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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'm thinking that the North Wales slate quarries* may be a better choice than coal mines. * The difference between a quarry and a mine is in the material extracted and any post-processing, not whether it is an open cast...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    1029 - In Edinburgh, each watt of solar produces 900Wh power year. I'm not even clear what the units you're using here are. 900Wh means 900 watts for one hour. So presumably 900Wyear means 900W for one year? But 900Wh...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    941 - sort of true. The Lochaber smelter was built where it is in order to be near a good site for a hydro plant. 964 - They're probably moulded stone, with a pattern that "looks like" polished granite (at...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    That's what I thought. Cheers....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    863 - I just made the bombastic statement that gasdive's bombastic statement needs to work. My own view is that a low to zero carbon base load needs a mixed low carbon strategy to supply base load. That means a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Still waiting for the bit where you produce a seasonal storage at all, never mind one that somehow works with photovoltaic generation but not with nuclear, wind or hydro, or a combination of the three. Without a seasonal storage that...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    It actually shows on other sites as "1632 Press", not "Ring of File Press"?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    829 - In the UK, most buildings are not new builds. The most recent buildings I've ever worked or lived in date from the 1970s. The oldest I can reliably date would be the Gilbert Scott Building at the University...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    806 - for "a few days" read "as much as a month". OK, this has only happened once that I know of, but when it did it covered most of the UK. 808 - Although you would then logically route...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    741 - (Funny to think that once upon a time you could take your own vehicle on the train and they did allow you to use it to ride in, and it was considered the highest quality option...) True, as...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    717 - For the 3rd time (implied) and 2nd explicitly stated, "The South End of the Rail Alaska main line is a sea port". Got it now? 720 - In the first place, you're confusing the fully enclosed Euroshuttle car...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well, in your timeframe you'd be pre M8, so you would have to pass through the East End or South Side of Glasgow on 30mph surface streets to get onto the one road that would take you to Fort William....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Finally, you have the generally London-centric architecture of the UK rail system. London to Newcastle? No problem. Cardiff to Newcastle? Drive to Swansea and then change at London. Which ignores the bit upthread where I discuss an actual service that...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    663 - Well, presently the freight is delivered into Seward by ships, then the rail wagons are unloaded and marshalled into trains... 666 - One of the nicer things about Plymouth is that you can get direct ferries from there...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    631 & 632 - Where exactly? Rail Alaska's main business is freight shipments, mostly of food and oil pipe, from Seward to Fairbanks, from where Carlile Trucking road hauls it on up the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Sadly, this doesn't seem to have worked on the "Little Englandshireers" of the UK far right....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I believe that Rail Alaska basically consists of one main line that routes from South to North as Seward - Anchorage - Fairchild....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Us UK types are well aware of 3rd rail electrification through the London Underground and possibly the Southern Railway (grouping era company who had 3rd rail electification and EMUs in the 1930s)....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    483 - Great thanks. It makes way better sense now. I'd never seen the bridge in that sort of detail after construction topped out before. 491 Para 2 - I presume this only applies to 1/2" drive sets? The largest...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I am now also confused, since that is neither a power rail nor obviously a check rail, oh and I make actually 5 rails, not 2 or 3....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    442 - We tried it with the HST set using an arrangement of 1 power car, a rake of trailer coaches, and ending with another power car. This worked well enough that the arrangement (though not the power cars any...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well, the Highland Boundary Fault does pass into the North Sea at Stonehaven ;-) but I know what you mean. More seriously, when BR started using HST sets on Cross-Country, they realised that the big advantages the double Valentia had...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well, my first journey on an HST was on a service that routed Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley - York - Manchester - Birmingham - Bristol - Penzance......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    411 - I can see why you'd think the FRB is unique in being a British WHS still used for its original purpose, but straight out the gate I went to check Jodrell Bank Observatory and found a second one....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    374 - The specific line (Fife circle) under primary discussion is normally run using 2, 3, 4 or 6 car reversible Multiple Units. I've never seen a banker engine used with a multiple unit (well, except "Thunderbird 4" which got...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    350 - Assuming a Tesla uses 3000 jPhone batteries, that's 3000 *£49 = £147000 for a new battery pack. That's rather more than a new Tesla in the UK. 358 - Agreed. As I said upthread, "making it right" involves...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Google virtual power plant. So I did. I got 4 unique companies in the top 50 hits, including Tesla, who definitely use car power packs as temporary storage....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    310 - The closest I have come to 'EVs are bad because they don't work for me' is more "EVs do not work for my use case, the vehicles need these improvements". 313 - I keep seeing this argument. Aside...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    As already discussed, the bureaucracy involving the FRB also involves UNESCO. One of the likely consequences of electrifying the bridge is a loss of its World Heritage Site status. If you doubt this, check the current register for Liverpool Docks....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Greg, you actually think Milibean is better than Cor Bin!?...
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