Monday, August 31, 2020

Ya gotta laugh

These are all anecdotal but really, what a case of Yes Minister. Sir Humphrey could explain these away so easily.

These are all New South Wales and Sydney based.

New trains were bought for the long Blue Mountain commuter distance train line. What a pity they wouldn't fit through the tunnels. Well, it was only a couple of tunnels really, but just one tunnel is enough yes?

University students in Newcastle walk out from their building and see a railway station. Oh no, we truncated that train line. No trains at Newcastle Station.

A rather good new driverless train line is being progressively built in Sydney, but it is completely incompatible with the the older system. Never the two will mix.

Lesson learnt? No. A new tram system has been built in Sydney, completely incompatible with the existing tram line.

Ah but wait, the creme de la creme. New ferries have been leased from Indonesia to be used on the ferry service from Sydney along the river to Parramatta. There is a top outdoor deck but at high tide two bridges will take the heads off anyone sitting there. Trust staff to get everyone off the the top deck to below as the ferry passes under the bridges? Nah. I remember when we cruised the Danube and staff forgot to bring down the deck chairs overnight and at midnight there was an almighty crashing as deck chairs were smashed and swept off the ship by a bridge.

"But Minister, people have to take responsibility for their own safety and duck when the ferry reaches the bridges."

The ferry height might be a moot point though as apparently these Indonesian ferries have asbestos within and may well be banned by the strongly unionised ferry workers.

You'd laugh if it wasn't costing so much taxpayer money.

28 comments:

  1. Some of these are new to me. I had seen the ferry story though. And was gobsmacked by the stupidity and arrogance.

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    1. EC, the ferry one was the icing on the cake. Asbestos? Really?

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  2. Washington DC is buying new subway trains. The cars are made in four car couplings, but they have a union contract for no train shorter than 6 cars, so all trains with the new cars must be 8 car trains, but they can't run all 8 car trains, the power supply system won't support the extra cars underpower.

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    1. Travel, invest your money in to whoever builds train power substations.

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    2. This pushed the issue of updating the power supply. Even in the peak of the pandemic, when trains where running with 3 or 4 people on them at rush hour, they didn't run 4 car trains.

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  3. It seems a lot of people are making the wrong decisions... and here we are all paying for them!

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  4. Oh my gosh Andrew and I thought we had a corner on the ridiculousness market here.

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    1. Wed do it quite well here Strayer.

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  5. That all sounds very dodgy Andrew, literally.. bashing heads on bridges.. no sir, not mine 😉

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    1. Grace, I expect the upper deck will be locked off permanently, if they ever sail.

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  6. Dear God. It sounds like numerous people need to lose their jobs!

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    1. Managerial responsibility Steve? You are so funny at times.

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  7. Reminds me of part of a song about the Erie Canal: "Low bridge, everybody down! Low bridge 'cause we're comin' to a town . . ." There's a reassuring sign here in Laurel at the approach to a railroad underpass: "Light will come on in case of excessive height." So glad for that.

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    1. Cynthia, even with such warning lights, bridges still get hit.

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  8. What a laugh if it wasn't so serious.

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  9. Man, some people are so stupid. Not laughing.

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    1. Gigi, no, it is not funny at all really.

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  10. I remember having to duck on a Yangtze river cruise!! They had to lower all the umbrellas on the upper deck.

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    1. Jackie, even on Melbourne's own tourist river cruises, there is bridge where you have to sit down at least.

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  11. the new Sydney tram reportedly takes longer than the buses it replaced

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    1. Hello Ian. Been a while. That is true and the old trams were quicker too. There has been some improvement but with buses in a right a way in Anzac Parade, they are quite quick. One thing to note, I don't think buses are quicker to the Quay if they go via Central, as the tram does.

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  12. Transport ministers worldwide need a, well I don't know what, but some kind of thinking adjustment. How can so many get it so wrong so often?

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    1. River, yes. I read all about the abandoned plans for a revolution of your bus system. How much money was wasted on that!

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  13. Amazing what they do that won't work.

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    1. Margaret, and just no one takes responsibility.

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