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  1. The use of the word ‘inaccurate’ is interesting coming from a government that wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them. Which it very well might.
  2. Also written up in the S7 Newsletter but I can't remember which issue.
  3. Re 'nagging' wives: "I said I'll fix those shelves. You don't have to keep reminding me every six months..."
  4. That makes good sense. Thanks Russ. You've prompted me mohave a look at an old OS map and the harbour branch does indeed terminate at the east end of the quay where there is a run-round loop and a siding leading off to the quay itself. This must be the point at which the horses took over – and is behind where the modern whelk sheds lie! https://maps.nls.uk/view/120846563
  5. Hi Russ I've often, well occasionally, wondered about whether the horses had to slog all the way up the hill to the station, or if there was a surreptitious change of motive power behind the whelk sheds.
  6. May have relied on immigrant labour... from Derby and Doncaster mostly.
  7. I do believe that if you got a new smart phone your usage of it would increase dramatically – which may be the best argument yet for NOT getting it.
  8. FWIW the English version of the Magic Roundabout (generally regarded, at least by the English, as a vast improvement) was written and voiced by Emma Thompson's father, Eric. Another little known fact for Michael Caine's collection.
  9. You seem to have missed out the Captain Roundabout riots. Machine breakers were commonplace in Norfolk in the early C19...
  10. If people had used 'common sense' we wouldn't have this bunch of incompetents trying to run the country. They started by dismantling the very structures that would have managed the outbreak, starved the public sector (including the NHS) of resources – we were 40000 nurses and 10000 doctors short before this all started – they failed to 'follow the science' when in 2016 it told them their stocks of PPE were woefully inadequate, failed to join the EU ventilator procurement programme, failed to test and contact trace arrivals at ports and airports, failed to lockdown until it was almost too late,
  11. For those of us pinning our hopes for a return to normality on the imminent discovery of a vaccine, may I just point out that the Common Cold – against which we have been fighting unsuccessfully for centuries – is a Coronavirus. Have a nice day.
  12. There is archaeological evidence that neolithic groups cared for, and even cherished, crippled members of their tribe. As Simon said, it's compassion and cooperation that have allowed Hom Sap to become the dominant species on the planet. Hopefully the same traits will also stop it from destroying said planet...
  13. But that's the problem – they ignored the advice they were given after Operation Cygnus in 2016. That advice was to refresh and greatly increase their stock of PPE to deal with the next pandemic; there always will be a next pandemic. The government ignored that advice because it didn't fit with their over-riding desire to 'shrink the state'. In essence the whole civil contingencies structure has been deliberately run down over the last ten years. They claim now to be "following the science" simply because they think it's a get-out-of-gaol-free card. It isn't.
  14. To get back to wagons (shock!), the MSWJR which might be considered to be of comparable size to the WNR – or even a bit bigger – numbered its wagons in the order they were purchased, later re-using numbers where the vehicle was scrapped or rebuilt (mostly after 1910). They did have the odd idea of having separate number schemes for horse boxes, carriage trucks and milk vans; but not for service stock. As Stephen/Compound has said, rails could be carried on 3 or 4 single bolster wagons and would in any case probably be carried on wagons originating near the steel rolling mill. Ballast came from
  15. As Hroth has hinted, the Florin was re-introduced as a silver coin worth 2/- in 1848 – the original British florin being a gold coin worth rather more. The Ur-Florin was from Florence of course. If you want coins with a bit of history the penny is as good as it gets dating from the eighth century and was a continuation of the officially defunct Roman Denarius (hence the 'd'). The concept of one pound being divided into 240 pennies derives from King Pepin the Short, founder of the Carolingian dynasty, and was in use throughout western Europe; for instance the pre-revolutionary French Livre was
  16. Even the modern coins will be the stuff of nostalgia when then whole economy becomes cashless. It won't be long...
  17. I think your 6 tonner may be a bit heavy...
  18. I had a similar problem with a white metal kit for one of the S Wales "shorties" except one side was more like 5 inches longer than the other! Clearly no way back from that son I started to scratch build it – what I should have done in the first place – but it, like everything else, ground to a halt about 4 years ago. Lockdown is causing the first stirrings though... The W/M brute will probably be melted down for recasting as something else if I case find my RTV silicon rubber. And the energy.
  19. My first stab at this was based on looking at a number of photos. Digging into some of my spreadsheets I find that, for example, Swindon coal factor John Toomer had a batch of wagons converted from BG by Gloucester in 1872 which, while ostensibly identical, had a range of tares between 4-7-0 and 4-14-0. How to account for a difference of 7cwt between two supposedly identical wagons?
  20. Tare weights for typical 5-plank 8 ton wagons: pre 1887 spec 4-12 to 4-18 pre 1887 converted 5-2 to 5-12 post 1887 5-10 to 5-16 (eg Gloucester design) These are ball-park figures for wood framed wagons with single set of brakes – there may be outliers but these should be credible.
  21. The 'new' GWR gasworks at Swindon was built in 1876, extended in 1888 and 1896, with a large new gas holder being added in 1907. I'm not aware of any major works in 1910. The laying of gas mains to outlying areas like Wootton Bassett was the work of the 'civilian' gas companies and was mostly complete before 1900, restarting after the Great War as consolidation in the industry picked up pace. The Works expanded greatly under Churchward but the need for gas mains was limited as the new shops were powered and lit by that new fangled electricity. I can't think of any project in Swindo
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