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    early railways
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  1. While our host takes a break in Leicester, I'd like to ask about Barmouth bridge. I can't ever recall seeing the northerly one of the bowstring pair of spans ever swing. I assume it must - since the expensive refurb of the whole bridge (to eradicate a timber worm attack?) some years back to save the line north to Phwlleli; it coincided with the exponential growth in leisure sailing along the coast around Porthmadog since the 1970s.
  2. I've just remembered that the door can fully open to permit the intruder welcome visitor to stand safely inside James's study and "Stop, Look and Listen" in the best tradition. At the scale speed one of the 3 WNR mixed trains per day is slowing for the crossing, any 'welcome' visitor will surely have got bored and withdrawn long ago, leaving behind a cold mug of tea and chocolate ginger biscuit. A Brilliant Lawyer's resolution of a potentially multifaceted disaster.
  3. I always think of the Magpies in the “The Detectorists” stashing all the worthwhile ‘pretty glittery‘ stuff away in the oak tree just above the heads of Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones
  4. Aha! Back to turn of the century William Dean ... Did these get their name by hauling Barnum's Heffelumps around?
  5. Agree since about 22.00 BST until a few hours ago, my rmweb connection read "error" while the rest of my Firefox tabs worked fine. Mystery ...
  6. So did WNR Engineers never ever rig up any experimental trials of foreign (i.e. non Norfolk) ideas advocated by promising young apprentices?
  7. Only a few pages earlier you were all agreeing with James about the fascinating collisions of style during the years of hand-over between Dean and Churchward. Yet now you are all rubbishing those astonishing Krugers - as I (probably erroneously) recall* all the Krugers differed experimentally – even between wheel arrangements: the first had a leading bogie, subsequent ones a pony truck. Most extraordinarily for the (seemingly perpetually) Victorian image GWR - no one in Swindon gave a fig for their appearance! Not many Engineering Chiefs, right at the end of their illustrious careers, would give their plain-speaking blunt assistant free-rein to compare and test US and European thinking against time honoured Company practice in both boiler and engine design. I admire William Dean enormously for recognising train running in the new century called for radical re-thinking (compared to Collett tweaking the proven while the other Big Three and LT were facing forward into mid C20 changes.) Nevertheless Board Room directives about curved running plates and steps eventually levered Churchward into conforming. —— * There was a really interesting sequence of articles in “Backtrack” some years ago, on the detail evolution of those weird Krugers - against the emergence of the stalwart Aberdare class.
  8. I spent wonderful wet Welsh teenage summers in small tents around the estuaries between Harlech, Portmadoc and back to the Rhinogs and Llan ffestiniog., climbing and volunteering at Boston Lodge. I always felt shortchanged by boring Collett 0-6-0s always seeking out his characterful Dukedogs.
  9. Is our future King still enthusiastic about homeopathy? Since my previous neighbour (a retired senior hospital Consultant) diagnosed me over a shared late night bottle of Highland Park, on the 7 stage dementia scale - as around stage 2 on a good day but stage 3 on a bad day, I can't actually remember what this thread is supposed to be about
  10. Yup, the original split screen, opening double doors job.. Can't think of a more beautiful residual structure for a glorious late June./early July Gertrude Jekyll style flower bed. Isn't the Garden Rail Editor from Royal Leamington Spa one of our moderators? Hint Hint - Wot about a narrow gauge German roundy-round interacting with such a carefully planted significant rusting relic?
  11. Oh Dear! We do still seem to be some way from a p.p. new normal. I've just had my first post Lockdown trip from Gateshead (mid-May top deaths scorer) to ... guess where ... wait for it ... ... Leicester - current high scoring new SPIKE 2 As for statue bashing - is the word "iconoclast" now generally taken to be a pejorative attribute? It used to mean "willing to question existing norms"; now smashing icons equates to "mindless terrorist vandalism"
  12. Correct about the resprayed Fiat Dino Farina spyder on the trestle - you have an excellent eye for detail ! What a beautiful shape displayed like that - ma zero punti per l'aerodinamica in sticking to the road ? I thought it was black, but my Huawei spy camera detects a hint of dark blue/purple "so deep yer could fish innit" as my old Wigan carriage painter would say approvingly of a good RR Hearse. 2 I will check the alloy wheel size (they look so to me)
  13. A great pity - it could have had great visitor attraction potential. The 'Oxfords' were up visiting us, and went off for a walk in the afternoon along the river. Very young granddaughter came back with a cake-box for us, saying "and daddy bought a yellow Ferrari." We understood this to mean a sortt of car-shaped yellow iced spongecake! ! It turned out the car was not actually being worked on, but was a straight sale for someone up near Rothbury who did receive their sale price. Our solicitor son lost out only on paying the owner of the establishment the cost of it being transported 4 miles to our house. Some 4/5 years later I gather the full case is still being investigated by Northumbria CID; though the owner has been cleared of money laundering, a good many did lose on not receiving a restored car. Our local son towed the 308 across to Longton near Preston where Vic, a Dino specialist (who'd already rebuilt eldest's original front-engined Fiat 6V Dino that I've posted about a number of times) quickly sorted the 8V's mechanics.
  14. REPAINT OF 'CAKEBOX' FERRARI The Old [email protected] got a treat this weekend being shipped down for a family 'metre plus' get-together near Oxford. Highlight for me was a trip to collect eldest's 8V Dino* from Roberto's workshop in Leicester on Saturday morning. Rob's is a classic Italian backstreet highly skilled craft workshop where nothing is impossible - all with that unequalled Italian feel for style. There were some spectacular vehicles in (can you identify the respray on trestles in the top centre pic?), a Stratos almost entirely re-created from a total wreck, the cinquecento +, a MotoGP Ducati , and the Aston. Rob's take on the Aston is that DBs started in the early 1940s entirely Italian inspired, then because they were mainly sold in the US, became increasingly heavy until the one we were looking at is a two pedal automatic. Rob is Bilingual, but can only speak in gestures, both parents being from Calabria. Sadly the drive back turned was through heavy thunderstorms, (last pics are at Watford Gap). Eldest reckons that despite Rob's heavy Waxoiling, that vibrant Ferrari 'Cakebox' yellow will be bubbling again ere 6 months are out. --- *originally bought undervalued from a short-lived fraudulent cake-shop c#m car-restoration studio in present day Co-op at Wylam
  15. Instead of going down the A1(M) ,across on the M18, then down the M1 to London, I'd like my children and grand children to stay connected via Line 1, go off to mainland Continental Europe on Line 2, Bristol and South Wales via Line 4 in the post-pandemic "New Normal" world we created. The Lines can have whatever fancy name and lurid livery skins the current operators favour, but the Line numbers are the basic network we all think of first.
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