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  1. Hi

    Re the PC90 kits.  do you have two for sale please ?

    I can make a card or BACS payment if necessary.

     

    Many thanks

    Phil 

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      Why not visit the shop site and order from there:

      http://www.monkbarmodelshop.co.uk/

       

  2. Radio 3 is perfectly capable of playing some decent, proper classical music but why do they have to deviate so often into the realms of psuedo-arty intellectual guff? Each time I turn over from Classic FM, in despair at the inane, repetitive adverts, I find some pontificating person spouting some clap-trap or the strident and discordant tones of modern so-called 'music' (or else it's jazz - aaargh!).

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      Modern image music - can you define it.

       

      Did it start in the late 1950s with the pilot music scheme but we still had all the classical stuff.

       

      Did it begin in 1968 when Radio 1 banned all classical music from it's airwaves and only lesser channels could broadcast it, thank goodness though that a lot of the old classics ended up in a South Wales shop gathering dust.

       

      Or is modern image music just rap and only covering the post privatisation period of Classic FM.

       

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  3. Radio 3 is perfectly capable of playing some decent, proper classical music but why do they have to deviate so often into the realms of psuedo-arty intellectual guff? Each time I turn over from Classic FM, in despair at the inane, repetitive adverts, I find some pontificating person spouting some clap-trap or the strident and discordant tones of modern so-called 'music' (or else it's jazz - aaargh!).

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      This is the mission statement for Radio 3

       

      "Radio 3 is a place for anyone who needs a space to think or take a time out. It connects its audiences with the very best of music and culture from outstanding classical concerts to full length radio dramas, Slow Radio to sound art innovations, world premieres to lost and forgotten gems."

       

      You clearly only ever switch on during the 'sound art innovations' segment - think that is from 3.01am to 2:59am.

       

      Why not try it at 3am on the first Tuesday in February during a leap year for the glorious rejoicing sounds of silence.

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  4. Status Quo.

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      woodenhead

      What's this? Bands that were big during the last three day week?

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  5. Took my first train ride since early 2020 today - short hop CLC to Styal, train was rammed between Oxford Rd and Piccadilly for Parklife.

     

    Required 5 gin and tonics, a zinfandel and a bottle of Camden Lager, a gammon steak and later a lamb curry to calm myself

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      It was administered over 7 hours. :D

       

      All was good until we had to do Oxford Rd to Piccadilly on a seperate service - people were using the express services and TPE to get to Piccadilly to get the tram to Heaton Park.  The train was completely rammed with drunk youth in various states of dress, we had one corner near a door and my wife was considering just getting off the train.  I had to reassure her it was just for 2 minutes then they would all get off, which they did, but left the train in a right state, cans everywhere till the airport where a cleaner got on during the reversal.

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  6. A violently rotating column of air

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      I shouldn't have drunk so much last night, sorry.

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  7. Browsing Flickr I came across these images of an old rail connected distribution centre, I once walked past in in the four foot and got a telling off from someone who worked there.  I'd never seen any images of this place till now and I realised that now I have no-one to share this with as anyone who may have been interested is no longer with me, how sad...

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      The line outlived their railway connection by at least 20 years, I think they shut the actual depot in the 1980s, a decade or more after they lost the rail connection.

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  8. What does the panel think of using swede (that'll be neep to viewers up top, but who cares as they're rutabagas anyway) in a veg curry?

     

    The Mrs has gone off to meet her daughter in Malta for 10 days and left loads of veg that isn't pies, sausages, white bread or chips and I'm bu99ered if I know what to do with it!

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      Only suitable for a beef stew or a mixed with more palatable veg like potato, carrot and sweet potato.

       

      Blackadder knew what do to with neeps

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  9. Browsing Flickr I came across these images of an old rail connected distribution centre, I once walked past in in the four foot and got a telling off from someone who worked there.  I'd never seen any images of this place till now and I realised that now I have no-one to share this with as anyone who may have been interested is no longer with me, how sad...

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      I've just dug out some old photos I took of Fallowfield station after the track was lifted - there were piles of wooden sleepers scattered about - I guess that answers the question.

       

      The pics aren't very good, not worth posting, I should have gone out with a camera when there was track, maybe even trains lol.

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  10. Browsing Flickr I came across these images of an old rail connected distribution centre, I once walked past in in the four foot and got a telling off from someone who worked there.  I'd never seen any images of this place till now and I realised that now I have no-one to share this with as anyone who may have been interested is no longer with me, how sad...

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      I think the track was just in a state and not long since the other track had been removed - the Platt Brook diversion was all over the other side and never broke onto BR property, they did improve where Cringle Brook dropped under the line with better protection but don't think that affected what went under the track.

       

      I can remember in the mid 70s that I could identity the loco class by the sound of the wheels on the jointed track as the train approached - 24/25, 40 or 47 and then at some point it did become welded rail.  The very last time I heard any sound from the rails (and I really really hoped at the time it was a loco approaching, it wasn't) was when the whoever was recovering the track were hauling the rail away out of sight, I could see the track sliding away through the chairs, I presume they had removed all the clips to do that.

       

      Can't remember if they ever put in concrete sleepers though, certainly the wooden ones had been replaced at some point, I remember seeing newly fitted ones over the years.

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  11. Browsing Flickr I came across these images of an old rail connected distribution centre, I once walked past in in the four foot and got a telling off from someone who worked there.  I'd never seen any images of this place till now and I realised that now I have no-one to share this with as anyone who may have been interested is no longer with me, how sad...

