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793660.  Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:10 am Reply with quote

Watching one of the guys teaching his daughter how to make/maintain them was amazing to see, they pass this knowledge from generation to generation and keep it going.

This programme only touched a little on this, I'd like to see a dedicated programme to it, but would recommend the Human Planet series for anyone to watch.

Spud McLaren
797996.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:31 pm Reply with quote

India's train stations with the longest and shortest names - the shortest being Ib.

797999.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:40 pm Reply with quote

There is no British railway station with a two letter name; there are eleven with three letter names - Ash, Ayr, Ely, IBM, Lee, Lye, Ore, Par, Rye, Wem, and Wye.

But what is Britain's longest station name?

Beware of the klaxon ...

Spud McLaren
798001.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:45 pm Reply with quote

Sir Muhammad Iqbal - that's not the name of the station, to which subject I may return, but of Pakistan's national poet; however he died before the formation of Pakistan. Quite an interesting chap.

"Nations are born in the hearts of poets; they prosper and die in the hands of politicians."

798005.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:56 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
But what is Britain's longest station name?

Is it:

Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station



798007.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:00 pm Reply with quote

sjbodell wrote:
Rhoose Cardiff International Airport


In the nicest possible way, damn you!

798008.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:06 pm Reply with quote

Hehehe, your hint in white helped me. I was thinking of the klaxon-worthy answer before I saw that.

Spud McLaren
798009.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:14 pm Reply with quote

I knew it wasn't going to be the klaxonworthy answer, but hadn't bargained on the simple reason: that there's a longer one. I assumed it would be because (I reasoned) the klaxonworthy one's official rail name was its shortened version. I was about to look this up when....

798012.  Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:26 pm Reply with quote

The klaxonworthy answer is officially called Llanfairpwll, yes.

There was a station with a longer name than the klaxonworthy version of that one, viz Gorsafawddacha'idraigodanheddogleddoll˘npenrhynareurdraethceredigion.

But this has three points against it:

1. It's not the official name of the station, that being Golf Halt.
2. It's on a miniature railway which has never formed part of the National Railway System.
3. The name of the station is bad Welsh, and doesn't stand up to proper scrutiny.

Spud McLaren
798066.  Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:20 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
... The name of the station is bad Welsh...
Sounds like somewhere in Westphalia.


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