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  benscaro Chief Commissioner

SAR526
15kph is not 'on the fly'.  you seem to have a chip on your shoulder about fictional 'experts'.  i don't think you have to be one to work that out.  and the 250kph track you talk of in spain does not exist on this corridor.  

i do not think anyone is going to roll out gauge conversion for one train, irrespective of the total cost of a set of bogies.  but, hey don't take my word for it; i'm just guessing.   if you are convinced, take it to someone who can make that decision and see how far you can run with it.  

"Do you think, or dream of what might and should be?..."  this is what i mean by ill-disciplined waves of the hand. in this case at a mythical someone, somewhere ...

and a lecture about grammar.  the big issues are getting an airing today.  thanks for pointing to your signature quotation, which Railpage formatting has made invisible.

flip one liners work best if they're able to be seen, matey. let me be the one to tell you. Wink

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  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
15kph is not 'on the fly'.  you seem to have a chip on your shoulder about fictional 'experts'.  i don't think you have to be one to work that out.  and the 250kph track you talk of in spain does not exist on this corridor.
A matter of semantics. Let me say it so that you will understand. 'W i t h o u t  S t o p p i n g'. There, does that satisfy you? I am sorry that my reference to 'expertise' was sarcastic. Just let me say that I have done a little reading of real experts on the matter of gauge changing bogies. I have also been aware for the past 65 years or so of the many such devices invented in Australia for use here in our nightmarish gauge confusion. And of course such devices are in daily use, not least of all at the border on the main route between France and Spain.

i do not think anyone is going to roll out gauge conversion for one train, irrespective of the total cost of a set of bogies.  but, hey don't take my word for it; i'm just guessing. if you are convinced, take it to someone who can make that decision and see how far you can run with it.
I don't expect anything of the present arbiters of social and monetary progress in this country, and at my age I certainly don't expect to see it. I am hopeful, however, that a few younger people might realize that this is not only not the best of all possible worlds, but that it needs fixing, and that those few younger people will work towards that. As I said before, earlier generations gave you what is good (and bad) in this country of ours. We once had a daily one gauge interstate train which for a few years led the world. How is today's situation better than that?

"Do you think, or dream of what might and should be?..."  this is what i mean by ill-disciplined waves of the hand. in this case at a mythical someone, somewhere ...
I'm sorry if a lifetime of serious thinking about the nature of society is ill-disciplined. Using 'fly' in another sense, I would respectfully suggest that minds that fly and dare to imagine new and better ways have been responsible for every progressive move in society that has ever been made. I may not be a great thinker, but I do read their thoughts and try to emulate them rather than be a self-satisfied ox munching my hay in the stall.

and a lecture about grammar.  the big issues are getting an airing today.  thanks for pointing to your signature quotation, which Railpage formatting has made invisible.
Well here they are, from Oliver Wendell Holmes. Look him up:

'Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions'.

'The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of an eye; the more light you shine on it, the more it will contract'.

For 'bigot' in this context read 'One who is not prepared to entertain new or alternative ideas',

and one of my very own:

'The mark of an educated person is that he realizes how very little he knows'.

I certainly don't know it all, and put forward everything that I write (not just here) with some trepidation, but the teacher in this son and grandson of teachers thinks that however misguided or downright wrong I may be, I must try to leave this world a little better than I have found it. There's nothing personal in all this. I'm just hoping for an improvement in the standards of debate on this list about the mode of transport that I have cared about since I was a little boy watching Webb's almost new engines and rolling stock go by from my back fence, and so  Very Happy  I must profoundly disagree with your last statement:

flip one liners work best if they're able to be seen, matey. let me be the one to tell you. Wink  
benscaro
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
They do bikes free of charge during January to try and attract a little promotion from the Tour Down Under, but I have never had a problem with me doing it the wrong way around for the Road Nationals at Ballarat the weekend before the TDU starts. It takes just two tools and a few minutes to detach the handlebars (kept strapped to the frame using two octopus straps to avoid detaching cables) and pedals, which is a lot easier than dismantling it to fit into a bike bag/box. As I said above, I'm yet to d