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Baptist Trainfan refers, as enny fule kno, to the tendency of Oliver Bulleid's splendid Pacific locomotives to be a little light on their wheels when pulling away from stations (on the open line, they could go like the wind...)

Tangmere shows us how...

IJ

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Bishops Finger
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Cross-posted, but here's one (an O gauge model) in malachite green.

Lovely!

IJ

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Baptist Trainfan
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Drools ... but I'm afraid we'd better get back to electric cars!
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I suppose so - but Enoch raises an interesting point about colours.

ISTM that most cars are either silver, white, or dark blue/black. How about making it compulsory for electric cars - and no others - to be day-glo orange, baby-poo yellow, or even malachite green? They'd stand out....

[Two face]

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You'll need luminous paint, so they safely glow in dark country lanes ...
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Colours are no good for the visually impaired . How about The trolley song

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I remember trams with bells in Lisbon,operated by a kick-button underneath the driver's foot. Very good for getting rid of his annoyance when a car pulled out in front of the tram.

They still have them, but now the sound is electronic, not a real bell!

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Point taken re colours.

I suggested tram gongs earlier on, but would the visually-impaired know from which direction the sound was coming?

Some emergency vehicles in the UK have tried directional 'white noise' in addition to (or instead of) the usual blues-and-twos, on the basis that it was much easier to locate the source of the sound (important in a busy street, with traffic and pedestrians).

White Noise Sirens

It never seemed to catch on, at least not round here.

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That's 18 years ago, and with the sirens they use, you still can't tell what direction the sound is coming from. Until today, I thought it was just me.

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The use of bright colours is a way of supporting those with visual impairments. Suggestions to help people with poor sight is using colours to make handles, doors, handrails, edges of steps, and etc, stand out.

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Given the difficulties in making electric cars noticeable to peeps with various challenges, ISTM that the overall best solution is to somehow completely segregate traffic (including cyclists!) from pedestrians.

I know that this is probably impossible, but lots more could doubtless be done in this direction.

Just for clarification, many European towns and cities have areas restricted to pedestrians/trams/trolleybuses/buses only. This is IMHO a Good Thing, but have any major problems arisen - and been documented - regarding accidents in such areas to those with visual/audio impairments?

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There certainly have been "shared space" accidents in Britain, e.g. this and this.
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Which, I suppose, just goes to show that, sadly, nothing in this Vale Of Tears is perfect.

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