This has to be the largest rail model in the world ever! The
motors operate using permanent magnets!! How much from Bachmann I
Built & developed at La Rochelle just as the 3 models of TGV
before it. Pity that La Rochelle is still waiting for a proper TGV
service to its station!
The Geothermal scheme in Southampton claims to be the first in the
UK,some details on this page here.
I remember for a while after the first well head was completed before
a decision to continue the project was made there was a very
impressive Billboard describing this wonder project of the future.
This was somewhat let down by the fact that the wellhead was protected
by nothing more elaborate than a standard 6 by 4 garden shed that
could have been purloined from someone's allotment.
Ironically this was on the site that once was the towns power station
which to bring us back to rail matters had its own short branch
connecting to a transfer siding right at the west end Southampton
tunnel. Worked by a trolley pole equipped steeple cab loco.
Hence Southampton had an electric train many years before the third
rail arrived. Would be an interesting feature to copy for a layout.
The old Tri-ang loco would be a candidate and easy to upgrade.
At least their ongoing operation doesn't leave a "carbon footprint" or
contribute significantly to "global warming"
("Global warming"? Tell that to all the people in Canada - and China - who
are buried under snowdrifts or suffering bitter cold.)
Incidentally, a large wind generator not far from where I live is situated
right next to a nuclear power plant. To provide backup power if the
reactors have to be shut down?
Indeed - as are the French in general over such issues, hence they
have nice by-passes, high speed rail, etc. rather then us who get the
Weymouth by-pass, which is clearly desperately needed to allow the
ex Navy base on Portland with its superb port to be explioted. This
has cost something like £24million without a single bit of construction.
It's now being opposed by the pinko's on every single purchase order,
likey to double that figure, still with no construction - it's not
even the locals who are opposing it! That's something approaching
£50million that is not available to spend on hospitals, NHS dentists,
another car for 2-Jags etc, or even to make a start towards re-instating
the Portland railway line - sadly never going to happen, as it would
have to cross Radipole Lake, which is a shame as Portland would
apparently make an ideal container terminal - interesting fiction to