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    Daft school rules

    I knew it as: ... "those who can't teach, teach the teachers how to teach." (Being a comment on the long-gone Teacher Training Colleges / Colleges of Education.)
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    Chat Moss on the Liverpool Manchester Railway

    Stilton Fen and Embleton's Bog both seem to involve reductions to 100, which is rather better than the 75 of Chat Moss (assuming that the 60 of Astley is indeed down to signalling rather than condition of the formation). Wasn't the polystyrene solution used for the new curve at Nuneaton down...
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    Chat Moss on the Liverpool Manchester Railway

    You can put the dreadful alignment between Ordsall Lane and Salford down to the LNW wanting to save money in the 1840s — the alignment as at first planned was significantly better. The Liverpool end is a different sort of problem, isn't it? Coming out, you could come up the bank faster but would...
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    Where did it all go wrong for The Liberal Democrats ?

    True, but without an electoral pact is there any real chance that Labour could defeat the Conservatives at the next election? Is it not more likely that the only way of getting rid of the Tories as quickly as possible is for the all the opposition parties to enter into a pact for the next...
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    Chat Moss on the Liverpool Manchester Railway

    35 minutes is really pretty pathetic between two major cities only 30-odd miles apart, especially after spending the amount of money proposed for this "high-speed" line. It seems to be down to the two planned intermediate stops in such a short journey and the roundabout route proposed. The best...
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    New German Railway Timetable

    The direct route into Berlin is supposed to re-open in December 2025 — work is really pressing on now. Of course, as far as Chemnitz trains were concerned, it would benefit any routed either via Dresden or via Elsterwerda and Riesa (though not, of course, if someone had the idea of getting to...
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    New German Railway Timetable

    Not too bad because you still serve Neustadt, which is one of the two major Dresden inner-city stations and with excellent links across the bridge to Hbf. Rather more like the Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket situation than the Cologne Hbf and Deutz one.
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    So why is it that his staff and Tory MPs seem to remain so loyal to Johnson — witness the studious silence of the vast majority of them through the last week — when it's quite clear that he feel no loyalty to others at all and will happily go on chucking them under the bus as long as he can...
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    When Will It All Go Wrong For The Tories/ Johnson

    The scales won't fall from their eyes till the see his staying on as risking losing them their seats at an election, and at the moment there still doesn't seem much chance of that as the upturn in Labour's fortunes in the polls still seems pretty weak. Perhaps if they lose several safe-seat...
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    Great Central mainline closure

    I'm not sure that the Market Harborough to Northampton section could ever have served as part of a fast passenger line, though it might have served freight well enough. (Now if only the route surveyed in 1836 had been built ....)
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    New German Railway Timetable

    For five years in the 1980s the Deutsche Reichsbahn's Städteexpress "Fichtelberg" did run all-electric between the then Karl-Marx-Stadt and Berlin Lichtenberg via Dresden-Neustadt (avoiding DD Hbf), thus giving a precedent for that apparently rather indirect route. Interesting to hear that...
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    New German Railway Timetable

    Things do seem to be moving on the Chemnitz front. An invitation to tender appeared in the EU Journal — https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:409590-2021:TEXT:DE:HTML&src=0 — in August seeking bids for a service between Chemnitz and Berlin, to start on 12 June 2022 and run to 9 December 2028...
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    Great Central mainline closure

    The Midland did actually raise the idea of whether its Leicester to Rugby line could be used by / perhaps even flogged off to the MS&L. Now if Rugby to Fenny Compton had also been built and the LNW could have been persuaded to spend still-more money on its recently rebuilt Rugby .....
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    Great Central mainline closure

    I agree about Grinling's book. I wonder whether the C.O.A.L. Railway — the Bill was before parliament in 1871 — would, if it had been built, would have been just for coal or whether it would have turned out to have the normal sort of intermediate stations for passenger traffic. If not, then it...
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    Which stations used to have "cab roads"? Do any still have them?

    It was designed as a sort of circuit for cabs. Passengers leaving the station were dropped off in "vestibule" to the booking-hall and the cab then continued on down the steep ramp to the road, and from there it could turn back in under the tracks and then come up between the two arrival...

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