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  1. Are you suggesting that they put in a bridge which is probably as close as you can get to a "safe" crossing of a railway? It was a little used farm crossing, used by people who were used to crossing the line. In this one case the user would seem to have made an assumption that cost him his life. The railway was not held to blame. An unfortunate accident... Of course the railways could always close all user-worked crossings and footpaths to make it all very safe for the few that misuse them, but I suspect the uproar that would cause would be tremendous though it would make the railways much safer...
  2. I think he only went under to talk to the driver of the vehicle. He went and had a look (to see what was coming as from later it was obvious he could have crossed if he'd wanted to?) and then went back. Looks like there was a station to the left hence the driver pulled back to the other line having seen where the train was... Shame if there'd been two!
  3. Sounds like the NMRA trying to be all things to all men... They obviously don't understand narrow gauge!! As Paul says it depends on what the real line was designed to carry. A mine railway could have minimum clearances, especially if it was a drift mine and the railway came out from the mine itself... On the other hand a narrow gauge railway that had to transport SG stock on transporter wagons or bogies would be a lot, lot bigger. Some places such as Saxony in Germany had a deal of standardisation, especially stock in their case, but even then the minimum radii was different with some lines having curves too tight for the newer locos! Best bet is to decide on your prototype and that will govern the loading gauge!
  4. I've now got a picture in my mind of lots of hire boats not knowing what to to herding all the sail boats towards the next pub!
  5. Or having a late night picnic in the 4ft...
  6. Agreed and the point I was making as well.
  7. My point is why should we have to to... They are safe enough as it is, even AHBs and foot crossings. If the local people want them to be safer just to allow for the few idiots let them pay for the extra costs, not the railways. BTW for those who say the roads were there before, widespread use of motor vehicles and cycles came long after the railways so that argument could be turned on it's head, we need only make them safe for Horses and pedestrians!
  8. The Level Crossings ARE safe if used correctly, the problem isn't the railway or the crossings themselves, it's the users, whether they be pedestrians, cyclists or motor vehicle drivers. If we all travelled by Public Transport the world would be a much safer place.
  9. I blame it on the Country's drivers, just when we need them to do something daft they all behave... (Now if that doesn't provoke some stupid driving on a Bank Holiday nothing will!)
  10. They are supposed to be a deterrent, preventing an action by the threat of prosecution, at least that was what their original use was before the motoring press started a rumour that they were cash cows put there for Police/Council profit-making. Only a cash cow, that is, if you were stupid enough to break the speed limit... As for cost, that's simple, you target the ones that have most people running the gates, once the word gets out you'll see a reduction... And a load of people moaning in the local press about the cash cow! Tough luck to them, if it means that my driver has less chance of a near miss then all power to the camera's flash!
  11. Day eight and a morning visit to the Kirkinztalbahn electric tramway, lovely little railway which runs up a valley on the side of the road, fine going up but not what some drivers expect to see coming towards them on the wrong side of the road! The locals seem fine but it catches the odd visitor out! A visit to the Tillig Museum in Sebnitz which was a bit disappointing as they seem to have whitewashed out the Zeuke HOm stuff from the late 50's early 60's. Originally when I visited they were proudly displayed, now all you get is the modern stuff and not their heritage. We went on to a small preservation group trying to rebuild part of the Schwarzbacbahn which ran between Gossdorf-Kohlmuhle and Hohnstein until it was closed in 1951. So far they've rebuilt 800m of track from Lohsdorf station and plan to get it up to 3km to Unter Ehrenberg station as funds permit. They are a keen lot but only have about 90 members and one loco, a diesel. They do however have the loan from time to time of other locally owned locos and have had a Meyer and the 1K. I sold a Zeuke loco to a chap called Ronny who turned out to be a member of the Society and he and one of his friends gave us a super guided tour of their facilities and the station building at Gossdorf-Kohlmuhle which they rent as a place to hold meetings and somewhere to exhibit their rather nice model of the line in HOe. thanks to Ronny for the day, though my batteries gave out! Day nine was the drive back to Berlin which included dropping in again at Weisswasser after we'd located the line, I don't take any photos but David has so I've leave that to him!
