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Everything posted by Trevellan

  1. Correct. Part of the staff training includes evacuating passengers on the pier and in Ryde tunnel.
  2. In a career spanning 50 years, latterly in senior positions, I have met only one finance expert who had any degree of imagination and understanding of wider issues. Perhaps I was unlucky...
  3. The Ventnor West branch on the Isle of Wight was quite picturesque in places, but the final leg from St Lawrence to Ventnor was spectacular.
  4. Immensely sad news to wake up to. I'm another who only knew Gordon through RMweb, but greatly enjoyed his posts. In modelling terms he threw away items that I can only dream of building, such was his search for the best possible layout. His traverser was a work of art and something I still hope to emulate. R.I.P. Gordon.
  5. I have a Bachmann blue/grey RU with Gresley bogies, numbered as E1938, product reference 39-100.
  6. I visited a number of collieries between 1971 and 1974, mostly in South Wales, but also some in the North East. At no time do I remember a dedicated fireman on the footplate. As others have said, it was a driver and shunter. As I recall, firing was rarely of the "little and often" variety, but rather a "chuck a load in and let it burn through" technique. Anyone who witnessed the Austerities performing at Maesteg would know that propelling a raft of wagons up the incline tended to put a bit of a draught through the fire
  7. Okay, a confession. I subscribe to YouTube Premium because I can call up almost limitless videos of topics I actually want to watch, to the extent that I very rarely watch terrestrial TV these days. Additionally, YouTube responds to my searches by offering more appropriate recommendations. I've been offered some superb material that I wouldn't otherwise have discovered, hence a big thumbs-up from me. As for the model railway content, I agree with many of the comments posted in this thread. There's some really good content if you know where to look. Even in my dotage I am still keen to learn new techniques and find the likes of Everard Junction a boon in that regard. Of others mentioned frequently, I dip into Chadwick Model Railway regularly, although I confess to never lasting for a whole video. I can't get into Jenny Kirk's Monday Club, but I did enjoy the 009 layout build. Other content I simply dip into and leave if it doesn't appeal to me, Sam's Trains included. On balance I think YouTube is a real benefit. I have watched numerous tutorial videos, from learning and comparing different software products to cookery techniques and repairing a particular PC. And all on demand. What's not to like?
  8. Many thanks for finding these. I did do an online search, but found nothing relevant. I suspect a specialist study group such as the LMS Society might have such information. However, this is just one image among thousands to be checked and indexed. Indeed. In my 1972 shot the coach looks to be in generally good and complete condition, although it appeared to be in a somewhat vulnerable spot judging by the paraphernalia around it. Thanks. I can't recall how I got there, but even 50 years ago I was drawn like a magnet to interesting railway artefacts. Thanks Dave. I guessed a lot would have changed in almost half a century!
  9. Since lockdown last year I have been making a determined effort to catalogue my extensive photographic collection. Unfortunately, in times past I was rather lax at recording information and the picture below is one example. I'm 90% certain it was taken at Great Yarmouth in May 1972. The coach appears to be an ex-LMS 50ft BG and carries the number IU 041112. I'm assuming the IU stands for Internal User. The sign on the coach advertises portable radios for hire. Other shots on this film were taken at the model village, but I have no recollection of how or why I stumbled across this coach. It's a long shot, but does anybody know of this vehicle and its story? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  10. I don't disagree with your thinking, but traffic levels between Cowes and Newport are horrendous at times. My "if only" comment was to wonder whether rail would have offered an alternative and viable public transport option in more recent times, but that's something we'll never know. As I've said before, it's no accident that the two busiest bus services on the island are those that parallel former rail routes.
  11. Mike, this relates to the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS), who set the rules for validity and use. ENCTS passes are not valid before 09:30, Monday to Friday, but there is no time restriction at weekends. Back in 1985/6, when I was driving for London Country Bus Services, passholders were known as "Twirlies". This is because they used to amble up to the bus at 9:15am and ask "Am I too early to use my pass?" It still happens now! Southern Vectis are often criticised for their virtual monopoly, but the truth is that the Isle of Wight could not sustain large scale commercial competition for a variety of reasons. SV are far from perfect, but service levels are generally good. I have personally worked on Christmas Day for several years, providing services for residents and visitors, albeit on a fairly modest scale. Anyway, back at the railway, my current abode is situated roughly between the former stations at Mill Hill and Cowes. There's rarely a time when I pass the site of Mill Hill and don't wish that I could jump on an electric train to Newport and Ryde. Even as a single track stub from Newport the line could have supported an half-hourly service.
  12. The two primary routes which parallel former rail alignments (route 1; Newport-Cowes and route 9; Newport-Ryde operate every 10 minutes during the day, reducing to every 15 minutes during the evening. Ryde-Shanklin is every 15 minutes during the daytime, reducing to half-hourly in the evening. To be honest, I'm a little puzzled by the tone of the query. I freely admit to a professional link with Southern Vectis, but I would equally fight tooth and nail for the railway because I believe in both choice and resilience in public transport. I still find it heartbreaking that the 1966 closures occurred and the effect it has had. However, the fact remains that the railway has been losing money consistently and this has to be addressed. I sincerely hope the current upgrades will help in this regard.
