Electrification Delays On The Great Western Railway Must Be Serious

This article in Rail Magazine is entitled GWR and DfT discuss ‘revised plan’ after electrification delays and it talks about what is to be done to get a decent passenger service running on the Grea…

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If you’re not sick, visit the train show

Twins In The City

You know whats worse then a sick toddler?? Two sick toddlers.

OK, only one is currently sick, but it won’t be long until the other is too.

The other night my son started projectile vomiting. You know, the kind that shoots out so far and smacks you in the face. It was everywhere; on his sheets, floor, pajamas, crib, hair… While I was cleaning up, Daddy was sitting in the bathroom with him hovering over the toilet, and my precious daughter was so concerned about her brother that she started hysterical crying.

30 minutes later…

We finally put him back in his crib and just as things started settling down it happened all over again. Lesson learned. We decided to sleep on the floor with a bucket close by. Oh and my precious daughter… well, she was so upset about missing out on the fun that she gave herself laryngitis from screaming “get down, I get down”. 30 minutes…

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Japan unveils prototype of new maglev train, promises speeds of up to 311 mph

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The Technology

DNP Japan unveils prototype of its first maglev train, promises 311 mph speeds

More than a year after the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) received construction approval to get going on its maglev railways, it has finally unveiled a Series L0 prototype that would put its current bullet train system to shame. Designed to travel at 311 mph, a single one of these high-speed marvels is designed to carry about 16 carriages, which translates to about 1,000 commuters. While Japanese travelers already enjoy a speedy 90-minute trip from Tokyo to Nagoya, this new maglev system promises to cut that journey to just 40 minutes. Announced nearly five years ago, the project has since been extended to include an Osaka-Tokyo leg and will cost around nine trillion yen (approximately $112 billion) when all is said and done. Don’t pack your bags just yet though; the maglev’s Nagoya rail isn’t scheduled to go live until 2027, and the boarding call for Osaka isn’t until…

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Warley Model Railway Show 2012

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Grasslands Models

I have not visited the Warley show at the NEC for a number of years. My last visit (some 3 or 4 years ago) was quite exhausting.

I am pleased to say that this years show was my most enjoyable visit to the exhibition, with some very impressive modelling on display.

‘Cliffhanger’ was a very impressive layout; constructed on a steeply angled base board. More on this superb layout can be found here.

Another great layout was ‘Veldhoveh 1935’. Positioned in a picture frame and viewed from a fixed perspective. This super small layout gives the impression of looking along a busy street in 1935 to a photo-realistic finish. It is all achieved with the clever use of different scale buildings and trains, not to mention the novel idea of creating a ‘skewed’ train that appears to be driving off into the distance.

If you can understand Dutch and…

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