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  1. Which reminds one; . "Twll Cach" together with "Aberflyarff" and The BR (WR) Cardiff Division "Efflew Valley Branch" has been subject to dropper drilling, the placing of pointwork, and the cutting to length of trackwork this evening.
  2. On a similar vein.................., today I will be shopping for modelling supplies, and my journey will take me through the Pontcanna area - lair of a Welsh beast known as either the 'Taffia' or the 'Crachach' Crachach, a pejorative term used to refer to a perceived Welsh-speaking interconnected elite who control the arts, media, civil service and higher education sectors in Wales. The term translates as "petty gentry", "conceited upstarts", or "snobs", but has developed into a wider populist conspiracy theory. The broader theories claim that the Welsh-speaking elite dominate influential positions in the arts, politics, academia and the media largely on the basis of their Welsh language knowledge. To some Welsh speakers, the term is offensive in meaning. Some writers have described it as "an attack on Welsh speakers" . If you are a Welsh speaking Welsh international rugby player (male, or female) a well paid, part time job (funded by the licence payer) with BBC Cymru/Wales beckons. . PS The Welsh for 'cynic' is 'sinig'
  3. Imagine the grilling US Immigration gave me, crossing at Niagra in the 80s, the days when you could 'share' a UK passport i.e. husband and wife on the same document.............. and I tried crossing without the wife. "Where is Gaynorrrrrrr ?" "She didn't want to come" "Why would someone not want to visit the United States ?" "You'd best ask her" "Where is she ?" "In the UK" "Where's that ?" . Then there was the time I travelled by train from Tronnow (Toronto) to Syracuse - and the rigmarole of filling out the most assinine Immigration form ever designed...... "Between 1933 and 1945 were you a member of the Nazi Party" tick (sorry, check) Yes or No "Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party ?" tick Yes, or No" Have you ever been involved in any acts of espionage or terrorism ? tick Yes or No I ask you. . Then, crossing again in 2016........ I get interviewed by the US officials, my friend doesn't, he has Canadian citizenship "What's the reason for your visit to the United States ?" "To visit the railroaders museum in Altoona, Pennsylvania" NOTE - You don't tell them you are going to photograph trains.................. "You like railroads ?" "Yes" "Do you have a model railroad ?" "Yes" "What scale is it ?" "4mm scale, like your HO" "How big is it ?" " 5'8" long - But, like all men, I wish it were bigger !" - cue vacant expression. "Welcome to the United States of America, enjoy your visit" "NEXT !" . . HOWEVER - for bureaucratic buffoonery nothing beats Cardiff (Wales) Airport a grass field formerly known as "Cardiff International Airport" . Returning from Alicante and waiting for the Immigration staff (passport perusers) to get themselves into gear, and handle that days only flight I read the notices on the wall, all by law are bilingual, Welsh, and English. I get to the poster that reads "How to seek asylum in the United Kingdom" - and then find, it is also bilingual, in English, and Welsh. Now, chuckling to myself, and wishing to show this waste of taxpayers money to my friends, I whip out my phone to capture this example of bureaucratic b@ll@cks for posterity "Oi ! - No photos", shouts the alert immigration bod. . I ask you, how many Welsh speakers have ever landed at Cardiff Airport, and sought asylum ?
  4. Must be 30yrs since I was there last. . They ran a car specially for two of us.
  5. . A bit late to the party. . Abercwmboi produced a smokeless fuel known as 'Phurnacite'. . Messrs Lunt, Comley & Pitt had a facility at Pensnett which was for the receiving and distribution of foundry coke (not smokeless fuel). . The foundry coke was transported in BR 20ton Coke Hoppers built to Dia. 1/152 (the type with solid steel sides, and no wooden coke raves) - those wagons allocated to the 'Pensnett' circuit had modified discharge chutes, and were branded 'Pensnett' on the wagon sides. . The 'Pensnett' traffic originated either at Radyr (coke from Nantgarw), or Llantrisant (coke from Cwm or Coed Ely) on an as required basis, and was for several years a Cl.35 'Hymek' diagram. . In 1971 / 1972 the train ran as; 8M64 20:06 Llantrisant - Kingswinford and 6V55 02:40 Kingswinford - Llantrisant.
  6. On 26th. October, 1979, 09024 arrived at Canton, from Eastleigh, having travelled under its own power. . It was trialled at several locations around South Wales, including Llantrisant (yard), Llanelli (Old Castle Pilot), and Radyr (trips). . 09024 left South Wales on 22nd. November, 1979, this time bound for Selhurst again under its own power.
  7. . And probably means little or nothing to anyone who left a UK school in the last twenty years ! . I remember the 6th Form well - even if we parted company in 1974.
