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  1. Thanks Pete I had the same problem with Vectis Isle but from the side view it looks to be of similar or greater length as Artitec's 1:87 scale model coaster (which is 550mm long) so the frame I took from the film was very foreshortened. As Johnster says, it probably would be too long for any but a large layout. I'm afraid the smaller Vectis Shipping vessel really doesn't cut it for me. It's even more of a powered lighter than a Clyde puffer and looks to be a day boat- one with no onboard accomodation for the crew. I think Vectis Shipping used to be engaged in the trade between the m
  2. Hi Bill The RCTS mounted a number of visits to the RB in its final years and one of my great regrets is being a bit too young to have gone on one of them. There's an account of one of them in one of Pat Whitehouse's books where they "did" the railway in a single day using the overnight ferries to and from St. Malo- he commented that most of the party brought their own sandwiches- to France! It seems to have been quite easy to arrange special trains for such tours as both the RCTS and the French FACS had several. The French Wikipedia article on the Reseau Breton is excellent and very
  3. Well I can tell you what that is. It's this E332 was one of 25 4-6-0Ts built by Fives-Lille in 1904 and 1909 for the Reseau Breton. Two of them were preserved, E332 by the Blonay-Chamby in Switzerland and sold to the Chemin de Fer du Baie de Somme (CFBS) in 2003. My photos were taken at the CFBS Fête de la Vapeur in 2016. The lcocomotives' ten year boiler certificate expired in 2018 so is now in store at the CFBS St. Valery Canal workshops awaiting its turn for restoration. One other of the same class E327 worked on the preserved Vivarais for some years but now
  4. I'm not sure whether the differences between unlimited and near coastal (the current definitions of deep sea and coastal) relate to the ship's design and size so much as to its crewing requirements, particularly the qualfiications of its master and other officers. Within those broad categories there are tonnage break points at 500 and 3000 gt (for engineers it's based on power in kW with vessels of less than 350 kW not requring any) and there used to be a break point at 200 gt below which manning requirements were far less. I'm not sure about the lack of a keel, Waine doesn't give many h
  5. Do you happen to know the dimensions of the Vectis Isle as I've not been able to track them down. With a single hold she looks smaller than the 127 ft of a pair of Mk 1s but she may be longer than the angle of the photo suggest. The Snowflake was 66ft long so a puffer able to use the Forth and Clyde Canal but larger puffers could be 88ft long to fit the Crinan Canal that avoided going round the Mull of Kintyre. I've been trying to consider what distinguishes fully fledged sea-going coasters from more limited vessels like puffers. That's bound to be very subjective but I think for me it i
  6. Thank you so much Adam. I've been trying to track down that title for ages.
  7. Indeed. That's an excellent book- one of about four on the T.C. that I have. P87 - so a gauge of 11.494252 mm then (for metre gage 11.5mm is probably close enough as it's only out by 0.5mm at full scale and I doubt if any of the TC's track or wheels were within ten times that in terms of tolerances but I've no idea where you'd find the correct wheel profile) So far as locos are concerned they had twelve Piguet 0-6-0Ts built in 1912 one of which has been preserved T.C. no 4 cosmetically restored at the CFBS Fète Vapeur in 2013 When the TC closed at the end of 1959
  8. That's a superb model 5050. The Tramways de la Correze are fascinating and, given that they're mostly the wooden goods shed, a surprisingly large number of its stations still survive. I've explored it a couple of times though not very recently. At Le Mortier-Gumond itself the station bulding, an example of a class 2 station (there were three classes) is AFAIK still intact as is the adjoining main loco depot for the line which is now a garage. Elsewhere, twelve more station have been carefully restored or put intact to other uses and one of the water towers, that was actually some way from an
  9. On mine also. I was a bit older and vividly remember seeing the headlines in the Oxford Mail from the no. 4 bus I was going home from school on before seeing the television news. Part of the horror was the miners emerging safely from the dangers of the pit and scrabbling with their bare hands to try to find their children but, though their efforts saved some children, they mostly found only bodies. I finally visited Aberfan about six years ago and after paying my respects to the memorial and the cemetery, walked up the hill to find the spring that was under tip no. 7. It now b
  10. Adam Adamant Ticket to Terror update (based on what I remember and what i've been able to glean from the internet. A train on the Waterloo and City Line with 400 passenger aboard mysteriously vanishes. One of them is 'Simms', Adam Adamant's manservant. Adam shows up at the control room where the track circuit indicator lights have gone out and the line's manager thinks there is a conspiracy against him. Suddenly, without warning, the lights reappear and the train returns and runs into the station. Adam goes to meet it to get an explanation from the passengers but finds instead a train
  11. That sounds like the missing episode of Adam Adamant "Ticket to Terror" broadcast on 29 September 1966 A gang diverts a Waterloo and City (not then actually Underground but still BR) trains into a disused tunnel and uses the pin striped commuters as slave labour to dig a tunnel into the Bank of England's vaults. The train full of skeletons was some kind of diversionary tactic- the sort designed to draw attention to the baddies' actvities. The horrible thought is that if that really happened it would be a while before anyone associated the disappearances with the railway. I think
  12. A very successful test and a perfectly valid and ingenious solution: anything that you can move smoothly can become a camera mount and for filming small objects like model trains the small sensor size can be an advantage . Last November I organised a Royal TV Society session called Production in Your Pocket about getting broadcast quality resuilts out of smartphones given by an amazing lady called Deirdre Mulcahy who was a BBC news camerawoman in many of the world's hotspots and now trains people in such techniques (as well as using "proper" cameras) I've not looked at my fairly ancien
  13. Or H.G. Wells' Martians, but I think we humans are doing a cracking job of wreaking havoc on ourselves. One of the comics I read in the 1950s-1960s had a strip that ran for some time in which all the automated machines (notable for their standard electronic brains that looked remarkably like an upturned pudding basin with a VHF aerial poking out of it) went out of control and did what they were designed to but relentlessly. I can't track down which comic it was but it was around the time that the Beezer had the "Jellymen". My favourite was a group of railway building machines tha
  14. Very good work Dan. I wish more people would learn to use tripods (or at least support the camera in some way), make sparing if any use of the zoom and not try to follow everything with the camera but let things move through the frame as you have done. I particularly liked the night time shot of the boat train DMU from Glasgow- very atmospheric. What sort of camera did you use (and it is possible to produce good cinematography with a smart phone?)
  15. But reading the blog, possibly only those with berths so perhaps I was only half right . You used to be able to use BR sleeping car berths for some time before departure and after arrival so they may have been following the same practice (Obviously that didn't apply if you were alighting before the sleeping car's final destination but for ferries I think that only applied to the Channel Islands though I'm not sure about the Scottish islands ) My memory is a bit dim over fifty years on but I can remember travelling from Newcastle to Exeter by sleeper for a University interview on what
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