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The Really Really Boring and Totally Pointless Snippets of Information Thread XXIV

Old 20th Oct 2014, 09:37
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Aye we have heard the chimes at midnight Master Quizling.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 09:38
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there are direct trains from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North as well.
WE knows that handsfree and Mrs IB used to use that route. However the orange company have decided to operate only two MAN-AGP flights for part of the winter, at times departing from MAN much too early to get over from BLK by train, which is unacceptable to madam. They are however operating three flights a week to/from LPL, two at reasonable times, so she is trying that option.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 09:44
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Here be a Geordie song for yer to cheer yers up.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 09:59
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Morning, all. A bit damp and breezy here; might be something to do with Carol's squeezed isobars. I love it when she talks dirty.

Yesterday's experiment of wrapping chicken breasts in Lardo di Colonnata before baking was a real success. Very tasty.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 10:31
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Morning all-another nice one!

Just thinking that there are a few peeps we haven't heard from in a while-Madam Wombat (I know she was moving, but that was months ago), chappie in Belgium (not Hellsbrink) who used to row (boat not argue). Senior moment prevents me from remembering his handle, but he retired and then vanished. Then of course there was Norm, but I think illness took a toll there. Wish we knew what happened to folk. I know that there is a thread that people resurrect from time to time about this but our TRABBists chums rarely get a mention. I suppose we are bottom of the JB heap!
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 10:33
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Having a bit of a retirement day. I was on the exercise machine at 05.30 but the whole morning has gone down hill ever since. Just slobbing by the pool in mid 30 temperatures drinking cold beer. I did get the donkey boiler going for Mrs Exascot's post aerobics bath though.

I see that Didcot Power Station is on fire. When I moved to Brize in the mid 80s practically every house we looked at had a view of it. One even backed on to it. We settled for a place on a hill miles away. First really clear day we got, guess what we could see - I thought the place was closed down. Didn't I see something about them demolishing the cooling towers?
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 10:38
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Didcot A - coal fired - closed, removed.
Didcot B - gas fired - still there - tho' a bit singed now.


Hard to contemplate a fire. By the nature of their construction, the inside of the cooling towers were a constant waterfall of water (to cool). Well, the coal one's anyway.



Working railway museum still open.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 10:38
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Seems a bit stupid building new cooling towers that can catch fire,those gurt great concrete ones they went round demolishing wouldn't have burned.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 11:08
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Out of curiosity, i once flew over a set of those concrete cooling towers (several hundred feet above them of course) but was a bit bust keeping the blue side up to actually have a look inside.


The fire looks quite impressive
Huge fire breaks out at Didcot power station in Oxfordshire - video | UK news | The Guardian
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 11:29
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LM I've flown over a few low level but it was too dark inside to see anything. I think Didcot was/is a danger zone- well it is now.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 11:36
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Ah the joys of holding by Radcliffe Power Station in EMA's circuit meant you got quite a good look down the towers and as an added bonus got a right good sniff of the flue gas coming out of the stack.
In the olden days when Castle Donington Power Station was still working you sometimes got to fly the downwind leg in their flue gas if the wind was right.
Given the right wind conditions I expect you could have flown the circuit with your eyes closed using just the MkI nose.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 11:41
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Hard to contemplate a fire. By the nature of their
construction, the inside of the cooling towers were a constant waterfall of
water (to cool). Well, the coal one's anyway



The venturi effect (concrete) types are, the bottom 1/3 has a wooden structure to distribute the water, the upper part is completely empty.
The water enters vertically in the centre and is distributed towards the outside in channels with holes in the bottom to allow the water to fall through & get cooled by the rising air.
The water then gets collected in the holding pond at the bottom before returning to the boiler/generator set condenser.
In use standing in one is a bit like a cold sauna as the water temperature is not much above ambient, so the resulting steam is similar to chem, sorry contrails.
The updraught is purely natural

The ones at Didcot B are of the forced draught, with fans that suck the air through them, type and it looks as though it could have been a fan motor that started it, again a lot of the structure is wood supported by concrete

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Old 20th Oct 2014, 11:49
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Simpler times.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 11:56
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The ones at Didcot B are of the forced draught, with fans that suck the air through them
If you search for "Didcot B Power Station" on gigglearth and zoom in you get a good view of the two banks of forced draught coolers.

I bet they wish they hadn't demolished Didcot A's towers now.
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Some years ago we were on holiday in Austria and met an australian couple in a cafe. Turned out that they knew Derby well as he had worked as an engineer on the construction of Willington power station.

We didn't have the heart to tell him that the cooling towers were all that was left as the rest of it had been knocked down a few years previously.

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Ye gods - that was 12 years ago. Tempus fugit and all that
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 12:06
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Limeygal, I see DX Wombat on Face now and then, but The SSK has been AWOL since March or so?

Bottom of the pile or not, the TRABB is about the only thing I follow on PPRuNe these days.
Apart from RATs (Really Annoying Threads) like the current rape one. They anger and sadden me in equal amounts, so why the heck I read them is beyond me. Probably for the very few rays of lights that show not all men think with their d!cks.
Loose but powerful fellowship on this here ship. Familiarity with various fellow TRABBers' lives, woes, triumphs, family sagas and jobs. Still enjoy it a lot, this motley crew. Aged or not, doesn't matter at all

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Had to peel it all off and returned home dressed only in T-shirt and skirt, carrying the rest.
Severe WX misjudgement of the happy type.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 12:26
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Groundgripper, your mate might like this website.

Power Stations Revisited

It covers the building, operation and eventually demolition of closed power stations of the old Midlands Region of the CEGB. Willington is amongst them.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 12:35
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Fascinating tour of Fiddlers Ferry many years ago

The emergency start-up (black start) gas turbines are 4 free power turbines (i.e. not shaft coupled) driven by 2 RR Avon engines each.
The diesel set is to start the first of them which supplies power to start the rest.
The room full of batteries is to start the diesel.

Once the GT sets are running they can begin to re-start one of the boiler/generator sets, this would then provide enough power to re-start the other boilers.

Heysham has four sets powered by RR Olympus engines

Apologies if any aviation content
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 13:00
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I worked for CEGB Scientific Services NW Region for a while and Fiddlers Ferry was one of our haunts. Every time I walked on site there I had a nose bleed. No idea why unless the particular dust there annoyed my delicate inner parts.

All I can remember about our work there is we were adjusting the angle of the burner swirlers to try and improve burn back damage.
Guess who got the job of sitting in the boiler with a hand held anemometer taking reading with the F(orced) D(raught) fans going.
A pair of safety goggles didn't last very long until sand-blasted to useless.

Happy days.
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Mr WL are any RB211 (Trent) powered yet Avon and Olympus are seriously old designs.
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