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Are there gritters in London

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Very pretty pierre_pierre. Smiley
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Plenty of snow in Cornwall overnight. I drove in to work this morning (old Land Rover, knobbly tyres - no problem) and it was great - there was much less traffic than normal Cheesy
We then had an artic with a delivery turn up - took three or four goes to getup the hill into our car park, then took ten minutes of slithering around to get it onto the flat, then I had some fun with a one wheel drive forklift to unload it! 
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Yeah we're all 3rd live railed here.
I guess that poses a greater problem with the snow.

Pantographs are not so rugged as pick up shoes - and seeing the first train after a period of heavy snow / frost can be very sparkling  Cheesy
And here's a good test for you - which causes the most interference to telephone circuits - DC third rail or AC 25kHz overhead line.
I worked on British rail signal post telephones - you know the thing - train stops at a red light, driver gets down and talks on the phone to signalman.
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You can see the sparks fly on a 3 or 4 rail underground train.

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and thats just the passengers waiting on the platform
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That can't have gritted the steps from Waterloo Station - saw this poor person slip and fall down some of the steps there on the BBC News................. the cameraman should have gone and helped him up!
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you should know that wildlife photographers are not allowed to interfere
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There's a severe shortage of road salt so we are going to be in trouble if we get more snow.  The matter was raised as an emergency question this afternoon in Parliament.  Irish Salt, who supply local authorities say they can't do any more.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4514978/Britain-faces-another-10-inches-of-snow-as-grit-suppl...
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Yeah Warwickshire are only gritting major roads and not topping up the grtting boxes.
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But Cheshire has huge salt works - and there can surely be no shortage of the grit that it is mixed with Huh
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A while ago, I was watching a TV series called "Coast"  in that episode they were going round the coast of Northern Ireland.  (That's what caught my eye)  They spent part of the time in a salt mine on the Antrim coast.  I must have driven past it a hundred times!  The "road" down into the mine was wider than a 6 lane motorway, and tall enough for the giant lorries to be dwarfed.  Once under the ground it was a huge cavern held up by rock columns.  Apparently the whole cavern has been hollowed out (the columns were left to hold the roof up), and most of the road salt used throughout Europe comes from that mine.  Absolutely amazing  Shocked
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there can surely be no shortage of the grit that it is mixed with Huh

I'm sure I saw something on TV recently that said the raw rock salt they mine for roads has grit in it already so is used "as is".
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you should know that wildlife photographers are not allowed to interfere

Would be a breach of the Prime Directive Wink

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One of the three salt suppliers is to import salt from Spain to help reduce the shortage.