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Post-Festive Pot Pourri (7)

 Sadness And Gladness Sadness in the face of the loss of King Alfred Vehicles and others in the disastrous fire at Pentin Mewsey back in December. It is not yet known what, if anything, can bee salvaged. Serious Fire at Penton Mewsey Apart from the Leyland Olympic, four Hants & Dorset buses – three double deck and one single deck…

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New Year’s Friday Reads – 2 January 2024

• Eurostar Channel services restarting on Sunday as flooding is cleared (The Guardian) • Plans for direct trains from St Pancras to Germany and Switzerland (Yahoo! News) • Elizabeth line testing ways of banishing its “ghosts in the walls” (Ian Visits) • How London Was Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666: Video (City Beautiful) • Working from home could…

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Post-Festive Pot Pourri (6)

Decorative Disaster : Festive Failure? With Mts fbb’s stalwart help, but given under fierce protest (“I an never doing this again” is the annual complaint), the lavish display at fbb mansions, only rivalled by the lights at Blackpool, was hauled in place under the first floor fenestration.   And it promptly started falling to bits!  To save time and to…

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Cummins to pay record-setting $1.675bn US disabling emission controls fine (Reuters)

Truck engine maker Cummins Inc. has agreed in principle to pay a $1.675 billion fine for installing devices on hundreds of thousands of engines to allow them to emit excess pollution, the largest-ever civil penalty for a Clean Air Act violation, the US Justice Department said on Friday. The Department said Cummins allegedly installed so-called “defeat devices” to bypass or disable…

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Post-Festive Pot Pourri (6)

 But First Of All … If you are a passenger, may all your buses and trains run on time (some hope!) and if you are a manager, may Government advice and financial help be useful long term (some hope!). And How’s Your Vexillology? It is the flag of here … … and it’s not a graphic for a SciFi movie,…

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Christmas Quiz 2023 Answers

As promised here are the answers to the Christmas Quiz. Comments are based on a limited number of responses sent in. Please mark your own work and tell us how you got on. The limited consensus available suggests the quiz was much harder this year. Answers are highlighted in bold. If you haven’t tried the quiz and fancy doing so…

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Post-Festive Pot Pourri (5)

Edinburgh Excitement fbb has commented before on the excellent CHRISTmas Day network of services operated in Edinburgh by Lothian Buses, still owned by Edinburgh Council and therefore, one must presume, keen to offer support to its residents! But there is more. The two “country” operations of Lothian buses also publish a festive timetable and have buses running on Christmas Day.…

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Post-Festive Pot Pourri (4)

Antipodean Adventure Part 4 The globe-trotting pair called in at Singapore on the way to NZ and Oz, as you do. The above is just one of the spectacular terminals at Changi Airport. But if you look closely behind the waterfall you might just spot … … the “Shuttle” LRT train which will link you with Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid…

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Friday Reads – 29 December 2023

• More of the new Piccadilly line trains could be built in the UK (Ian Visits) • Regent’s Park – The Station That Shouldn’t Be There: Video (Jago Hazzard) • On demand transit doesn’t work (CityLab) • The deepest station in Japan is also one of the scariest (Sora News 24) • Ride on the recently opened Tren Maya: Video…

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Nightjet of the new generation: Video (AccessibleLink)

Nightjet of the new generation – a new travel experience. With modern design, more privacy and greater comfort, the new train makes overnight train travel even more pleasant and takes you to many European cities overnight in a climate-friendly way at speeds of up to 230 km/h. Austria’s new sleeper train with level boarding… has quite an impressive accessible sleeper…

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