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  1. has been (rightly or wrongly, not sure) dipping easi-build mk1 plastic coach windows in boiling water and bending them slightly so they now fit properly in the window holes..

  2. has been (rightly or wrongly, not sure) dipping easi-build mk1 plastic coach windows in boiling water so they now fit properly in the window holes..

  3. thinks that people who "tag" trains ought to be re-sprayed with their own paint and left to dry somewhere hot..

    1. 3 link

      3 link

      Sounds like a good plan : )

    2. DonB

      DonB

      Should apply to ALL graffiti merchants. EVEN "Banksey" If I'm Honest.

  4. thinks this will be the final year of building customers signals....at least until I retire from my fulltime employment...too much to do, too little time.

    1. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      No problem...I don't do colour lights ;)

    2. 3 link

      3 link

      Actually I was thinking of the early semaphores, before electrication.... :P

    3. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      I'll be retiring in 4 years!......

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  5. remembers the good old (peaceful) days before Line Blockages

  6. Is (rather strangely) wishing MOK would produce 7mm scale signal kits to match their locos..

    1. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      I'd love the bits from the kits though! Everything would be the right size and fit together.. Probably be a gazillion little bits to each item though!

    2. Horsetan

      Horsetan

      What you need is a 7mm equivalent of Masokits.

    3. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      Wot if MMP did signals???

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  7. is planning to go for a trundle along the Middlewich branch next week. Crewe-Chester blocked all week for engineering work and Virgin trains diverted along there..

  8. Just seen a loco I didn't think I'd ever see again. 56078 just passed Chester heading for Chirk

    1. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      Looked freshly painted has it been back in traffic long?

    2. big jim

      big jim

      about 4 months i think, must have been in for repair and a clean!

    3. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      lol! probably been past loads of times then. fine train spotter I'd make!!

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  9. Looks like my Canon D300 is going to be laid to rest..it's got damp or something nasty growing on the sensor. Too risky to clean without scratching the sensor and probably not worth the expense of having it done professionally. I've only taken 5000 pics with it too!

    1. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      I might do..I was thinking "spares or repairs on the bay of E. I'm sure I'd get something for it..

    2. Catkins

      Catkins

      Keep any additional lenses that you have got for it though.

    3. Jon Fitness
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  10. is stuck at work on a 12hour shift looking out at the lovely sunshine..Hmph..

    1. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      Just faded out at Chester..don't feel so grumpy about being at work now!

    2. steve22

      steve22

      Working every Saturday and always moaning to my wife about how sunny Saturdays seem to be - it's very sunny here in Gloucester right now.

    3. flyingsignalman

      flyingsignalman

      The joy of 12hours! On lates myself but at least I was able to get things done this morning.

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  11. Chester PSB now has 2 shiny new banner repeaters for CR101 signal

    1. beast66606

      beast66606

      Is 101 Roodee or Saltney ? or ... ?

    2. admiles

      admiles

      Will there be cake......??

       

  12. has discovered Jack Daniels Honey....pzzd...

    1. big jim

      big jim

      my boys (9 & 4) love the jack daniels ribs in tgi fridays!

    2. Captain Kernow

      Captain Kernow

      Don't call me Honey until you know me better!.... :-p

    3. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      Shirley not....

  13. Quick update rgarding 56113 and it's train, 6M54 yesterday. Declared failed at Gresford 2319, assisted clear of the single line 0635 the following morning. Can't understand it, surely there must have been a spare pannier tank or something on shed at Croes Newydd.....

    1. big jim

      big jim

      im still glad it wasn't me!!

    2. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      I'll bet! Not what you come to work to do really...

    3. big jim

      big jim

      i did end up doing 17 hours the other week when 66848 failed!!

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  14. 56113 failed on Gresford Bank on 6M54. Poor driver has to tie it down, get a taxi from Gresford to Crewe, get a spare loco, drive it to Wrexham via Salop and go and rescue his own train. Not what you come to work for really! At least he knows where his detonator protection is.....

    1. ian b

      ian b

      That truly is ridiculous!

    2. coachmann

      coachmann

      Ah well, let's all have a cuppa tea....It's called British disease....

    3. big jim

      big jim

      At least it wasnt me!!

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  15. Chester PSB now has a re-laid junction at Saltney including an extra set of points we didn't have before. Be another year before we can use the new ones though!

  16. The dirt blows out, the dust blows in, you can't keep it neat. Its a fully furnished dustbin, 16,...

    1. Tim V

      Tim V

      Beasley Street

  17. The dirt blows out, the dust blows in, you can't keep it neat

  18. RIP Bob Crow . Best RMT leader we've had.

    1. admiles

      admiles

      Matter of opinion that but 52 is no age to die.

    2. MarkC

      MarkC

      Agreed about his age. 52 is WAY too young to die. Also, regardless of his politics, he was a family man. Sincere condolences to his partner, family & friends

  19. Will later today (after a 12 hour shift) be attempting to remove a 3ft diameter loft header tank through an 18 inch wide loft inspection hatch. Now where's my saw?

    1. davefrk

      davefrk

      We left our tank in as we are at the end of the pipeline from Glasgow and now and again someone cuts through the water main somewhere in Glasgow and we're without mains water for a day or two so it's good to have a reserve.

    2. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      Ah, good thinking but mine has been isolated for 18 months and is empty and dry. It's also in the way if I need to change the smaller header for my soon installed replacement solid fuel boiler.

  20. "Essential engineering works" at home means no modelling for the past 4 days with more to come....no modelling....things to build....soldering iron cold.....got the shakes ....can't cope....AAAArgh!

    1. MarkC

      MarkC

      Steady, lad. It'll soon be over...

    2. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      I know, I know but after a shift at work I come home to do a bit of modelling and I have to walk past my bench while plastering/painting/fitting new radiators/fittng new curtain rails etc...my bench seems to whisper as I go past "leave that and sitdown here instead, you know you want to....:(

  21. Used to think I was well paid as a grade 7 signalman until I saw the quote for having my solid fuel boiler and a couple of Rads changed..#welloverthetopprices...

    1. skipepsi

      skipepsi

      I think you could probably do it yourself

    2. Jon Fitness

      Jon Fitness

      I'll usually have a go at most things but building work/safety regulations/ certificates required for future house sale = leave it to the professionals..

    3. Horsetan

      Horsetan

      #captivemarket

  22. Used to think I was well paid until I saw the quote for having my solid fuel boiler and a couple of Rads changed..#skintforthenextfewmonths...

  23. 12 hour nights and a bad sinus kicking cold...nice...:\

    1. RedgateModels

      RedgateModels

      I should have put some Vic's in with the MSE bits ...

       

    2. big jim

      big jim

      i'll be seeing you later when i pass on the baglan logs then

    3. beast66606

      beast66606

      You might even get greens Jim - oh, sorry, it's Chester !

      Hope you feel better soon Jon

  24. Has just driven past a Black 5 on his way to work. Couldn't see but I'm presuming 44806 on its way from llangollen to its new home at the NYMR...

    1. Captain Kernow

      Captain Kernow

      I hope it's one that would pass The Captain's Black 5 test...!

  25. 1800hrs..1 hour to go at the PSB then off for 9 days. The soldering iron will need a rest at the end of it!!

    1. beast66606

      beast66606

      7-5-5 sent to Mickle / Beeston / Wrexham / Rockcliffe and Sandhills

       

    2. RedgateModels

      RedgateModels

      I'll reply to your pm tomorrow :)

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