would probably break down too making the situation worse.

Eurotunnel do have a number of diesel "Thunderbirds" to pull dead electric trains out of the channel tunnel. However, they only have to worry about 30 odd miles of track.

 48 
 on: Yesterday at 20:31:14 
Started by Tilbo - Last post by Doctor Gollum
Ours was laid over concrete and has been starting to break up over the last few years. Engine oil and repeated car jacking have taken its toll...

 49 
 on: Yesterday at 20:20:40 
Started by Gaffers - Last post by Gaffers
Thoughts on the XC60 PHEV?

Financials just about work.  Reviews look good. Pretty decent performance when wanted and half decent mpg when charged (I still have the charger attached to the house from the Leaf). Good spec and build quality.  Looks ok.

 50 
 on: Yesterday at 20:12:53 
Started by Shackeng - Last post by Lizzie Zoom
There you go then. Great business opportunity for such a loco! You just need a catchy name , an annual upfront fee per rescue loco, few standby drivers. Could be a money spinner for rail preservation trusts.

PS who runs and owns locos that pull freight trains.................?

The problem, or fact is, that modern classes of EMU are designed to work in sets and their electronic brains are now very difficult to connect to by a traditional, now outgoing, diesel locomotives.  It is hard to even slip an addition coach into a 3 or 4 car set, and that is why you regularly see two, or even three, EMU complete sets joined together drivers power car to drivers power car.

There couplings and general connections, like air brakes, can be different even between EMU types, and totally unsuitable for locomotive connection, being often at different heights to each other. 

As LCO112G correctly stated spare diesels are now not an option, with even the freight operators examples not compatible with most of the EMU's. In addition, as stated, those freight operators have nothing directly to do with either the passenger train operators or Netwoork Rail, so are not expected, or can afford, to hire their loco's out, and that would be very expensive.  Each loco journey costs a large fee to Network Rail, and for them to drop their freight duties to assist another rail company and accumulate huge mileage costs as they travel to help a stranded EMU, is just not viable from a commercial point of view, or desirable for profit hungry freight companies and their passenger company opposite firms.

As for steam locomotives being used as muted not that long ago that is a non-starter.  There are not enough of them, let alone those air brake equipped; there are all the H&S implications; the maintenance costs, would be enormous, if they are available in the part of the country where they are required, and there is still that compatibility issue with the EMU's!!!  There would also be the little issue of the Environment!

So the suggestion was either an April fools joke, or some kind of stupid suggestion by a journalist who knows nothing about railway operations. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/12/diesel-steam-trains-rail-electricity ;D ;D ;D ;)

No, the answer is to build and maintain the latest EMU's to a far higher standard so the chances of them breaking down is relagated to "rare". ;)

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