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  1. Your trip to Ely was enjoyable, because you visited Ely in Cambridgeshire. . The Ely to which we refer, is a western suburb of Cardiff. . Trip Advisor would be hard pressed to find one reason to visit Ely (Cardiff) let alone ten reasons - albeit, Trip Advisor could find dozens of reasons NOT to visit Ely (Cardiff). . Be thankful for the 200 or so mile gap twixt the two Elys.
  2. Nope, not Kenfig Hill . Here's the South Walian equivalent of 'Hill Street' aka "The Hill" in all its glory...... . When I arrived at the No.8 Police Training Centre, I was asked "where are you posted /" . Every time I told anyone, the quick reply was "what have you done wrong ?" . Messroom window, first floor, far left - then moving to the right, the Chief Inspector's office, then the Superintendent's office. . The things I've seen from that messroom window, from USAF armaments convoys passing through in the dead of night, to an Argentinian 'Pucara' trophy of war......as for the Bloodhound missile, that was a story in itself !!!! . None of which would have suppressed the locals; one of whom even stole the lead flashing off the flat roof on the right, we even had the messroom Kit Kat machine 'screwed' - not by a cop, I hasten to add.. . My cousin worked here before me, another cousin served alongside me on the same group, my brother served here after me, and it was my daughter's first posting. . I could write a book on the place, and its characters - but, there is a thing called the 'statute of limitations' . However, I'll leave it to Happy Hippo to tell you the name of the station.
  3. At my first police station, we were delivered of a Chief Inspector upon whom the Good Lord had vested no saving graces, or endearing qualities. . He was moved to us from the force driving school as he awaited trial on a serious charge relating to a POLAC (Police Accident) . He was obsessed with Dymo tape, and on one wall of his office had the names of every officer in the sub-division, their joining date, their skills, courses attended, and of course...driving grade. . On entering his office one Monday morning, to find Dymo tape strips advertising "window" - "floor" - "desk" - "chair" - "telephone" his reaction, was predictable. . His explosive reaction when returning to his beloved orange Austin Maxi at the end of one day can only be imagined when he saw the petrol flap open, the cap loose and a pile of sugar on the ground beneath the filler cap. . But, in fairness, he got the station a new cooker for the mess room................he came to the conclusion that the existing one was u/s, because every time he put his faggots in the oven, he would return to check on them and the cooker appeared to have tripped out, or switched itself off. . In South Wales at that time, our nick (the force 'punishment station') was known far and wide as "The Hill" - as our Chief Constable was of the opinion the t.v. servies "Hill Street Blues" had been filmed there, without his permission.
  4. "Olympic torch" = "Station Cat" in South Wales. . We also had a female officer who was christened Franz Klammer - as she was once discovered impersonating the famous downhill skiier, using two firemen as her poles.......... She once told me on a driving course "You'd like my SISTER, shes' a bit of a girl !" . Alas, those days are long gone.
  5. In South Wales, at Canton, I worked alongside "The Owl Man" - PC.2820 who answered the telephone "Canton - two, eight, two, oh !" . At Ely, I worked with PC. 20, aka Cedric Morgan who would answer the telephone "Ely, PC. Morgan......Large M, small organ !" . I also worked with 'The Devil' whose number was PC.666 . An officer on my initial course, was allocated the number 2978, which I'm glad I didn't get, as it was my wedding date ! . We also had an array of nicknames eg "The Seal Pup"............. when you met him, you felt like clubbing him to death. "Kingsway" ...................because the biggest public toilet (sh*thouse) in Cardiff was underneath Kingsway. "The surf board"..........because he was long, thick and had to be carried "Elastic man"................linked to the station by an invisible length of elastic that pulled him back in once he'd walked half a mile. "Lard Head".................due to the amount of grease he used on his slicked back hair. "Little Lard Head".......his son. "The Laptop"...............A short officer, who was "a small PC" . I could go on, but sensitivities must be considered.