  13. Sorry, I should have made my point more clearly. It was suggested that the railway be converted to a busway, which I would not want to see. I'm not sure what's meant by "all that other stuff", but despite significant criticism of Southern Vectis (mostly by non-users) the IoW enjoys service levels which compare favourably to some London suburbs.
  14. If I may comment as an IoW resident, I have recently heard from an SWR employee that 484 001 kept tripping out the traction supply, which is a tad unfortunate. On the point of the Brading "feathers", I am informed that the existing platform road is designed to be bi-directional. Whether both platforms will have this feature remains to be seen. Mike Storey's point about costs and overruns is a good one. An experienced and well-respected former manager in the bus industry has already offered the opinion that Southern Vectis could have done an awful lot more for public transport on the island with £26m or thereabouts. Personally, I am happy that the railway is being retained with the current investment. It has suffered too many years of attrition and neglect, yet still has a lot to offer.
  15. I have two of these sound-fitted Mainline Warships and would not recommend them for anything other than novelty/play value. One of them packed up after a short time, so it became mercifully quiet in operation. While mechanically challenged, I think the Mainline offering captured the look of the prototype and still bears comparison with newer offerings.
  16. This is not my favourite prototype picture, but it is one that I think has bags of atmosphere. This is 26 027 after arrival at Thurso on Friday 7th August 1981. It is pictures like this that make me realise why people are drawn to building Scottish layouts. My friend and I had travelled on the service from Inverness. We then caught the bus to Wick and a mooch around the town before returning to Inverness by train. Class 26 haulage throughout.
  17. I'm disappointed with some of the unnecessarily negative - and largely subjective - responses to the OP. I am a trustee of a registered charity (a transport museum) which has also benefited from these funds. We make a valuable contribution to local tourism (a substantial six-figure sum p.a.) and would ordinarily have been open over two weeks ago. While we do not charge for entry, visitors tend to spend money on refreshments and items from our shop. Over a normal season, that amount will be higher than the grant we have received, especially when income from our two major running weekends is taken into account. We are not a wealthy organisation and the grant will go some way to offsetting our annual costs. We own our building and its maintenance requirements don't cease because of lockdown.
  18. Back in the 1960s, any attempt at bunking OOC by me and my mates started at Willesden Junction station, which tends to support Chris F's answer. As I recall, it wasn't far to walk.
  19. As I recall, I joined RMweb back in 2009 and, as I've said before, it's the best club I've ever been a member of. I have tried to support the forum as much as my situation allows, contributing what I hope are sensible views on a variety of topics. The highlights for me were the Taunton open days in 2014/15 /16. Building two modules was just what I needed to get my modelling mojo back and the days themselves were incredibly good fun. Sadly, my circumstances have changed markedly in the last three years and my railway modelling activities have all but disappeared for the moment. However, I live in hope of further opportunities and continue to follow the various threads on RMweb. This optimism resulted in me signing up for Gold membership this year to cement my support. Congratulations to Andy and all involved. It's been a remarkable journey and I don't doubt there are many good things still to come.
  20. Gareth Dennis, the young PW engineer in the YouTube video linked above, says that Wales will benefit, citing Aberystwyth as an example. The wider benefits of HS2 have been largely ignored by critics, but only time will prove them wrong.
  21. This is a well-known and much debated topic which you can search for on RMweb. As an alloy, mazak is prone to problems with impurities, which in turn can cause the metal to expand and/or crumble. The Hornby 31 is by no means the only offender. I have a Heljan 47 with similar problems. Your crumbling chassis is only likely to be useful for yielding a few spares. As I said, the issue has been well-covered on RMweb and you would be well advised to spend a little time on research before making any decisions.
  22. There are a few proponents of the scheme who do their best to fight the misinformation from certain quarters, but it is difficult to communicate the benefits of HS2 to people who really don't understand the need to invest in national infrastructure. HS2 themselves were slow off the mark with a media campaign and are only now beginning to catch up. Their cause has not been helped by those who focus on potential time savings, rather than the benefits of additional capacity on the classic network. If HS2 is scrapped or severely cut back, the repercussions will be serious over the longer term.
  23. As someone who edits and produces a quarterly magazine for a charity, I can identify with the comments from Phil and Chris. Interestingly, the critics and naysayers among my readership (a tiny minority, it should be noted) take up more of my time than satisfied readers. [Sigh]
  24. Yes, the Rapido APT-E certainly seems to be holding its own, pricewise, but I'd be loathe to part with mine just to make a couple of hundred quid. Similarly, my Bachmann Blue Pullman. Both superb models that I enjoy owning. I have thinned out my collection considerably in the last few years and virtually everything has gone for around 50-60% of the original purchase price. So no, not worth it as an investment.
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