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Phil Bullock

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  1. And took over 20 years to recover. The early 70s felt like the bottom of the pit although perhaps the threatened closure of the S&C in the 80s was the true nadir ... and may be a turning point.
  2. From my own experience how much easier does a Luton with tail lift make these forays???? Cracking....
  3. Hi folks Wonder if aniyone has any words of wisdom please on the HK5320 Ultra Micro Digital servos.... https://www.amazon.co.uk/HK-5320-Ultra-Micro-Digital-0-05sec-orangeRX/dp/B01JS7LO00 Am trying to use them for signals controlled by the ESU Switchpilot servo accessory decoder. Standard 9G servos are fine and power up when connected to the decoder and can be set up using the direct programming buttons ... but not the HK5320s. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance Phil
  4. Yes I know ... hee hee .... but it was a dark night on the Nantgerredig beat of Afon Towi and I was totally focused on connecting with one of the silver welsh ghosts - Sea trout AKA sewin. Just popped a mint in and bit on it without thinking....crack! And the only thing I landed all night was a rock .... about 6" square .... which the locals thought was hilarious, they told me they put in the river especially for English visitors. Pah! They didnt catch anything either.
  5. Hang on, better check with SWMBO what they are...... Its bound to include me washing up afterwards!
  6. Do you need a red cross parcel Mike? More Lima Bolster Es perhaps?
  7. Only ever cracked teeth on mint imperials..... never touch the blasted things again!
  8. A very handy configuration! Likely to rerail any spontaneous derailments approaching right line....
  9. This cant be a proper model railway show with all this talk of bath! Are not all attendees supposed to remain unwashed for at least a week beforehand? Clive has it right he's going to turn up stinking of horsey poo after that long journey.....
  10. Done! This could go on for a while so all reference to inappropriate quantification removed from title....
  11. Please - No apologies needed - appropriate points about wikipedia from all sides. I could always divert the conversation away by mentioning frog juicers.... oh better not! Thread intended to be a bit of irony around isolation ... so will have to find another one .... tomorrow. Stay safe all! Phil
  12. And cockles and pork scratchings - probably better than anchovies and gherkins.....
  13. Mr Icke used to play in goal for Hereford United - remember his appearances against Worcester City. He was whacky even then.....
  14. For those not visiting Abbotswood Junction on Sunday....Courtesy of @Pierre Le Brun Please dont show all tickets ..... anyone found not attempting to bunk by hiding in the bog will be forced to watch all episodes of The Great Model Railway Challenge...
  15. Had a debate with Andy as to whether there could be some Millionaires shortbread in the raffle. Conclusion is transport is a problem.... So there will have to be virtual cake ...... with recipe! Just debating how we can get the smell down broadband....
  16. Postie has just delivered essential supplies for the Pub Quiz.... ok it ain’t from SWAGonia but it’s very good. Will share a virtual bottle with all on the evening. Now just need to get in supplies of cockles and pork scratching..... Just noticed that cider is 8% abv! No coherent answers from me then ....
  17. Just wondering where Unrebuilt Bulleids might fit in to this scheme of things? Just sayin....
  18. 3rd useless thing I have learnt.... Maltesers plainly have some higher purpose in the scheme of things! For two weeks when this started the shelves were completely devoid. SWMBO was not happy..... until a couple of weeks ago they re-appeared. And now you can get as much pasta, bog roll etc as you want but guess what? No Maltesers again......
  19. As I both cook and shop I carry prime responsibility in this house for empty cupboards - the trade is I dont have to do the ironing. I always ask SWMBO before I go if theres anything she needs but I get the impression I am supposed to intuitively know if her conditioner is running low as she never asks for things!!! Negative points also accumulate....
  20. Morning! It was a 52xx - 2-8-0T as you say. I had heard the out of gauge issue but operational difficulties have been cited as the prime reason - it counted as 1.5 banking loco units (9F = 2, 0-6-0T = 1) and therefore there were more occasions when multiple assistance was required than with a 9F. Wasnt the Albion terminal a child of the block train era? Oil trains worked up to Brum from the WR by 9Fs were certainly a fact.... Avonmouth to Bromford Bridge booked up the Lickey and Cardiff Tidal to Soho Pool booked via Worcester and Kidderminster. There are some cracking videos on Youtube of 9Fs on oil with multople bankers ascending the Lickey... Cheers Phil
  21. Wasnt crew training the issue? For the same reason we never saw 42s at Worcester - until the very end and them rarely and only if they were an 81A or 82A out and back turn.... mind you the crews might not have fancied their "iron Lung" moniker with their propensity to fracture exhaust manifolds. Suspect 43s wouldnt have timed the Cathedrals Express up Campden Bank without full power - and on other diagrams they occasionally faced the Lickey....
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