Lyon Finesses NOT Lionesses …
Lyon needs a bigger better look than is possible at the moment (our two fellowship meetings coming up this weekend) but the news item does deserve more than a passing glance.
Hmm? Lets get some context. TCL operates the following:-
(aka Metro). Worry not if you cannot read the map, there will be more detail later.
Looks like they have short trains as here on line B.
There is a sixth tram line, called “Rhone Express” …
… which parallels tram T3 and then extends to the airport.
SYTRAL has just announced a massive Metro investment plan for the next twelve years. fbb has translated the huge sums given in Euros to equally huge sums in UK pounds, because your aged blogger can’t really cope with this new–fangled currency from furrin parts!
A two station extension at the southern end is due to open this October. All trains will be four car units (2 + 2) with 14 additional trains on order.
Once a funicular, this short line was converted to rack and pinion. A section of single track is to be doubled and between seven and nine new trains are to be built. A new train control system is being implemented.
This line (driverless) is regarded as the first automatic “big train” service in the world, It is the busiest of Lyon’s metro lines. Additional units are to be acquired to allow for four car (2+2) units throughout. Some platforms are being lengthened to accommodate the double length trains.
There is also to be an upgrade to the control centre at Part Dieu
Just tot up the total and ask what could be achieved in Edinburgh or Sheffield with a similar investment.
If we are serious about “net zero” it is sums like this that need spending on public transport development in the UK.
But we aren’t serious are we? Just “hoping it might work out” as per the government minister in the two recent programmes on BBC1 about “green” fuel for vehicles and heat pumps – both projects lining up for utter failure.
How Much For Thomas?
Hornby have given up/lost the franchise to produce the famous range of trains from stories written by Rev W Awdry. But Annie and Clarabel are routinely on offer on EBay for a reasonable price. fbb bought his “Thomas” brand new for just under £30, but it was about nine years ago.
A few days ago, fbb spotted a Thomas on sale at Hattons of Widnes for a reasonable (?) …
Just a short screen or two away another Thomas was on offer. Guess how much?
Who is kidding whom?
On line prices range from £29 (inconsistent runner) to £110.
Fencing and background trees still to be added.
You might spot the cling film?
It is to prevent the new Polyfilla from sticking to the old rockface which is fixed to the baseboard. The scenery on top lifts off. But the new tunnel extension is a self-contained unit and needs to be capable of being removed to give access to the track. So don’t stick it to the other bit!
Here’s hoping it works!
Next “How Much” blog : Friday 4th August