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  1. My wife is from the north of Germany so has a major problem trying to understand anyone speaking in a Bavarian accent or, worst still, Swiss. Regional variations in dialect are the norm – just ask Professor Higgins...
  2. Notwithstanding much of what has been said against the use of violence to further a cause, it's worth remembering that the State/Establishment/Ruling Class (delete according to taste) has always arrogated to itself the right to use violence to preserve its cosy status quo. And it has not been shy about it – remember Peterloo, the massacre of the Chartists in Newport, Tonypandy, and many other incidents. The Ruling Class doesn't give up any of its power willingly. Without the war women would have waited a lot longer for the vote. Without the Troubles (and the war) the Irish would have waited a lot longer for Home Rule. Without the threat of further violence the six counties would have been included in the Free State. I don't condone violence but I do understand the forces that can lead to it.
  3. Ah the danger of relying on memory! So, Healings join the select list of breweries with their own coal wagon (or two). To that list can be added Bridger Gibbs, later Gibbs Mew, of Salisbury who had at least one wagon (no.10) but he also ran a coal dealing business on the side as did a surprising number of publicans, with or without their own brewery.
  4. Some breweries had their own coal wagons – the Lamb in Frome had one, Flowers in Stratford had more than one I think – while a few had PO vans – Shepherd Neame in Kent and various permutations of Bass and Ind Coope had vans with their branding – but it was by no means universal, and I 've never come across one in Healings livery. Avoid.
  5. Ah, the heyday of Nicolas vin (très) ordinaire – but a damn sight better than the dreaded 'British' wines like VP (vaguely poisonous?).
  6. Normally such wagons were in the short-term hire fleet though there may have been the odd few used for publicity purposes.
  7. Blakeney harbour offered the only sheltered water (if you discount Wells) in a long stretch of deceptively dangerous coastline. In the C19, long before the hotel was built, it was still a moderately busy port though it lacked an easily accessible hinterland and the creeks were silting up – which is why the L&F scheme included a new jetty out into the only deep water part of the harbour. The bar might have been a problem though. Plus, as Stephen points out, speculation on building new seaside resorts was gathering momentum at that time. In Blakeney's case it lost its maritime trade to Lynn, Yarmouth and Wells, and its seaside trade to Sheringham, Cromer...and Wells. I'm quite glad really!
  8. Your Chopper tank is a real beauty but I take your point about the passage of time. I have been forced to drastically narrow my own horizons on that score and to reach for the chequebook... Good luck!
  9. Is that P{ug built from one of Peter Hunt's Seven Scale kits?
  10. Not quite. The final destination of the L&F was its own station in Cromer. It was the connection built by the N&SJt that allowed GER trains to run into Sheringham. Railway promoters always had half an eye on Blakeney – and there were several schemes mooted – but the L&F one got the furthest. There isa house in Cley fancifully named 'The Stationmaster's House' (formerly the Birches and probably built around 1910) which is rumoured to have been built by someone who squatted the old railway company's land. The position is right, according to the deposited plans, so it may well be true. Trains would have faced quite a steep climb from Cley up to the junction near Holt.
  11. More of a nightmare! The Wiltshire section is written, I'm now organising a whole load of Somerset material that has come in since 2014 which I hope to include as an addendum, and hunting around for more photos. Unlikely to be in print for a year or more.
  12. The Halesworth layout man has a very mixed chronology: quite apart from the GER blue Buckjumper, he also has a couple of Spillers vans – Spillers didn't operate their own vans after about 1911 (I'd have to check the exact date) – and they used ventilated Iron Mink type vans, not repainted gunpowder vans. Plus, though he gets brownie points for using local POs, they would be long gone by 1945-8. More details in the "PO Wagons of East Anglia" published c2026 (if I live long enough to write it)...
  13. The Bath Stone wagons had sides about 11ins high on average and were mostly rated for 10 tons. The size of the stone lump was variable! Some stone was dressed on site – there were masons' sheds at both Box and Corsham – and delivered to site. I have a photo of some such being delivered to Sheringham goods yard during the construction of St Peters Church, but you'll have to buy the book to see it...
  14. Gosh! I haven't heard that one for at least 40 years...
  15. Only trouble is that in that particular 'gauge war' the narrow gauge won by a knock out.
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