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  1. Lash, I might have found where they were "resting" in 1999. It was at Chuffer's Restaurant in Fowey. Most people innocently assumed Chuffer's was named because of the proximity to the old (long-gone) Fowey Railway Station. That was the cover story. Actually I'm told it was, allegedly, the last known hiding place of Chuffer Dandridge, the well-known and permanent-resting Shakespearean Actor Manager. Our luvvies loved the excuse they were researching parts for a film of a Daphne du Maurier novel. They could look across the river and see Daphne du Maurier's house "Ferryside" at Bodinnick. Which is about as close as they ever got to a paid part. Chuffer made a brief appearance on Terry Wogan's radio show in 2007.
  2. @Midland Red - many thanks for your detailed memory! I'm glad you noted the colours. Was that the year when they started changing from green to blue? I (as a scruffy yoof) was probably on some of those very DMUs, to and from school in Teignmouth. I have to confess my own train spotting had taken a pause; I was too busy mucking about with my mates, or trying to chat up the girls on the same train, and my own memory of the colours is a bit hazy. But the green (with stripe?) was my favourite. When the blue and white arrived it seemed, somehow, not very Western Region. Winter storms along the sea wall were always exciting, especially when they blew sea water over (and through) the DMUs, which kept running regardless.
  3. They did at least have a better fleet than Yorkshire Airlines.
  4. Perhaps the Dart Valley Railway is also being sqeezed out of any new link to Totnes NR by the Totnes Community Development plan for the Atmos site? Looking at the map and plan on page two of their PDF... http://totnescommunity.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Atmos-Brunel-Employers-Requirements-16-4-2019.pdf ... there doesn't seem to be any space or provision for a Dart Valley access track to Totnes NR? Is that anything to do with the kind of people who populate the Totnes Community Development group? (As in "Totnes, twinned with Narnia") https://www.devonlive.com/news/why-is-totnes-so-weird-2085944
  5. Hang on chaps! Before we build up too much of a head of steam, it might be worth looking at the Friends of Ashburton Station website. https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/ etc They appear to only mention the station building. Can anyone see any mention of reopening the line from Buckfastleigh?
  6. Glad you fixed it. 0.75mm doesn't sound much does it? I was just wondering what that would have been in "real life" 1:1 scale. About 54mm? Or two inches in old money? Would have been quite a big thump.
  7. It would have to be very close to the A38, or in the river. Can anyone see it as practical transport (as a TOC), when it would have to pass through Buckfastleigh and over South Devon Railway heritage-standard track?
  8. This reminds me of the old adage: The wonderful thing about standards is, there's so many to choose from. Can you remind us if the NEM standard says where the coupling pocket should be fitted? i.e. the location. If that isn't part of of the standard, then nobody can be blamed for putting the socket wherever they like, and they are still using a standard.
  9. Completely agree. When I was on a Engineering Degree in the 1970s, everything was metric. Imperial measures never got a mention. Yet I still find Base 60 Mathematics ( or 12 base 60 math) useful, especially when explaining to folks. “Invented” by the Sumerian – Babylonians somewhere between 4000 – 7000 years ago in Mesopotamia, we still use it every day. It is from where we get 60 seconds per minute, 60 minutes per hour and 24 hours per day. We also get 12 months per year, 12 inches per foot, and so on.
  10. That's a long time to moan for, did anyone listen?
  11. There's one obscure military line that goes even further back to WW1 https://starcrosshistory.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-black-forest-railway.html
  12. <pedantic mode> I'm not sure if Heljan is still producing that? The Heljan AH2 station was based on Teignmouth (not Tignmouth). </pedantic mode> But the confusion is understandable, as locals pronounce it more like "Tinm'th" (me dear).
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