Churchill AVRE. Well, I don't know what you really call the bits of
thread. It was crying out to be motorised so that the bridge raises and
lowers, but that was probably a mistake.
I've done a model of a Spurn Head railway sail trolley, which has
Why, this is not New Zealand... Yes, PR has it's faults but it does
give the electorate a better voice, but the main thing it would do in
this country is to break the two party system - something that needs
to be done as they are now both signing from the same hymn-sheet, the
only difference is the tempo the conductor (PM) is choosing to use...
Road and air traffic is well down on last year with 24 airlines going
bust since last year and Ryanair grounding 19 aircraft whilst at the
same time the railway is running more trains and carrying more passengers.
Its just as complicated as BR. If you want to go really cheap like £1
London to Portsmouth (Megabus) it is more complicated.
The lack of investment in BR was NOT party political but down to the
Civil Service, BR generally done as badly under Labour as Conservative
governments. For the record the 1980's were best years for spending
since the modernisation plan. Think of ECML electrification, EA
electrification, Sprinters, horrible Pacers and Networkers for starters.
BR had loads of advance purchase tickets specific to trains (Super
Saver, Apex, Super Apex, Network away break are some that I can
immediately remember there were lots more) and sectors and if you look
back in history pre-nationalisation had the same preliforation of ticket
types. Railways have always been commercial enterprises, most of our
railways were NOT built by the government but ruined by them.
When has the British PM ever been elected by the populace? The
populace elect members of parliament and these MPs choose their
leader. In the party system that operates in the UK, the PM is
normally the leader of the political party in power and there are no
rules that say that a party leader cannot be changed during a
With the recent changes to tickets railcard holders get discounts on the
cheap book ahead tickets which they never could with BR. Recent example
father in law Taunton to Norwich £13.85 single with railcard, £21 to no