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  1. When I first left school I worked for the Eastern Electricity Board for a few boring years before moving on to better things. One of the jobs had had authority to do was to correct names and addresses or change them when people moved. I can’t tell you the fun I had with that on the day before I left ! One of my colleagues was particularly tight fisted so I changed his house name to “The Wallet “ and subsequently heard it remained like that for several years. It just strike me that if there was a similarly mischievous 20year old at the Inland Revenue , about to leave the next day
  2. I did much better than that some years ago Mr Taxman sent me a £1500 tax rebate. I was sure it was because they hadn’t taken my company car into account, so I sent them a polite letter asking them to check their records and their figures to make sure there was no mistake . Instead of the expected polite reply saying thanks for pointing out our mistake can you send the money back all I got was a form with a load of figures on it that said I had paid all my tax and nothing was owed, so I banked the money, and was never asked for it. So the good old taxman funded a couple of Clive Groomes Footpla
  3. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ! Actually, my oldest hobby , apart from railways , has been modern-ish social and industrial history from Trafalgar to about the end of the sixties, of which the railways are, as you say , very much an integral part.
  4. The Down end of Platform 4 of Salisbury station on a week day just after 12.20 on a weekday as the ACE rolls in, behind a Rebuilt Merchant Navy bathed in oily perspiration as it has just covered the last 33 miles from Worting at an average of 68 mph with 440 tons behind the tender. Within four minutes all four platforms will be occupied. As the MN stops a shed cleaner jumps up to start shovelling coal forward, and fireman swings up on the tender to grab the pipe of the Water column as the relief driver from Exmouth Junction who worked up earlier turns the water on, then has a word with the Sal
  5. I bet she’s thinking “ I wonder what happened to that slim, fit looking soldier I met on the train. I bet he went on to become a senior officer and married some debutant, then went on to have a success full career in the City as a stockbroker or something. Probably retired by now to a big posh house in Surrey and I bet he has some interesting hobbies, like ancient history and archaeology.”
  6. It looks great to me. I love the effect of oil on the sleepers . Something often seen but rarely captured in model form . How did you achieve that ?
  7. It was indeed Silver Fox in the film , one time holder of the British, if not world speed record for steam. By the date of your picture , Summer 1958 it would still have probably been the the second or third fastest . Round about that time I Bill. Hoole had taken Silver Link I think it was, down Stoke Bank at 117mph, properly timed by one of the regular recorders but not published to keep him out of trouble. Anyway your lovely picture sets us wondering what speed Silver Fox had just reached as it descended Stoke Bank just a few minutes before slowing down for its Peterboroug
  8. The opening scene is Victoria not Kings cross. I wonder if one or two of the footplate scenes are filmed with the engine stationary in the shed or something and the scenery add later. In particular when they get signal checked Mungo crosses over to the drivers side, stands in the gap between engine and tender and looks ahead. What would he be looking for ?The driver had already seen the signal. How come the fireman wasn’t quieting the first down once steam was shut of instead of looking ahead. More importantly at maybe 50-60 mph why didn’t his cap blow off with his head right out like that, a
  9. I thought you wanted Hadrian to build his wall at Royal Oak
  10. To continue with the last post before the technical hitch I meant any 2-8-0 as long as it had an O in its class.
  11. The Retford Crossing before they made it a flyover/under/sideways/down , with a long freight headed by any sort of 2-8-0 with an
  12. Have we sorted out whether the A3 is basically a GNR A1 with a higher boiler pressure ? Seems like it to me so :- 1. A4 2. B1. Cheaply built but fastest up Hemerdon Bank in the 1948 Locomotive Exchanges albeit with a lighter load than the Pacific’s but a remarkable performance. 3. V2
  13. Just winding you up . I think it was basically a tender version of a Fowler 2-6-4 tank although how Stewart managed to turn such a beautiful tank engine into such an ugly tender engine I have no idea.
  14. Interesting choice but H P Stewart is not one of the qualifying designers designated by the Rules Committee ( Gilbert )
  15. Ivatt class 2 tanks. Modern engines far superior to anything previously designed for the work they were employed on , economical to run easy to service and maintain , comfortable and ergonomic for the crews ( whose opinions were sought at design stage) very wide route availability, 70-75 mph on test with no vibration , and could work for 15 hours without servicing. A Cinderella loco perhaps but a very successful design . Gets my vote.
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