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    The County Town of Wilsher
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    BR(E) in the 50s/60s in 2mmFS. Will show interest in other railways, but who can beat a Streak at 80+ with 14 on?

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  1. Unfortunately not Dave, this was 1990 and the only famous sibling this guy had was Jack the Ripper judging by how my mouth felt for a couple of days. What I should have said was one of the Floyd tracks I listened to during my eye op was ‘Comfortably Numb’! John
  2. Good afternoon all, Returning to the theme of needles and eye and dental surgery, if I may, I have experience of both. About three years ago I had a cataract treated under a local anaesthetic; drops approx 30 mins before to numb the area and a needle as the final solution. It was quite surreal watching the surgeon out of one eye while listening to Pink Floyd on an ipod! No drama at all, the drama was getting to and from the hospital. My wife doesn't drive so I booked hospital transport to collect me in time for a 12.30 appointment. I was collected at 12.35 with a half hour drive to the hospital! Thankfully they were able to rejig the list and I was attended to at 16.00. As the return transport was totally messed up I had to wait for a taxi home, to which I finally returned at around 21.00! The dental experience occurred during a working visit to RAF Gutersloh when I was stationed in Germany. I am told the Mess there was Herman Goering's favourite. Anyway, after imbibing a number of glasses of the local produce, I awoke at about 3 in the morning with a raging toothache. An emergency visit to the Wing Commander Dentist resulted in a diagnosis of an abcess under an impacted wisdom tooth for which the treatment was a course of antibiotics and strong painkillers followed. a week later, by extraction of the offending tooth and its upper compatriot with the proviso that he for one would not do it in the chair and would recommend his colleague at Rheindahlen not do it that way either. Suffice to say, 10 days later I was admitted to the RAF hospital at Wegburg where all four wisdom teeth were removed under a general with the explanation that they were in there anyway and the other two would only cause problems in the future! The slightly worrying aspect of all this was, while partaking of only lemonade at a street bbq the night before, a Squadron Leader Dentist, beer in hand, approached me and said he was glad to see I was off the alcohol as he would be seeing to me on the morrow! It's good you can laugh about it - afterwards! Regards John
  3. If you want windswept desolation try Gibraltar Point on the mouth of the Wash. Even with the dubious delights of Mablethorpe and Skegness just up the road it doesn't come anywhere close to its namesake on the tip of Spain. John
  4. Way back when, we were booked on a Thompson flight from Gatwick to Verona that had a grand total of 5 passengers on a 757. It was right at the end of the season for the Italian Lakes and there were plane loads to bring back! No seat allocation - sit where you like! A very early morning flight routed over the Alps on a brilliantly clear day - the views were spectacular. They didn't push the trolley up and down the aisle, we sat round it and had a picnic. John
  5. Back in the 80's there was a Railway of the Month in the Modeller called Nempnett Thrubwell which is village in N Somerset that, as far as I know, never had a railway. John
  6. Not a place name, but near me there is a stretch of road known as 'Sally in the Woods'. Always conjures up images of an old witch or hermitress terrorising the local population as they travelled through the forest, but more likely is medieval to signify a track through the woods as in Sally Porte in a castle or "Sally Forth". John
  7. I have followed this thread with interest in all posts, concern with some, horror at some suggestions and, every now and then, a small leavening of amusement. I have not posted anything as I felt I had nothing to add to the discussion and no constructive suggestions to make nor could offer any reasonable interpretation of the mumblings and ramblings coming from all sides of the political divide that are effectively, for me, clouding and confounding the views of the 'experts' (even though they can't seem to agree with each other). The proposal that the over 70's may be asked (or required) to effectively self-isolate for a considerable period actually causes me some concern. I am not quite 70 and my wife has just passed 70 and the thought of a couple of months of no shopping, etc. does not actually fill me with dread, it would make a pleasant change. I, as far as I am aware, have no underlying health issues. My wife, however, has a number, one of which would make isolation impossible. For a number of years she has had to undergo kidney