Archive for January, 2006


A general observation

Friday, January 27th, 2006

There are too many things to be done, and too much time to do them in.


No where near getting there

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I had a nasty awakening today that brought me down to earth as regards Irish railways.

Dublin-Sligo (or vv.), a distance of 135 miles is timetabled for three hours. That’s an average speed of 45 mph.

It’s nothing short of an outrage, with the line having been upgraded to continuous welded rail (CWR).

Sure the line may not be nice and straight and allow say, 90+ mph running. But I am reasonably sure that simply better efficiency and timekeeping would surely bring the speed up a huge amount. In any case, nothing less than 60 mph average should be acceptable.

Hah – actually, our premier service (Dublin-Cork) is only 60 mph average now. It should be 70 mph at least.

It should be noted that times have been steadily getting worse, with journey times increasing in recent timetables. Even a decade ago some journey times were better.


New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

I have but one New Year’s resolution: to purchase an armchair (or some form of unbulky comfy seating).