Florence Gets to Work ...
Saturday, 15 May 2021
... but not that Florence who was named Margotte in the original french version (Dougal was Pollux) but the not-at-all-boring machine which will start boring the Chiltern Tunnel for HS2. fbb often has to resort to technical terms and this machine is not just "big", it is "huge". Here is the HS2 official video to introduce boring Florence to an unsuspecting and admiring world.
... dumping the crud on a conveyor which takes it out the back. As the head edges forward, huge hydraulic arms build a segmented ring of cast concrete bits which arrive near the front ...
... having been loaded at the back.
And talking of HS2
Pictures are published on the interwebnet of the magnificent Colne Valley viaduct.
This Colne Valley is near Denham in Bucks!
Meanwhile, in Birmingham, design work is under way to develop the Curzon Street terminus.
As We Were Saying
Southampton has a plan.
At least it is the right way round - unlike Cambridge!
A Natty Design For A "Smaller" Station
Unbeknown to most of us, there has recently been a competition to come up with a prize willing design for a smaller station. The winning proposal looks very "Dutch" in style ...
... and certainly fits the description of an "open" station.
You might wonder where this little morsel of modernity is located. A second "artist's impression" from street level may astound our well read readers.
Nor is there any current plan for the Widmerpool New City!
Should you feel a great yen to visit Widmerpool by public transport, at least until the new station opens (!!!???) you would need Nottsbus Connect 863 ...
In the back of fbb's increasingly dodgy memory is the idea that Wysall, Widmerpool and Willoughby (The Thee Ws) were served by the much loved Barton bus company.
More Variety : Sunday 16th May