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  1. Here in The Motherland it is often the practice to drive down the middle, AKA driving on the smooth. Another favourite road building material are concrete slabs about 8 x 4, laid to make a surface. If you are lucky they may have filled the 1 inch gaps between them. Kerdunk kerdunk kerdunk. Andy
  2. I have in the past followed a diversion due to a bridge closure. It took us down a forest track with very deep sand to the sides and it was very busy road with not a lot of room to pass. Andy
  3. Might explain my confusing power cut the other day. Andy
  4. Just to bring some balance back to railways from roads, here is EU07 302 passing Gadki. Another favourite spot I visited today. Looking closely I may have caught an arc off the pan Andy
  5. Here are a few urban roads I used today. ( I did stop and get out to take the pics, hence no main road pics) Reasonably new estate road with vicious speed bump. 30kph is the limit, but you are likely to leave some car on the road. This one is gentle to one I went over yesterday at 15ish Thought the wheels would come off. 180 turn now to next section It gets very dusty round here when it is dry. Finally the transition point I used later. Fortunately I missed the big holes out of shot on the right and only used a few yards of this rally stage. You can see my tyre tracks curving to the left. The railway line to the left was the reason I was here, train watching, but I didn't get any easily available pics unfortunately as I used my old camera. Andy
  6. I often travel westwards and turn north. Easier than going through town. As I cross the A2, that I have just left, I look to my right and think, "in 2 minutes I'll be going over that bridge over the road I have just left." It is not dissimilar to cruising the Chesterfield Canal Andy
  7. Plant the bulbs whilst you have the weather and daylight I've just been out on a jolly and was reminded, as I used it, of a junction off a fairly new dual carriageway road, an S road in fact, so a high speed road, that makes a sharp right turn at the end of the slip lane and plonks you into a roundabout after about a car length. Another favourite is the squashed half clover leaf, trumpet where you drive a mile to go 100yds. 4 slip roads and a roundabout would be easier Check the A2/S11 junction south west of Poznan. It's an art form Andy
  8. Several years ago, one foggy October morning, 9 people sadly lost their lives in a road accident in Poland. It made national headlines. A VW caddy van overtook a bus and collided head on with an HGV. All 9 fatalities were in the van. As a result one thing I remember ( especially when driving here) is that there is always someone prepared to take an unacceptable risk just to gain 20 seconds. Andy
  9. My experience of European driving is that is quite relaxing compared to the UK The French just like to go everywhere quick and don't worry about dents. A car is a tool to be used after all. The Belgians are just mad and always late for something it seems. The Dutch not much better but more manners The Germans always in a hurry but generally quite good standards Road works are another story. A lot less cones. Maybe 5 or 6, a couple of warning signs and a brief 80 limit protecting the cherry picker on the outside lane . The Poles, just want to overtake and don't like to hang around. Everyone makes space where they can for overtakers Roads here in Poland are a mixed bag. The Autostradas and S roads are lovely to drive on. The DW roads are a mix of recently relaid to quite rough, with the attendant speed limit. It is not unusual to find trees within inches of the edge of the tarmac. Country and urban roads can be a nightmare. Trees as above and Kolejny are common ( deep ruts caused by HGV traffic). At least you don't have to steer. Seasickness is common on rural roads. Then there are the cobbled streets and not only on backroads. Some main DW roads are cobbled where they pass through towns. Then there was yesterday's experience. Turn left said the satnav I turned into what looked like a driveway, dropped kerb, over the pavement, between two houses and onto a dirt track through a cornfield, past three houses and then right through the pothole at the end 900yds later onto tarmac. And yes the road did have an official name board at each end Like a certain box of chocolates, you are never sure what you are going to get. Andy
  10. Having said that speed limits here are generally ignored, it is not too surprising when they change at the drop of hat 50kph in towns, or 40 for the corner, maybe 30 for the crossing and back to 50 and 10 yards later back to 40 for the crossroads Or 90 out of town, except where.it is 70 for the junction then back to 90 for 1/2 mile before you get to the bend where it is 60. I think most people just don't really know what the limit is at any given moment as they change so frequently. They just best guess at between 90 and 100 kph Near here on one road it goes from 50 to 70 to 50 in so short a distance, only Lewis Hamilton could get up to 70 and back down to 50. If I'm not first in the line, I do what the Poles do, sort of average it out Kiedy w Polsce, Robi jak polacy, he said in bad Polish Andy