  6. Today I have mostly been priming.................... kits . I have been presented with the pile of kits shown below, as an unpaid commission ! . The customers, Daniel & Rhys (aged 11) are hard taskmasters. . Some of you may recall the ongoing saga of HMS Belfast, which is still fresh in my mind. . So I picked what was undoubtedly the easiest of the pile, the Revell PBY-5A for Dan, and the Hawker Typhoon for Rhys. . The Catalina being 1/48 scale has a wingspan in excess of two feet, and is an easy build.................... it was a present to the twins from their uncle, my boy, who originally intended to build it as the PBY that located the survivors of the "USS Indianapolis"; the wreck of which my son was instrumental in locating, as he did with Scott's "Terra Nova" and several Japanese warships at the bottom of the Surigao Straight (puffs out chest with parental pride !) . I'm enjoying these kits, but, I'm not looking forward to the 'Lanc' . It gets me away from their other 'commission' - their 6x4 tailchaser - in OUR attic room. . It's great being a 'Bampy'
  7. I have in my possession a couple of BR drawings (schematics) from the York drawing office dated 1966/67; relating to the fitting of multiple working apparatus to Cl.03 and Cl.04 locos.. The system was apparently air operated / pneumatic and involved some twelve jumper cables/hoses connecting the locos which would be coupled cab to cab.. This appears to be a similar arrangement to that used on some of the 'cut down' BPGV locos.. The drawings list the locos to which they refer, and is specific in their pairings, namely:- Cl.03 2052 & 2053, 2071 & 2074. Cl.04 2204 & 2248, 2230 & 2232, 2242 & 2244, 2260 & 2261, 2263 & 2264, 2265 & 2340, 2271 & 2272,. . This appears to confirm that the 4x NER 'multiple working fitted Cl.03s were fitted with the same system as the Cl.04 shunters. . Note also, that one pair of Cl.04 shunters are fitted with different diameter driving wheels.
  8. The WR used a GWR or WR 'shunter's truck' at Burry Port until at least 1980, probably the last one in service. This was usually (but not always) used by a solitary Cl.03 (not the multi-working combo off the BP&GV branch) which was also, in earlier years, not always a cut down cab version. The photos below show (i) D2143 & D2145 at Swindon, 16th. April, 1961, a time when many of the Swindon pilot duties employed 'Noddies'. (ii) 03128 at Laira, 1974 with a 5 plank open that was specifically 'marked' for use as a Cl.03 'runner' I have details of the wording somewhere.
  9. I was 'quoting' an earlier post, hence the use of parentheses.
  10. If eastern/North Eastern region Cl.03s 'always' ran coupled to a 'runner' or 'match' wagon, why didn't the ER/NER Cl.04s 'always' run with them ?
  11. Through the 70s R.U. vans were still quite common here in "God's Country" where they were looked after by the late Johnny Wilkins, better known apparently as "Johnny Chopsticks" an eccentric who I'm told kept the vans spotless and obtained kindling for the van stoves, in the local woods. . Local vans carried a variety of instructions, which included; . "Radyr Junc. - For Cardiff Valleys Only" - not so common. and / or "Radyr Junc. R.U. - For Cardiff Valleys Only" - the most common. "Radyr Junc. To Work Radyr, Maerdy & Cwmbargoed Only" "Radyr Junc. To work between Maerdy & Cwmaman ,Cardiff Valleys Only" "Return to Radyr" . Other marked vans still ran in the area, at places like Llantrisant, Aberdare,
  12. Last train out of Marsh Sidings was a Cl.37 and 16 tonners, I believe bound for Uskmouth P.S. May 1976.
  13. Having had the basics of CPC explained to me by a very patient Bob Masterman, in whose department at Marland House it was then located ( and once 'used' ) - all those 'binary style' digits would have, no, did have me totally bewildered. . Being a dinosaur, I would have found the one time regular phone calls to Queen Street Control, some chalk, and a blackboard far more user friendly.
  14. Yet again, like your post about Eastleigh, a very 'non-specific' question. . Which could be interpreted several ways, . Are you looking to sell a scrapped steam loco ? . Are you looking to buy a scrapped steam loco ? . Your reference to a 'scrapped steam locomotive' implies the loco has been scrapped, namely cut up into smaller pieces - so who would want to buy a 'scrapped' steam loco, other than a scrap dealer ? When asking a question on a forum, from which you wish to glean as much information as possible, it is best to assume that those to whom you address the question have little or no knowledge of the subject and therefore pose a more detailed question.
