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  1. It's what you see when you're a bit later than usual coming home after a night on the lash... Well, that's when I used to see it.
  2. The Yorkshire tea plantations have all been grubbed up and turned into grouse moors. Oh, and Tetleys have gone back to making beer... :-)
  3. Well that was certainly true until recently but V******e have upped their game and I can now get 4G in places I could barely get 1G before. Rumour has it that one of the V******e bigwigs had bought himself a holiday home in Blakeney...
  4. I can also vouch for the joy of reading Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth series – wonderful parody noir. There's a whole series of them to distract you from railway modelling... If you want Welsh historians with a jaundiced view you could try Nennius, a few centuries earlier than Giraldus Cambrensis (or Gerry from Barry to his friends).
  5. Having lived there for a few years in the dim-and-distant I can vouch for its relative lack of Welshness.
  6. Truly one of the sans culottes... Late to the party again. Tant pis.
  7. It has been said that Ivanka harbours political ambitions...
  8. Presumably the backs of the coupling rods are plain so you just need to swap them over L>R. No?
  9. Retail Therapy so often ends with Buyers' Remorse. Hasn't happened yet with these two, the motive power of the Cwmtowy Mineral Railway...
  10. Looking around Westminster I'd say we did keep many of the convicts...
  11. Indeed bare wood – and likely black happened metalwork – was the order of the day for ALL railway wagons in those days. Don't forget to allow for weathering...
  12. I ploughed through most of the Samuel Report back in the 1980s when Kew was my home-from-home. It was interesting reading at a time when a major strike in the coal industry was looming...
  13. But unlike the wedding industry, there is at least an endless supply of customers for undertaking services. And no competition from the Register Office.
  14. The wagon builders would typically offer hire purchase (often called 'deferred terms') and simple hire options in addition to cash purchase. Some firms like the Bristol & South Wales Wagon Co were purely finance houses who would subconttact any building work to others. A repair contract was an optional extra as some big fleet operators had their own repair facilities. Those finance houses, along with the finance side of the wagon builders that survived the '30s, usually moved into other areas of finance becoming in effect part of the banking industry. That is why the records of the Lincoln
  15. That reminds me of another one for the Reading List: "1000 years of Annoying the French" by Stephen Clarke (Bantam 2010)...
  16. Thanks Mike. I had assumed it was a matter of axle loading rather than wheelbase. Was it one of the Slough Trading Estate sidings, or Lyons depot?
  17. I thought that Southall treated 1925 as a sort of pet. As such it may even have been cleaned occasionally! I presume when axe fell it would have been replaced by one of the new 16xx rather than 67xx.
  18. Thomas Hunter was a wagon builder and this would have been part of their short-term hire fleet.
  19. Gibson does a 2' 7.5" wheel but only in disc and 10 (solid) spoke varieties. Available in FS and S7.
  20. The latest Kelly's I can find for free access is 1911 so rather too for your purposes. Of the 7 coal merchants and 2 dealers listed only one gave his address as the railway station though another was in Totteridge Road just to the north of the station. Not much help. But, then, I suspect you've answered your own question in that merchants would generally use the yard where their office was located...
  21. Ah yes, that. Perhaps Mr Kelham is getting forgetful in his old age...
  22. What was the source of this Register, Noel. It would be interesting to compare it with my version!
  23. By the way, Dazzler Fan, I should point out that Braysdown Colliery was taken over by Frank Beauchamp in the early 1900s and the wagon stock was presumably absorbed into the Radstock Coal Co fleet if it wasn't scrapped. To the best of my knowledge (possible Black Swan moment) there were no wagons in Braysdown livery in 1928.
  24. As Stephen (Compound2632) correctly surmises, I've not had so much as a sniff of an S&D PO wagon register though such a document must surely have existed as even the humble MSWJR had (a very thin) one. A few S&DJR based wagons are to be found in the Midland's registers which are at Kew, there are some early GWR ones at Chippenham I think – I saw them when the were still at Porchester Road – and several subsequent ones were in the hands of a recently deceased private collector with very deep pockets. who kindly gave Ian Pope access to them. Post grouping ones I've not seen though there
  25. I meant both but couldn't be bothered to put the 'n' in brackets!
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