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NB Alnwick

Member Since 28 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Jan 23 2015 03:19 PM

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In Topic: Every Boat to be fitted with a Tracking System

23 January 2015 - 03:04 PM

I still can't get my head round why CRT need a tracker system for something that doesn't move - the problem Pontificating Peter first started us off with..


Have I got this wrong? I don't think anyone from CRT has given any indication that they might even be considering such an idea. The original post arose because, in another place, an individual expressed a personal opinion. I am quite sure that CRT have far more important subjects on their priority list.


Now I might have the idea that such a device would be useful - for example if all locks and lift bridges were hydraulically operated by remote control and linked to a central computer, then the tracking device could be used to get the lock ready in advance of a boats approach and the gates could be opened in readiness, similarly lift bridges could be raised for approaching boats. This would have the added advantage of stopping people from turning locks round, setting locks too far in advance of their approach or arguing about who should have the lock first. The possibilities are endless but don't worry, none of this is likely to happen in real life.

In Topic: 61 Bodies Found In Manchester Canals

18 January 2015 - 05:37 PM

I am totally amazed by this story. Someone on this forum actually reads the Daily Star - surely that cannot be true . . .

In Topic: Swapping diesel engine for petrol

16 January 2015 - 03:59 PM

A diesel engine is generally far better suited to boat use for many reasons. Have you costed out the the repairs in terms of parts and labour. I would expect that it will be cheaper to repair your existing engine than replace it.

In Topic: Yodel Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!

15 January 2015 - 05:49 PM


But please not British Railways sandwiches!


Actually, back in the day, BR sandwiches were not that bad - I can remember eating a variety of BR refreshment room snacks during my trainspotting days before Beeching and I cannot remember regretting any of it. Banbury was probably the best because they offered freshly brewed coffee and a hot Banbury Cake for under a shilling and at Rugby you could get a three course meal served at you table for three shillings and sixpence - those were the days!


I am not trying to steal the topic - the point that I was alluding to was that the post-war government just about got things right with an integrated transport system. You ordered stuff my mail (no Internet and hardly any phones in those days) and it arrived within two or three days delivered to your door by the postman or by a BR van driver. Other parcels sent by train or bus could be collected from the nearest bus or railway station. Even as recently as 1977, I remember ringing the Morgan factory for a new exhaust for my car and collecting it from the Midland Red bus station in Rugby later on the same day! That exhaust must have been on several buses to get from Malvern to Rugby!


I really don't care much for our modern American style delivery systems where stuff is delivered by all sorts of bods without proper uniforms and always in far too much of a hurry to even say please or thank you . . .

In Topic: Steam Trains at Speed

15 January 2015 - 11:32 AM

Railway 'preservation' has come a long way in the last 50 years . . .