  15. Your question is extremely 'non-specific' or lacks accuracy, and as such members are unable to accurately provide the information you seek.. If they were 'scrapped' at Eastleigh, then they were cut up and reduced to manageable pieces, then those pieces were most likely sold - albeit, some non-ferrous parts may have been put to one side, and reused. . Other withdrawn locomotives stored at Eastleigh were sold for scrap, and moved on to private scrapyards, mainly (but not solely) in South Wales where they were seen off, or some later resold and preserved.. . If you want to find out details of individual locomotives, try the What Really Happened to Steam / Engine Shed Society website(s).
  16. A byline in the Modern Railways, December 1962 confirms Mike's comment regarding 42xx tanks top 'n' tailing Newport Docks - Spencer Works (Llanwern) ore trains. . Whereas a much longer, and interesting article in the February, 1964 edition 'Modernisation in South Wales' details the steel industry and especially the wagons used for finished products, together with an insight into CPC (Continuous Progress Control) an early forerunner to TOPS.
  17. If you wish to become a member of the FB Group - "Railways in South Wales" please bear in mind, you MUST answer the two simple security questions, otherwise the 'admin' will 'bounce' your application for membership. . How do I know ? . Because,................................I'm the 'admin' . Brian R
  18. Margam took mainly imported ore from the quayside, and as Brian says above, in tipplers from the OIC in the Banbury area. . East Moors (Cardiff) used mainly imported ore, unloaded alongside the works, in the Roath Dock ( for which traffic they bought a solitary Beyer Garratt ); but the works also took in ore from the Glamorgan Haemetite mine at Llanharry, in hoppers; and on occasions also took in ore from the Banbury area. . Ebbw Vale took in imported ore, conveyed in hoppers generally from Newport Docks, but also from Barry when Newport was closed for maintenance. . The Spencer Works (Llanwern) from its inception in the early 60s took in imported ore, landed at Newport, and using hopper wagons. . Consideration had been given to building a further batch of the Tyne Dock-Consett side discharge wagons for this ciruit, but for operational reasons this was discounted, and four wheeled hoppers used, initially top and tailed by Cl.37s. . Like Brian above, I have never seen evidence of hoppers and tipplers in a mixed rake and serving the same plant. . But, I learned a long time ago, that not having seen any evidence, doesn't mean it didn't happen, once, maybe twice.
  19. Seems he never shook off that link with firearms.
  20. A Merry Christmas all, and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year. . Brian
  21. Some things you never forget . Firearms Act 1968 :- Section 57(1B) defines a "lethal barrelled weapon" as a "barrelled weapon of any description from which a shot, bullet or other missile, with kinetic energy of more than one joule as measured at the muzzle of the weapon, can be discharged".
  22. You have me there Mr. Hippo. . Cwmbach was always too busy for my liking; fed by a constant stream of trains ex-Merthyr Vale Colliery with a reversal at Stormstown, or from Mardy Colliery with a reversal at Ponty; all to feed Dante's Inferno at Abercwmboi, the place that smoked out the asphyxiated locals so that middle England could be smoke free. . In later years, the Aberdare pilot, a 350hp Cl.08 was the only shunter in the valleys rostered to work Sundays, shunting Cwmbach & Abercwmboi.
  23. Perhaps this may help ? (Or are you looking for S.Wales trains specifically containing Siphon Gs ?) . 1971 . 1C26 01:05 Bristol - Milford Haven GUV (Cdff-Milford)+GUV (Btl-Milford)+BSK+SK+CK+BG+POT (Btl-Carm) +POS+GUV (Btl-Cdff) Calls Newport 01:45-01:57, Cardiff -02:12-02:35, Swansea 03:53-04:12, Carmarthen 05:02-05:12, Milford Haven arr 06:44 . 1M82 19:53 Cardiff-Crewe BG+BG+GUV (added at Newport, ex Btl & PZ)+ BG+BCK+SK+POS Calls Newport 20:06 - 20:18 (to attach vans ex Btl & PZ ?)
  24. Maybe as busy as the signalling, and single line operational procedures in force allow ? . Unless of course your branch was operated under 'C2' conditions. . Industrial exchange sidings could, in theory, be miles from the industry they serve, or immediately adjacent. . Yes, multiple companies could use a set of exchange sidings, but there would need to be some form of control over the various industrial locos whilst using the yard, or, are we assuming the exchange sidings are BR owned and operated ?
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