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  1. 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).

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  2. On 08/10/2020 at 20:32, Hroth said:

     

    What a bonkers picture!

     

    A gal without a top, and a bloke without his trousers...

    Very French....

     

     

     

    Truly one of the sans culottes...

     

     

    Late to the party again. Tant pis.

  3. 4 hours ago, Caley Jim said:

    On DJT, I have a theory - he will lose the vote, but play the 'fraudulent postal voting/covid stopped me campaigning properly' cards and take it to the Supreme Court, which he has loaded with his lackeys and who be reminded on which side their bread is buttered.  As a result he will gain a second term.  He will then try and do a 'Putin', trying to amend the constitution to get himself unlimited terms of office.  When (if) that fails he will shoehorn in one of his sons/sons-in-law as a candidate in 4 years time, ensure he gets into office by whatever means are necessary and so continue to pull the strings.

     

     

    It has been said that Ivanka harbours political ambitions...

     

  4. 42 minutes ago, Hroth said:

     

    You're not the only one.  Retail therapy is all very well until you've clicked the "Buy" button*:crazy:

     

    * Or woken in the Cold Light Of Day...

     

     

     

    Retail Therapy so often ends with Buyers' Remorse. Hasn't happened yet with these two, the motive power of the Cwmtowy Mineral Railway...

     

     

    IMG_0786.jpeg

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  5. 28 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

     

    It must be a hard life advertising funeral services. Like the wedding "industry", there's not much repeat business.

     

    But unlike the wedding industry, there is at least an endless supply of customers for undertaking services. And no competition from the Register Office.

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  6. 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 Wagon & Engine Co are to be found in the Royal Bank of Scotland Archive in Edinburgh.

     

    Keith Turton's figure of 1 million PO wagons is presumably the all time total. At any one time there were no more than 600,000 in service – roughly the same as the total number of railway company wagons.

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  7. 54 minutes ago, Edwardian said:

     

    Crossed my mind, but I doubt is would discourage all those poor b8ggers on rafts in the Channel prepared to risk drowning rather than become French!

     

    That reminds me of another one for the Reading List: "1000 years of Annoying the French" by Stephen Clarke (Bantam 2010)...

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  8. On 15/09/2020 at 17:21, Furness Wagon said:

    The lack of a lowmac wheel is a bit of a problem with the current Slater's S7 wheel range. I could also do with some 3 and 4ft driving wheels so to start looking at doing some industrial locos and suchlike.

     

    Marc

     

    Gibson does a 2' 7.5" wheel but only in disc and 10 (solid) spoke varieties. Available in FS and S7.

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  9. 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...

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  10. On 12/09/2020 at 06:06, Dazzler Fan said:

    I thank you all for the replies.

     

    "The Picture" is genaerally attributed to 1903;

    which fits in with what is being reported.

     

    I have the Register assembled by the S&DJR Society

    that gives the Writhlington Numbers.

     

    Noel

     

    What was the source of this Register, Noel. It would be interesting to compare it with my version!

     

     

  11. 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 are a few Plates Registers at York. Available records from the Beauchamp family archive don't give much either. There may be things i've not sniffed out yet...

     

     

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