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  1. Can I come out the fridge yet?

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    2. gwrrob


      Only if you turn the light off first.

    3. teaky


      If I order two pints and you deliver three, will you charge me for five?

    4. Jack Benson

      Jack Benson

      Mr Neil would like a word...........

  2. Now for a slightly amusing anecdote for our regular readers. We will be used to model railways being a source of domestic disharmony, usually relating to size, mess, expenditure etc. Not so in the Boris household. My wife has read the thread and come down to the part regarding running point rodding, unfortunately for me, she has pointed out that I has missed a drive off for the detonator placer! Unfortunately, knowing the track plan she has worked out where it would be and has also worked out that the Up side rodding run is one drive short! We have to have a detonator placer on the layout because she has painted the lever up in the signal box apparently. I'm giving up and going back to the kitchen to cook and clean where I belong. Whilst making sausage caserole for dinner it occurred to me to run the detonator placer run down the back of the goods road, because we have also managed to create a 3 foot extension board for the layout for a budget of about £20 including track and running it with the main to main & trap drives will cause problems when we reach the now modelled end of the goods shed siding. All I have to do now is model a detonator placer, which has to include a servo because she wants to see it working!
  3. That's it, I am having a name badge at work that says "Zorro" next year

    1. SVRlad


      I hate to think that your colleagues have been confusing you with someone else with a similar name....

    2. RedgateModels


      I'm sure the mask and cape will look good on TV :)

    3. Hroth


      The Hat, mask and cape will aso be a useful alternative to "Hat, coat and out..."

