Hornby 2008

Peter Abraham wrote:


Not the Canucks, the Quebecois. there is a difference. For that matter, "Canuck" is obsolete here. We call ourselves Canajans, eh?
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There are bilingual signs on provincial highways in designated French- speaking areas of Ontario (including, oddly, Toronto), also in New Brunswick, Canada's only officially bilingual province. There are also bilingual road signs on federal properties, such as airports.
Stop signs in Quιbec read "ARRΚT" - in France they read "STOP".
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Thank you for the update, it is now a while since I have worked with Canadian Servicemen and admitedly my family members were indeed in French Canada although my own experience was strictly Ottowa and B.C.
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= "level crossing" in the UK, but usually called a railroad (or rail/road) crossing or a grade crossing in both Canada and the USA.
Australia still uses the "RAILWAY CROSSING" crossbuck.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_crossing
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How on earth do they separate the tramway electricity from the railway electricity at that Australian level crossing?

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On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:46:58 +0000, Jane Sullivan

Insulated sections not too disimilar to what was/is required on tram and to a greater extent trolley bus wiring. Not to sure what the railway voltage is in Melbourne but is probably a relatively low 1500 or 3000 volts DC system.
There were examples in the UK. ISTR the Teeside Railless Traction Board Trolleybusses in the North East crossed one of the electrified colliery lines at a level crossing.
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snipped-for-privacy@interalpha.couk wrote:

There has been considerable discussion on this topic in http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/trolleybus / prompted by problems in Seattle where a new streetcar line crosses trolleybus wires. San Francisco has streetcar/trolleybus crossings, in fact they run side by side on Market Street. All their surface streetcar overhead is compatible with both pantographs and trolley poles. Edmonton, among other places, has trolleybus wires crossing its Light Rail line.
I guess problems would be more severe if the railway had high voltage AC.
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' On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:46:58 +0000, Jane Sullivan Australia still uses the "RAILWAY CROSSING" crossbuck.' 'How on earth do they separate the tramway electricity from the railway electricity at that Australian level crossing?' G'day All, The answer is easy. The trams run on 2 Everyready AA Batteries and the Trains Run on a Triang P5 12 volt Transformer. God! Do you think we a primitive here in New Holland and only use Clockwork? Graeme Hearn
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Well, I did wonder.
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snipped-for-privacy@interalpha.couk wrote:

Don't forget the Canadian National Railway.
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I and no doubt most people who read on here would be aware of it,maybe some will be aware of the Grand Trunk and its financial problems which led to it becoming the major constituent of the government owned system. Outside of those who have an interest in Railways though I don't think it was that well known outside of North America. The CPR by contrast was in Britain well known .It cropped up in history lessons linked to the cause of keeping Canada within British influence against US domination,the shipping line was well known in its own right and in austere post war Britain we looked on enviously at images of the Coast to Coast Canadian train with its glamorous stock. I had a wooden a jigsaw with it featured when I was 4. In the more recent past we have heard Gordon lightfoot on the Radio occasionally. (Though he actually calls it a railroad in the Trilogy).
G.harman
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snipped-for-privacy@interalpha.couk wrote:

Yes, the CPR had excellent publicity. It also prided itself on being a complete, multi-modal, and world-spanning transportation company, really the only one that ever existed. It was for example one of the main competitors of Cunard. For a while it carried the slogan "Canadian Pacific Spans the World" on its railroad cars. We came to Canada in 1954 on the Empress of Scotland, a very wobbly ship, even in calm waters. We were astonished at the wonderful Canadian breakfasts served, available in unlimited quantities. I developed a taste for pancakes and maple syrup that has if anything grown stronger over the years. ;-) We rode that glamorous train, The Canadian, from Montreal to Calgary. Wonderful. We even saw a few steam engines!
But despite the glamour, as a railroad the CPR was merely average.
The CN was formed because "friends of the government" were losing their shirts. The debts they couldn't pay were transferred to the new railway, and for decades the CNR had to pay interest on it. The owners of the Canadian Northern, The Grand Trunk, and other smaller lines, came out of it very nicely, of course. If expenditure/income ratio before debt charges is calculated, the CNR was a more efficient railroad than the CPR through most of its history. It is now one of the Big Three in North America, along with BNSF and UP. Unlike those two, CN is a true transcontinental road, linking the Atlantic and the Pacific with the Gulf of Mexico. The CPR through its acquisition of Delaware and Hudson and the Soo Line is also a major player, but is more of a regional road. It moved its corporate headquarters to Calgary, reflecting its mostly western area of service.
I prefer the solid maroon passenger cars of the CPR, a livery it has reused on its Royal Canadian tourist train. I also prefer the old green, black, and gold livery of the CNR, with the maple leaf logo.
HTH
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It is only in the past 5 years or so that two generations of that slogan painted on a brick wall have finally faded to illegibility on the remaining Rail entrance to Southamptons Eastern Docks.
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snipped-for-privacy@interalpha.couk wrote:

VIA is still using that stainless steel stock (refurbished) on its Toronto-Montreal run, as well as tilting Bombardier LRC coaches built in the early 1980s. The locos are more up-to-date.
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If it's a toll road, it may be called a Tollway, a Thruway, or a Turnpike (an 18th Century British term), as in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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For heaven's sake please do not refer to roads in the UK as "Freeways" - this b....y Government will slap a tax on them before you can say "Oops, sorry".
David Costigan
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On Thu, 10 Jan 2008 16:34:55 +0000, beamendsltd

Ex Pats ( otherwise known as Paddies) I believe!
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"Andrew Robert Breen" wrote

It was in accordance with current practice that I made my 'Americanism' comment - although rather tongue-in-cheek, especially as I detest the BBC's current fad of referring to railway stations as train stations.
John.
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Hear, hear - well said that man.

Ditto.
Cheers Richard
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I'd like to see where Hornby have used that description. Was it second rate when it was first issued? Anyone have any magazine reviews to hand? What was said about then?
MBQ
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