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  1. Errr...taken at Rhyd Ddu, WHR on 4 May 2019...….TWO Fairlies.
  2. Since all 00 model locos sold by Hattons are more or less 4' gauge, I guess we might as well close our eyes to generic 4 wheel coaches behind them! Anyway, might encourage a bit of model bashing as in days of yore. (NB if any newbies read this direct from watching the Great Model Railway Challenge, don't worry. All will become clear )
  3. It's my understanding that Ian Allan doesn't now exist as a publisher. Crecy Publishing has taken over their titles. Since the 3 volumes of "Great Central" were published between 1959 and 1965, I would have thought that it'd be a big task to reprint them. And would it be financially viable? Better to have a look on Abebooks or similar!
  4. Mine turned up on the button today. Brilliant, well worth the delay (the printers were told it wasn't quite good enough). Nice to see that sort of attention to detail - when one compares these with certain well known I*n *ll*n photo books, it's quite a contrast
  5. Just ordered it (the book, not a Bedford OB) - thank you Simon. Time for Evensong...….
  6. Sorry to start another thread about railway crime novels, but I must recommend Andrew Martin's Jim Stringer books. Mr. Martin's dad was a career railway manager based at York which I would think was distinctly helpful - and not just the free travel..... The books in order are as follows: 1. The Necropolis Railway 2. The Blackpool Highflyer 3. The Lost Luggage Porter 4. Murder at Deviation Junction 5. Death on a Branch Line 6. The Last Train to Scarborough 7. The Somme Stations 8. The Baghdad Railway Club 9. Night Train to Jamalpur I was first turned on to Mr. Martin by the Necropolis Railway book - extremely atmospheric. He's got better as he's gone on, and in my probably biased opinion he's a better stylist than Marston. Would be interesting to see if other RMWeb denizens have read his stuff. By the way, he has done the odd railway programme on BBC4 if the name sounds familiar.
  7. I don't want to get into contract law, charities, Citizens' Advice bureaux, personal details etc., but I can assure you that the whole thing is a team effort; that Mr. Wilkinson is an extremely real person; that he's working very hard on these books with people like Mr. Hale and others well known in "the fraternity" who I don't really want to detail; and that for what it's worth, I've known him for 40 odd years, and another team worker for nearly 60 years. I've put my money down with no hesitation, as have several of my immediate circle. I believe that this is a publishing event on a par with "Decline Of Steam", that the reproduction and binding will be of really good quality, that nobody is going to make their fortune on this, and that the project will be a great tribute to Paul Riley and others who are no longer with us. Maybe I should also mention that I've had nothing to do with the project myself. My only problem is where the hell I'm going to put the books!
  8. A friend has been working on at least one of Paul Riley's photographs for this set - I think the books are going to be a "must have". Well, I've put my money where my mouth is! The website has some samples of the shots, which are superb.
  9. "Never Again" is now up to 4 volumes plus slipcase and in theory will surface in June 2018. Apropos of the MNA, a belated "congratulations" to LNER4479 for the little scene involving RDU 290, Mr. Riley, and other ne'er do wells. Which one's Ian Krause by the way? An MNA video exists, some of it from the 11th August 1968, which is one of the funniest pieces of tape I have ever seen - unfortunately I returned it without copying it and the old friend who lent it has, I hope temporarily, lost the flipping thing.
  10. Ah, A3s on two cylinders. Back to three cylinder locomotive failures thank the Lord! I have a personal interest in all this. The missus, self, and another couple were supposed to be on the Ynys Mon Express last Saturday, with rides on the Festiniog, WHR and two buses plus some cakes. And I'm a Tornado covenantor! I have every confidence in Messrs Allatt, Bunker-James, and the rest of the A1SLT. The trip has been rescheduled for 29th September so things are looking a bit brighter. I can only echo somebody earlier in the thread - "Give us some money!" I mean, the P2 isn't ready yet so we're a bit stuck........
