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    Deepest Darkest Remotest Northumberland
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    The clashing of the buffers, the clanging of the chains...and the stomp of the distant drop hammer...last heard in Shildon, the cradle of Railways.

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  1. ..apparently Locomotion number 1 is much the same!
  2. I wasn’t leaning on it, I was mounting it! (under careful supervision of course)
  3. Uncle Porsea loves his Rhubarb, just ask the crocodile sisters
  4. It would appear that Uncle Porsea can't stand them either...or perhaps he had a problem with his Uncle George...probably best not to ask as we could be here some time. Also, didn't the B class have a tiddly wheel at the back?
  5. West Auckland's breakdown crew were the same, all fitting staff with a boilersmith brought along in case his talents were needed. They did it on a rota basis so that everyone got the chance of some overtime, which worked well until a new boilersmth chargehand turned up and blagged the lot...so the boilersmiths voted with their feet and went off to work in Shildon shops! West Auckland had an old Gresley coach in which was loaded everything they might need (including provisions if it was going to be a long job)...they also needed a guard, and when one wasn't available they would load what they needed onto the footplate of a loco, a practice that ended after an accident unloading one day. According to the aforementioned chargehand boilersmith, you could guarantee most jobs would be finished in time for last orders.
  6. ...it is gooseberry season right now...
  7. Who’d have thought 40 years later you’d be a vital part of on the war on terror...nothing puts terrorists off more than a gaggle of old people armed with cameras...perhaps we should similarly arm our OAPs and send them out to fight off anti social behaviour...can you imagine the humiliation of being told off in public by a bus load of pensioners...
  8. Thanks for sharing this Porsea, a terrible accident and a very informative read...I did like the reference to the 2 trainspotters at Pilmoor who are described as persons who ‘took a keen interest in railway matters’...
  9. ...3rd wagon in, more evidence or a partial respray in a local repair shop?
  10. Rust at Fauldhead colliery. The wagon on the right looks like its had an apprentice let loose on it with a spray can...meanwhile the 2 in the middle have been loaded in a most unrealistic manner...
  11. Have you ever come across a film call ‘Bowes line’ by Amber films? If follows a rake of coal wagons as they ascend and descend the various inclines on the NCB Bowes line...the fist thing the lads do in the morning is light a fire and get the kettle on...and hell yes it gets cold up in Rosedale, uncle Porsea comes from those parts and he took me across a short cut one night and we got stuck in the snow 20 yards short of the top...we tried driving backwards, side wards and off road...had to give in in the end for laughing too much.
  12. The coal bunker would only be a small one for the staff in the goods shed...it gets mighty cold up there even in summer...they’d just borrow the odd bucket of coal from a passing loco...and over the years you’d get a fair accumulation of ash...tipped down the nearest embankment...the ash is probably still there if you go looking for it. Now that Paul’s got his chimney, he just needs the rest to go with it!
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