Sunday, 4 October 2009

Looking Back - New Train Speeds Into Service

On this day in 1976, British Rail began its new 125mph High Speed Train (HST) service. The first London-Bristol service arrived three minutes early.The Inter-City 125 was introduced to provide a regular high speed service between Cardiff, Bristol and London. British Rail planned to extend the service to other major cities over the next two years.Powered by two diesel motors the Inter-City 125 had recorded a top speed of over 140mph in trial runs, making it the fastest diesel powered train in the world. Most other countries had developed electrically powered high-speed trains. The cost of electrification on Britain's network was considered prohibitive so the diesel-powered 125 is a new product from existing technology.

In the absence of an official ceremony by Bristol Rail to mark the occasion, few passengers were aware they were making history as the first 0805 left Paddington on time. But most travellers did appreciate some improvement in comfort. The carriages feature aircraft-like seating, with sliding doors at each end. Hot food was was served quickly from an on-board kitchen with the aid of a state-of-the-art microwave oven.

Rail bosses hoped the improved service, which had been introduced without a rise in fares, would bring more business. Increased fares over the previous two years had been linked to a fall in passenger traffic of 15 to 20%.

When the service was launched a single adult ticket between Bristol and London cost £5.

The introduction of the Inter-City 125 made significant reductions in journey times across the UK and led to a marked surge in passenger numbers.

For passenger reaction to the new service click on the video link below:

Little Johnny

The maths teacher saw that little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, "Johnny! What are 2 and 28 and 44?" Little Johnny quickly replied, "NBC, FOX and the Cartoon Network!"

Thought For Today

The first rule of any technology used in business is that automation applied to any efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
Bill Gates

The Golden years

Brainteaser - Saturday's Answer

Yeaterday was a question about the phonetic alphabet, as used by the emergency services. Were you able to give names for the ten letters listed. The correct answers were:

o1 G = Golf
02 U = Uniform
03 K =Kilo
04 W = Whiskey
05 N = November
06 T = Tango
07 I = India
08 Z = Zulu
09 Q = Quebec
10 S = Sierra
How many were you able to answer correctly?
9/10 Excellent 7/8 Very Good 5/6 Good - Below 5 Dont join the emergency services!