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  1. Daft question : Can you change the "wall paper " in your virtual railway room ?
  2. DonB

    Little Muddle

    I think that it was all smoke and mirrors.......Wait ... there's no smoke!
  3. Some years ago, driving from Slough to Windsor with my (then) 5-y-o grandson, who had been demonstrating that he remembered the songs he had learned at school, we passed a brightly lit fast food outlet. "Oh, look", child said "It's Old MacDonald's".
  4. Assuming that you escape from whatever is restraining you, where can I safely hide ?
  5. DonB

    Little Muddle

    Oh dear, the vicar is advised to keep his head down, since he is reported to be about to become promoted to Rural Dean and thus likely to be offered a Bishopric, eventually. He may be unique in attaining such exalted status in his native province if we believe our colleague St.Enodoc's. insinuations. We were married by our local Rural Dean, who went on to become Bishop of Sodor and Man, (Honestly!!) (Almost on topic)
  6. DonB

    Little Muddle

    Meanwhile wouldn't the usual GWR practice be to run back to the nearest T/T for turning so that it hauled its train cab first ? shouldn't take longer than a week
  7. I had a similarly colourised print in my office of the works where I was employed ( a framed print about 15x24 inches ) I was able to date it to 1927/8 by knowing what buildings were built and when. I wonder what happened to it after I left? These aerial pictures were, and are, supplied by Aerofilms in the UK. I believe they were hand coloured to order, certainly the colours of our picture had very little veracity compared with the reality of the site in the1970s.
  8. DonB

    Little Muddle

    As an inveterate Plonker I see no reason to change, Although one does get a bit fed up with getting the blame for everything that goes wrong, doesn't fit, is the wrong size, or is misshapen. As an aside I must deny all knowledge of, or responsibility for, any engine shed doors being dislodged ! My expertise was obviously not required so I wasn't there at the time, yer honour.
  9. I thought that for mixed loads (eg crates ) the weighbridge would be used to ensure that the total weight of the cart or vehicle did not exceed local or UK regulations, or if the health of the horses was considered, whether the local roads and hills limited sensible demands on the beasts. For bulk loads (coal, coke, sand etc.) the total weight of the cart / vehicle less tare weight would be shown on a delivery note, and be used to calculate an invoice cost. On the works weighbridge, dedicated to rail supplies, which was close to my office, the wagons were recorded and weight checke
  10. A friend who having been ill was seriously under weight . His Doctor told him to have a couple of pints of Guinness mid-morning and two Mars bars mid -afternoon.
  11. The "battle of Mickleton" sparked my interest and a quick Googe gave http://www.vaguelyinteresting.co.uk/the-battle-of-mickleton/... an account of the "Battle" which, for me, threw a new light on Brunel's attitude if things didn't go as quickly as he thought they should .
  12. DonB

    Little Muddle

    I vaguely remember a cartoon character in a newspaper(?) called Percy Vere towards the end of WW2 Intended to encourage / keep the workers producing the munitions etc. All good propaganda!. (not done a search to verify my recollections)
  13. My paternal grandfather had his own business as a bespoke tailor (he made Army Officers uniforns during WW1 ) and as befitted the quality of the suits he produced he always wore a shirt with detachable wing collar even after retirement I always wore a tie at work, it was a "dress code" for all male Staff members. I recall one of the draughtsmen (in the late 1990s ) removing his tie during a very hot summer. He was called to a senior manager's office and reminded of the "dress code"and threatened with suspension If he didn't comply. Despite pointing out that the females through
  14. DonB

    Little Muddle

    My ignorance showing again! Who did accident investigations prior to 2005? Seems likely that any investigation at Little Muddle could lead to severe restriction of pocket money and withdrawal of driving permits.
  15. DonB

    Little Muddle

    Thanks for the here and now (Model) scenario, but my post was really as much to do with my ignorance of the historic reaction within the GWR (and the RAIB ? ) to such a happenstance as the damage inflicted on the company's infrastructure. There must be a "Little Muddler" who knows the GWR rule book and what the reaction at Swindon would have been to the requirement of replacing a Loco shed door outside its scheduled maintenance period. Sorry not to have made that clear.
  16. Can't help... sorry, But be careful what you wish for. Stubby47 of this parish entered the 2011 challenge with a (Not 4mm scale!) "rest room" He has never been allowed to forget it!
  17. DonB

    Little Muddle

    Good to see that the working gang are nearly prepared to tackle the damaged shed door. There remains the question ... who pays for the repair and has the correct authorisation been obtained?? Would the Station Master have a budget to allow him to get the job done? Or is there an Area Manager involved ? Would Swindon be the ultimate source of the funds and new door? Who's head will roll when the enquiry into the damage is reported upon? Would the RAIB be involved to check that there were no dangerous practices involved. ?? The shareholders are already muttering abo
  18. The quick answer must be.... Rule one applies!.... it's your layout. A bit different if you are working with a Modular group who may want to standardise such matters
  19. I wasn't here 'cos for 2 days when I tried to log into RMweb I got a message saying "no connection fault at host server" just assumed that an upgrade being applied. didn't check AndyY's facebook page .... never frequent the site!
  20. I didn't want to add to your worries , but Fradley Park is a at Lichfield few miles south of me at home, and a lot of our parcel deliveries come via Hermes site at Fradley usually at least with some superficial damage to the outer wrapping. Fradley was a war-time bomber base and a number of the earth covered hangars exist and are used by a variety of distribution companies. The airfield may have been used for the glider paratroop air drop into N. France as part of the D-Day landings. Certainly when I did my Air Cadets glider training course in 1947(or 48) on a very wet non-flyi
  21. DonB

    Little Muddle

    More likely, a visit by a roving "Gypsy" family with horse drawn Caravan, the male head of the family setting up a "rag and bone " collection service(?) The female members developing a fortune-telling and clothes-peg selling enterprise calling door-to-door. followed by an inevitable visit by the local plod , and eventual evacuation leaving the derelict property in even worse condition. Could take a whole summer the get the required paperwork to finalise. I'm sure that John Aherne's legal outfit. ( Quibble and Cuss ) would be delighted to offer advice. Now, there's a challenge to fi
  22. Yes ! A "lost art". During my working days I tried to replicate, (at the behest of a friend into the history of hand guns,) the similar finish but made lustrous by being polished, achieved by the makers of the Colt six-shooter. My belief is that it was performed by heating in an atmosphere of steam, but I was never very successful.
  23. whatever happened to "Gorgeous Gussie? She knew how to dress for maximum effect at tennis !
  24. DonB

    Little Muddle

    In the dim and distant past, I had (briefly) a girl-friend who's parents had a Photo-finishing business .... processing hundreds of roll-films every day. I have never seen a more boring job! Quite put me off trying photo processing at home, although taking, processing and examining X-Ray and Gamma-ray Film became a neccessity at work. (not Medical I emphasise)
  25. " Donw said: we damn near bankrupted the country fighting Hitler. " My daughter had a German pen friend, they exchanged visits in the 1970's when they were both 15 years old. The young German girl said, more than once, that what was needed was "another war to limit the population of the Earth" ! The friendship did not survive the transition to higher education years. I don't think she was bright enough to make any inroads into the political world .
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