Un Nom Approprié Pour Un Nouveau Service
The French Government really doesn't like the idea of new and competitive operators running on the national network. Likewise S N C F is very dischuffed by the idea, but then S N C F IS the French Government! But La France is an enthusiastic member of the EU (well, enthusiastic when it suits them!) so "Open Access" must happen.
The rather garish yellow and white train (only a "suggested" styling at the moment - computer generated) is for a company called, with stunning originality, "Le Train". The name is unimportant, so fbb will leave his keener readers to struggle with the translation!
If you geographical knowledge of France is as bad as fbb's you will need a map.
No sign of Arcachon at this scale. It is actually west of Bordeaux.Arcachon is a commune in the southwestern French department of Gironde. It is a popular seaside resort on the Atlantic coast 34 miles west of Bordeaux, in the Landes forest. It has a sandy beach and a mild climate said to be favourable for invalids suffering from pulmonary complaints. Arcachon is twinned with five cities.
fbb had no idea either and, presumably, neither did the writer of the Le Train piece as he put it in the wrong order!
Looks a nice place, though.
Is expensive Talgo Train technology a commercial proposition on routes that do noy serve the capital? Although the georgraphy is different, it would be like running HS2 stock between Bristol and Newcastle.
Time will tell.
Flixbus Forges Forward ...
Currently Flixbus only serves six destinations north of Hadrian's Wall, those shown here ...
McGill's expansion seems spectacular. Let's hope they've done their sums correctly.
Isn't Technology Wonderful - Puzzle Picture
It is actually one of these:-
It is an amazing bit of kit,
... to the stripped ends of your wire.
But it is the stripping that is so sensuous.
You poke the end of your wire at right angles to what might appear to be its jaws.
But then you need to strip the inner three to fit them to your 13 amp plug, ot, in fbb's case to a Peco point motor.
3 amp wire for a 12 volt solenoid? Don't ask?
So now you poke the thin wires into the chomper, one by one, as below with the blue ...
Now the baffling technology question is this. How does this mechanical contrivance know how deep to cut. fbb makes no adjustments, just poke'n'strip.
Technically beautiful. And not a computer in sight.
It is slick and quick - the answer to an old railway modeller's dream.
Even if fbb didn't need such a device, he ought to have bought one, just to gaze on its mechanical magnificence.
Surely Stagecoach gave up on rail?
Here is real desire creativity ...
A demonstration from America showing why we need LESS cars ...
Next Isle of Wight blog : Monday 30th January