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  1. The longer you put off the electrification the better the base level of technology. The usual first step is electrifying the urban transport system. Correct me if I'm wrong but we don't really have a 'big' city with the spread and population to justify a big urban train system that in turn would need electrification. Which would suggest, a tram/streetcar network as best means of providing our population with public transport. Logically this would be standard gauge like the train system, so with a bit of overlap we have light rail, should be able to do light parcel service as part of the regula
  2. The thing with the 'heavy' was it also sank in a stable fashion, the weight dragged that end down with no wobbling about, but clearly not being streamlined there were limits to its speed. IIRC the limiting speed for ASDIC/Sonar was a variable being improved as new domes were developed, and somewhat dependant on national detail design even where concepts were being shared. I believe the RN were good for about 15 knots for the early/mid war period, but again that also depended on the weather.
  3. It is unlikely Tanknovia's rail system will ever be fully electrified. Or if it is, it will be due to shrinkage reducing the system to a core of trunk routes, and heaven preserve us for that for many years. Otherwise there will be a branch system and it will need servicing with steam (now) or whatever may come to replace it later (diesel electric). These tea leaves are sitting in the bottom of the cup in 1900, and they haven't really changed. The economics of steam rail are tied to the price of labour, steam needs more manhours per running mile than diesel or electric. Oil fired steam
  4. It came down to the dead time between when the target vanished under the ships sensor cone and the ship passed over it. Think flying under the radar in reverse. This was always a factor with stern dropped weapons, but deeper diving submarines amplified the problem. So faster sink rates reduced the amount of lead required and so eased one aspect of the engagement. The Mk9 was one way to do this, the RN bolted a a slab of cast iron to their standard DC and got the same effect for rather less fuss, but the real solution was ahead throwing weapons like hedgehog and sensors that could see closer to
  5. Alas no, or yes in theory, not really in practice. The steam is needed for it heat and energy. That about sums up a steam engine in general mate. An oil fired boiler has finer control over temperature and the ability to shut off the heat at the flick of a wrist, so in that sense its a lot safer than solid fuel. Oil fired locos. The good news is that oil fired locomotives and conventional coal fired locomotives can be one and the same thing, workshop convertible from one role to the other in a day or three. There's no way you'd be burning diesel in them th
  6. Oiling firing for steam locomotives is pretty straight forward and flexible, with the right setup they will burn almost anything. However it can be a real pain to light them, they need steam pressure to run the oil system, so there's a degree of chicken and egg there unless there's an external steam supply. This is not a technical problem, but operationally it tends to mean they are better working from large depots rather than on their own out in the boonies. However there's a good synergy there with long distance or very heavy services, as the oil removes the physical effort of shovelling coa
  7. I've found the best stuff is natural turpentine as in found in Art supply shops - not mineral turpentine, but natural or real turpentine. It's mother natures universal solvent, cleaned 2 Nepali Martinis with it and zero sweat while people were going nuts with break cleaner and all sorts of stripping agents while getting nowhere. It's good for the wood, its good for the metal, and it just eats any sort of petrochemical grease, while being not too harsh on your hands and smelling.... not unpleasant? Only downside is the cost, it is pricy but a litre goes a long way if you remember its reusable.
  8. The Portia plan is fine, indeed there's is some potential crossover between naval training and the civilian power generation sector. In line with the national industrialisation policy and national electronification plan there's a 20 year program to replace reciprocating steam plant in industrial applications and power generation with electrical power drawn from a national grid running on a mix of hydro and steam turbine generation. Presently there are no training or maintenance facilities for turbines in Tanknovia and not one of the (handful of) turbines working in the country is operated with
  9. Interesting you should ask about the diesels, as there's not really any such thing as a marine diesel - oh sure the manufacturers will tell you there is, but the second you're not looking, they'll slap a different label on the same engine and sell it as locomotive diesel or an 'industrial' unit for power generation or pumping. Fit the right ancillaries and a diesel can do its thing anywhere, the difference lies in what that thing is, and how well a given engine does it. For motor launches we're looking at medium speed diesels, the exact range depend on who you're talking too, but mo
  10. Anything is doable given enough resources, but how is opportunity cost justified? The R-boote is a nice design, but I'm not sure there's anything special enough to justifying buying it specifically, and the Voith units are... there's a reason they are not mainstream even today. The essence of utility launch is utility, a good part of which is economy and ease of operation/maintenance. I'd think the same sort of goes for the diesels to a lesser degree, sure we could make them, but in small numbers the unit cost is going to be ferocious.
  11. Italy? Remember Rome wasn't built on its Empire, the Empire was built on Rome - concentrate on making up lost ground and developing what the country already has. Make deserts bloom in Libya, make Puglia look like part of Europe in the 20th century not the levant in the 19th.
  12. All mines are generally stored ashore in peacetime. Ashore they are usually broken down into their major components, and housed in appropriate facilities. Explosive charges and fuses/pistols/exploders in magazines, the cases, sinkers and all rest in storehouses. The usual thing is to have a little complex out in a suitable quiet corner of the port with a wharf, magazines, warehouses and workshops. In our case the Nos Feros/Kraymorie area in combination with a larger magazine complex seems the best solution. Ground mines, for our purposes, are generally conical or semi-spherical and just
  13. Sorry I thought Controlled mine fields were a given. Well established solid technology (we had them in Australia in the 1890's) so nothing to be worried about, and suitable for reservist manning. Stored ashore with essentially an infinite life for low cost and easy enough to lay given a little notice. Practice requirements are low, there's a certain consumption of cable for splices with each exercise cycle, with a charged mine case every few years to give the reservists a thrill and the local papers something to print. The port and naval yard between them are going to have suitable service cr
  14. Cleveland - original and post nerf Cleveland's at T6 I could run happily only bitching about the stupid ballistics, but the move to T8 just broke that ship for me. Thunderer - had my longest losing streak in this ship, I can't remember but it was well into double figures before I got a win. I still lose like hell but I generally score pretty well. Neptune - I know it should just be another step in the progression of RN smoking AP spitters, but there's something about the break into T9 i just could not make work. Destroyers - any and all,
  15. Points in my outline I didn't have time to elaborate on. 1/ I can't image it will be very long before some bright spark works out how to convert the 3pdr into a sub-calibre training gun for the 15cm 22cm guns - hint 75x12mm steel figure 8 straps. 2/ the light gun batteries can be re-armed basically with any naval deck gun in the 100-130mm range from 1900 to 1939 and fulfil their designed function to an acceptable level. These guns are cheap like borscht so I can't imagine it would be too long before the 7cm were replaced. 3/ when the 7cm get replaced in the light batteries, and the 3pdr
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