Locomotion An Essay on Sustainability !
Don't think for one minute that I am suggesting a return to Steam Locomotives, they were evil bloody things at times and only to be trusted with highly skilled men' but the video outlines the type of Engineering Ideology we need to aspire towards to reduce out negative impact on the environment. Imagine what we could achieve with modern CNC machining and Metalurgy, a car you could buy in your 20s and hand on to your kids when they passed their driving test, or donate to the Third World. likewise trucks & buses !I could go back to the turn of the 20th century and the impact of the First World War to trace railway history from an engineering aspect. However, perhaps a convenient point to start would be Nationalization ( first proposed at the grouping in 1923) which had nothing to do with politics. The simple fact was that the railway companies owed a fortune on government sponsored low interest loans. Said loans had been taken out in the 1920’s and 30’s It was just like Railtrack 2000, in 1927 a local train derailed just outside my local station, the track simply disintegrated under the locomotive. Money was spent on new track and rolling stock ( of which my particular interest is locomotives ) and by 1939 the UK had probably the best railway in the world.
The railways contracted to provide war transport at a fixed price, when
the government had to pay up the country was totally bankrupt. The
thing was that the railway companies owed the government a similar
amount and as neither could afford to pay each other nationalisation was
the only sensible answer.