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The 40 tonne axleload will come

first_imgbut track and train need common management’CONSIDER a new heavy haul railway with 40 tonne axleloads and high adhesion locos hauling frequent trains at 120 km/h, and suppose it damages your business. What are you going to say to your business manager?’ This warning from Harry Tournay of Spoornet was issued to nearly 400 engineers and specialists in the heavy haul freight business at the Sixth International Heavy Haul Conference held in Cape Town on April 6-10. Delegates had spent three days deliberating on engineering advances that would allow them to haul more tonnes at lower cost. While the iron ore market has recovered from the slump of the mid-1980s, thanks in part to rising steel demand in China and other booming Asian economies, Ben Alberts of South Africa’s Iron & Steel group ISCOR said that ’the price in real terms is in constant decline’.It was against this background that Spoornet Chief Executive Braam le Roux reminded delegates that the IHHA ’was not a very natural partnership because the customers are international competitors’. How refreshing then, that IHHA members are still willing to share their expertise in the unending search for the ideal wheel-rail interface where wear is controlled to the practical minimum. Much progress has already been made – in the last 10 years, according to the IHHA’s first chairman Dr Bill Harris, rail life has been extended from 600 million to 2 billion gross tonnes. All heavy haul railways stand to benefit from the unique fund of knowledge and research that exists within the IHHA, as do other railways with lower tonnages who experience the same wear problems over longer timescales.Le Roux urged delegates ’to push the limits beyond those which enable sound sleep’. This will require the courage to exploit advanced technologies, which could include automated train health checking, ’smart’ trains with on-board rolling stock monitoring and perhaps crewless operation, optic fibre rail integrity checking, and ground penetrating radar to ensure the subgrade is in good fettle. Perhaps the biggest challenge is to go beyond the 38 tonne axleload limit already being contemplated by BHP in Australia’s Pilbara, with 40 tonnes and beyond forming the quantum leap that Tournay saw as missing in topics up for debate at the conference.In contemplating the advance beyond current axleload limits, Harris warned that it was ’imperative to treat the railway as a system’ and cited the cost in terms of track wear in North America in the 1970s after many railroads introduced so-called 100 ton cars (loaded weight 119·3 tonnes) – ’it wasn’t long before the subgrade let us know that it wasn’t very happy’. Outgoing IHHA Chairman John Reoch considered separation of operations from infrastructure to be ’fundamentally flawed’, a view supported by Roy Allen, Vice President, Research & Test, at the AAR who pointed to rail grinding that had contributed to a spate of derailments affecting double-stack trains.It will be instructive to see how aspiring IHHA members in Sweden (operator MTAB and infrastructure authority Banverket) handle the planned upgrade to 30 tonne axleloads on the Luleå – Kiruna – Narvik line; the price of getting it wrong could be high. To find out what transpires, rendez-vous in Russia in 1999 for the IHHA’s next specialist technical session on the wheel-rail interface. olast_img read more

Lucerne Golf Club Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Michelle Atherton of Bucksport got a hole-in-one on Sunday at the Lucerne Golf Club course.Atherton’s hole-in-one was Maine hole No. 6 and 102 yards using a 9-iron. It was witnessed by Dan Atherton, Harvey Matthews, Dustin Raybourn and Adam Kaspala.Results from the Lucerne Golf Club’s Senior Scramble on Thursday are as follows:Bruce Blanchard, Jim Bonzey, Carl Williams, Ed Lachance (-6); Ron Palmer, Mike Pelletier, Bob Fraser, Charlie Perkins (-5); Lloyd Deans, Mark Johnson, Tom Winston, Johnny Lee (-4); Grant Standbrook, Howard Flewelling, Marcelle Whitney, Dave Robertson (-4); Bruce MacGregor, Jim Mabry, Jim Awalt, Bill Rowe (-4); Alan Gray, Jack Hinds, Bill Ferris, Bob Landis (-4); Dan Crouse, Russ Black, Mel Bowden, Bob Carter (-3); Dick Gassett, Bob Francis, Barry Harris, Mike Dore (-3); Dennis Kiah, Kerry Woodbury, Joe Guaraldo, Ben Sawyer (-2); Ron Allen, Mel McLay, Daryl Briggs, Ron Snyder (-1); Doug Deans, Paul Bowden, John Somes, Richard Baker (-1). Closest to Pin: No. 2 Bruce Mac Gregor 4.0, No. 6 Grant Standbrook 11.4.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Champions League Final: African Stars Take Centre Stage

