Shameful Shed Shambles!
Monday, 25 January 2021
When fbb published the above picture, supposedly of a guy who had bought a shed for his garden, fbb missed the point. Class 66 locos are nicknamed "Sheds" ...
Central & Penn - A Tale Of Two Stations!
... the station lost its inter city status in 1992 when Amtrak focussed its services on nearby Penn Station.
"One once entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat,” the architectural historian Vincent Scully famously wrote.
We shall see.
Flyer Flies Further
The A3 is, from 21st February, to be extended via Pool to Otley.
Behold, Beauteous Bridges!
The new Forth road bridge from the venerable Forth rail bridge. The old Forth road bridge lies between the two but has faded into obscurity, eclipsed by the tower lighting beyond.
The government said works between Bicester and Bletchley are expected to create 1,500 jobs.
Work will include the construction of a new station at Winslow, as well as enhancements to existing stations along the route, including Bletchley.
By 2025, two trains per hour will run between Oxford and Milton Keynes via Bletchley it is claimed. A second section of track could be laid between Bletchley and Bedford by 2028, and the final stretch be completed by 2030.
In a typical burst of incompetent journalism, the writer of this piece hasn't quite grasped that there already IS a line between Bletchley and Bedford, so there is no "second sections of track to be laid"!!
Mr Heaton Harris, the rail minister at DfT, acknowledged the project was on an “ambitious timetable”.
Asked how it would affect the expressway (new road) project, he said: “I think my secretary of state [Grant Shapps] was asked about this recently and he gave that answer that the road project was paused.
“I am quite hopeful if we can do this – and the timescales we are looking at are doable: the first service by 2025, next to Bedford by 2028 – in that time we would have been able to demonstrate that if people vote with their feet that the paused road will be paused for a very long time.”
The expressway project was paused as part of the government’s budget in spring 2020.
Enthusiasm is clouded, however, by the news that the line will not be electrified.
And The Great Debate
... and Alex Hornby, (taking a break from viat Witchway duties).
Irrespective of racial or geographic prejudices, jam first gives a better, more calorific scoff every time!
Next comparison blog : Tuesday 26th January