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      The track condition looked poor here, it was much better once the Freightliners started from Trafford Park.

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  12. Browsing Flickr I came across these images of an old rail connected distribution centre, I once walked past in in the four foot and got a telling off from someone who worked there.  I'd never seen any images of this place till now and I realised that now I have no-one to share this with as anyone who may have been interested is no longer with me, how sad...

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      There are a few of the diverted culvert being built for Platt Brook so they could build the Yew Tree estate here and it includes the Cringle Brook image:

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterarchiveplus/albums/72157713802997328/page28

      Negative No: 1972-3425 - Negatives Book Entry: Platt Brook Culvert, Progress Work

       

      I stood both where the photograph was taken from and where the bloke is stood a few times in my youth

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  13. Browsing Flickr I came across these images of an old rail connected distribution centre, I once walked past in in the four foot and got a telling off from someone who worked there.  I'd never seen any images of this place till now and I realised that now I have no-one to share this with as anyone who may have been interested is no longer with me, how sad...

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    23-09-1970_TP&B_SPD Ltd Alexandra Road_TP Appeal

     

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      Must have been there until the late 70's by which time the line had also been singled.  I've seen another image of just further up the line in 1972 showing the track in a poor state and singled at the point where Cringle Brook dove under the railway to join Platt Brook.

       

      I was walking up the line, there was a signal just beyond the bridge when I got to this point and someone in the building banged on the glass and told me (us) to clear off the track.  I was trespassing, it was a working line though I knew when the track went quiet as I used to record all the trains, you could hear the coming from a long way off too so we'd scoot into the embankment when a train approached.

       

      I am guessing that they built the warehouse over the old freight sidings for Alexandra Road, they had been used in the past to unload animals for the circus.

       

      The path with the tyre tracks will be Thirlmere Aqueduct which followed the line for quite a length, for many years the water board maintained the access before they stopped to save money in the 80's and it became impenetrable, a good thing as it was used as a cut through and people would sometimes then enter gardens to get to where they were going - can remember sometimes seeing the ghostly drunk shadows in our garden at night.  A lot of houses alongside the trackside had gardens which were half leased from the water board, you could tell which ones weren't because of the square cut out of their garden making it shorter than their neighbours who had taken the lease - couldn't build on it and I did dig down once to see if I could find the top of the aqueduct, didn't find it though.

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  14. Winter drawers on.

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      woodenhead

      Still in my shorts / no socks mode at home but I must admit there is a noticeable nip in the air today and yesterday I did not some leaves falling.

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  15. Gonna nip down Okehampton and start laying some track towards Plymouth...

  16. Class 43 watching at Dawlish 

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      That's a HST, this is a class 43 in Devon

      North British Locomotive Company Class 43, D844 'Spartan'

       

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  17. Went to Formby today, Mrs Woodhead fell asleep on the sand to be awoken by a random dog licking her neck.

     

    On the way home I pigeon flew straight into the front of the car and exploded into feathers - it wasn't my fault but I still feel guilty for killing it.

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      woodenhead

      I forgot to mention the truly sad news, the red squirrels were not to be seen!!

       

      There has been a grey squirrel or squirrels in the area with squirrel pox, the greys are just carriers but for the reds it is fatal - they've confirmed at least 4 dead, but we had a good look around and we saw just one crow and one magpie.  It was really sad being there, the place was completely silent, nothing moving.

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  18. How about either giving me a call direct on 01463 234004 or the warehouse on 01234 328792 and I will get whatever the problem is sorted.

     

    Kevin

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      You used to call me on my home phone
      Late night when you need my books
      Call me on my home phone
      Late night when you need my books
      And I know when that Strathwood hotline bling
      That can only mean one thing
      I know when that Strathwood hotline bling
      That can only mean one thing

       

      With thanks to Drake.

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  19. Can't beat a tug on a Monday morning, and a blue one is even better,

  20. Whither Authenticity?

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      With all the new builds, city incomers looking for an escape to the country and too many Chelsea tractors; I find Whither most unauthentic now.

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  21. I must be imagining my tinnitus as no one else can hear it.

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      I'm used to mine now, mostly I filter it out and I always keep a bedroom window open for background noise at night.

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  22. Hi Ben,

    CanI just ask, presumably work needs to done on the

    cage bunker, but will the moulded coal sit so high or

    will it be removable ?

    thanks.

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      Buying Sonic would be a bit of an extreme way of correcting it so I guess you'll be shimmying the thread towards another sub forum :D

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  23. Hi Ben,

    CanI just ask, presumably work needs to done on the

    cage bunker, but will the moulded coal sit so high or

    will it be removable ?

    thanks.

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      And this is why Sonic Models should not be listed under Revolution, especially the J50 - it's not anything to do with RevolutioN.

       

      Sonic is it's own business and it now retails through Rails of Sheffield.

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  24. It's too late now to spend the afternoon in the bath.

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      I like the idea and notion of a bath, but as soon as I get in, out go the arms and legs to cool off and basically the only bit left dipped is the midriff.

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  25. I was minding my own business earlier today, sat in my own railway room, contemplating an aesthetically pleasing pannier tank, when I heard an advertisement on the wireless for the LNER! Yes, the LNER! The effrontery, bringing the name of that railway uninvited, into my own private sanctum!

    1. woodenhead

      woodenhead

      Or perhaps the remains of the real Flying Scotsman is buried nearby and the montrosity that keeps failing on the mainline is just a facsimile.

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