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Ian Hargrave

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  1. Snap ! My experience identical to yours. Reassuring that such places still exist and are hopefully thriving.
  2. Indeed,Mike.Far nearer to the truth than one might think. For many years ,my late mother in law ran the village shop in Blaenrhondda and could tell tales of black market deals with certain Brecon farmers. Such as transporting an illegally slaughtered pig for sale to certain in the know of her customers and being stopped enroute by the local bobby. On being asked what she and her husband had in the back of the car,she replied “ Well what do you think ? A dead pig of course “ .Thinking it was a joke,the bemused officer let them pass. Who knows,he and his family may unwittingly later have been re
  3. Thank you for the nod,Robin.It is much appreciated.GWR horsehair was what it was.But your photography raises the image of that now long forgotten era giving us an authentic flavour of post war England. Many thanks from us all and best for 2021
  4. I’ll second that. Order placed Tuesday.Immediate response.Arrived just. Considering the circumstances and the time of the year that’s quality service.
  5. Well this thread is full of surprising coincidence is it not ? Your nom de plume gives you away but there,given your addiction to kit building and S.Wales railways,I shouldn’t have been that surprised. Nothing like keeping things in the family. Never actually went through the tunnel but occasionally hitched a ride on a Bridgend bound bubble car from Treherbert as far as Blaenrhondda station which was far easier and quicker if coming up the valley than walking and waiting for a Rhondda bus,though one train a dayformed of two 3 car units did in fact terminate at Blaenrhondda when coming up from
  6. That’ll be Anthony .To differentiate between the original firm now long defunct situated in the town of Uttoxeter which dealt with agricultural machinery etc.and its offspring once locally known as “Joey’s” founded in Rocester nearby and vital to both the local and national economy with two huge factory emporiums,artificial ornamental lakes ,helipad etc..If JCB stocks are high,then the good times are here......an indicator to the health and wealth of the nation.
  7. Oh my goodness.How the world turns through 55 years. Must take another look at our wedding photos taken outside what was St.Alban’s Church. Apart from the bubble cars on their way to the tunnel,there were the newly delivered 37’s working the short but steep branch to Blaenrhondda Colliery also but a faded memory
  8. Parodied as the “run and shove behind “ .The nearest station on the Rhondda end was in fact Blaenrhondda and the tunnel end was at Blaencwm. My wife is local girl and we were married in St,Alban’s church next to that station three years before the line closed. The church like the line succumbed to the inevitable and is now converted into “superior holiday accommodation “ . Any takers ?
  9. Someone indeed Robin. And now that Rapido have thrown their hat into the GW ring with the 16XX and 15XX and appear to be taking a serious interest in UK centred models ,then perhaps they might take up the cause.
  10. I said it worked forward but have no memory or record of a pilot and given the load with all seats taken there surely must have been one. Counties were then handling the heavy holiday expresses with distinction it must be said and mine came up from Cornwall which has a switchback main lne without assistance. One other point....and a confession...re:my original post.My age was then 17 not15 .Lying about one’s age....tut tut,whatever next ? Only joking.
  11. No,non,nein,niet,nay.IMHO,their current Hawksworth County ( yes I mean GWR/WR,1000 —1029 ) needs binning to be replaced by ,shall we say, something better representative of the prototype...and because it’s the so called Festive Season....I am being deferentially kind here.
  12. Your wife has impeccable taste Robin. Given lockdown and other circumstances I’ve spent a good part of today reading through this,though I haven’t reached the end yet. Life is full,of surprises and this book has revealed for me one amazing coincidence which is that on the 15th August 1959 Peter Gray and the 15 Year old me were in the same place on the Liskeard -Looe branch line.That year our summer August holiday was spent in Looe which ,being so accessible to Plymouth via that branch line,was too good an opportunity to miss for spotting on a summer Saturday. Hence my Ian Allan LocoLog reco
  13. Adding my best wishes at this time to you,Robin,for shining a light during some dark days for me and for us all. The warmth,companionship and participation in the enjoyment you and ANTB bring communicate across the miles,giving us a chuckle and admiration for the artistry you post online for us all. Happy Christmas and a hope for better times ahead.
  14. If you model the SR post 1945 a possibility for Bachmann production with the new tooling coaches. could be the N15X which could be seen at Waterloo on semi fast workings to Basingstoke and points West most days late 1940’s/early 1950’s.
  15. 3/4 coach sets worked via Okehampton usually Robin on Waterlo-Exeter-Plymouth Friary turns. Locomotive “familiarisation “via S.Devon turns were IIRC with GW/WR stock with a Bulleid WC/BB or other. Unless of course on diversion if the SR line was out of action.There.....I’ve spoiled Christmas Sorry.
  16. Somewhere I have a photo of one at Ranelagh Bridge ....a tender first view unfortunately and no caption explaining its presence there
  17. Working “off piste” as it were,did they not work into Banbury via the GC ? They were IIRC loaned to the SR when the MN’s developed problems in the 1950’s
  18. Part of my essential reading since the mid 1960’s. No more intriguing literary page turners. I feel part of me is lost.RIP.....finally....George Smiley and many,many more.
  19. ‘This the season to be patient.....tra la,la,la etc,’
  20. This is familiar.I have recently had three less than perfect experiences with DHL parcels ordered from two retailers in Germany ,all supposedly “tracked”. After negotiating the labyrinthine website I discovered the latest....delivered yesterday.... was “on hold”at East Midlands after arrival from Düsseldorf on Monday. It was left propped against the wall at the side of the porch door.No attempt was made to alert me it had arrived.....I just happened to be on the lookout and saw it immediately. Last month the first parcel was left outside the porch....again no attempt to attract attention.The s
  21. What goes round comes round
  22. Taking your point re: 4 hours city centre to city centre,one of Europe’s most interesting rail journeys...the Allgaubahn Munich to Zurich route via Lindau virtually hits that target from Sunday next with the introduction of six services per day In each direction of high speed SBB operated ETR high speed tilting electric units .End of the veteran Br 218 diesels.
  23. AFIK Bachmann appear to be the only manufacturer embracing this type of motor other than the late unlamented DJM.I think you are confusing me with Legend in the matter of the Caley. Have you considered contacting both Gaugemaster and Bachmann on the issue ? You might get a resolution.
  24. One other message I am getting strongly here and it is that maybe it’s time some of us upgraded our electronics and invested in a new controller......or have I misread the situation ? Why run a third decade 21st C model on equipment that in some cases is 40/50 years old ?
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