  11. Bernard, thanks a million for posting those wonderful photos, both Mr Cruickshank's, and Mr. Granick's. Thanks also for the exhibition report - your shots are great - I must try to get down there before it closes. I've always been a fan of Dan (!) - right back to the days recorded in those shots. I don't know whether I misremember this, but I'm sure I first heard about him because of the 144 Piccadilly business - 1968/9? Anyway, ages ago. Been reading his Spitalfields book recently and about a fortnight later discovered Mr. Granick's wonderful Kodachromes. I'm still kicking myself over not getting more shots of London in the 70s - 5 or 6 of us, mostly rabid steam fans and photographers, lived in a flat round the corner from Portobello Road. There was a stone sink half way up the stairs which was used as a darkroom on occasion. Sammy the landlord, one of the Windrush generation, sold the house for about £10k in 1972. Even then the odd Ferrari was moving in. We did manage some photo trips in between work and girl/steam chasing - a few round Ladbroke Grove etc., just one to the Isle of Dogs, can't remember the others. I will have a word with two of the chaps on Thursday, one of whom has scanned thousands of his Kodachromes including London's railways. His shots always knock mine into the long grass. Another of the chaps has dropped off our radar, but as he used to work somewhere near Broad Street and sometimes took his camera in, he must have some good shots. Anyway, thanks to everybody who's posted on this subject. Really, one of the most interesting reads on RMWeb for ages.
  12. My missus bought me the "Pride of Sussex" P for my birthday. I did specify that one because a friend and I came upon it at Robertsbridge in 1967, when we were doing a massive trip round Wales and the south country in a hired Mini. I now have to think what to do with it! It's such a beautiful little thing that it needs a context - I may try a mini diorama with a background of Hodson's Mill. Maybe a couple of dirtied down vans too, but I really haven't got the guts to weather the loco into the state it was in at the mill. I also don't think I'll add the large lump of timber which was held on by the rear lamp irons in one shot. I suspect it was in use as a chock or a sprag!
  13. Thanks for posting that - I'm really grateful. I did see a couple of the photos on TV and of course completely forgot about the book. I've now ordered it! Around 1974 I worked at Spillers in Croydon with the computer mob. We sometimes borrowed Burroughs' own systems at their offices at Bell Lane, round the back of Liverpool Street, and I spent a few nights working there. There was a coffee stall which did fantastic bacon rolls - the place was frequented by taxi drivers, and anybody else having to work nights, including us. The stall was run by a big guy who had a speech impediment - I think he was a former boxer. The poor old drunken guys in the area used to make a fire practically up against the back door of the office and occasionally there was a bit of a punch up. They were nearly falling over anyway but I did see one roll into the fire. I thought after four years in the Smoke I was used to it, but I wasn't. I should have taken the old Pentax down Spitalfields while I had the chance, but I'm no Don McCullin or for that matter David Granick.
  14. Sorry, resurrecting this after nearly a year...... The strike and associated delays at Hemel Hempstead were summer/autumn 1973. At the time I was sharing a house in Wembley with a number of gricers, one of whom was once on the periphery of the notorious Master Neverers Association. He put a lot of film through his cameras and along with the rest of us, was in confusion about what to do about our exposed Kodachromes. Somehow, we found out that the German plant was best for processing our slides - and conveniently the address was on the insert which came in the yellow box. We also found out that processing was still free. So we trusted to fate, stuck the film cartons in the normal yellow paper bags, added adequate postage for the Federal Republic, and crossed our fingers. They all came back OK, taking about a fortnight, which was par for Hemel Hempstead in normal times. The slide mounts were still cardboard, but slightly different. The actual results also seemed slightly different - still obviously Kodachrome, but a bit richer somehow. We were really chuffed, especially as a couple of the films were of "Leander's" first rail tour at Chinley and Sheffield. Many years later, I realised that this situation was the first crack in Kodak's dominance, at least in the UK. Hemel Hempstead was never the same again - they were always chopping and changing the boxes, slide mounts and apparently processing soups as well - also care was not always taken to keep slides clean. So when Fujichrome came along, we all slowly changed. Kodachrome was the better film, but Fuji hyped up the yellows and therefore the depth of colour. Not that it matters now of course!
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