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Sitting with a cuppa at Cromer seafront, struck by the varied states of the tractors used by fisherman to haul boats up the beach. Weathering or what!

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48 minutes ago, corneliuslundie said:

Are they exempt from having rollbars or cabs?

A nice selection. The guy near here who preserves tractors would be in his element.

Jonathan

And that’s less than half of them!

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There is no law regarding the fitment of rollover bars or safety cabs to tractors. Rudimentary cabs began to appear as extras or aftermarket accessories in the fifties, but were generally of light construction and canvas panels. Rollover bars were popularised on American machines in the sixties. If you own an old tractor, even if it is still in revenue earning service, you not compelled to fit such items. You'd also have to do something particularly reckless to overturn a tractor when pulling a boat up a beach.

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The handbrake on that generation of Ford tractor tended to seize solid without the aid of saltwater corrosion and changing the cable was a PITA. I doubt that it has worked in years.

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5 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

 

Curious. Paging @jamie92208!

 

Flanking that concrete relic are some huge stone gateposts that were once part of the occupation crossing. Presumably installed by the Midland Railway?

 

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Beside them are these tensioning posts in a similar style to the signal post.

 

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7 minutes ago, MrWolf said:

Flanking that concrete relic are some huge stone gateposts that were once part of the occupation crossing. Presumably installed by the Midland Railway?

 

But simply typical of the practice of the district. 

 

10 minutes ago, MrWolf said:

Beside them are these tensioning posts in a similar style to the signal post.

 

The Midland did make use of tensioned wire fencing from at least the early 1880s:

 

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[Embedded link to catalogue image of Midland Railway Study Centre Item 28524-06.]

 

... but the posts there are timber. The concrete is no doubt a more recent replacement. I'm not entirely sure that concrete post is a signal post - possibly a yard lamp?

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It may well have had a big lamp on it, but there's no yard nearby, only the crossing. The spur to Heacham is several hundred yards to the east.

The cast in platform at the top of the post is obviously original and took something much bigger than the current light.

The concrete posts only seem to be where tensioners were fitted. Everything else is gone, so I presume that it was wood or metal. In places there are stumps of what was probably the overhead electrical equipment or the odd battery box and at Scale Hall there are some remnants of the incredibly ugly station.

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3 hours ago, MrWolf said:

There is no law regarding the fitment of rollover bars or safety cabs to tractors. Rudimentary cabs began to appear as extras or aftermarket accessories in the fifties, but were generally of light construction and canvas panels. Rollover bars were popularised on American machines in the sixties. If you own an old tractor, even if it is still in revenue earning service, you not compelled to fit such items. You'd also have to do something particularly reckless to overturn a tractor when pulling a boat up a beach.

If a tractor is driven by an employee it has to be fitted with a safety frame, this has been the law since the mid 70's. An owner driver is whoever exempt

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I doubt that you would be surprised at how many farmers etc neither know nor care about that little rule. You'll be expecting working brakes, un-worn steering, lights on trailers and white diesel in Land Rovers next! :D

 

 

 

 

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Impressive as a word doesnt quite do it justice IMO. Scanned a pal's copy when I visited him earlier, and that 2mm layout is staggering in its finesse. I cannot get my head around how people can work to such fine dimensions, and with such cleanliness.

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On 05/10/2021 at 08:26, steve1 said:

A historic wall in Norwich showing the various ways it’s been repaired.

Those are the things I have my problems with - I am always building too 'new' or too 'clean'.

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A little late this week as it took a couple of days to back up the laptop hard disk – 400 Gb.

This time we are in Aberystwyth.

The first item is up at the castle. It is a housing for a floodlight. I can imagine that on a model such a floodlight housing might might all sorts of other things, though a bit small for a point motor.1631030329_Littlethings27-1.JPG.d0ac04bc0ce9475eac672de7f78dd3df.JPG

Next a grille set in the pavement behind the original university building (which started out as an hotel). I assume it is to allow fumes to escape from a basement kitchen or similar.

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And third, an interesting piece of rusty railing stopping the public from falling down into the well behind it. Replicating that rust would be a challenge.

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Next week we shall be back in the Newtown area.

Jonathan

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17 hours ago, corneliuslundie said:

Next a grille set in the pavement behind the original university building (which started out as an hotel). I assume it is to allow fumes to escape from a basement kitchen or similar.

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Given the shape of the concrete patch in the pavement, it may have originally been a hatch for delivery of barrels to the hotel's cellar?

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A little late today, partly because the weasther is beautiful and we went out for a walk.

Along the Severn Way, this part of which was formed from the former Montgomery Canal towpath, can be seen this derelict building. It is hard to get a good angle. Perhaps I need to go back in spring before the leaves are hiding it.

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Also along the same footpath, definitely less glamorous. This is a manhole for the main sewer from Newtown to Pwll Penarth sewage works, which runs partly under the footpath and partly in the old canal bed. There are a few of these beside the path.

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And back right at the start I showed some rather decrepit gates, including this one. When we met some men discussing it a few months later, we assumed that they were planning to replace it. Evidently not. Just to widen the opening.

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Jonathan's picture of the burnt-out hut made me dig out my own Montgomery Canal pictures.  I hoped to have a "before" picture, but evidently haven't.  Instead I realised I'd obviously been in Bridge Mode.

 

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Self-captioning!

I'd be willing to tackle those railings, but to do those main girders justice would require skills and facilities I lack.

 

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This is the canal version of an occupation bridge and is fairly typical of the type found throughout the canal system.  They're stronger than they look.  There's on one the Grand Union Canal just north of Leighton Buzzard that serves The Globe pub, so has to withstand the weight of brewers drays.

 

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Another autographed bridge to challenge those with the skill to do their own custom artwork and etching!

This one is at Abermule.

 

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Finally, the younger brother of a much more famous bridge that can be found further down the Hafren, in another country.

And if you fancy having a go, here's the Master's version 

 

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Early part of the same walk.

 

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I think this is part of a sawmill a mile or so outside Welshpool.

The mixture of stone, slate, timber, new and old brickwork and vegetation would be a real challenge to model without it looking contrived.

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Its been awhile since I submitted anything to this thread, so here are a few things seen in recent weeks.

Joe's eggs and a Victorian postbox at Taston:

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What used to be a wheeled rolling iron gate, but it has lost most of its wheels and hasn't been opened in a while:

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Some stone steps and a stile at Taston:

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Finally a pipe sticking out of a wall in Dean, not quite sure what it is for:

 

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I did wonder if that was the purpose, it is the garden wall of a posh house about 300yards down the road.  Only problem is, it is a very narrow road with sharp bends - a tanker that couldn't get in the house gate would have difficulty getting to this point instead and would block the road while delivering/filling.

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