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Message 2088239 - Posted: 16 Nov 2021, 20:06:48 UTC

Most bashed bridges list has been released by Network Rail https://www.aol.co.uk/news/most-bashed-rail-bridges-revealed-095146586.html
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Message 2088249 - Posted: 16 Nov 2021, 22:29:55 UTC - in response to Message 2088239.  

LOL. Know 1,3,4,6 & 8 on that list.
However the 2nd photo in that report is I'm pretty sure, the junction of Coddenham Road/Lion Lane.
Problem is the photo shows it as 2.3m (7'6") when it is 2.5m(8'0") & mentioned on an earlier transport thread.
As for bridges, Montague St Bridge in Melbourne is a good one. Check it out on Youtube.
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Message 2088407 - Posted: 18 Nov 2021, 20:23:42 UTC

Some people can be very lucky.

Woman 'miraculously' survives after car was crushed from behind by semitruck.

A woman in Washington is recovering after walking away with only "minor injuries“ from a horrific collision Tuesday morning.

The unidentified woman was traveling on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington when a tractor-trailer smashed into her car from behind and came to a stop atop it.

A state trooper discussed the incident on Twitter, writing that he had never seen anything like it.

"There's really not a word to describe this collision," Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant tweeted, along with pictures of the crash, which took place on the Skagit River Bridge. "Miraculously believed to be minor injuries. The car was struck from behind, folded the car in half, and semi came to rest on top of the car. In my 14 year career, I have never seen anything like it." ....
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Message 2088417 - Posted: 18 Nov 2021, 22:17:07 UTC - in response to Message 2088407.  

Some people can be very lucky.
How about amazingly lucky?
No point her ever buying a lottery ticket again, she's used up all of her remaining good luck just surviving that, let alone being able to walk away from it.
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Message 2088445 - Posted: 19 Nov 2021, 12:02:38 UTC - in response to Message 2088437.  

I miss read the headline as "Driver to be banned for.....".
Having witnessed a fatal crash in which the driver was talking on his phone not watching the road one can imagine my thoughts on this subject.
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Message 2088450 - Posted: 19 Nov 2021, 13:10:06 UTC

This is terrible in germany too.
I would never pick up my phone whilst driving.
My new car has Android car but i seldom connect it.
Only on long distance drives.
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Message 2088488 - Posted: 19 Nov 2021, 22:54:16 UTC - in response to Message 2088437.  

Better late than never
I'm surprised that their use isn't illegal there already.
Here in Australia it varies by state, but basically unless it's in a cradle you can't use it- even when stopped on the side of a road (although i'm not aware of anyone being prosecuted for that. It's not unusual to see cars pulling over to the side of the road & someone on their phone when you go past them).
But if you're using it while stopped in traffic- you're nicked. It also applies to laptops, tablets, DVD/media players & smart watches.

Personally i don't think they should be allowed to be used even hands free- i don't know what it is about phones but people seem to give all their attention to the phone conversation and not what they should b concentrating on- driving.


Having use a few new cars recently i have to say i hate with a passion these new entertainment/navigation systems- where instead of having a button for each major function you've got a couple of buttons (if that) to select all the hundreds (thousands?) of possible functions, or even worse a touch screen that still uses a few touch points to select, select, select, select, select then eventually adjust what you're after.
Unless they're fully voice controller i think they're actually worse than phones (unless people are texting, the most moronic thing to do while driving).
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Message 2088490 - Posted: 19 Nov 2021, 23:06:57 UTC - in response to Message 2088488.  

Having use a few new cars recently i have to say i hate with a passion these new entertainment/navigation systems- where instead of having a button for each major function you've got a couple of buttons (if that) to select all the hundreds (thousands?) of possible functions, or even worse a touch screen that still uses a few touch points to select, select, select, select, select then eventually adjust what you're after.
Unless they're fully voice controller i think they're actually worse than phones (unless people are texting, the most moronic thing to do while driving).
Tested until battery died
Just look at all the electrics in those. WTH do you switch off that you don't use?
& can you?
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Message 2089035 - Posted: 26 Nov 2021, 13:05:28 UTC

Missing the point: Man in Germany drives to driving test
BERLIN (AP) — A man in Germany has discovered the hard way that it’s best to get a driving license first before trying to use it.

Police in Bergheim, near Cologne, said Tuesday that the 37-year-old drove himself to his driving test, parking an Opel Zafira outside the test center in front of an astonished examiner.

They said he told police officers who were called to the scene on Monday that he had only driven because he wanted to make sure to get to the driving test on time.

