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route map to yellow stone national park[edit]

Swept in from the pub

I need to reach yellowstone national park , route map, best transportation

The park is currently closed due to COVID, as is the vast majority of the U.S.'s tourist infrastructure, with reopening dates uncertain and decidedly not imminent. You're most likely out of luck. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:43, 30 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]
And even in normal times, most people who go there drive themselves, they don't look for "transportation". I suppose some sort of bus tours must exist, though. -- 05:13, 2 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]
There was somebody going without car last year. The advice is in the archives: Wikivoyage:Tourist office/Archives/2019/August#Visiting Yellowstone National Park. It seems it certainly is possible. The connections may of course have changed by the time you are going to go. –LPfi (talk) 07:41, 2 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Glasgow Subway[edit]

Why does the Glasgow Subway driver lean out of the window every stop and look back?

Asked by: 2001:16B8:31A7:6B00:310D:586C:96B8:B9E4 22:19, 3 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]

My guess would be to check the doors are clear of obstructions before (s)he closes them.ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 22:30, 3 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I'm sure that's right. Checking the doors is something done on most subways throughout the world, but not always in the same way. In some places a mirror is provided for the driver to look in to see people on the platform, so there's no need to lean out and look back. In others, one or more TV screens are provided instead of mirrors, and I think this is actually the most common nowadays, but the only photo I could find to link to is this one showing the back of the monitor at top right. It used to be common to have a second crew member (called a guard or conductor) to operate the doors, who would look out from the middle or rear of the train to check when they were clear. This is still done in Toronto (most lines) and New York, but most subway operators consider it too expensive to pay for a two-person crew. (See w:One-man operation.) Still another variant I've seen was in Berlin, where a staff member on the platform would watch the doors and show a "lollipop" signal when the driver should close them: this method saved costs because one person could monitor tracks on both sides of the platform, but I don't know whether they still do it and again I couldn't find a photo.
Anyway, given that the Glasgow subway has very short trains compared to most cities, leaning out and looking back should be good enough there. -- 05:27, 4 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]
NYC operates their subways with two people, meanwhile two out of three Nuremberg subway lines are operated by zero people. The doors give a warning sound before they close (they can be blocked by sticking an object in, tho) and after that they can't be opened any more. The downside of this is that this system has a bit more "lag" compared to semiautomatic or manual operation as can be seen by the timetabled trip time from main station to airport changing from twelve to thirteen minutes upon introduction of fully automated operation. Munich subway operators on the most modern trains only have to push a "go" button (the system does the rest) but their main job is to close the doors and promptly depart and of course as a fallback in case of problems... Hobbitschuster (talk) 08:21, 4 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]
There are TV screens in some (or maybe all) Glasgow Subway stations. As well as shorter trains everything is smaller on the subway. Many of the platforms are narrow, with trains stopping on both sides, so leaning out to see and hear what is going on at each stop would be good. It also lets the driver talk to any staff on the platform. AlasdairW (talk) 20:13, 4 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]


How can I find go-kart racing clubs Asked by: 07:35, 10 May 2020 (UTC)j.sihlenkosi[reply]

Google? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 08:59, 10 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Where to travel with Hindi[edit]

I've been teaching myself Hindi from a textbook for reasons unrelated to travel. But now I'm curious where it could take me. It seems it is a lingua franca in only parts of India? Which Indian states would it be useful for? A little research shows that certain states and territories have it as an official language, but I'm more interested in the states that don't, e.g., Karnataka, Odisha, Kashmir, etc.

Asked by: Perevodchik2 (talk) 20:31, 18 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Useful in Pakistan as well; see Hindustani. For India, see w:Hindi Belt. Pashley (talk) 23:02, 18 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]
On the other side of the world, Trinidad, Guyana, and Suriname all host significant populations of South Asian expatriates; most of them are native speakers of localized varieties of Hinglish (or of Sranan Tongo in the latter, a Hindustani/Dutch creole) but some still speak Hindustani per se. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:09, 25 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]
You can also go to Fiji, where a dialect of Hindi is spoken by the ethnic Indian community. The dog2 (talk) 20:03, 26 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]