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  1. Love the Old Oak picture, variety in 3 Gronks. Also the glimpse of the Hymek behind. My, the Hymeks were stylish. Cracking Neil. Thanks. Matt W.
  2. This might be of interest - Kenny O, Westerns, a glimpse of a peak, sunny Devon, sand, hydraulics, heaven ! I'd have been on the seawall lapping up the passing rail traffic, not the sea ! Yet to find any YouTube footage of my fave though - the Milk Trains. It's simple, but very very nostalgic. Best regards Matt W
  3. It is a Gresley buffet. Regular appearances on the seawall back then.
  4. Prefer both the above as Brush type 4's with D numbers and black backed nameplates, but cracking nonetheless. Where's D1662 (a personal favourite) when you need her ? I do love a bit of nostalgia, (aided by a glass of something) in the evening sun. I do get a lot of pleasure from this website, and knowing theres loads of us with the same interests. Cheers fellow RM Webbers. Here's to you. Matt W.
  5. Cracking names Phil. It took me a long time to accept the 50s when they gave them warship names in 78. (Love any British built diesel traction now, but soft spot for hydraulics - and 46s, and 25s). Always thought the Western named 47s had panache too. I mean, Thor, Odin, Titan, Cyclops, Mammoth,etc...cracking. D1662 IKB was a favourite too. Add in the Westerns and that made an impression on me. Still think the sight of a motorail train with 16 bogies on, blasting through Dawlish was hard to beat. (Until the up St Erth to Kenny O milk blasted the other way out of Kennaway tunnel with a D1000 at the front). Happy days. Still love Abbotswood by the way - inspirational. Best regards Matt W
  6. Chaps All the Warships had brilliant names, maybe D800 excepted, but I suppose theres nothing fundamentally wrong with the name, Brian ! Matt W
  7. There you go. Hope of interest. Best regards Matt W
  8. I'll post a page from the 1921 Met appendix to the WTT, (see my other post on this subject)- it lists coach types on the Met, including Hammersmith and City, Circle, and Aylesbury- Verney Junction sections. May be of interest. Best Regards Matt W
  9. And some other images which might be if interest- incl Neasden Steam shed and the car sheds. Nearholmer of this Parish, recently mentioned the phrase Motorman, in a post - reminded me that Dad always referred to tube drivers as Motormen. He loved the Panniers, pull anything - stopping was the art- but he thought they were brilliant with a fair turn of speed. He laughed when he went to see L44 at one of the first Steam on the Met events - he felt the right away with her was a bit pedestrian and he said the old Girl used to pick up her skirts much more energetically when he drove her. Always rather liked the F class, have a photo by CRL Coles of Dad on a train of bogie opens somewhere near Missenden with L52. I hope the images are of some, admittedly historical, interest. Best regards Matt Wood
  10. My father, Ray Wood, joined LT at Neasden Steam shed when he was demobbed in about 1948. There's quite a few pictures of him in the book Red Panniers. An old driver gave Dad the Appendix to the working Timetable, published by the Met in 1921. It's got headcodes, whistle codes and all sorts in it, including a few bits that deal with freight loads, maximum loco loads, siding lengths, gradient profiles etc. I'll put a few images on here since it may be of interest. Best regards Matt Wood
  11. Not the one I was looking for, but it'll do nicely. And then owing to technological incompetence I can't delete the subsequent link to the picture of the 50....apologies. Thanks Owentherail ! Peachy Peaks, 47s, 50s, 25s and all sorts in this gallery. Matt W
  12. Lovely image of a 25 on an up clay at Dawlish 1977, on Alan Baylis's rather good website here: http://www.class25.info/photograph_pages/individual_photos/770119_25225_Dawlish.htm Old RMweb had some brilliant photos by Owentherail of this Parish. One of them was of a 25 having just emerged from Kennaway Tunnel with a mixed freight (including clay). Picture looked like it was taken from one of the self catering flats at the Beach Hotel - long gone but scene of many a happy holiday for me from 73 till about 79. Been trying to find that picture for days but no joy. Owen the Rails pictures were really rather special if you like rail blue in the 70s. (And hydraulics, 50s both before and after naming, peaks, Siphon Gs, milk, clay, motorrail and that lovely LQ signal with the sighting board outside Kennaway tunnel, get you going). Best regards - (Sunshine, a neat looking garden = Beer and relaxation looking at trains of the 70s - marvellous). Happy Sunday all. Matt W
  13. I believe Government will consider delivery of key infrastructure and other construction projects assume even greater significance in stimulating the economy. It's going to need exactly the sort of stimulus that HS2 is just one part of. Certainly the importance of a project I am involved in, (not HS2), has already been restated by Government. Provision of alternatives to air travel, which also increase capacity elsewhere in public transport ie WCML - are important components in UK Plc being able to meet stated national climate change targets. None of us knows for certain - we will all see in time. Best regards Matt W
  14. Cracking 25 on the Milks from Torrington, at Barnstaple circa 78. http://www.cyber-heritage.co.uk/north_devon_line_okehampton_web_optimised/16 25 058 on milk Summer saturday 1978.html There's lots of images of 25s on passenger, clay, milk and other workings in North Devon and at Exeter St David's on the fantastic cyber heritage website. Wait till the suns out, and later this afternoon, settle yourself in the garden with a beer, and lose yourself in it for an hour or so. Best regards Matt W.
  15. Love that. The view from the footbridge on my way to the Floyd from 79 to 85. Beautiful. Thank you. (You can even see the oil terminal near Oxford Road Bridge). Smashing. Last time I ever took my Dad out for the day was for Met centenary celebrations in 1992 whe Nunney Castle and King Eddy 1 were top and tailing to Quainton. Still remember Dad smiling at that beautiful Western exhaust beat, and the whistle of one of em crowing over Aylesbury to our house in Broughton when they departed to Risborough that evening. Please see the book 'Red Panniers' for more tales of my Dad, Ray Wood, foreman at Neasden Steam shed. All the best and stay well. RM web is bloody marvellous. Matt Wood
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