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    Railway Progress: Abbey Wood to Westbourne Park (Long version) (December 2020)
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    Network Rail introduces further safety measures as more passengers return
    Network Rail are working to reinstate confidence into passengers as more people begin to use the railway again, following Boris Johnston’s announcement on Friday that travel advice is changing with restrictions being lifted.

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, Network Rail have been working hard to keep its stations and facilities in the most hygienic and best possible condition for passengers, station users and staff.

    As well as ‘business as usual’ cleaning regimes, including regular deep cleans, additional deep cleans have been carried out in toilet areas, while sanitiser and anti-viral treatment have been used on common touch-point areas such as doors and handrails.

    The number of station staff has also increased to offer information to passengers, encourage the use of face coverings and help people travel safely.

    Numerous other measures have also been introduced.

    Vending machines have been fitted at Network Rail’s managed stations, 20 of the biggest stations in the country, including Waterloo, King’s Cross and Birmingham New Street, so passengers can buy face coverings, gloves, anti-bacterial wet wipes and hand sanitiser.

    Network Rail have also begun a 21-day cycle of Zoono, an anti-viral treatment that guards surfaces for up to 30 days, to all touch point and hygiene areas, and additional touch-point cleaning no less than four-hourly on a continuous cycle, guarding against risk of contamination.

    One-way systems and floor stickers have also been put in place to help passengers navigate stations in a controlled way as well as 250 hand sanitiser stations across their managed stations.

    Queuing systems to limit the number of people in and out of toilets where required and cubicles, urinals, sinks and dryers have also been marked out of use, and new signage installed, to uphold social distancing.

    Seating in stations and waiting rooms have been altered to support distancing.

    Andrew Haines, Network Rail Chief Executive, said: “I would like to thank passengers for following Government advice over the last few months. By only travelling if absolutely necessary, you have helped us to operate a reliable service for critical workers, such as doctors, nurses, carers and supermarket workers – who have needed to travel, and to keep the country connected by moving goods such as food and medicine by rail freight.

    “Now, as lockdown continues to ease and the nation turns towards recovering from this pandemic, I look forward to welcoming more people back to the railway. We have significantly stepped up cleaning regimes and made sure there are more staff on hand to help with information so you can travel safely.”

    Image: Network Rail

    From: http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/network-rail-introduces-further-safety-measures-as-more-passengers-return-?gator_td=tZVjAKFZLmdXa%2bQdZ0OkeuEEify48pchy9Reey%2f%2fW3eU6eSV%2biaKyvUMkXvuN4TRsz7TGFCpmSbzcZhWJv6FfbdtgTgYPZS22m6VaX%2fhedchcYyymoU5GuSYw6ugBDmfIqe1H0duHnW5a5nyCSz0zSHsZ74aOaDhFZcYygTFwlvLsB1zsLmjGUplhEPfwpRfLidnVmQiDXheONkbEfQHSA%3d%3d
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    This Lamborghini Aventador Stops London Traffic To Put On A Flame Show
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    Ex top gear host Jeremy Clarkson stars in amazons new advert and jokes about bei...
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    Ari Vatanen's WRC winning Ford Escort RS1800
    Had a great visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum last week. They have a special display on which includes Ari Vatanen's WRC winning Ford Escort RS1800 from 1981. He came second in the Lombard RAC Rally behind Hannu Mikkola's Audi Quattro to clinch the championship. The last time I saw this car was 34 years ago whilst standing in the freezing rain in a Welsh forest after 3 nights without seeing a bed. Today's Rally GB is a pale imitation of the RAC Rally of those days. This is the itinerary from 1981:-
    Leg 1 Sunday 22-Nov-1981

    SS1 Weston Park 1
    SS2 Sutton Park
    SS3 Donington Park
    SS4 Trentham Gardens
    SS5 Knowsley Park
    SS6 Grizedale South
    SS7 Grizedale North
    SS8 Comb
    SS9 Wythop
    SS10 Greystoke
    SS11 Wark
    SS12 Currick
    SS13 Kielder
    SS14 Splashetts
    SS15 Rooken
    SS16 Rawhill
    SS17 Craik
    SS18 Twiglees
    SS19 Castle O'er
    SS20 Kershope North
    SS21 Kershope South
    SS22 Lambton
    SS23 Witton Castle
    SS24 Hamsterley Forest
    SS25 Hamsterley 2
    SS26 Guisborough
    SS27 Langdale
    SS28 Wykeham
    SS29 Dalby
    SS30 Calderdale
    SS31 Cropton
    SS32 Kilburn
    SS33 Boltby