His test was immediately called off. The man now faces an investigation for driving without a license. Police also opened an investigation of the car’s owner.
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Message 2089064 - Posted: 26 Nov 2021, 21:14:37 UTC

Oh them low bridges.

The eye-watering cost of repairs on one of Melbourne’s most notorious truck traps has been revealed for the first time.

It’s the infamous bridge that has become notorious for truck crashes, hoarded its own fan pages and developed into a longstanding – albeit affectionate – joke for Victorians.

The Montague St Bridge may as well hold a national record for the number of times it has been crashed into by trucks, buses and mini-vans, recording five crashes this year alone.

But it is another figure that has caused eyes to water, with revelations the collisions cost the economy an up to $900,000 each year.

“For every bridge strike that occurs, we estimate a cost of $100,000,” Victorian Public Transport Minister Ben Carol told 3AW radio.

“That is based on the 45-minute delay to traffic, including freight, but also to the impact it has on those public transport passengers that have often had to have their line cancelled above the bridge.

“That’s fairly conservative too because often we have to get the emergency services vehicles out and firefighters.”

Trucks have smashed into the bridge five times this year, and it has reportedly been struck at least 100 times since 2009.

In recent years, trucks have had their roofs, walls and doors ripped off or become completely stuck under the three-metre, low-level bridge, as overly-confident, or downright dim, drivers charge through without a care for the consequences.

The trend took a dark turn in early 2016 when a bus hit the structure and seriously injured six people....
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Message 2089456 - Posted: 2 Dec 2021, 20:54:23 UTC

I certainly would have.
Derbyshire Police's roads unit suggested he buy a lottery ticket.
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Message 2089489 - Posted: 3 Dec 2021, 4:32:08 UTC - in response to Message 2089456.  

I certainly would have.
Derbyshire Police's roads unit suggested he buy a lottery ticket.
Waste of money i reckon- he used up all of his luck getting out of that alive, let alone with just a few scratches.
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Message 2089502 - Posted: 3 Dec 2021, 8:24:44 UTC - in response to Message 2089456.  
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Derbyshire Police's roads unit suggested he buy a lottery ticket.


I would say if he was a cat, he just used up 8 of his 9 lives.

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Message 2089514 - Posted: 3 Dec 2021, 16:24:09 UTC - in response to Message 2089502.  
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Derbyshire Police's roads unit suggested he buy a lottery ticket.

I would say if he was a cat, he just used up 8 of his 9 lives.

Or is that the deadly joke? That his driving was so bad that it was a lottery as to whether he was still in this world...

And such drivers are schedule harassed, sleep deprived, bored mindless hypnotic, and unhealthily waiting for their heart attack or stroke from all the Greasy Joe's rushed food stops... And...

We give them 48 tonnes at 100 kmh...

All on less than the minimum wage...

...!


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Message 2089529 - Posted: 3 Dec 2021, 21:33:19 UTC - in response to Message 2089514.  

Get your facts straight.
No HGV 1 driver is on "minimum wage"
Secondly - 48 Tons?
Really?
What is the maximum weight a HGV can carry?
Vehicles are permitted to operate at weights above 44 tonnes in exceptional circumstances (such as when moving abnormal indivisible loads) but special provisions are in place to deal with such occasions, which can be found in the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003.
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Message 2089608 - Posted: 5 Dec 2021, 15:55:29 UTC - in response to Message 2089529.  
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Very good to know to not know everything!

By God, any omniscience must be bored out of their existence!!

:-P :-)


So... What's the deal with the expensive dearth of drivers and drivers quitting the job for a better life?

Too many unpaid hours?...


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Message 2089610 - Posted: 5 Dec 2021, 16:00:16 UTC

Serious question:

What is the energy content of 44 tonnes @ 100 kmh?

How much TNT is that equivalent to?


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Message 2089613 - Posted: 5 Dec 2021, 16:09:00 UTC - in response to Message 2089610.  
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Serious question:

What is the energy content of 44 tonnes @ 100 kmh?

How much TNT is that equivalent to?


Stay safe folks!
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I can't be bothered to work it out but
Kinetic Energy = ½ mass * velocity².

don't forget the units are joules, kilogrammes and metres/second

The energy released in an explosion of 1 gram of TNT is approximately 4000 Joules
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Message 2089615 - Posted: 5 Dec 2021, 16:23:30 UTC - in response to Message 2089613.  

Simple
Truck - lots....
Or TNT - enough for a loud bang
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