Credit where credit is due. This piece by Alistair Dalton is pretty positive, perhaps ever-so-slightly over-so and misses several opportunities to slag ScotRail en passant. What will BBC Scotland’s Douglas Fraser make of this? Did they mention it?
Here’s just a wee taste:
At least 1,000 jobs will be created at a train-building factory to be built at Longannet in Fife, Spanish firm Talgo announced today. Construction of the 70,000 square metre plant on the former power station site is expected to take 18 months. The factory will be built on the former Longannet power station site. Talgo plans to build a range of trains and has been shortlisted for the high-speed trains contract for the HS2 line due to open between London and northern England in 2026.
Footnote: In 1980, between Uni and teacher training, I worked for one year in Longannet Power Station (pronounced long annet not long gannet) as an ‘auxiliary plan attendant’. It was the year of the first Alien film and the inside of the dirty industrial-looking spaceship was not unlike that of parts of the power station. On nightshift, often alone in an area the size of several football pitches (the ‘precips’), I carried a big metal stick (bung key).
I was a member of Garscube Harriers for many years. One of our members worked in refractory services which deals with the lining of furnaces and other items which experience high temperatures. He told us that one of the chimneys at Longannet had a spiral staircase for its entire height. Someone told him that there was a record time for ascending the staircase. As they were not particularly busy on the nightshift and he needed to do his training, he decided to try to break the record for running up the stairs. He told us broke the record.
As you might have been there at the time, perhaps you can give an impartial opinion.
Didn’t know about that at all. Was in Chubby Shift.