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  1. I think you may have meant 125mm, the more or less equivalent of 5”, rather than 50”?
  2. It’s a quote from Noel Coward, I think. He obviously hadn’t walked across it.
  3. No, but my hair “style” gets increasingly close to his each day… Having watched that, I am wondering how the 21st century veered away from mid 1970s Birmingham!
  4. Only if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. For the majority of the residents in the UK, we don’t have a devolved Parliament, just the goons that operate at a “federal” level.
  5. No one disagreed with that, James. The point is that whilst most if not all puritans were Roundheads, that doesn’t mean that all Roundheads were puritans.
  6. I think there was just a preference to having a guard at the end of a train, where possible - and generally only one coach beyond the one with the guard’s compartment, which was permitted to run with the guard’s compartment at the front (so, brake 3rd and compo, as seen on many GER branches). In any lengthy rake, where there might be reasonable parcels/smalls traffic, then a brake coach at each end sorts everything out nicely: GWR van 3rd, compo, van 3rd branchline sets are a classic example, albeit short and only 3 coaches long. A Market day 3rd could be simply added outside the set without need to remarshal the rake. The EWJR had brake 3rds with a central guard/luggage section, with a 3rd class compartment either side, and generally ran with the coach sandwiched between a third and a compo, which is why I have three such coaches and no more than that at the moment!
  7. Most “revolutions” move power down one stratum only, if that - no matter what was claimed as an intention!
  8. Also, the TRG (through regulator gear). I always liked the general extra “busyness” of autocoaches and SRMs, but it’s fiddly stuff in any scale, and as you are building “layout models”, possibly of questionable visibility.
  9. Still around today, but more likely to be seen as “Rules” and “Guidance”. The former is mandatory, the latter isn’t.
  10. Not all Cavaliers were reckless, and not all Roundheads were puritanical. Many of the Lords fought on the side of Parliament, and many commoners stood for the King. Our usual attitudes are way off beam, and just stereotypes. When it came down to it, it was still about an affluent educated elite ruling the country, not the majority of the people. When soldiers banded together to carry things on to the logical conclusion, and to enfranchise at least half of the adult population (they were not enlightened enough to want the vote for women!) they were taken aside and shot… Most people just did what they were told.
  11. ‘S why we have laws: individuals decide that the accepted norms of behaviour don’t apply to them. If you are going to be pedantic about regnal numbers, it starts the other way round (King of Scotland before he became King of England) and also has another I, as the Crown of England had been imposed upon Ireland. So, James VI, I and I…
  12. Sctachbuilt, based on the one-off conversion of an open wagon made in the “workshops” of the Mid Suffolk Light Railway.
  13. The EWJR, when it resumed passenger services in the 1880s had a two-tone livery in the usual format, moving in the early noughties to “cream” waist panels only (about the time it became the SMJR) and then, when it supplanted its coaching stock with second hand vehicles from the Midland, went to full over crimson lake (1910). “If all the young ladies who attended the Yale promenade dance were laid end to end, no one would be the least surprised.” - Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), noted wit and feminist. Rag mags used to take quotes, and remove the attribution and sometimes the context, in the name of a cheap laugh, sometimes aggravating people who (without them understanding the context, either) view the remark as offensive/sexist. Then there are the arguments, etc, claims of picking on subgroups, insensitivity, countered by “it’s all for charity” (doesn’t excuse genuinely trying to be offensive) and failure of a sense of humour, etc. All this happens in ignorance, at supposed centres of learning. Don’t know if it’s still like that, but I remember it being like that in the 80s.
  14. True, but I think that a tenuous grip on reality is quite possibly a sign of high intelligence - and sense enough to hide here away from the “real” outside world.
  15. When I saw the photo, before reading the text, I wondered how you had gone about so effectively representing the results of some rough shunting, and marvelled at your bravery for gouging bits out…
  16. No, it’s an oxymoron. A true fact is a tautology, which is saying the same thing twice in two different ways. (See what did there?)
  17. Are you using an iPhone? If so, then the orientation of the phone when taking a photo is recorded with the image file. To sort this out, open the photos for editing, make a minor change such as cropping or rotating the image through 4 right angles, and the photo should be automatically saved in your photo stream and be the right way round when you upload it.
  18. No one here is that dim as to feel expected to do that in a thread about a fictional railway serving locations loosely based on reality. Well, I hope they aren’t. But I also think of this topic (and the pregrouping forum generally) as being somewhat “above” the standards of everyday social media, otherwise, why bother with RMWeb at all: we could just go over to Facebook.
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