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Brainless populist fuckwits Sep. 16th, 2003 04:57 pm
"Tories set to tame rail spending

The Conservatives would cut back on the power of the high-spending engineers in Network Rail if they won the next general election


Oh, and while we're going off the rails:

Biggest blackout caused by 1 amp fuse

And CrossRail are soliciting input.

From: kiaransalyn
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 09:07 am (Link)
I like how they neatly side-step the fact that it was their party which has caused most of the problems! Torries! Pah!
From: softfruit
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 09:31 am (Link)
That's a pretty bad typo for "Duncan Smith hands commuter vote to Lib Dems" even for the Grauniad!
From: wechsler
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 10:42 am (Link)
I just hope the commuters can see this...
From: feanelwa
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 10:19 am (Link)
A 1 amp fuse instead of a 50,000 amp fuse?! Wouldn't one of them be, well, a bit heavier due to the giant mass of metal required to safely carry 50,000 amps? I mean, confusing a 3 amp and a 5 amp is understandable, but...?
From: wechsler
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 10:41 am (Link)
It was a 5 amp RCD in the last article I saw on it, I'm starting to wonder just what's going on...

Arghh the muppets!

From: wechsler
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 11:30 am (Link)
It was a 1A, instead of a 5A, IDMT relay; the report uses french decimal syntax (commas) instead of english (points), leading to a journalist's misreading of the following extract from the official report (PDF)

108 The protection equipment that operated was an Inverse Definite Minimum Time
(IDMT) relay, a commonly used type. It does not operate immediately, but starts to
operate when the electric current on the circuit exceeds a certain threshold. The
speed of operation depends on how far the measured current is above the threshold

109 The protection relay had been correctly specified during the design process and the
settings sheet had been correctly produced. However the relay that had been
physically supplied and installed at Wimbledon was a 1 ampere rated relay, not the 5
ampere relay specified on the settings sheet. In all other respects the settings on the
relay were correct and were confirmed during several check points in the
construction and commissioning process.

110 The effect of installing a 1 ampere relay instead of a 5 ampere, meant that the
current flow at which the protection would operate was five times lower than the
correct rating and below the rating of the circuit itself.

111 The 1 ampere protection relay was set to operate at a current of 1,020 amperes on
the transmission circuit and was triggered on the day by a current of 1,460 amperes.
This is significantly below the operating capability of the cable, at 4,450 amperes and
the original specification of the protection relay, at 5,100 amperes (see appendix 6).

Re: Arghh the muppets!

From: feanelwa
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 11:50 am (Link)
*thunk* they are idiots...
(no subject) - (Anonymous)

Re: Arghh the muppets!

From: wechsler
Date: September 16th, 2003 - 12:13 pm (Link)
Woolworths or any hardware store, theoretically.