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  1. 3409, delivered in October 1956 was definitely the last engine of GWR design to be delivered and as no BR Standards were built by outside contractors it probably was the last NEW steam engine from outside builders to be delivered to BR. I have added the word NEW as the 8F's were second hand engines as, most likely ex GSWR No 9 was the last delivered steam engine to BR built by outside builders in 1965 but as a preserved engine as the national collection was still owned by the BRB at that time.
  2. Not to me as I think it is high day and holiday engine and, to be used commercially I would expect it to work at least an average of 4 days a week all year around. Also no one works built the engine as in the past it would have been the case.
  3. I think the 3 plank should be 15'6" long and not the 16'0" as in the kit and most likely this will also apply to the 1 plank. Did the 4 plank wagons get built to 15'6" or 16'0" or were the early built ones shorter and the later ones longer does anyone know.
  4. Looking at photos of the Wolverhampton built 2021 class the crank throw is 12" as, two photos at least show the coupling rods at close enough 6 o'clock and coupling rod pins I have measured off to be half way between the wheel centre and the outside of the tyre.
  5. The thing is if the 2 m rule remains and the exhibition can be run the, show organisers will most likely have to reduce the amount of layouts/trade stands/demonstration by at least 60% and might be closer to 75% to comply with the 2 M gaps in all cases as, the room has to be at least 52 feet (16 M) wide just to have one row of layouts on each side of the hall and enough room and people standing watching with people able to walk down the middle both ways and, if you want a double row of layouts down the middle as well you will need at least 100 feet (30 M) to do this. The second option could be reduced by 13 feet (4 M) if a one way was introduced. The first option would have only 4 punters max across the room and the second option will have 6 to 8 punters max across the room depending if a one way system is in place or not. If the room is 100 feet long (30 M) and the single row it will be a max of 60 punters in the room at one time and 120 punters if the double row
  6. I read this is about household coal which is been banned and, not the type of coal which is used in steam/traction engines.
  7. A farmer named Sid was overseeing his stock in a remote moorland pasture in North Yorkshire when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the farmer, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?" Sid looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing stock and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?" The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASApage on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany . Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the farmer and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves." "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Sid. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the back of his car. Then Sid says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?" The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?" "You're a Member of the European Agriculture Department", says Sid. "Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?" "No guessing required." answered the farmer. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of pounds worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. ... Now give me back my f-----g dog!
  8. TOOLS EXPLAINED DRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh*t' DROP SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short. PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters. BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. MOLE-GRIPS : Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. OXYACETYLENE TORCH : Used almost entirely for lighting on fire various flammable objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.. TABLE SAW : A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK : Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. BAND SAW : A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST : A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect. PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER : Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER : A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. PRY BAR : A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50p part. HOSE CUTTER : A tool used to make hoses too short. HAMMER : Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. UTILITY KNIFE : Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.
  9. LMS stream liners are Red. LNER stream liners are Blue. I care more about them. Than I do you.
  10. One for the hardy northerners for the forthcoming Dennis the Menace and Gnasher storm.
  11. A man was leaving a cafe when he noticed an unusual funeral. A funeral coffin was followed by a second one. Behind the second coffin was a solitary man walking with a black dog. Behind him was a queue of 200 men walking in a single line. The man couldn't stand his curiosity, so he approached the man walking the dog, "I am so sorry to disturb you, but I've never seen a funeral like this with so many of you walking in a single line. Whose funeral is it?" The man relied, "The first coffin is for my wife." "What happened to her?" "My dog attacked and killed her." "Well, who is in the second coffin?" "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog attacked her and killed her also." A thoughtful moment of silence passes between the two men. Then the man asks in excitement, "Can I barrow the dog?" The man replied, " Join the queue."
  12. A few years ago while chatting from some stewards of the NE (pre grouping) society they said wooden under-framed wagons from 1957 were withdrawn with the most minor defect so, after that date the BR revenue wagons with the wooden frames would have gone fairly quick with just the PO ones and departmental ones left.
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