Look, I don’t like battery trains, but we can’t seem to hang wires up any more and I like diesels even less
Make no mistake, trains should be electric and they should have big, jock-off power supplies that can cope with anything likely to show up for 100 years. I also don’t accept that just because Network Rail can’t do it, it can’t be done. If a builder was building you an extension and came to tell you he was going to charge four times the quote, take twice as long and only do half the job in the end, would you just pay him anyway? No, you would find someone else and so should we, but that’s not going to happen as long as the present management remains and feels obliged to justify their massive and unforgivable errors.