rail = the only way to travel

So if you, say, had a Sherlock theory…

One about how the clown robbers in The Sign of Three had ties to Jim Moriarty and used London’s abandoned underground Mail Rail system to haul off their gold without getting caught…

And then in Series 4 clowns kept popping up…

And Jim came back for the sake of shoving in a lot of train references…

And the big final shot was John and Sherlock running out of a building named Rathbone Place…

Which is, of course, a nod to Holmes actor Basil Rathbone as well as the name of a real street in London…

But which, as the name of a large building, has only existed in recent memory as the Rathbone Place post office that was one of the few stops on the Mail Rail network…

And if the writers introduced a metaphor about demons being under roads that would be a really good and fairly literal way to describe bad guys traveling around in London’s Mail Rail tunnels…

But would be a weird-ass phrase to even come up with while writing the episode if you’re only using it to refer to someone held underground, yes, but very specifically not under any roads and especially not ones Sherlock has ever walked…

Would you be 100% satisfied that there’s really, really nothing else from earlier episodes that the writers ever plan to come back and address?

(This is, of course, a rhetorical question. So save your “yes, I would” replies. I’m obviously not done talking about this. 😉)


“Worm” - the destroyer of Railways.

Sorry, i my translate is Bad ^_^

During the Second world war the basis of logistics in Europe were Railways. Having great importance for the troops, railway mania was an important goal that had to be destroyed.A good example is the so-called rail war – numerous surgeries Soviet partisans, whose purpose was the destruction of the ways and interruption of transportation of the enemy, and attack the various echelons with manpower, equipment and resources. However, the destruction of railway lines were carried out not only in the deep rear of the enemy.
Obviously, roads and Railways, being in enemy territory, will be used to transport and supply their troops. Thus, the need arose in the destruction of ways during the withdrawal. The destruction of rails and sleepers allowed to impede enemy military logistics and significantly reduce the rate of its occurrence. Even in the First world war came the first of the so-called travel destroyers. In order to accelerate the destruction of the railroads offered special equipment and machinery.
Consider the well-known projects in this area, starting with domestic developments.
The first known domestic track destroyer appeared in 1915. After the first failures on the front of the army of the Russian Empire was forced to retreat in Poland and Galicia. Not wanting to leave the enemy Railways, the Russian army destroyed them. Initially it was used by the explosives. The explosion broke sleepers, damaged rails and made them unusable. However, mining of waterways was too long and difficult, and the growing lack of ammunition is not allowed to destroy all the way, passing to the opponent. Needed a new solution, simple and effective, and not associated with the consumption of scarce resources.
A way out was found by the ensign Worm, who served in the 4th railway battalion. He managed to develop a means of destruction in ways that did not require explosive or any ammunition. For the destruction of ways of using the system, soon named after the designer, it only required a locomotive. Peterswell “Worm” could be made by field workshops available material.
Track destroyer design of ensign Worm was a loop bent from the rails. The width of the loop significantly exceeded track of the path, and tapering the end of the loop, converging on the rails, there was a bracket for mounting on existing drawbar of the locomotive. Thus, the product “Worm” had a very simple design, but can effectively solve the problems.
Before the destruction of the so-called upper structures of the system “Worm” was delivered to the work place by any convenient method. Next to the soldiers, railroad workers had to secure the breaker on the engine and to start preparing the way. One of the rail joints were dealt with, in addition, next to the rails was ukreplenii from sleepers. After this loop the destroyer could be brought under the rails and start destruction path.
Moving, the locomotive pulled over a loop, which interact with rails, sleepers and fastenings. Due to its curved shape loop “Worm” literally tore the rails from the sleepers. This was accompanied by an extract of crutches, and rails, experiencing a greater load noticeably bent. The result of the track of the destroyer were shifted and damaged sleepers scattered along the former path crutches and a pair of curved rails.
Despite the simple design and simple principle of operation, peterswell “Worm” was quite effective system. He could quickly and easily destroy a relatively long sections of ways, thus complicating the enemy advance. An important feature of the new system was the degree of destruction of the permanent way. Any damage received all the elements of its design. The rails were bent and could not be used to restore the paths, and sleepers received various injuries, which hampered their use. In the end, the enemy had to re-lay the railway destroyed.
It is known that the track destroyer “Worm” was made in several instances that have been used for several years of the First world war. In the future, this technique has not been decommissioned and remained in the warehouses of the railway troops. Information on the use of “Worm” in the Civil war but there is no information about the later cases their operation.
A number of petersrachelle ensign Worm preserved (there is reason to believe that this was a new product, collected during the years of Soviet power) until the beginning of the great Patriotic war. Departing, the Red Army was forced in various ways to destroy the railway reserve. As before, the main method of destroying them was explosive. However, in some cases, the soldiers used in their possession their travel destroyers.
For example, in the memoirs of Hero of Socialist Labor of Colonel-General of technical troops Pavel A. Kabanov mentioned use case “Worm” in early July 1941. The 77th battalion of the 5th train of the brigade received orders to put the boom or destroy track on the line Proskuriv – Hrechany – Zhmerynka. One of the same specs under the command of battalion commander captain Gennady Dmitrievich Bogatova worked on the stretch Hrechany–Proskuriv. Putting the boom in Grechanik, the men went to the side Proskurov.
For the destruction of the paths on the stretch, it was decided to use the old, but not outdated design. With the help of “Worm” red damaged beyond recovery some ways, but not in time to complete its job. At one of the crossings squad Bogatova stumbled on German tanks had broken through to the rear. Heavy fire from guns and machine guns is not allowed to destroy the remainder of the stretch. The soldiers were killed, leaving the enemy scattered sleepers and curved rails.
Another case of trying to use “Worm” to deter German troops mentioned in the book by N. With. Konarev “Railroaders in the great Patriotic war 1941-1945”. On 1 August 1941, the 1st individual recovery battalion of the 9th train crews had to organize a boom at the hub, Kamennogorsk near Vyborg. While one battalion was loaded on the platform rails, sleepers and turnout mechanisms, other stalled cooking peterswell “Worm”. Apparently, it was planned to dismantle part ways, while others just ruin during the withdrawal. Was also mined the bridge on the river Vuoksi, which tried to capture the German army.
Seven kilometers from the station, the red army kept advancing enemy. German artillery tried to fire station and the bridge. Having numerical superiority, the enemy broke through to the bridge and tried to capture it. Our troops were able to complete the necessary preparations to blow up the bridge when it went out enemy combatants. Thus any information about the use of “Worm” in this episode is missing. It is possible that the enemy’s offensive is not allowed to bring the track destroyer of dead ends, where it was prepared for use.
With the help of “Worm” for example destroyed the path on the stretch Hrechany — Proskuriv.