  4. Tonight saw the start of some playing about with point rodding and making up a crank bench for the layout. Over the past couple of weeks we have spent some time working out the rodding runs for the point rodding from the signal box, and this week saw some of it being laid. All of the components come from BSE, 4 packs of their 6 way rodding stools (can be cut down) and a couple of frets of cranks and compensators as well as pulley wheels for signal wires. Really all that has been fitted so far is a 3 way stool in the 6 foot which will "drive" the carriage line traps and the FPL & point on the farthest section of the main to main crossover, these could have gone down the other side of the line, but derailing something off the traps onto the point rodding seemed like rather a bad idea so it was decided that it was going the other way! It's difficult to see because I lost track of time and had to take the photo quickly at home time, but the cranks are at slightly different heights so if worked wouldn't foul each other. The stools look quite high (being raised on mdf inserts to clear the ballast) at the moment as they are going in before the ballast along with the crank benches, then we ballast, then the cosmetic rodding goes in. The jury is currently out on whether to use square or round section as we could currently use either, the 2 wires in the stools are slightly over scale and are being used purely for aliignment purposes. The green bit of plastic is a renedra base which is about the right distance for the stools and is used as a spacer. Tonight I learned that I need to make the cranks up at home rather than the club otherwise this really will take a very long time!
  5. Kev and Dave have been extremely busy over the past 7 weeks building the platform, they have spent a considerable amount of time etching the outlines of the coping stones and the flagged platform surface into plasticard that was cut to size, unfortunately I haven't managed to take a good useable photograph of it but the overall effect in person is extremely impressive and will look even more striking once it has all been painted and the stones picked. For referance we used photographs of the old Heaton station to get the size of the coping stones correct and flagstone information was received from Wurzell Forever who looked it up in an NER record for us - although we tweaked the measurements slightly as having the flags and copes the same size might be vaguely prototypical, but it didn't look right on the model. We're gradually building up to a ballasting party, the next job will be to add cosmetic point rodding to boards C & D as this really needs to be done before ballasting.
  6. So, browsing the Gladiator website brought me up an image of an LMS 40 ton bogie brake van which kind of looks like a SR Queen Mary and a dia 2068 LMS van got together and did something that we're not supposed to mention on here. I'm guessing as this is a kit it was really something that existed but I can't find any photos online (plenty of models none of the real thing), does anybody have any photos of one of these please? Also if someone could pass on build and service dates that would be great, although I am guessing that there weren't many of these things build and for a specific traffic reason? Love Boris
  7. I agree, but many days it feels more like a sausage machine than a preserved railway!
  8. Too right Russ - definitely the wrong approach, if they were that desperate they would have arranged something better than that for you! Having been involved in a few of these things, yes, you can sack volunteers, or tell them that their services are no longer required. However in my experience that option tends to be for gross misconduct, such as having sticky fingers or such things, or some things that come up in a background check that are undesirable. Safety critical incidents are handled slighly differently depending on severity and previous record, often if people are deemed unsafe they are offered an alternative non-safety critical role, although to be honest take-up is quite low probably due to the embarassment factor. Absolutely, ROGs regulations mean the preserved railway has a legal obligation to inform any mainline company of an incident, and not just the mainline, they would also have to inform any other preserved railway you are involved in. I agree entirely that the most dangerous people on heritage railways are the ones who claim to know everything, or the ones who won't come to out of season training becuase they don't believe they need it because they already know it all. Like you say, these are the ones who are often involved in the incidents, the solution the NYMR came up with was mandatory training every 2 years for guards and every 12 months for footplate staff.
  9. Targeted recruitment is quite difficult as the skills people in operating roles possess are largely finished on the real railway, we can recruit a lot of ex or current Network signallers but too many of them are used to having problems solved for them, or completely different modes of working. Training them still takes much less time than starting them off the streets though. Interestingly only 30% of new volunteers stay on a preserved railway more than 2 years, and don't get me started on drop out rates for safety critical roles.
  10. I disagree with the comments about young people, working inside the heritage sector I find that the majority of people under 30 want to work with locomotives in one form or another. On the Operating side the younger people generally want to do something light and fun for a day out once a month - ticket examiners or non-despatch station staff, interestingly we also find that with trainee guards under the age of 25 candidates are often lacking in basic people skills or the ability to think independantly, something we have had to adjust our training to rectify. Rarely we get a trainee signalman under the age of 25, but to be fair young people do find it hard to commit to roles that require a lot of training because of the pressures that occur about that age - housing, college, exams, starting careers etc. What we do get on the operating side are a good number of older people who want the maximum responsibility for the minimum amount of training, these are the ones that gravitate towards station foremen or ticket examiners, the ones who like smart uniforms with a certain element of "look at me" thrown in. Oddly enough, these are also the ones who are often involved in stupid incidents where procedures haven't been followed or complaints regarding rudeness. The people in this category who think being a guard is the role for them often get a nasty shock when they are shown a buckeye for the first time or realise that yes, you really do have to get under that coach to check the buckeyes properly, then they go on to be ticket examiners. Preserved railway recruitment is an abolute nightmare, so many people think they will walk in the door and be driving trains within 6 months or running a signalbox inside 2 weeks one of the first things you have to do is to burst their bubble (gently) and make sure they understand the amount of training they require and the commitment level it will take. The NYMR has an excellent junior volunteers program which it has now run for around 10 years and has produced drivers, guards, signalmen and loco fitters. However the problem with setting such a scheme up is finding people to run it, it is a huge time commitment for a volunteer to give to coordinate everything, even with assistance, so you're back to the people problem again.
  11. I produce a similar effect in the toilet every time my wife makes chilli. Sounds like a rattle can running out of paint too.
  12. When you get sick of the "bus on the bridge" cliche and fancy something a bit different:
  13. You wouldn't believe what I did in the toilet on platform 2 either. Typical, the one time I wear a hi-vis all weekend and someone takes a photo of it!
  14. Well I made the decision to put the 9F on the front of the goods as we needed to get some miles on it to make sure all was ok before we sent it to Pickering to be turned. And to be quite honest people got a 2nd chance to see the S160 on the goods a couple of hours later so nothing really spoilt, we've banned top and tailing the goods because it's incredibly hard on the wagon drawbars. The decision to double head with the King was rather a daft one IMO but unfortunately I had left the premises by that point so I can't be blamed for it, it would have been better on the rear.
  15. Well yes, it's not as if track circuits don't date back to 1864 or anything.
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