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Posted by daestrom on August 4, 2010, 11:12 pm
dow wrote:

Which state?  If you come to NY, well *we* are in a mess here.  Which is
one of the reasons why I've accepted a job in Tennessee.  NY's state
budget is 4 months overdue.  Property taxes are a mess and even the guy
that runs the NY state fair is under investigation for corruption and waste.

Please don't judge the entire country based on one lousy state. :-)


Posted by dow on August 5, 2010, 2:34 am

Actually, the last state I was on the ground in was Nevada.


Posted by News on August 9, 2010, 12:14 am

I really don't know why Stirlings haven't caught the world's

They are bigger and heavier. But they lend themselves to marine applications
very well.

Any application where there is constant running of the engine a Stirling is
a good candidate.

I feel that makers are looking at what way the market will pan out.
Hydrogen/fuel cell?  Electric/hybrid/batteries. There is much R&D going on
in these fields.

The British Department for Transport advised the last government not to get
involved in expensive cross-country overhead wire electrification projects
as fuel cell technology appeared to be advancing fast and may lend itself
viable for trains.  In short, wait a few years and see, as the diesel locos
may be replaced with a superior technology not needing hundreds of miles of
overhead lines.

About 18 months ago they dropped this view, after pressure from rail groups,
and  full electrification projects were announced replacing diesel trains.
Electric trains do need fuel storage and the facilities to refuel the
trains. They are lighter as they do not carry heavy engines and fuel and
safer in tunnels.  But they need maintenance teams to see to the countless
miles of over wires and support stanchions.  Electrifying hundreds of miles
of track is not cheap at all, although the train maintenance side is a lot

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