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  1. To come back to my Surrey Railway idea, what do people think of trimming off the Berkshire bit and letting the GWR have Reading to Aldershot?
  2. Well when I'm not working on my Thai layout or getting distracted by a 1:32 scale 18" gauge tramway, I am still working on the Surrey Railway c.1875. This is in effect the Redhill-Reading line and the Mitcham Junction to Horsham line (with running powers into Victoria) imagined as being operated by a company independent of the SER, LBSCR or LSWR. The full story is earlier in this thread.
  3. The GWR forgave him for bailing out to be with an American divorcee then. Prince Harry should be so lucky
  4. That series was made in 1979 and Dover Marine was then a shadow of its former self. Go back fifteen or twenty years and the trains by the platforms would have had Pullmans in them, and ordinary Kent passenger trains would not have called at the Marine station but would by-pass it to go direct to Dover Priory. In fact Dover Marine had already been renamed as Dover Western Docks and the 47 headcode was an ordinary service from Victoria, not a boat train. In 1979, Britain had also been a member of the EEC for six years. A physical manifestation of that is the railing in the tunnel Hyw
  5. The opening question was however about the likelihood of some of the Beeching-related closures being reversed and lines being re-opened. The Larry Elliott article was already veering off-topic, so developing that argument further takes us even further away from the core of the thread. I am not averse to political arguments or to ascribing political motivations to historical events, but I do think discussion boards have to retain a modicum of subject discipline. If they don't everything eventually becomes a slanging match on the issue du jour. Hence my suggestion of a fresh thread.
  6. Hmm, I think it would be better to take that over to Wheeltappers and a new thread
  7. It's ironic that none of Cudworth's engines survived despite his long service with the South Eastern Railway. Apparently when the last of his, very numerous, 2-4-0 passenger engines was withdrawn in the early 1900s the workers at Ashford petitioned the SER board to have it preserved. Sadly their request was turned down.
  8. The point was also made that while George Stephenson recommended three stationary engines, the C&W directors initially installed only the engines on the Clowes Wood incline and the Tyler Hill incline (1 in 46) and expected Invicta to pull trains from Whitstable to the foot of the Clowes Wood incline. Only when poor Invicta failed to cope with the loads expected did the C&W directors purchase the third stationary engine. Another difference between the C&W and the Northern lines Stephenson previously worked on is that the trucks leaving Whitstable harbour were loaded, the
  9. I haven't had time to listen to all of it, but I will do. I went past Invicta every school day for seven years when it was on its plinth by Canterbury's Roman Wall so I have a soft spot for the beast. Two things I did pick up during my quick skim through was that there is an one eighth scale model of Invicta in its original condition and that the wheels it currently stands on most likely came from a late nineteenth century scrapyard and that it originally had wooden wheels. The question I always have though is was Invicta asked to do too much for the capabilities of an
  10. A few years ago I was pitching for business to electrical distribution companies - the people who get the volts from those big pylons down to your fusebox. I learned that we have a time bomb ticking there. There was major investment in the distribution grid in the 1970s and 80s to cope with the fact we started to used electricity for more than just lighting. Large chunks of the network hardware are forty years old or more yet the design life of most of it was 25-30 years.
  11. Or which was the best of the "Big Four". Or, if you want a real storm in a tea cup, who was best, Gresley or Churchward.
  12. It drifted that way as a result of a two year old newspaper piece by the Guardian's economics editor. Rmweb threads often drift off topic, thank goodness. It's no different to a conversation down the club or in the pub.
  13. The Roy Link kit I am using is for 7mm scale, but I am building this small 18" gauge Bagnall to 1:32 scale, a third as big again. Because Bagnall's seemed to scale the functional parts of their locomotives to the gauge they were going to be used on, most things below the footplate don't require modification, and nor do the functional bits, such as boiler, firebox and water tank. The human bits do, so the cab has to be higher, some of the controls - handbrake in particular - need to be upsized, and because humans don't like coal smoke in their faces, the 1:32 model requires a much taller funnel
  14. To the relief of some, I am going to spend today updating my "Inspired by Brede" blog.
  15. EU membership underpinned the Good Friday Agreement, as it meant NI citizens who distrusted the British state could take out Irish citizenship and not have anything to do with the British state. The EU's loose borders and freedom of movement has defused another, more serious, border issue. World War Two was caused by borders. The Treaties of 1919 that ended WW1 created new states in Eastern Europe, but as a result millions of Germans ended up as minorities in these states. That creates resentment - having to learn a new language to fill in your tax form does that sort of thing - wh
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