    Leg 2 Tuesday 24-Nov-1981

    SS34 Oulton Park
    SS35 Weston Park 2
    SS36 Burwarton
    SS37 Knill Wood
    SS38 Radnor
    SS39 Brycheiniog
    SS40 Halfway
    SS41 Crychan
    SS42 Clynsaer
    SS43 Esgair Dafydd
    SS44 Lady Megan
    SS45 Llidad
    SS46 Brechfa
    SS47 Trawscoed
    SS48 Llanafan
    SS49 Myherin
    SS50 Hafren
    SS51 Panperthog
    SS52 Dyfi
    SS53 Gartheiniog
    SS54 Blaen-y-Clyn
    SS55 Hafod Owen
    SS56 Mawddach
    SS57 Maesgwm
    SS58 Beddgelert
    SS59 Great Orme
    SS60 Penmachno North
    SS61 Penmachno South
    SS62 Clocaenog 1
    SS63 Clocaenog 2
    SS64 Clocaenog 3
    SS65 Clocaenog 4
    Rally total: 746.74 km (not including road sections of 2,100kms!!))
    What you can't see from this is that after starting Sunday morning the crews had no rest before hitting Kielder Forest in Northumberland just after dark on Sunday night, looping into Scotland and tackling the Yorkshire stages (Dalby was about 28 minutes alone) through Monday. Then a short rest before starting leg 2 before dawn on Tuesday straight through to finish on Wednesday afternoon. In those days the co-driver (who had no pace notes on UK rallies) would drive the car on the long road sections while the driver slept. Only 54 of the 151 starters finished. Epic.
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    Top Gear: Can Evans replace Clarkson ? Is it going to be a car crash?
    Top Gear: Chris Evans replacing Clarkson? It’s going to be a car crash
    original story from the Metro at

    Gary Marshall for Metro.co.ukWednesday 17 Jun 2015 10:52 am

    Top Gear: Chris Evans replacing Clarkson? It'll be a car crashChris replaces Clarkson
    It’s official: Chris Evans is the new host of Top Gear, and Captain Slow and the Hamster won’t be joining him. As Mr May might put it: ‘Oh, cock.’

    The problem isn’t Evans. He’s a great presenter, a properly funny man and a car nut to boot. An Evans-fronted car show will probably be quite good. But no matter what the titles say, it won’t be Top Gear – because Top Gear isn’t a car show.

    Top Gear used to be a car show. It reported on exciting things such as traffic jams and tachographs in trucks, and it featured Noel Edmonds road testing cars and exciting driving questions from the chief instructor of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. It ran for about two hundred years and it was watched by about three people.

    Top Gear started to get better in 1988 when Clarkson joined, but it didn’t become must-see TV until it was canned, brought back in a completely different format and based around a trio of presenters: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe. The chemistry wasn’t quite right, though, and Dawe was replaced by James May. What happened next involved stunts, controversy, huge ratings and worldwide success.

    The reborn Top Gear programme wasn’t about cars. It was about three middle-aged men cocking about, and the weakest bits of the programme – the Stig’s laps, the star in a reasonably priced car – were the bits that most resembled traditional car shows.

    The bits that really worked were the bits you don’t get on Fifth Gear: Clarkson’s big mouth, James May’s irritation, Hammond’s cars getting shunted.

    And without them, it’ll be rubbish.

    Chris Evans is the new Top Gear presenter - replacing Jeremy Clarkson, James Mays and Richard Hammond It just won’t be the same (Picture: Splash)
    It won’t be unwatchable, I’m sure. But it won’t be what Top Gear was either. The new programme will be the Sugababes of car shows, a completely different line-up trading on past glories to an increasingly selective audience.

    You don’t need a crystal ball to see it. Just look at Top Gear USA, which took the format to America in 2010.

    It had three men having eccentric adventures. It had a Stig. It had stunts, and challenges, and a star in a reasonably priced car. And it currently has five out of ten stars on IMDB, because it just isn’t the programme it’s trying to copy.

    If UK Top Gear was Sugababes, Top Gear USA was a Sugababes tribute act featuring three burly blokes in oil-stained overalls.

    The TV programme Top Gear was most often compared to wasn’t a car programme, though. It was Last of the Summer Wine. Like Top Gear, LOTSW was hugely popular. Like Top Gear, LOTSW was essentially about three men cocking about. And like Top Gear, LOTSW was at its best with a particular line-up, in its case Peter Sallis, Brian Wilde and Bill Owen.

    Owen died, and the programme continued for another decade – but it wasn’t the same. The magic was missing.

    Like Top Gear?

    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/17/top-gear-chris-evans-replacing-clarkson-its-going-to-be-a-car-crash-5249799/#ixzz3fx4HTKFX
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    If you drive and take drugs - you're out of your mind
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    The mini scamp kit car ‘the king of kit cars’
    The Mini Scamp is a "kit car" first built in 1969. Shortly after BMC Mini Moke production stopped in Longbridge.
    The first Mark 1 kits which were styled similarly to the Mini Moke were produced by Robert Mandry in Reading, Berkshire.They used the mechanical parts of a Mini and body made from a steel box section frame fitted with aluminium panels. Options included a van, estate or pick-up body and four or six wheel chassis. In 1974 the company moved to Woking in Surrey.
    The Mark 2 version of 1978 had a squarer body and stronger chassis, not using the mini rear subframe.
    In 1987 moved again to East Grinstead, Sussex, when ownership changed to Andrew MacLean.
    The Mark 3 version started production in 1989.
    This was followed by a version built on either a Suzuki SJ chassis or the Daihatsu F50/F55.
    I would highly recommend buying one of these! I own 2 and they are fantastic bits of kit, built like tanks, insanely fun to drive, very quick and are very easy to maintain due to their custom body work that almost gives you access to all areas of the engine back to front.
    By David Whittle
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      V6FEG Do they all look the same or is there a high level of modification options?