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Flying Scotsman

by | 13th, March 2006

‘AS passengers onboard the Waterloo to Bournemouth service late last Wednesday night will attest, the Government’s integrated transport policy is a wow.

To Warrington and infinity…

No longer does a train look like a train, but when it arrives at Southampton it integrates into a bus. Ingenious? You betcha. And all the more so when you learn that the train-bus costs more to ride on than an ordinary bus. Progress must be paid for.

And the rail service has a rich history of innovation. As the Times reports (“The next service to arrive at platform twelve will be… a flying saucer”), back in the 1970s British Rail was looking to the future.

The nationalised company that had trouble keeping the ends of sandwiches from curling up was thinking about a nuclear-powered flying saucer.

Investigations at the European Patent Office have discovered that a parent for this actual Flying Scotsman was granted on March 21, 1973.

The Guardian has seen the blueprints, and tells us how engineer Charles Osmond Frederick’s invention would have worked: “A controlled thermonuclear fusion reaction is ignited by one or more pulsed laser beams produced by lasers and reflected or focused on to a central reaction zone on the underside of the platform.’

Of course, none of this would have been possible had the driver been contemplating industrial action in the canteen or had attempted to fly through

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