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    Will Sturgeon introduce border-crossing restrictions?

    If we'd used one single approach we wouldn't have been able to adapt it to different circumstances in different areas, potentially resulting in worse consequences than minor political friction caused by devolution. The reason behind this is that Scotland's devolved approach knocked down...
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    Will Sturgeon introduce border-crossing restrictions?

    A lot of the suggestions in this thread are really far fetched. I don't think there's much suggestion that the Scottish Government would want to take such an extreme measure. I've never seen a 14 day quarantine proposed for all people entering England from Scotland. Given how interlinked the...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    I think they're also asserting it on the basis that it's widely acknowledged to be a stronger design. However there was one engineer earlier in the thread who seemed to have some involvement with the Pendolinos who suggested that Grayrigg provided engineering evidence that their coaches were a...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    You can come to the conclusion that some trains are built stronger than others, or are better suited to protecting passengers without any event at all. It's entirely possible to evaluate and compare structural strength, as well as the influence of other variables on passenger survivability. For...
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    Yes, I agree entirely, the circumstances are the main factor. But the range of possible outcomes is heavily dependant on the integrity of vehicles involved.
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    Was the Pendolino worth it?

    In the accident report following Grayrigg the strength of the double-skin Pendolino bodyshell was credited with preventing the stanchions from penetrating into the passenger compartment, neither did the bodyshell deform leading to decreased survival space.
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    Journeys between stations that are quicker to cycle

    I think it's a bit of a flaw of British cycling culture that people need to shower and get changed. British cyclists tend to ride like it's the Tour de France in full lycra on expensive road bikes, then inevitably end up arriving at work very sweaty and needing to shower. Places where cycling...
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    Journeys between stations that are quicker to cycle

    Falkirk High is on a separate line to Falkirk Grahamston and it's a mile quite steeply downhill, but going there by train would involve changing at Polmont probably. Camelon and Larbert are slightly further away but still probably faster by bike. After Falkirk there are two parallel lines to...
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    Court Hearing

    This may actually be the case, you've given an inaccurate name but you have also given an address you're contactable at, paying the fine might just be the end of it. You're not benefiting from the deception, and you've presumably only lied to a railway ticket inspector. I'm not willing to...
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    Heritage Railways - Storage of rolling stock and locomotives?

    True, I was talking about the relatively complete (but broken) Class 26 that Caledonian acquired. I agree entirely that hoarding total junk is a bad idea. The point I was making is that if something has valuable parts or has the potential to be useful then it's not junk and it might be good...
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    Heritage Railways - Storage of rolling stock and locomotives?

    If it was a wagon or a wrecked coach I might agree with you, but for a small amount of siding space even a dead locomotive is valuable, it can be restored, stripped of valuable spare parts to keep other ones going or sold on. Plus, enthusiasts and volunteers like locomotives.
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    Heritage Railways - Storage of rolling stock and locomotives?

    I'm not sure it's as clear cut as that. Excess stock is only a problem if you don't have space for it, or if it's costing you too much to acquire/look after. If it's going cheap/free then I can't see why even the most buisness focused railway wouldn't take it? Even if it's a lame duck there...
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    Are Heritage railways trying to have it both ways ?

    Yes, it was your original comment in this thread which made me comment, I think our experiences must have been quite similar in some ways. People often use the assumption that people do (or ought to) know enough to keep themselves safe that we don't need health and safety (the enthusiast knows...
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    Are Heritage railways trying to have it both ways ?

    As a former young volunteer on a gliding airfield I have some thoughts/experience re:Volunteers and Health and Safety. Generally the main risk were known and quite well handled. Air safety in particular was very well regulated. I have no complaints there. Airfields are dangerous places but...
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    Heritage Railways - Storage of rolling stock and locomotives?

    I see where you're coming from, but I think that there are a few issues with this. But also I'm an outsider so I'll confess to not knowing all the ins and outs of this. While in principle I imagine people would like projects to be completed to a set timescale, restoration doesn't seem like a...

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