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  1. I do remember seeing them on the Dartmoor Scene at Pendon. Along the bottom of the Viaduct if my memory serves me right.
  2. For reference. Given a previous neighbour tried to move the fence, I'd like to see them move this as well!
  3. To quote J.N Slinn " Boundary markers with the company's name and date were either set flush with the ground or 2'6" high. Both types painted black tar oil". I seem to remember a footpath along side the line at Criceth, Wales that had a fence next to the line and the marker about a paths width away from the fence on the seaward side. I tried to buy the Boundary post that sat near Didcot station. I used to sit on it as a child and watch trains with my mother. It was lost when the old building was taken down for a taxi rank and drop off zone. I have a couple from the Gloucester
  4. Got a funny feeling that No.93 is out of ticket next year.
  5. I can recommend EKP Supplies https://www.ekpsupplies.com/ for almost everything you need. I would also recommend you get some shim material of various thicknesses as well. You can cut it into strips to shim the tool to centre height. I was taught how to centre a tool with a steel rule as an apprentice, its covered here https://timbobtastic.com/hints-and-tips/easy-turning-tool-set-up/ Brass will snatch, especially when drilling so its worth reading up on drill point angles and the like.
  6. As already mentioned it's pretty much standard practice on traction engines and steam rollers to pull the reverser towards mid gear in order to retard speed going down hill. Usually the taps are open as well, so the pneumatic pressure in the cylinder helps slow things down. Rocking the reverser to help slosh water over the crown on really steep inclines is again pretty standard. However caution is advised on steel wheeled vehicles like rollers as they can break traction, pickup their skirts and slide. At which point full forward gear is used to get the wheels moving and restore traction, if yo
  7. Beautiful Bob. Arley is one of my favourite places.
  8. I haven't been to Westbury properly since my Grandmother died 13 years ago. Have stopped off at the cemetery whilst on the way to Longleat but you can see the town has changed. Record below
  9. Spoke to a friend who did a quick trawl through Ancestry. He sent me an imaged of what looks like Ernest's record of employment. It looks like he was posted to Westbury 4th Feb 1918. Description of works looks like 1st Goods! I'm not sure about copyright so wont post it here. My grandparents marriage certificate of 1933 state his profession as GWR Engine Driver. It does look like they are in their Sunday best. On closer inspection it looks like Ernest has an ASLEF fob on a chain. It just hanging below his folded arms.
  10. Yes, GWR Mitual Improvement Class. Sadly the date on the chalk board wasn't filled out! I've had a closer look at the name plate lettering. It's almost impossible to decifer the first letter after "of"
  11. Thanks Chaps. I can just see a partial letter after "of". But in artificial light can't make it out. Will look in the morning.
  12. I was thinking around the first world war era. I don't know where you would find shed allocations for that era tho.
  13. Can anyone help with the photo below. My Great Grandfather, Ernest Arthur Wiltshire is in the first row on the left, the chap with a moustache. The shed is Westbury. That I believe to be true. He lived in Westbury and the photo was taken by Till's of Westbury. The engine I think is 3815 County of Hants. On the original you can just make out "Y of" on the name plate and the last digit, 5, on number plate. They are visible between the shoulder of the chaps on the back row. I would like to know a date and whether anyone can name anyone else in the photo. I did have a cutting onc
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