Is rail transport threatening shipping?:

Containers by rail from China to Europe vv. is gaining in volume:

But maybe Europe can ween itself off Chinese products?:

I may be wrong, but ships/barges on a mile per dollar basis of cargo tonnage transported have had an advantage. Something new here?

Rail across two continents is cheaper than air transport and faster that ships via Suez.

PS> Tug/barge and ATBs are out.

It looks like someone was weaned off a dictionary a bit early.

verb: ween ; 3rd person present: weens ; past tense: weened ; past participle: weened ; gerund or present participle: weening

  1. be of the opinion; think or suppose.
    “he, I ween, is no sacred personage”

verb: wean ; 3rd person present: weans ; past tense: weaned ; past participle: weaned ; gerund or present participle: weaning

  1. accustom (an infant or other young mammal) to food other than its mother’s milk.
  • accustom (someone) to managing without something on which they have become dependent or of which they have become excessively fond.

“the doctor tried to wean her off the sleeping pills”

  • be strongly influenced by (something), especially from an early age.

“I was weaned on a regular diet of Hollywood fantasy”

There is so much rail traffic from China to Europe it is causing congestion at the China and Kazakhstan border.

Also a lot more cargo is being shifted by truck. That volume will only increase as truck shipments get much cheaper if they ever get around to finally implementing these long self-driving trucks that have been spoken about for years.


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1. One who ostentatiously exhibits academic knowledge or who pays undue attention to minor details or formal rules.

2. Obsolete A schoolmaster.

[French pédant or Italian pedante (French, from Italian), possibly from Vulgar Latin *paedēns, *paedent-, present participle of *paedere, to instruct , probably from Greek paideuein, from pais, paid-, child ; see pedo- 2.]

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1. a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail

2. (Education) archaic a schoolmaster or teacher

[C16: via Old French from Italian pedante teacher; perhaps related to Latin paedagōgus pedagogue]

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(ˈpɛd nt)

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Just one who holds a publisher to what should be a minimal standard. If one is going to criticize reporters and publishers for lack of knowledge about arcane maritime industry matters as we do here so often it is not pedantic to at least expect them to know the difference between two words with widely differing meanings.

I am sorry you are willing to accept the dumbing down of publishing and reportage and choose instead to attempt to insult those of us who still maintain a higher standard.

The Belt and Road initiative is working as planned

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Lots of possibilities:
In Scottish English Wean means; a young child.

Words matter. All these years I thought a goblet was a small goblin. I just found out it’s a cup.
Now I have to go back and read that stupid King Arthur book all over again.


Do they keep Shetland ponies in a wee bairn?

No they don’t keep anything in a wee bairn:

Lang may yer lum leek.

So is a gobling a large bird or a small goblet?

Should that read; “leek” or “reek”??

Scottish Glossary for those specially interested:

Yes, it should be reek.

Maersk send first train from R’dam to China:,night%20of%20Friday%2025%20September.
So it is no “ballast voyage” back for the trains from China:

Similarities between China - Europe freight train service and US election:

Just read a report today where ‘they’ are going to extend the 13.6 metre trailers to 15.5 metres.
Yes can’t fucking wait.
Obviously, if ‘they’ made it illegal to breed, then there would be no necessity.
Pondering face imoji.

Is the report secret or did you forget to post a link? Pondering longing face emoji…