dialysis 3 times a week since loosing both kidneys to cancer. This requires travel to a dedicated unit that is not part of a hospital complex, takes patients from a wide area and of varying ages and infirmities and utilises contract staff that also travel from far afield. To not go to the unit would, automatically, be a death sentence (without treatment survival would not be much more than a week -10 days), but to go would also seem to do the same, but not in such a short timescale. The staff do not appear to be aware of any planning as to what happens if one or more patients or staff contract the virus and there are very limited isolation facilities in the unit. There are, I believe, around 65000 people across the country who depend on this treatment, I trust that somebody, somewhere, remembers they are there! John
  8. Of the Hanging, Steeple and Little variety, closely nestled with Great Wishford. John
  9. Not so much exotic or interesting in a funny way but a very small namesake of something larger and foreign, on the A46 ‘twixt Bath and the M4, a cluster of cottages and a petrol station that is Pennsylvania. John
  10. And, if you like ruins, myths, legends and faeries, Glastonbury is less than 10 miles. John
  11. Hi Chris. Thanks, you are confirming what photographs and the old Comet website are telling me. Interestingly, Thompson corridor stock only had one when built although BR seem to have added an additional half length box at some point. I do begin to think that, for all their apparent simplicity, coaches are almost as big a minefield as locomotives! Regards John
  12. Thanks for that Andy. Some time ago I did download their coach construction leaflet but I couldn't remember anything else on the site. I started to have a look using my iPad but the site was coming up as unsecured and I couldn't see very much or download anything. I presume this is because it isn't being maintained since Wizard took the range on. I've now tried on the W10 laptop and I can actually see everything and see what you talked about - a wealth of information - many thanks. Regards John
  13. Hi all It's been a month since I posted anything, mainly because there has been no progress worth posting. I have been setting my mind to several different areas where answers are needed to questions but I am not sure I am asking the right question! I am pretty sure I am suffering from that ailment discussed on one of Jerry Clifford's threads a few weeks ago, Paralysis by Analysis. I have been considering the livery for when (if) I get round to the painting. If crimson, by 1957 is the lettering off-white, yellow or gold so I can order some decals? If Maroon is the lettering yellow gold or old gold ? So I Google 'BR coach livery 1956-1960' and, guess what, I get a picture of THAT bus! Everybody says 'Google is your friend' - obviously not here! Can anyone here point me in the right direction or is it a case of use any, the BR workshops did. Similarly, I was casting around for guidance on the number of battery boxes on gangwayed stock, was it one or one each side or did it vary with the diagram. I know the catering stock had some weird and wonderful combinations depending on the type of cooking, etc. equipment and photographs are essential, but ordinary passenger stock appears to have one long box each side, or have I just been unlucky that every picture is of the side with the box? I then got completely confused when I came across a build thread for a NG twin in 7mm. He was fitting boxes on both sides when all the evidence I have was showing only one and that is all I have fitted to NG stock. There was some discussion of early underframes having two, one being charged while the other was in use but I can find no evidence of this. The suggestion was that by Thompson's time there was definitely only one. But then the underframe drawing I have in Harris's brown book, captioned as a standard 51', only shows one. When I looked carefully at some of the dimensions on the drawing it can't be a 51' underframe as it shows 52' between headstocks and 36' bogie centres - the dimensions of a Thompson underframe! Can anyone help me with my angst? John - confused and bewildered in Wiltshire.
  14. Hi Chris Between you, you and Izzy have persuaded me to have a go with the guitar wire but which string is it? The only thing I know about guitars is that Clapton plays one rather well! John
  15. I had considered that Jim, but the top mounting is so close to the corner of the window that I’m not sure I could get the nick accurate enough to not show. If I pre drill the glazing I can use a couple of pieces of wire to make sure it is in the right place when I glue it in (much the same way as I do with the lower panelling overlay to make sure it’s properly lined up) so that the holes all line up for fitting the handles. Regards John
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