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Electric trains..

Posted by rockershovel , 08 September 2017 - - - - - - · 194 views

Just been following the "early electrification" thread digression on the main forums. 
I tend to be regarded in some quarters as something of a Luddite, having been generally deeply unimpressed with BR era diesel locomotives and the service they provided, and I'm certainly no great lover of MUs of various descriptions for similar reasons.  
I wa...


Colorado 2-8-2s

Posted by rockershovel , 06 August 2017 - - - - - - · 138 views

Heard from Paul Martin last week, seems that my MMI locos are currently on the workbench having sound and DCC fitted. I'm quite excited about this, looking forward to giving them a run on the club test track..


Everyone makes mistakes...

Posted by rockershovel , 06 August 2017 - - - - - - · 118 views

Watched countryfile this evening, what WAS that thing Ellie Harrison was wearing? Upset the wardrobe department, did she? Lose a bet?


12" to the Foot..

Posted by rockershovel , 10 July 2017 - - - - - - · 136 views

After various delays I've now spent the past two weeks working in 12" to the Foot scale. QC for traction motor refurbishments, and related tasks on EMU sets, particularly type 321 ... which means nothing to me, except that they seem to produce an abundant crop of NCRs! 
Seems slightly odd to be walking about in orange hivis and bump cap again...



Posted by rockershovel , 19 June 2017 - - - - - - · 145 views

Didn't see it myself, having better things to do, but my good wife informs me that the one-handed pirate(?) on Poldark had a Mummerset accent implausible even to her... praise indeed!


Railway job... maybe...

Posted by rockershovel , 17 June 2017 - - - - - - · 125 views

Just had an interesting job come in from an agency I haven't worked for before. Basically, clearing an accumulated backlog of NCR and related paperwork, with a possible extension to drive and implement improvements.  
So far it has only produced various excuses and delays, the start date having slipped by about ten days so far. A common problem with...


Strange sort of evening...

Posted by rockershovel , 10 June 2017 - - - - - - · 152 views

Came in from a day out and about around Lincolnshire, turned on tne tv and discovered Warren Gatland's lugubrious comments on the latest from the Lions... 12-3 defeat of Crusaders with no tries scored. Switched over and found the highly entertaining Argentina - England game.  
Meanwhile my good wife (who I increasingly suspect of being even deafer th...


Interesting night at the Club...

Posted by rockershovel , 24 May 2017 - - - - - - · 164 views

Went to MDMRC on Monday evening. Low turnout, attributed to the time of year. Should have taken some rolling stock - usually I don't do this on Mondays because of the test track being in demand 
Very interesting visit from three Australians who were staying with a member for a couple of days, part of a highly ambitious trip involving visiting no end...


Easter is here - steam sightings and lilac blossom

Posted by rockershovel , 14 April 2017 - - - - - - · 102 views

Daughter came round today with Charley Dog, which was all the excuse I needed to abandon my rather fitful gardening (not a great enthusiasm of mine, at the best of times) and accompany her on a walk around Ferry Meadows. She parks at ours to avoid the notorious parking system there..  
Saw 34081 "92 Squadron" in steam on the NVR, just back from a len...


Difference engine!

Posted by rockershovel , 14 March 2017 - - - - - - · 160 views

Just watching Babbage's Difference Engine on BBC4, wonderful!


Enjoyed an evenings tv... for once...

Posted by rockershovel , 15 February 2017 - - - - - - · 153 views

Herself being out and about on her various retirement matters, left me in sole charge of the tv control for the evening. Usually I avoid the "babble box" between about 5 and 9pm, the early evening game shows followed by a protracted session of people she would cross the road to avoid in real life, yelling at each other...  
But today, freedom beckone...


Xmas music

Posted by rockershovel , 27 December 2016 - - - - - - · 132 views

Christmas always includes something you would never have thought of but works out really well, and this year it was Radio 3... my good wife has a truly, deeply awful 1970s medley which she plays incessantly on "shuffle" in the kitchen, quite loud, when I'm away or when major projects like Xmas pud are in hand.  
It used to be a CD but now it's on the...


Oh dear, it's Christmas...

Posted by rockershovel , 18 December 2016 - - - - - - · 199 views

Some quite versatile multi-tasking on display tonight. My good wife is snoring like a tractor on the sofa, having turned the tv to a Michael Buble "Christmas Special" which gives me an overpowering impression of being trapped inside a lift, or hotel reception.  
Whenever the snoring reaches a crescendo I turn it over, or just turn the sound down... a...


Bulls, china shops and red herrings.. new direction.

Posted by rockershovel , 11 December 2016 - - - - - - · 147 views

I've been starting on a new direction lately. I tend to have a reputation for "bull in a China shop" methods but these have their uses and reasons.. mainly that they are the outcome of many years of taking decisions based on totally inadequate information, or getting to grips with subjects where I don't have a starting point or a clearly envisaged outcome...


Family tree

Posted by rockershovel , 11 December 2016 - - - - - - · 170 views
Not tremendously us
Spent a frustrating hour doodling about on a couple of those "find your family" websites, at my daughters' insistence. My late mothers' family tree was quite well known, at least the Cambridge end of it, given that they were quite a close family anyway. But my fathers' family.... after about an hour, I didn't have anything new except that my grandmothers'...


Sunday evening tv...

Posted by rockershovel , 20 November 2016 - - - - - - · 113 views

Just had a hour or two watching tv. I do enjoy watching actual programmes when I'm home, provided (a) no one rushes about shouting and (b) no manic driving and gunplay.  
More authentic frontier gibberish from Matt and team, the incomprehensible Scottish sheep-breeder explaining about breeding sheep for worm resistance was a minor gem, the badgers e...



Posted by rockershovel , 22 October 2016 - - - - - - · 154 views

Just spent an unexpected day with No 1 Son, reassembling a Jawa speedway bike from parts in the workshop, we are both going to have an end-of-season canter tomorrow (Sunday). I haven't ridden for a LONG time and he rarely rides these days, and we haven't ridden with the club before... what can possibly go wrong?


Gaugemaster vs NEC

Posted by rockershovel , 20 October 2016 - - - - - - · 154 views

Clubroom afternoon, spent some time experimenting with the Gaugemaster controller setup. This seems to be becoming something of a club project now, next step is to reconfigure the wiring so the Gaugemaster and NEC spreads can be swapped over by changing plugs on the track power wires.  
Interesting comparison. Personally I prefer the Gaugemaster on f...


Club night, DCC progress

Posted by rockershovel , 18 October 2016 - - - - - - · 109 views

Club night last night. Much discussion of the Show, packing and storing of Canons Cross (club exhibition layout) and discussion of next outing.  
Nobody much using the test track, so I took the opportunity to ask some questions and follow some of the wiring. Plans to take the Gaugemaster setup there on Thursday, now I've worked out how to disconnect...


Peterborough show

Posted by rockershovel , 16 October 2016 - - - - - - · 173 views

Got a gate pass from helping No 1 Son sort out his house and walked round to the Showground.  
Very enjoyable, good show and worth the money. Interesting to see the trade stands.  
Some very good layouts, some impressing by sheer size. Loved the Fn3 Colorado one, and Lough MPD. Bought a couple of copies of SL&NG Gazette. Spent some time at t...

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