Hi, beautiful.

Yes, it’ll cost $50B—which is a lot!—but over the next 25-ish years, ST3 will expand rail north, south, east, and west, adding the travel capacity of more than a dozen lanes of freeway traffic. There will be a second downtown transit tunnel and trains to West Seattle, Ballard, and even (GASP) SOUTH LAKE UNIONNNNN.

This is literally the only way to help our region grow and reduce gridlock.

It’s going to be on your November ballot. Vote yes. Take one for the team. Even if you’re dead and gone when it’s finished, now’s the time to make this investment because that’s what it means to be a citizen. 

[ lucien carr has just been on the most
wonderful adventure of his entire life.
he’s jet-lagged, and he’s hungry— but
most importantly, he’s home. 

paris had been an absolute dream. nelson
had told him that he could do anything, and
that’s exactly what he had done. throughout
the duration of his journey, lucien had climbed
all 674 steps of the eiffel tower (and had travelled
the rest of the way to the top via the elevator),
visited the louvre and the catacombs, sat on
the railing of the pont des arts at sunset (and
remained none the wiser to the love locks—
cadenas d’amour– that had been removed from
the bridge only a year prior), had travelled to the
southern side of the river, the side with the name
of dual meanings– la rive gauche– an earlier era
of parisian artists and writers like rimbaud and
miller and hemingway, as well as the simple name
for the southerly half of the seine. he had wandered
around the place de la bastille, and even managed
to fit in a meal of coffee and waffles with traditional
jams and homemade gingerbread at the café de
la paix
(yes, the café de la paix from the story that
he had read with andrew a mere month ago). he’d
even tried frog legs after having formed a drunken
wager with a stranger in a bar— the other man had
bet €20 that he wouldn’t have the courage to taste
the foreign meal. long story short, they really did
taste like chicken. he’d stayed up until the wee
hours of each morning and had talked about his
visions and ideas and writing in bars and on the
streets and had made conversation in broken french
with just about anyone who cared to listen to him.  

truth be told, he had been sorely tempted to just
stay in the city of light and love and freedom forever. 

deep down, though, he knew that he didn’t belong
there. he belongs here, in new york, with his (admittedly
not-so-shitty) job and his small room with it’s big view
and his fantastically irritating friends. if he was being
honest, he had to admit that he’d even missed a few
of them— andrew and harry in particular (though he
would never admit the latter). it had been a new concept—
yet spiritually necessary— to refrain from talking to them
during his trip, and he’s a little glad to finally be home
once more. 

rolling his suitcase into the house behind him, lu
immediately drops his keys onto the counter and
makes a beeline for the fridge. a quick glance at
the microwave tells him that it’s almost midnight,
so he only vaguely recognises the fact that he’s
behaving like an asshole as he fishes out a container
of pasta from the fridge and pushes it in through
the open door (there’s no metal inside this time—
he checked). he presses start, and watches the
container spin around on an axis for a few moments
before turning back towards his previously discarded
suitcase. the low hum of the microwave serves as an
underlying background noise while he busies himself
with taking his jacket off and throwing it over the
elongated handle of the suitcase. 

he hadn’t said goodbye to anyone before setting
out on his trip. he hadn’t even informed anyone
where he was going, which is why he begins to
wonder if anyone had actually realised if he had
been absent from the penthouse after waiting in
silence for another few moments. footsteps sounding
from behind him pull lucien from his thoughts, however,
and he turns with a start in order to try and catch a
glimpse of whoever has just stepped into the kitchen. ]