  12. The afternoon was spent in the Dresden Transport Museum to see that Fairlie and their Meyer:
  13. Day seven and a trip on the Radebuel Ost to Radeburg railway and an afternoon trip to the Dresden Transport museum so David could see some strange Fairlie! The Radebuel to Radeberg line as also a line of two halves, the first half up to Moritzburg (where there is a spectacular palace) was through the outer suburbs of Dresden but after Moritzburg it became a true country railway. First some shots of the first bit of line including the narrow gauge crossing a main road and tram lines: When we arrived at Radeburg the station cat was waiting to greet us! If anyone wonders why the station building at Radeburg is familiar it's because Auhagen do a model of it which they pretend is a standard gauge station! Although we couldn't get into the shed the nice clear windows gave a decent shot of the Meyer No.132 in the original green livery of the Saxon State Railways: 99.1761-8 getting watered: At Radebeul Ost they are in the process of building a very large new museum for the large amount of historical stock they've had parked out in the open for decades. It will certainly be very good when they've finished it! In the meantime some shots of the stock and one of the V11ks in the works (friendly staff!) and the other V1k hiding in the running shed:
  14. Day six and off to Dresden. The initial idea was to visit Geyer and Wilsdruff stations but we'd done both (everything locked away at Wilsdruff hence no photos). The first train from Frietal Hainsberg to Kurort Kipsdoft was at 0925 and it was a near 2 hour run from Johsdoft so we did a look at the timetable and found that if we joined the train at Dippoldiswalde we could do the round trip from there coming back on the train that only goes half way up the line at lunch time. This was the first time I'd travelled on this line, it had been out of action due to the severe floods in 2008 (or 9) and only recently had come back into use. It is a line of two halves, the line from Dippoldiswalde to Kurort Kipsdorf is fairly conventional roadside running along one of the main roads from Dresden to Plzen, one I'd first used back in 1998! The other half of the line down to Freital was through the river valley/gorge and was incredibly spectacular! First our train to Kurort Kipsdorf and another of those roof top viaducts they so like... What a model it would make! Next a selection of photos of Kurort Kipsdorf station, very spectacular for the terminus of a narrow gauge railway. Back when the line was extended up to the twon it was a Spa town and as such they had large numbers of day trippers from nearby Dresden. This is reflected in the station which has lots of loops! As I mentioned the other half of the line is very spectacular: The depot for the line is at the Freital end and we had the "we didn't see you" answer to our request to visit the shed, so we did! We then went to book in at our apartment for the three days we'd be spending in Dresden.
  15. Back to the trip, I had planned a trip on the Preznitztalbahn in the morning and the Fichtelbergbahn in the afternoon but have done that trip the night before we re-arranged things the night before. First a trip on the Fichtelbergbahn in the morning and then a visit to Geyer station to visit some plinthed stock and then onto a Gauge 1 Model Railway which, if I remembered rightly had a great deal of narrow gauge on it, luckily for me it had! First the Fichtelbergbahn, a nice line between Cranzal and Oberweisenthal which in the winter is a ski resort. A good run but with an over-protective station master at the other end we were unable to get a look into the shed which I know contained a couple more V11ks and an L45H. Oh well... Cranzahl: Passing the other train half way: Oberweisenthal: Crossing on the way back: Next onto the station at Geyer, a major station in it's day but long closed. One reason there are so many surviving locos and stock in East Europe is that they like to plinth them, hence ensuring their survival at least until the rust got to them. When we arrived at the station we saw a line up of GDR road vehicles just setting off on a trip round town, had we been 30 minutes earlier you'd have had some photos of them as well... But in the meantime here a couple of photos of their Meyer, coach and wagon... Then we went to the Model Railway, regrettably I didn't take any photos but David did so I'll leave it to him! Suffice to say it was very impressive and even had autmatic run-rounds at each end of they narrow gauge lines. It is based on the local lines and included models of various stations. They were having trouble with a dead section at Johstadt station though which kept disrupting the run-round... Even the best! Finally we arrived back in Johstadt for another trip over the line, on the way across we has something to eat in the buffet but on the way back we slummed it in first class (at no extra charge!)...
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