  8. "I met my husband / wife, in court" - hmmmm
  9. D7081 passing Purley with an excursion, 22nd. May, 1965. . Via Ebay - photographer unknown.
  10. D7060 at Cambridge, having arrived with a 'footex'; . Photographer(s) unknown .
  11. D7032 pilots D1944 through Leominster, with 1V58 15:30 Liverpool Lime Street - Cardiff; 22nd. June, 1963. . Photographer unknown.
  12. D7025, Tyseley, March 1967. . Photographer unknown.
  13. Boxing Day, 1967 - all was not well in West Wales; 7081 failed at Landore 7082 failed at Landore 7087 failed at Landore. 7089 to work 20:45 Swansea 7093 to work 17:20 Milford Haven, 23:10 Swansea 7095 failed at Carmarthen 7099 to work L/E Landore – Carmarthen . However, the following day, 27th. December, 1967 this was the state of play; Disposition of West Wales Cl.35 locos. 7080 to work 04:12 Carmarthen, 06:50 Lampeter, 20:45 Swansea 7081 to work 03:05 Milford Haven 7082 faiIed at Landore 7084 to work 08:30 Carmarthen P.Way, 19:15 Milford Haven 7087 spare at Landore. 7089 repairs at Landore 7093 to work L/E Landore – Carmarthen, 09:55 Haverfordwest parcels 7095 failed at Carmarthen 7096 spare at Landore 7099 to work 05:09 Milford Haven, 09:10 Newcastle Emlyn, 15:10 Llandilo Jcn. 17:20 Milford Haven, 23:10 Swansea . And, on 28th. December, 1967....... 7074 Landore, failed. 7075 to work 08:30 Carmarthen, 17:30 Manchester ? 7080 to work 03:05 Milford Haven 7082 failed, towed Landore - Canton 7084 to work 05:09 Milford Haven, 09:10 Newcastle Emlyn, 15:10 Llandilo Jcn. 17:20 Milford Haven, 23:10 Swansea 7087 to work 12:45 Margam 7096 to work 07:25 Llandilo Jcn. and Milford Haven 7093 to work 20:45 Swansea 7099 to work 04:12 Milford Haven, 06:50 Lampeter, 19:15 Milford Haven . Then we come to 29th. December, 1967; 7053 to work 03:05 Milford Haven & 09:55 Haverfordwest parcels 7075 to work 12:45 Margam 7084 to work 08:30 Carmarthen 7092 to work 07:25 Llandilo Junction 7093 04:12 Milford Haven, 06:50 to work Lampeter, 20:45 Swansea 7094 to work 19:15 Milford Haven 7096 to work 17:20 Milford Haven 7099 to work 05:09 Milford Haven, 09:10 Newcastle Emlyn, 15:10 Llandilo Jcn. 17:30 Manchester . And finally, 30th. December, 1967; 7051 to work 06:50 Lampeter, 19:15 Milford Haven 7084 to work 05:09 Milford Haven, 11:20 Green Grove, 20:40 Manchester ? 7087 spare Landore 7096 spare at Carmarthen I was once told that on 12th March 1969 7098 ( 86A ) was working the (Cardiff Docks ? to) Soho Pool tanks when the loco apparently derailed in the Bescot area blocking the Up & Down mainlines, and was dragged onto the depot by D8181 (2E), it is believed the EE type 1 carried on with the job via Soho Road, Tipton and Wednesbury to Bescot. .
  14. Some 'Hymek' workings extracted from Driver's / Guard's journals by the late Rowland Pittard (of Tondu) and passed to me following his death. 1965 16/1/65 - D7006 – ldsl GL to Eastgate for 2B74 (?) 0804 to Bristol TM, loco to Bath Road 27/1/65 - D7053 - ldsl GL to Eastgate for 2B74 (?) 0804 to Bristol TM, loco to Bath Road 28/1/65 - D7055 - ldsl GL to Eastgate for 2B74 (?) 0804 to Bristol TM, loco to Bath Road 10/2/65 - D7082 – 1230 freight Gloster – Newtown Goods (may have been piloting steam 45369, notes unclear), presume loco returned on 1540 return train 11/2/65 – D7082 similar to previous but at 1100 with steam 92125 or 92128 involved 12/2/65 – D7082 again but alone, reld Woster crew, 1305 to Pengam, loco to Canton 13/2/65 – D7082 again with 92247 in tow. To Pengam and onto canton, return to Glos at 1555 3/4/65 – D7046 – freight between Swindon – Gloster (32 vehicles) 1845-2045 7/4/65 – D7066 – freight between Gloster-Woster 1345-1435 8/4/65 – D7066 – freight between Gloster-Woster 1400-1510 9/4/65 – D7039 – ditto 1330-1435 reld by Woster crew 10/4/65 – D7066 – ditto 1330-1439 41 vehicles 10/4/65 – D7084 – freight Woster-Gloster 1805-1915 35 vehicles 12/4/65 – D7005 – ldsl GL-Chelt, ECS Glos, 2H81 1728 Cheltenham, 2B29 1925 to Glos Eastgate 13/4/65 – D7019 - ldsl GL-Chelt, ECS Glos, 2H81 1728 Cheltenham, 2B29 1925 to Glos Eastgate (2H81 = 5=162 / 2B29 = 6=174) 14/4/65 – D7017 – ldsl GL-Chelt, ECS Glos, 2H81 1728 Cheltenham, 2B29 1925 to Glos Eastgate 17/4/65 – D7051 – ldsl GL-Chelt, ECS Glos, 2H81 1728 Cheltenham, 2B29 1925 to Glos Eastgate 24/4/65 – D7099 – ldsl GL to Carr Sdg, 0715 Chelt, 0745 Chelt-Bristol TM, ldsl Bath Road 4/5/65 – D7075 – 1630 Gloster-Kemble – Swindon Loco Yard and return 5/5/65 – D7075 – 1617 Gloster –Kemble - Swindon Loco Yard and return 6/5/65 – D7075 – 1630 Gloster –Kemble - Swindon Loco Yard and return 2/11/65 – D7066 ldsl off Reading depot, 1200 Reading – Paddington (note says all stations Southall-Ealing-Acton_Padd) 3/12/65 – D7079 0845 Cardiff – Cheltenham . A few other workings of interest include; . 