first_imgThe power of African football will be on display on Saturday, when Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), the world’s most prestigious club competition.The match billed for Atletico Madrid’s 67,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and scheduled for live broadcast on all DStv packages as well as GOtv Max and Plus packages, will see Africa’s biggest soccer exports on both sides.Liverpool boast the trio of Egypt’s Mohamed ‘Mo’ Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Cameroon’s Joel Matip, who will lead the charge for what will be the Reds’ sixth victory in the competition and the second since being renamed the UEFA Champions League. Mane and Salah, who both got 22 Premier League goals, form two-thirds of Liverpool’s dreaded front three, while Matip is the other half of the much vaunted central defensive partnership with Holland’s Virgil van Dijk.Salah will hope to banish the hurt suffered in last year’s final, when he suffered a shoulder injury early in the game, a development that affected his performance at the 2018 World Cup with Pharaohs in Russia. The Egyptian superstar has only four goals in 11 Champions League games this season.Mane, Senegal’s speed and goal demon was impressive in the Premier League. The 27-year old has played 12 Champions League matches, scoring four goals. Matip has risen from a bit-part player to an integral part of the team, which conceded the fewest number of goals in the Premier League, is likely to start the final.On Spurs’ side will be Cote d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier and Kenya’s Victor Wanyama, who have not been used regularly in the Champions League this season.Aurier, a vastly experienced right-back, has played only five Champions League games, while Wanyama, a defensive midfielder, has been on the pitch for only 292 minutes, but may get a game on Saturday as he will be expected to keep Mane in check.According to a statement from DSTv, the UEFA Champions League final broadcast will include half hour highlights of the four semi-final games; the official UEFA Champions League preview show at 6:00pm; the studio build-up including crossings from Madrid at 6:30pm; and then the live match from 8:00pm.Football action will continue for DStv and GOtv after the UEFA Champions League final when the much-anticipated 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 21 June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Byron Scott: Showtime Lakers would beat Warriors in seven-game series

first_img“The one thing I think this team couldn’t do on a daily basis against us that they’re doing against everybody else is go small,” Scott said. “You got Magic, James and Kareem as post-up players that demanded double-teams. It would be a whole lot harder. Draymond is a great defender and I have a lot of respect for him. But guarding James Worthy or guarding Kareem? That wouldn’t happen. It would be very interesting.”Both the Showtime Lakers and Warriors play at a frenetic pace. Both excelled on defense. But Scott argued both teams had different identities. “They are volume shooters from 3. We weren’t,” Scott said. “We were definitely inside-out. But James Worthy and Kareem are two of the best post players who have ever played. Magic at 6-9 is unbelievable as well. It would be a very interesting series.”Playful barbsAt first, it sounded liked Kobe Bryant offered a compliment. But as he gushed about former Lakers teammate and Warriors interim coach Luke Walton, Bryant actually delivered a punchline. “I told him he was the next Phil (Jackson),” Bryant said, and the reason had nothing to do with Jackson’s 11 NBA championships. “He was an average player with a messed-up back.”Walton reported that “he got a good laugh” when he learned about Bryant’s comments.“Anytime we had a chance to make fun of anybody, we did,” Walton said. “Kobe was very creative with his jokes. I loved Kobe as a teammate.”Bryant then turned serious, arguing that “Phil saw a lot of himself in Luke.” Jackson stayed sidelined during the New York Knicks’ 1969-70 NBA championship season after injuring his back. Then, Knicks coach Red Holzman made Jackson a de-facto assistant coach. Walton also had back issues during the Lakers’ 2009-10 NBA championship season. So Jackson invited Walton to coaches’ meetings. Walton also charted plays on the sideline.“I was depressed,” Walton said. “Sitting with (Phil), Frank (Hamblen) and Brian Shaw and that whole staff lifted my spirits. I saw right there you still get that sense of camaraderie that you have as a player.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OAKLAND >> The question caused Lakers coach Byron Scott to offer an incredulous look, suggesting there should not even be a debate. Would the Showtime Lakers beat the current Golden State Warriors?“In a seven-game series? Absolutely,” Scott said before the Lakers played Golden State on Tuesday at the Oracle. “I don’t know in how many (games). But in my mind and humble opinion, we would win a seven-game series against them.”The Showtime Lakers won five NBA championships headlined by a Hall of Fame guard (Magic Johnson), Hall of Fame center (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Hall of Fame forward (James Worthy) and an elite defender (Michael Cooper). Jamaal Wilkes and Scott were along for part of the ride, too. The Warriors won the 2015 NBA championship with a sharp-shooting backcourt (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson), a versatile forward (Draymond Green) and an elite defender (Andre Iguodala).last_img read more