Monday, 5 March 2012

Command Paper to be published Friday?

According to today's lobby briefing...

Justine Greening will publish the Government response to the Sir Roy McNulty report on Friday.

So now you know...

UPDATE: This from one or two others...

No, the Command Paper will be published on Thursday! (You pays your money you takes your choice... Ed.)

BTP now armed at major stations

Sad to say police officers with firearms are now set to become the norm at major stations.

As pictured at St Pancras on Friday...

Eye shares the concern of others, including the World's Greatest Living Transport Correspondent, about this development which does little to reassure and serves only to create a climate of intimidation and fear.

Although, to be fair, this particular BTP officer was charm itself, despite his clutching a device with the power to make quite a hole in one's diary...

UPDATE: This from the Archer...

I assume the officer in question was on riot patrol...

What with the soi disant 'veteran observer' and others making an emotional return to Derby post the IMechE Luncheon.

Man fails to put kettle on - keeps job

Exciting news from the National Railway Museum!

According to the Yorkshire Post...

THE director of the National Railway Museum in York has confirmed he will stay in his job despite previously saying he would “fall on his sword” if the troubled restoration of the Flying Scotsman was not completed in time for a high-profile event next month.

Mr Davies announced this week that the Flying Scotsman would not be available for a major event at Barrow Hill in North Derbyshire, which would have seen the locomotive on show alongside the Mallard, Blue Peter, and the recently-constructed Tornado, even though tickets have already been sold.

Quite so.

Whoever heard of a Civil Servant actually resigning over anything?

No matter.

In happier news, Eye's International Correspondent has commissioned a Limited Edition Flying Scotsman model from Hornmann Models.

He assures collectors that it is utterly faithful to the preserved loco in as-seen condition.

Pointless signs - Battle

As nice an example of meaningless Newspeak as you are likely to see.

Anything wrong with the good old fashioned - Out of Order?

Railway Garden - Saltash Bridge

Welcome to the 2012 Railway Garden competition!

Good to see that Isambard's bridge is getting a lick of paint.

Perhaps between brush strokes someone could get the garden loppers out?