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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    Can it be applied to Plumbing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    I guess it must be but only if you can understand it.


    Can it be applied to Plumbing?
    Sharkbite push fit fixed my plumbing incompetence. The bungsing plex push fit version mixed in. bungsing as usual for me had only a bit of what I needed. Sent me to another bungsing which had it NOT

    Reece fixed me up to the BITE version. A cool Dr Andrew Cornejo Suggested I read The Alchemy Of Air

    Just brought it for some cool trivia The Alchemy Of Air : Thomas Hager : 9780307351791

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    Sharkbite push fit fixed my plumbing incompetence. The bungsing plex push fit version mixed in. bungsing as usual for me had only a bit of what I needed. Sent me to another bungsing which had it NOT

    Reece fixed me up to the BITE version. A cool Dr Andrew Cornejo Suggested I read The Alchemy Of Air


    Just brought it for some cool trivia The Alchemy Of Air : Thomas Hager : 9780307351791


    Well done J1. Had never heard of this Sharkbite stuff until your post. Certainly will keep it in mind.


    You'll be starting your own plumbing concern any day now.

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    Trains - Electric, Diesel, Hydrogen, Steam or push cart

    so many choices - A Russian Diplomats and his family return to Russia took an old fashioned method Nice to see the smiles

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    so many choices - A Russian Diplomats and his family return to Russia took an old fashioned method Nice to see the smiles

    North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley - BBC News


    I bet my balls at least one of them is thinking "I wonder what that light is at the end of the tunnel?" & it turns out to be a ****ing old huge Russian Steam Locomotive moving at a 1000 km per hour.

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    By the look of the rails that line does not get much traffic! And, of course, it is dual gauge (presumably the 1520mm Russian and 1067 Korean).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    By the look of the rails that line does not get much traffic! And, of course, it is dual gauge (presumably the 1520mm Russian and 1067 Korean).
    "New South Wales adopted the European standard gauge of 1435 mm, Victoria and South Australia built with the broad Irish gauge of 1600 mm, and Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and parts of South Australia used the narrow 1067 mm gauge"

    OMG we were stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    "New South Wales adopted the European standard gauge of 1435 mm, Victoria and South Australia built with the broad Irish gauge of 1600 mm, and Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and parts of South Australia used the narrow 1067 mm gauge"

    OMG we were stupid

    SA has been part of the "New" rail gauge for about 20 - 30 years (aprox) ago when the Adelaide to Melbourne line was rejigged. SA Historic/Tourist Trains can no longer operate on that Main Line but can from Mount Barker Junction down to Victor Harbor. There is another historic line that runs from near Hawker to Port Augusta.
    Some of my family & self were privileged to ride that last Steamer from Mount Barker to Adelaide before that section closed. The Steam Ranger outfit obtained old Rolling Stock & Steam & Diesel Locos & moved it all to Goolwa in to the South & Mount Barker where each end has Workshops.

    Mount Gambier & the SE generally lost out as well but there was talk of opening up the Mount Gambier line for a Bluebird Service but that has never happened.


    Rail Lines that ran from Terowie went to NSW, Alice Springs & Western Australia & was all Narrow gauge. It was originally Commonwealth Railways.

    Terowie was a Break of Gauge Marshalling Yard that was involved in moving Freight from & to Adelaide when all goods were physically unloaded & loaded onto the other Train for On forwarding.

    WW2

    Terowie was also heavily involved in WW2 with Military Supplies & lots of Vehicles going North eventually to Darwin & beyond. Also there was an Army Trans-shipment Camp there.


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    It also has the platform from where General Douglas MacArthur alighted when he arrived in SA after "escaping" from the Philippines & made his "I will return." famous speech. A Monument of Local Stone & an engraved Brass plate reside on that supposed spot.

    Terowie being an all Steam yard had a large Coal Tippler for unloading coal trucks into Loco Replenishment Bays.

    Not sure where the coal originated, probably Leigh Creek.

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    When railways started in Australia around 1850, the possibility of interconnecting the colonies by rail was not even considered. NSW started first, with an Irish chief engineer, who naturally planned to use "Irish gauge", 5'3" or1600mm, and when Melbourne started a month or two later, their engineer complied with this standard.

    However, before things got very far in NSW, the chief engineer quit. His replacement was English, and refused to have anything to do with "Irish gauge", insisting on the English standard (1435). His opposite number, by the time this information got to Melbourne, had already ordered rolling stock from the UK, and had no intention of changing.

    Qld, SA, WA, and Tas went for 3'6" (1067mm) simply because it was cheaper, and there were no plans to link with interstate networks. The first railways in the NT were when it was part of SA, so used 3'6".

    The first interstate connection planned was Melbourne-Adelaide, and agreement was reached for this to be Victorian gauge. Eventually this led to a substantial part of the heavily used SA network becoming 5'3" or some, dual gauge.

    The Federation agreement between the states included a rail link to WA as a condition of WA joining the Federation , and this was also specified as 1435mm, meaning a 1435 gauge from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie (and some dual or even triple gauge lines in SA).

    Standard gauge (1435) connections between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Sydney Adelaide Perth were much later, post WW2, and Adelaide-Darwin even more recent.

    And just to complete the confusion, Victoria operated an extensive network of 2'6" (762mm) gauge railways from the 1890s with one still operating (now Puffing Billy Railway) for the poorer and more mountainous parts of the state.
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