  11. Exactly that. Poland is known as the motherland in SM42 Towers Once you get used to not having a scooby what anyone else is going to do and expect to be overtaken by that car that was a mile back 30 second ago, you're fine Andy
  12. Here in the Motherland I have come to the conclusion that posted speed limits are only a suggestion and must only be observed in the presence of either a speed camera or a police officer holding a radar gun Likewise one should not use indicators on roundabouts until you have actually got the front of the car into the exit you want. ( actually the same rule applies on every junction) It should be obvious to all drivers what your intentions are and you wouldn't want to wear the lamps out now. Would you? Overtaking is compulsory, regardless of how far you travel Keeps it interesting Andy
  13. I once visited a University friend in Penshaw, near Sunderland. Now with me came another friend who although of Polish descent, spoke with a very BBC accent. We were a little early arriving so decided to retire to the pub to wait for our friend, as one does Beer and crisps were ordered. Now what flavour crisps to have? " what have you got? " my friend asked He was doing alright till the landlord got to bayfee Auto correct changes that to baffle, which is exactly what it did to him. "I beg your pardon" was uttered 4 times until I told him it was beefy. I was getting thirsty after all. Oh how we laughed. Andy
  14. This could be on the prototype for everything topic Lay your track directly on the floor with 1st radius curves Andy
  15. I'm surprised you wake-up at all. Andy
  16. I would think stations would be problematic as the signs at least would need changing. Probably OK for the 70s and 80s, but get into the mid 90s and they start changing. I think we are on about our 5th or 6th set since then at our local station. Go further back and that BR black on white name board looks even more out of place. Set the scene carefully though and you could be good for 50 or 60 years worth. Andy
  17. I dread to think and am too scared to ask about the third language Andy
  18. Isn't it a bit risky building a prison over all those ready made escape tunnels? Andy
  19. Could the latch not be made like a sort of reversed tension lock coupling under the wagon Normal position (raised) is holding doors closed and held down by a magnet on the tipper bed It would only need to be close enough to stop the door opening rather than be a tight fit. We're talking fractions of millimetres here. Of course choice of load material would be critical. I think the hardest bit would be the hinging as mentioned above. Friction is a fickle beast, An interesting challenge to get something that works and looks right in operation. Andy
  20. ATTENTION CAKE FANS ( ie all TNMers) It's late October in Poznan. A local delicacy that appears at this time of year is Rogale Marcinskie. A sort of poppy seed croissant Needless to say these are very nice. Several have been eaten at SM42 Hall in the last week and more are on order. However for tomorrow we have these Now these may look the genuine article, but in fact they are not. Fake cakes? These are Rogale Bydgoszcze. A slightly smaller version. Whilst identical in almost every way, the Marcinskie version is a protected recipe and has to be a certain weight. Either way they are very tasty and can be found lurking in various / every ( if you are quick enough) cakey outlet in Poznan and certainly not good for the waistline. But who cares? The amount available at any given outlet will slowly build up to mountain like proportions and Rogale stalls will pop up in shopping centres as we head towards St Marcin's day on 11th November I just wish I could stay till then. Andy
  21. I have a fond memory of Filey. I was about 10 at the time waiting at the crossing with dad and the signalman invited us into the box to watch the train go past. He even leaned out to get the numbers off the DMU. I was a bit too awe struck to write them down and it was only a DMU anyway. Didn't think I would later miss em at the time. I have a vague memory of a white and blue class 101, but it was a long time ago I well remember Project Violate. Andy
  22. A friend of ours had to take an English language test to get her British passport Apparently she had not studied the right degree in the UK to be exempt, despite the fact that she taught A Level standard Maths and Physics at an English FE college. I am a little in awe of people who can do such things in a second language. Andy
  23. TY51 183 was mentioned some time ago. Here she is in all her plinthed glory on Bulgarska Street with Lech Poznan's home ground in the background Andy
  24. If it's not been mentioned before, some decent BR iron ore hoppers would fill a gaping hole in the RTR wagon market Andy
  25. Sounds like a Mind the Gappe type wind up Andy
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