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  1. That's correct - pinking (also known as knocking & pre-ignition) is caused when the fuel / air mixture in the cylinders is detonated too early. When I started driving (early 1980s) the cause was usually incorrect ignition timing (spark too early before the piston was in the optimum position within the cylinder) or sometimes excessive carbon build up inside the combustion chambers, which raised the compression ratio & could cause "dieseling" where the petrol / air mixture ignited on compression - as with a diesel engine - instead of being ignited by the spark generated by the spark plug. Pinking can also be the result of poor fuel, although because modern engine management systems are so complex that's a rarity these days because they automatically adjust the spark timing & the fuel / air ratio to avoid pre-ignition.
  2. Yes, Gleadless Valley - missiles being thrown at buses on Blackstock Road this week. You have my sympathy Mallard - my car was hit several years ago by a stone thrown by a lad who looked about 8 years old, as I was driving up the steep hill on Gleadless Rd near Sands Close. Over £300 worth of damage to the roof of my 2 year old car, insurance excess was £350 at the time so I had to pay for the repair out of my own pocket.
  3. There's one in Middle Handley, near Marsh Lane / Eckington outside the Devonshire Arms & another in Millthorpe, near Holmesfield. Both outside of Sheffield I know but only just over the border...
  4. Thanks Andy - I did try the Stagecoach bus 52 between Cathedral & Hillsborough on a number of occasions, but as the driver refused to accept my tram ticket on about 50% of those occasions, meaning that I had to pay again for a service which I'd already paid for, I gave up!
  5. Thanks for the detailed explanation in your post (#132) Andy. With regard to your point I've quoted above re. the evening tram replacement buses though, this sounds rather like a "chicken & egg" situation? i.e. a significantly reduced level of service is provided, which people then don't use due to the inconvenience caused, with the lack of usage then being used as justification for the significant reduction in service level? My experience has been that, due to the 30 minute bus frequency, my evening journeys between Gleadless & Hillsborough - including stops at locations between Shalesmoor & Hillsborough e.g. Tesco on Infirmary Rd - were taking a ridiculous amount of additional time. In the end I got so fed up with it that I ended up using my car instead, which meant that, in addition to paying £50 per month to Supertram for my Tram Only Megarider Extra, I also had to spend money on petrol in order to make the journeys which I normally make by tram. This was bad for the environment too.
  6. The buses certainly are used - they're just not full; as I've said, the trams aren't full at that time either but they still run, as they certainly should do. Surely the whole point of public transport is that busy services help to subsidise less busy ones?
  7. No, but the evening trams which these buses were supposed to replace are rarely full either - yet a reasonable level of evening tram service is provided despite some of these services operating below capacity. Nor were the daytime tram replacement buses always full outside peak times - yet a sensible service frequency was provided for these buses, all day, until the evening. Surely we should be promoting the usage of public transport - issues of climate change, congestion etc - & it's therefore necessary to run services at a reasonable frequency, not solely an approach which you appear to support of only providing services when they can be run at maximum passenger capacity? Regardless of whether these are regular services or tram replacement services, passengers still need to be where they want to be, when they want to be there without excessive journey times caused by a severely reduced frequency. It doesn't seem to be unreasonable for the public to expect a tram replacement bus service to operate at - about - the same frequency as the trams which the buses are supposed to replace?
  8. The main problems for me were caused by their decision to run only 2 Tram Replacement buses per hour in the evenings, which I thought was a very poor decision & not at all service / customer focussed & showed a worrying level of disregard for their evening passengers. I heard that their reasoning was that not many people use their service at those times, so it wasn't worth providing more than 2 buses each hour (to replace 6 trams, 3 Blue & 3 Yellow). So the usual 10 minute evening service frequency between Hillsborough & town was replaced by a 30 minute service frequency, an issue which was compounded by a number of occasions when the timetabled bus simply didn't turn up at all, meaning a very long wait for the next one. Also Stagecoach bus drivers on their other routes between Hillsborough & town repeatedly refused to accept my tram ticket, despite publicity from Supertram stating that tram tickets would be accepted on those services (e.g. Stagecoach 52). Additionally, on many occasions these regular buses weren't an option for me because they don't go where the tram goes & where I need to go.
  9. Interesting to see that SYPTE's press release (pasted in above - link repeated below) clearly stated that the Supertram network would be running a full service on Friday 19th, Sat 20th & Sun 21st. http://www.sypte.co.uk/printPressRelease.aspx?id=6224&SelectedImage=1 This press release is dated 12th July, yet on the very same day Supertram posted information advising of a planned suspension of the Purple Route between Station & Herdings on each of these three evenings - so how on earth can this possibly be described as "a full service" as per SYPTE's press release? To add insult to injury for users of the Purple Route, Supertram then suspended this service earlier than the times at which they'd announced that it would be suspended. Despite all of this, Supertram also published information on their Twitter feed on 19th July stating that a full tram service would be provided on July 19th, 20th & 21st!
  10. Thanks Andy, this is helpful because the Area 3/4/5 leaflet which I downloaded last week from Supertram's website states that the Area 5 suspension of trams towards Hillsborough beyond the Cathedral will run from the 25th to the 30th, with a normal service on the 24th. Hence the Area 5 start date's evidently now been brought forward; according to Supertram's website today this is now scheduled to start at about 7:00pm on the 24th.
  11. Silver Audi A3 with 159,000 miles on the clock when last MOT'd in Sept 2016. Tax expired July 2017, MOT expired August 2017 hence it's unlikely that this vehicle is on the roads (not legally, anyway!)
  12. They're running at least one single decker in the Mainline colours, in addition to a double decker in the Sheffield City Council Transport Dept colours (Cream & Prussian Blue) & another double decker in the "Coffee & Cream" South Yorkshire County Council colour scheme. Both of these double deckers run on the 51 route. I remember how unpopular the introduction of the coffee & cream livery was in Sheffield when South Yorkshire County Council was formed in 1974 & took over the responsibility for the buses from the individual Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley & Doncaster Councils, doing away with each area's unique colours & bringing in a uniform colour scheme across South Yorkshire.
  13. All of the "on street" track on Park Grange was definitely done in 2013 - I used to watch the (very few) Volker Rail employees working their way along the highway while I went past on the Replacement Bus. Similarly I'm certain that the whole of City Road was done, i.e. from outside what's now the St Luke's shop right down to the junction with Spring Lane. Again, I used to watch the progress of the works while on the Replacement Bus. Guess that we'll have to differ on this one then Hook!
  14. I remember when all this began (summer 2013), the whole of the "on street" track on Park Grange Rd was done at the same time; a couple of years later they did all of the track on City Rd - each of these stretches is much more than 100 metres. I was surprised to find that more work's to be done between Shalesmoor & Middlewood this year - like some other folk I was under the impression that all of that area had been done. While I do understand that some sections of track will wear more quickly than others, I can't see the logic of doing a part-replacement job & then returning only a year or two later to replace the sections of track which weren't replaced originally - this just seems to cause a second year of disruption which could have been avoided if the whole area had been done on the first occasion?
  15. Sheffield Council's waste contractor, Veolia, provide this service. It's free to all Council tenants (on the basis that the service is included in their rent) & to tenants of some Housing Associations. For homeowners & private tenants, there's a charge of £22.50 (for removal of up to 3 items which includes fridges & freezers), this is reduced to £10.00 for homeowners & private tenants in receipt of income support, housing benefit, pension credit or job seeker's allowance. Details available via the link below. https://www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield/collections/bulky-item-collection-service
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