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  1. Good moaning from a sunny Charente. The tardis though is still on Kauai in Hawaii. It' still 6th May 2019. A little bit more of the jungle trackwork as we headed back to the station. In the station building there were some good interpretive boards of early railways on the island. And here was our train departing on it's next trip. Then it was back to the ship as we had an early departure for Vancouver. The Matson company is still going strong and serves all of the US Pacific islands, including American Samoa, The exit from the harbour was tortuous and this tug was with us all the way but wasn't needed. Once again some very impressive ship handling. As we cleared the harbour we set course for Vancouver which we reached on the morning of the 12th July where the Lions Gate bridge greeted us. That journey continues on my American thread part way down page 31. Readers with better memory than me may remember that I bought a small etched metal kit in Melbourne and some tools to make it in Mossman, Queensland. Well my time was not wasted on the voyage and here is the evidence. I even made a box for it from Cardboard and gaffer tape that got it home safely. That's it for this thread for the moment after 2 years of uploading my railway photos. However all being well it will resume in a couple of weeks with pictures from Switzerland. My UK and French threads will also get updated as more travels take place. It's been quite a journey over the past 2 years but I've enjoyed it. To misquote John Lennon, I hope I've passed the audition. Jamie
  2. There are some interesting reports in the current Todays Railways Europe. Apparently Ukraine has 'Acquired ' some 15,000 Russian Rsilways wagons that were in Ukraine when the invasion started. The Russians only have 482 There is a 3 page spread in the May issue no 315. One pece possibly andwers the question about a special carriage for VIP's. On 15th March 3 European prime ministers were taken to Kyiv in UZ 032-70311, one of a fleet of 12 luxury coaches owned ny UZ. The train ran from Przemyśl, Poland to Kyiv. Jamie
  3. For drawi gs of GNR tenders try a small supplier called Isinglass. https://www.isinglass-models.co.uk/ Therecis a drawings catalogue mentioned. They have a very good reputation. GNR tenders can be a bitbof a minefield I am told. If you have problems I have several friends who could help you. Good luck with it. Jamie
  4. Good moaning from a sunny Charente. In tardis land it' s still the 6th May 2019 and we are on Kauai island in Hawaii. I have now found my diary from the trip and can identify the green diesel as a 1948 built GE product. I boarded the train and got a seat at the rear with a good view from the vestibule. We set off anti clockwise and soon passed the workshops area. Then on through what is becoming an arboretum. We then took the outer loop before coming back a bit on the inner loop to a sort of petting farm. A local inhabitant wanted to talk. Whilst all this was going on I spent time talking to the conductor. He told me that the whole railway was a recreation. Though there had been sugar cane and other railways on the island, of various gauges, this estate had never had one. Sugar production on the 30,000 acres had ceased in 1975, and the last sugar cane was grown on the island in 2005. The estate was split up but the remaining part, round the big house, was kept to be developed as a tourist destination. The railway is 3' gauge and a lot of material came from the White Pass and Yukon. The coaches were from the Philippines. The guy had helped to build the railway. They have had problems with the sleepers rotting and are now using reclaimed plastic ones. There is apparently some preserved steam on the island and they do have good relationships with the people to share engineering resources. However a lot of jobs have to be outsourced to the US mainland. He was a really nice guy to talk to and I was very impressed with the team's dedication to running a successful railway. Here he is operating a point. As you can see from yesterday's map the layout is quite complex but gives several options for routing trains. Jamie
  5. I believe that there are still the remains of some wagons in one of the catch pits on the Cromford and High Peak. 120mph for parachutists sounds about right. Just as an aside a Union Pacific 4-8-4 ran away from Buford near the top of Sherman Hill and went merrily down 20 miles of 1 in 65 under light steam, in I think, 1956. All 450 tons of it derailed at the east end of Cheyenne yard demolishing a diesel. The terminal speed was estimated at over 130mph from the track circuits. It had been left unmanned at Buford, whilst the crew chatted to the signalman and was returning light engine after a banking turn. It was repaired and running again within 3 months but the diesel was a write off. Jamie
  6. The tunnelling progress for Cecilia and Florence in the Chiltern tunnels was updated on 10th May. They are both over the 4 km mark out of 16 and in the last 6 days have both dug 160 metres of tunnel which is 26 metres per day. The target progress was only 15m per day so they are cracking on. Jamie
