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6 hours ago, New Haven Neil said:

Great shots of Panama, Jamie.  It occurs to me that despite having made several transits in both directions, you have seen a lot more of it that I did - you can't see much from the engineroom of a ship ( :lol: ), and watches are double-manned going through so it's work or sleep....pah!

It tok 12 hours from dawn to dusk and I must have lost some weight charging up and down the stairs to get the starboard side photos.  The commentary  was excellent .  All in all a day not to be missed.  Not sure that Beth found it as interesting though.

 

Jamie

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Our transits were always in the dark, I wonder if they keep the daylight groups for passenger vessels?  Taking fuel oil bunkers in Panama City is a strong memory, humidity and heat, and the biggest cockroaches ever on the quayside - plus the trains bustling around, quite an experience.

 

I'm looking forward to the continuation of the Tardis trips!

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1 hour ago, New Haven Neil said:

Our transits were always in the dark, I wonder if they keep the daylight groups for passenger vessels?  Taking fuel oil bunkers in Panama City is a strong memory, humidity and heat, and the biggest cockroaches ever on the quayside - plus the trains bustling around, quite an experience.

 

I'm looking forward to the continuation of the Tardis trips!

Yes the passenger ships pay a substantial  premium for garunteed time slots and daylight passage.

 

Jamie

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Good evening from a rather dark Charente.  The Tardis is still in Costa Rica and it's still the 4th January 2007.

Having thanked the manager profusely I set off to have a look round the workshop complex. There was quite a bit of stock around mostly in a state of decrepitude.

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There was a breakdown crane though. There is also, in the entre a pylon from the electrification that took place in, I think the 60's, with European aid money.   It didn't last too long apparently the locals found out that when their lights went out, the overhead went dead as well and the copper fairies got active.

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Here a not very good interior shot with another caboose in the foreground.

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At least 2 coaches were being refurbished to a fairly high standard to attract American cruise ship passengers.  This lift was to make it ADA compliant for Holland America line.

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Whilst wandering round another security guard came and asked what I was doing.  He seemed happy with my halting replies but then came round with me.  With so much rain, wellies are essential. The railcar was apparently French Built

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And this was the main servicing track.  Even worse than Blyth Cambois but a good bit warmer.

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Good morning from a rather misty Charente.   The Tardis is still in Limon, Costa Rica and it's still 4th January 2007.   After seeing the running shed..... I made my way back to the office and thanked the manager for letting me round.   The security guard let me out and I followed the track back into town.  This is the link line from the workshops to the port.

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Then it was off into town to find some Evo Stick, I hadn't forgotten the other task.   I eventually found an ironmongers and after a trip to the cash machine bought the necessary.  Back at the ship I repaired the sandal and yes, Cinderella did go to the ball.   Some brownie points were gained.   We set off eastwards that evening heading through a force 8 gale for Aruba.  Sunday service the next morning, in the theatre was a moving experience, with the speaker stacks swinging on their cables. And guess what we sang,  The Manx Fishermen's song, "For those in Peril on the Sea".  No trains were found on Aruba but we did get supplies of Stilton.  Then it was on to Trinidad.  On the 7th January we moored there and after a stroll round the centre I was allowed to head for the docks on my own.  I did find some rails leading into the dock area.

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And this was the main railway station.

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Sadly it is now a bus station, with the whole, standard gauge system having closed in, I think the late 50's.  I think one of the locos is preserved as a static exhibit at the Middleton railway in Leeds.   However this muriel is inside the bus station.1297035729_Slides2007-J008.jpg.4a97a67f4c4d26f53497eea8b705f7f9.jpg

And the train shed is now a market.

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There is however a reminder of days gone by on the main doors of the old station building.

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Nearby I found a park, and this was parked in it.   Cosmetically restored but no sign of what it was or it's history. I wondered if it was a Porter.

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And that's it for early 2007.   No railways to see on Barbados, but there are still more travels to come.

 

Jamie

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53 minutes ago, sir douglas said:

From Sir Douglas’ link 1168 of 1914 HE = Hunslet Engine Co. Not much more on the Leeds Loco site apart from it’s original number. 
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Good morning from a rather damp Charente Maritime.

 

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The Tardis has now moved on to December 2007 and for various reasons I had gone to El Salvador with a church based group to help build an earthquake proof house in a jungle township.  We were hosted by a local Baptist church and the 14 of us were accommodated in members houses.  We were picked up each day in an old US school  bus. and the pick up took about an hour and a half.  I had seen somewhere that the railway system had closed down but to my surprise at one of the stops there were some tracks and a hoarding advertising a commuter service.

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The tracks ran through shanty type dwellings 

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Clearances were a little tight and the tracks were well used by the local inhabitants both for freight an passengers.

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However the rails did look used.

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It turned out that the commuter service had only restarted in the November before we arrived.

 

Jamie

 

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