2/5/69 – D7082 4V58 Spring Vale – Waterston 22/9/69 – D7076 6M56 Canton – Calvert 28/10/69 – D7095 6Z37 1900 Cadoxton Low Level – Carlisle (guard off at Hereford) 30/10/69 – D7095 7M71 2320 Pengam – Soho (guard off at Worcester) 31/10/69 – D7063 6Z36 2305 Tidal – Bovey Tracey 10/11/69 – D7093 8B82 1240 Llanwern – Etruria (guard off at Hereford) 11/11/69 – D7056 6E69 1330 Barry Docks – Temple Mills (this was working usually in connection with Geest banana boats coming alongside) 12/11/69 – D7068 6E69 1330 Barry Docks – Temple Mills 13/11/69 – D7083 6E69 1330 Barry Docks – Temple Mills 14/11/69 – D7079 & D7075 6E69 1200 Barry Docks – Temple Mills 22/4/70 – D7056 7V22 2330 (previous) Warrington – STJ 17/5/70 – D7090 6Z45 1845 Barry – Carlisle to Gloucester 25/5/70 – D7089 6Z31 1830 Barry Dock – Norwood (ldsl off Canton) - (possibly banana traffic for Lingfield ?) 7/6/70 – D7099 6Z30 1745 Barry Dock – Temple Mills (ldsl off Canton) Brian R
  15. Having spent most of my working life in the police - I have worked on numerous murder investigations, including one (now) notorious miscarriage of justice. . There are one or two individuals I have encountered whom I feel I could "double tap" and would be doing society a favour, and I could sleep soundly afterwards. . But, that is not our way, and, what is more, I cannot support the death penalty.................. my reasoning being; . Victims are human Assailants, are human. Witnesses, are human. Police, are human, Forensic scientists are human. Jurors, are human, Judges, are human. . All the above, being human, have human failings and frailties. . Sadly, It only takes the execution of one innocent man, to negate the case for capital punishment . Imagine what goes through the mind of an innocent man as the noose is placed around his neck ? . In most (but not all) of those such serious investigations in which I have been involved the defendant(s) have been from troublesome families, or have been career criminals, whose recidivist relatives would benefit financially from any compensation arising out of 'topping' their relative by mistake; - and most would prefer the money to having their executed relative still alive, such is the way these families live. Let life mean life, with tariffs that mean a 'whole life' sentence - not parole within 13 years.
  16. Arrived back yesterday from a week in Crete, courtesy of Tui. . As a party of four, we travelled with the wife's cousin, Janina, who was "lead passenger" . Our return flight, Heraklion - Cardiff was delayed by around 16 hours. (Allegedly, our aircrew had exceeded their hours, but our outbound Tui 737-800, was replaced for the return by a former SAA A330-300 Airbus, now registered in Malta and operated by 'Hi-Fly') . Tui, bussed us to a very nice, all inclusive, hotel where we spent the night, amply fed and watered. . Later yesterday evening, I received the attached "WhatsApp" message - purporting to be from our lead passenger, Janina. . Now, many many years of experience dictates, Janina would never use such phraseology and I was immediately suspicious; especially when my wife also received a similar message addressed to her personally, and purporting to be from her cousin. . Enquiries with Janina, show she has no knowledge of this 'company' and was had no contact with them, as it was agreed I would handle any compensation claims on behalf of the party and direct with Tui, not via any third parties.. . So, if the Night Mail runs late, you have been warned.....be wary of any such messages......