  7. It's a pity I can't be over when you next meet up with others Mike. However I hope to be there during the week before and pland to ride the line. Jamie
  8. Not built by me, but for me, along with the ploughs, by a good friend and talented modeller, Ray Clasper. I'll post a photo later. One day I will build some tender cabs. I did once speak at length to a driver who was on the last plough train south in the bad winter of 62/63. He was on the leading 8F that was set off from Carlisle with a classmate, a tool van with fitters etc, and two independent ploughs. Their orders were that they had a clear line to Hellifield but that there might be a blockage. He and the other driver got their heads together and reckoned that they would hit snow just south of Birkett tunnel. Sure enough they were right. He estimated that they hit the blockage at about 60 mph and apparently a block of snow the size of a loco sailed over his engine and landed partly on his mates that was running tender first. Something derailed and the snow brought them to a sttanstill. They rerailed the errant wheelset, backed up and charged again. They got through onto the Mallerstang embankment with that run then ran through to Hellifield. The drivers comments on what happened next were illuminating. Apparently a rather wet behind the ears manager sent them back to clear the down line. A lot of the snow got shoved onto the up line and as a result Sherwood Forester and it's train got stuck, heading south. It froze up and the crankcase expanded so Holbeck had to make a new set of cam shaft drive rods to fit the new crankcase. A Holbeck fitter told me that they could alwaya recognixe that engine block from then on. Sorry for the thread drift but these bits of oral history need recording. The tale of the plough train was related by a kindly driver who gave me a cab ride in a DMU from Settle to Carlisle in 1972. Jamie
  9. Yesterday I had another few hours at Niort whilst my good lady was having a physio session. A very pleasant way to pass the time watching the trains go by and marking up my new UK Combined volume that arrived when we were in the UK earlier this month. I got to the station in time to see the 08.53 local from Poitiers to La Rochelle an 84XXX b mode. This was followed a few minutes later by two TGV's at 09.06 with a Paris bound one and 710 en route to la Rochelle. The station then went quiet for over an hour then the tannoy announced a non stop train on track B. This appeared. 66236 on a long cereal train, obviously bound for the docks for export. It was moving at a fair pace as well. Then all went quiet until the local from Saintes via St Jean D'Angely arrived at 11.15. This gives a connection for passengers to Paris who then joined TGV 710 on it's return working. They parked in a good spot for this photo of differing noses. Then it was time to head back to pick up the boss. It did give me the idea of possibly doing a quick return trip to La Rochelle next week. Jamie
  10. Good moaning from the Charente, where it is sunny. It was also sunny in Kauai on the 6th May 2019 where the tardis is currently. The excursion had been advertised as a visit to a former sugar plantation and the chance to rude a train. As well as the diesel loco there was this skip wagon. And another loco. The former plantation house is now a sort of museum to kitsch living. Built by an anglophile in the 1930's if my memory serves me right. The estate is as Kilohana. It did have a station though. Which actually had a map of the railway. Though quite how you have a rum company store with no alcohol I don't know. However after a short wait a train arrived. Jamie
  11. Great to see you back Douglas and keep up the modelling. You have been missed. Jamie
  12. Bob Essery did write about tender cabs in Midland Record but I've no idea which issue. Jamie
  13. There was very little info about her that I could see. I hadn't realised that she had been used by the Matson Line. They are still going strong. Jamie
  14. Good afternoon from a rather damp Charente where the sky has started leaking. The tardis though is still in the South Pacific. 2 days after sailing from American Samoa we both woke up about 04.10 local time on 1st May. Our phones went off shortly afterwards with the news that our first granddaughter had made her entrance into this world. Far more momentous news than anything railway related. Emily Kate a few minutes old. I later found out from a ship's officer that we were at roughly 180 degrees West and 6 degrees south when this event occurred. Somewhere i have a piece of paper with the exact coordinated on. This will become a keepsake for the young lady in due course. Anyway we made it to Hawaii and in particular Honolulu on 5th May. One shop we visited was Walmart who seemed to be catering for the lowest IQ amongst their Walmartian customers with this sign. Anyway after doing the usual tourist things went for a walk and found the maritime museum next to our pier. This steel hulled square rigger was there. It was called the Falls of Clyde. And another sailing shop. We left that evening and I always find the cranes looking strangely alien. We then sailed up to Kauai, another island in the chain north of Oahu with a harbour named Nawiliwili and a shore excursion caught my eye. After a bus ride from the harbour we turned into a former sugar plantation and what should I see but this. Jamie
