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  1. I hope you are right. There have been some reliability issues with the trains and TFL have sent a number back to Bombardier, and for awhile refused deliveries. Hopefully now the bugs are ironed out and the new trains are rolled out quickly.
  2. I also noticed there are no barriers at the platform end. A child could easily run and fall over the edge. In spite of that this monorail has been in operation since 1901.It really is a credit to German engineering and design. It must be safe or it would have been closed down.
  3. I have never seen graffiti that bad anywhere I have travelled in the world, not even in Paris. Good to see some old trains still running. I often wonder if the new modern trains will last as long. I somehow doubt it.
  4. Wuppertal Schwebebahn is a suspended monorail in Wuppertal, Germany. The suspension railway travels along a route 13.3 kilometres long, about 12 metres (39 ft 4 in) above the surface of the river Wupper between Oberbarmen and Sonnborner Straße (10 km) and approximately 8 m above the city streets, between Sonnborner Straße and Vohwinkel (3.3 km). At one point the railway crosses the A46 motorway. The entire trip takes about 30 minutes. The Schwebebahn has 25 million passenger annually (2008). Credit to Brugghen
  5. The one great thing about living in Europe is travelling by train on the different systems and trains.There is nowhere in the world that can offer such variety. From an Intercity 125 in the UK to a TGV in France, an ICE in Germany or a rack railway in Switzerland we are spoiled for choice.
  6. We start what was a very long day, on the Circle Line making my way from Victoria to the lovely 1868 built station of Notting Hill Gate. The first steam journey of the day ( ) from Kensington Olympia to Moorgate, was for London Underground and TFL staff, accompanied by members of heritage organisations involved in this project. Also Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. We see more of him later!.. At () Sam Mullins (in the hat) Director of the LT Museum and () closest to camera in the spotty tie, Howard Collins, London Underground Chief Operating Officer At Moorgate () a barrier train, a brand new S7 unit, was placed to deter too many onlookers but also to mitigate the risk of passengers on the steam train opening the doors on the wrong side!! So people struggled to get a snap of the steam train through the S7's windows.... Back to Great Portland Street for the half empty return trip....what happened there??? After a gap of several hours we then see the main evening shuttle services () at Baker Street, Euston Square and Great Portland Street. These ran between Moorgate and Edgware Road, the oldest part of the Underground. The train comprises of steam engine Met 1, dating from 1898. Milk van number 3 built in 1896 and just restored to take part in these celebrations. "Jubilee" coach 353 dating from 1892 also just restored in a 16 month, £572,000 part lottery, part friends of LT museum funded project at the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. This derelict coach was rescued in 1974 after use as a farm building. It had been in storage eversince in the London Transport relics collection. You can watch a film of the restoration here. Finally, the four 1898-1900 vintage Metropolitan coaches know as the "Chesham set" on loan from the Bluebell Railway in Sussex.. From this Easter, it will be much easier to visit when the Bluebell railway joins up with the national rail network at East Grinstead. Bringing up the rear is 1923 built Metropolitan Vickers Electric loco, Number 12 "Sarah Siddons" which ran in service until 1962. For the last trip () it's back on the Circle Line to where we started, Notting Hill Gate. A similar evening of journeys will be held next Sunday 20th January (see my other film) On 30th January 2013 Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge (Camilla) rode on the underground from Farringdon, one stop to King's Cross as part of the 150th celebrations. Thank you to Traindriver35 for allowing me to post this here Uploader Comments (traindriver35)
  7. I was 22 years old when that happened, and I will always remember that terrible day. When I read things like this it brings it all back.
  8. If the NRA had it's way everyone would be able to have their own personalized bazooka, available in different colors, including lightweight ones for the ladies. Oops!! I've lost control of my drone!!
  9. In the 1950's Sir Reginald Ansett imported the Flxible Clipper into Australia to operate his interstate bus services operated by Ansett Pioneer Express.He ended up building them in Australia under licence to Flxible. In the 60's along came the PD 4106 and 7 followed by MCI 7, 8 and 9 in the 70's and 80's. Sir Reg also imported the first Kenworth Trucks into Australia in the late 1950's. The Kenworth was so successful that they opened a factory in Bayswater,Victoria.They are still one of the biggest selling trucks in Australia today. Back to the buses. In 1974 Greyhound Australia (no relation to Greyhound US) imported 31 Eagle 05's followed by 10's in 1984. Sadly none of these great buses are around anymore. You may see some as motorhomes. but most have been scrapped. Greyhound Australia took over Ansett Pioneer in 1988. In 1993 all the Eagles and MCI's were sold off and replaced by Australian and European buses. Around that time an MCI 102DL3 was sent to Australia for evaluation. Sadly due to a backward thinking government they would not allow it on Australian roads because of it's width. That was the end of the American bus in Australia. Aussie built long distance buses were generally powered with US running gear, GM engines,Spicer, Fuller and Allison transmissions, and Rockwell ax Now the Europeans dominate the market.As much as I like the Euro coaches they will never have that rugged appeal of their American counterparts
  10. I believe there are 12 in service running out of Arriva's Hackney Depot on the 38 route. Many more will be delivered this year and will be spread around routes that pass through Central London.
  11. My point is. Will the new trains run on existing tracks? If so then they will not be able to be used to their maximum potential. A separate high speed track must be built and trains must have in cab signalling.
  12. Irizars are very popular there. They are virtually all over the world now.
  13. The new Routemaster for London is in service on the 38 route from Hackney to Victoria Station. Also known as the " Boris Bus " after the Lord Mayor Boris Johnson.These weird looking buses are set to become a common sight on London streets. The idea of the new Routemaster was to replace the iconic old Routemaster with a bus that everyone can identify as a symbol of London. Over 600 of the New Routemasters have been ordered
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