  17. . I made the press and media numerous times during my working life (it never amounted to a career as I never got onto the promotion ladder) I never made "The Sun" but made "The News of The World" with this little tale - which is reproduced here from "The South Wales Echo" . The story began, when I was away, in Blackpool, at the annual Police Federation cvonference, and a car displaying my plates was used in a shoplifting offence, in Pontypridd. (The M.O. was to steal items of clothing from M&S, then take them back to a different M&S and to seek a refund. This woud be declined as the shoplifter had no receipt; so a voucher was issued instead. The shoplifter then used the voucher to buy M&S foodtuffs which she sold on to fund her and her boyfriend's habits) . The investigating officers, finding my car locked in my garage, and me in Lancashire were satisfied a 'ringer' was involved. . Although I instigated 'the follow' - the car was stopped and the driver arrested by a Traffic officer. . The female driver gave a ''" (false name) when arrested, and booked in at the custody suite. . I went to her cell and confronted her, using her real/correct name, but she persisted with her false details - until I said "Look, I have a photo of you on the wall at home at Laura's birthday party, you went through school with my Laura" (my daughter, also a police officer). . At this point she came clean, admitting she gave false details as she was 'wanted on a recall' . The incident described, occurred on May, 21st 2007 - the 28th. anniversary of my joining 'the job' . You couldn't make it up !
  18. I think I know that,.................... and have seen these moved on BR metals - but a chaldron (wooden or metal) running on the national network in the 70s I have yet to see.
  19. Could this be what was in the photo to which you refer, passing Doncaster ? . A common site at pits in the Yorkshire coalfield. .
  20. Apart from the RENFE High Speed lines, this was the first time I recall seeing any Spanish dual-gauge track.
  21. And, the reason for the 'brothers Rolley' travelling to Barcelona is revealed. . The handing over and naming of a brand new state of the art 3 man submersible, built by Florida based company "Triton" at a satellite facility in Sant Cugat del Valles. . The submersible, named Aurelia, was built for the Norwegian concern "REV Ocean" and is capable of working at 3,300m. . The glass sphere is 324mm thick, and when operating has no distortion, in fact one has to either enter, or look carefully at the base of the sphere in order to gauge the thickness. . It was humbling to mix with coeanagraphic experts who can build such a machine, 'fly' it (my son) and others who have dived to such places as The Challenger Deep, or visited the wreck of the RMS Titanic. . The tolerances of P4, S4 and EM would be laughed at hereabouts. .
  22. The brothers Rolley have just returned from a short break to Barcelona. . My brother has never been before, and I last visited around the time of the Olympic Games. . We stayed in the lovely town of Sant Cugat del Valles, served not only by a fast, frequent suburban service to Placa Catalunya, but an unconnected (now) dual gauge line (broad and standard), with frequent freights services that appear to come an go toward the French border.
  23. Point(s) of order ! . Steam ended at Radyr (and the Cardiff Valleys) when the shed closed on 25th. July, 1965, not 31st. August 1965. . The 34xx panniers were extinct by the middle of November, 1964, with 3400-02/05/06 being sold to R.S. Hayes scrapyard, Bridgend in January, 1965. . . In fact 3408 mentioned above was cut up at Caerphilly Works in January, 1963 - some 30 months before it was allegedly shunting Radyr Yard (in August, 1965). . WR steam was due to officially end on 31st. December, 1965, but in theory ended in March, 1966 with the closure of the S&D. . However, the last steam hauled freight on the WR were three 'PerPots' which were steam hauled from Weymouth to Westbury on Sunday, 9th. July 1967, the locos returned light to Weymouth. . 9466 did NOT attend the GW150 Open Day at Cathays C&W in 1985. . 9466 attended the Taff Vale 150 Open Day at Cathays C&W on 22nd. June, 1991. . Whilst 9466 did shunt within the confines of Radyr Yard, apparently on one day only, namely 19th. June, 1991, there is nothing to suggest it ran around the city in order to turn, as it was facing 'up' (north) whilst shunting at Radyr on the 19th, and facing 'up' (north) in my photos taken at Cathays C&W during the Open Day on the 22nd. . 9466 was not the last steam at Radyr, as Standard 2-6-4T 80080 crept through Radyr in the early hours of Sunday 29th. September, 1991 on a gauging run to Merthyr and back, in advance of TVR steam specials that were run during October, 1991. . Even this was not the last steam through Radyr, as 'Pocket Rocket' 76079 worked at least one special to Treherbert in September, 2001.
  24. British Railways last 'steam hauled freight' . Take your pick of the following, all of which apparently ran on Saturday, 3rd. August 1968 (i) 75019 worked the Carnforth - heysham and return (ii) 45231 worked the 08:25 carnforth - Grange over Sands trip, and return (iii) 48715 worked a Rose Grove - Ribble Sidings freight
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