  15. According to my darling daughter, wearing socks with sandals is in that category. That's actually quite common. Not in freezers, usually on the carpet. Jamie
  16. Good moaning from a slightly cloudy Charente. The tardis though is still in the South Pacific. By the miracle of the tardis it's still 27th April 2019. Here is the text from the other information board. That evening we left Lautoka and headed north to Savusavu, one of the other Fijian islands. This was a a couple of hundred miles north but the anchorage was lovely and we were greeted by a colourful set of buses when we got ashore. .No doubt some readers may know more about them. After enjoying fresh coconut milk from a roadside stall we went back to the ship and this rather tired but nice looking ferry arrived. The less said about the state of the ferry ramp the better, more rust than steel. Some Canadian friends who live on one of the islands off Vancouver thought that the ferry looked kind of familiar. This was it's name. A bit of research revealed that was indeed a former BC Ferries ship. We then had a second 28th April as we crossed the international date line but on the 29th April we arrived at American Samoa where there was a further line up of buses. We had a very intersting taxi tour of part of the island with our driver explaining some of the pros and cons of being a US colony but not a state. One the tour we were shown some of the long sheds that shelter the huge canoes that are used for racing. These two were photographed through an opening in the ventilation bricks at one end. It's not rust but fabulous painting on the bows. Then it was back to the ship for a fabulous exit with some very good ship handling out of a narrow L shaped harbour. Then 5 days at sea to come. We were however a little distracted as our daughter was showing signs of going into labour with our first grandchild on the other side of the world. She wasn't even pregnant when we booked the cruise. Jamie 1
  17. Good afternoon from a sunny and warm Charente. The tardis is still in Fiji on the 27th April 2019. A view of the marshalling yard looking towards the town. And the exit. After running at the side of the road for half a mile it goes onto the centre reservation past the shopping centre and market. A look back at the mill. Some interpretive boards were by the side of the road opposite the mill. And a bit more And the text. Jamie
  18. Yes, and very pretty was the young nurse. Unfortunately her mother was in the audience. That and the conveyor belt were on the Generation game. I got quite a lot but they didn't offer me the car even though I won. 6 dozen bottles of wine, a Scalextric set, A Hornby Flying money pit set, 4 Rotary watches and a huge teddy bear that went to my then 9 month old nephew. I've still got the wine decanter but gave the Scalextric and Hornby sets to some police kids who'd lost their dad. It was quite and enjoyable experience. Nicholas Parsons seemed to be a complete nonentity only allowed to say what the director allowed him. There was a guy with 2 table tennis bats saying accept/don't accept in fornt of hm, tellng what answers to accept. Jamie
  19. Somewhere I have a photo of me in uniform with my arms round Linda Hooks and Angela Daniels after the filming of the Christmas day edition of Sale of the century in 1976. For some very peculiar reason I got chosen to represent the British Police Force along with Glasgow fireman and young nurse from Great Ormond Street, in an emergency services special. I actually got paid to go to Norwich for the filming. I did get a video tapevof the show but someone taped Corrie over it. I'll try and find the photo. Jamie
  20. Just out of interest, I went rhrough my list of images yesterday and there have been no changes since 24th April. Jamie
  21. Good morning from the Charente. The tardis is still in Fiji on the 27th April and we are in Lautoka near the sugar mill. Here's another view of the marshalling yard full of sugar cane wagons. I wonder how they mow the grass. A great fan of points. And at last a loco marked for FSC, Fiji Sugar Corporation. A lightly better view with the long lens. It looks like a scale car in front of it. The security guards wouldn't allow me any closer. More rolling stock. and a lonely point lever. More tomorrow, Jamie
  22. I was reading the latest Modern Railways last night and to my surprise found that my name was in print. I have achieved a great ambition and had a letter to the editor published in that august journal. What else is there to achieve in life. Jamie
  23. That's a fabulous picture. I didn't realise that there had been 4 rail tracks to begin with. When did the other set go. Jamie
  24. It should be renamed Sandra, now why did that name come to mind..... Jamie
  25. Thanks for posting that. A sobering read. I hope that Igor and his family get sorted. Jamie
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