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  1. My writing is appalling. 2 incidents provide proof. 1. A school report where my housemaster had written, "Guest's writing is xxxxxxxxxxxxx" the word was unreadable so I took it to the headmaster for interpretation. He threatened to flog me for insolence. I protested my innocence. The unreadable word was " illegible". To be fair to the head, Owen Rowe, we ended up having a good laugh about it. 2. An edict came out to the small station at Rothwell, where I worked. "All officers must in future use the typists or submit their reports handwritten, apart from PC Guest. Beth was once asked to take notes of an interview by a prat of a solicitor. This was in the days long before tape recordings. At the end of the interview he asked to read her pocketbook. She handed it over and he had a real benny. She is a trained secretary and had done it in shorthand. He didn't get any sympathy. Jamie
  2. Thanks. I'll try to work out the easiest way to get there. The advantage of the station is that the Chef du Gare lets me know when trains are coming. As it's now got warmer Andy and I may well get back to our usual spot where the LGV and classic lines cross. Jamie
  3. According to my kids, well before. My daughter was caught on video on Sunday, encoraging our granddaughter to "talk to the dinosaurs. " wils are being re written....... Jamie
  4. And some of us started in the lower 6th in the year that steam ended on most of BR. Jamie
  5. I got to see a couple of trains yesterday as part of a shopping expedition that the boss wanted me to undertake. As it involved going to Ruffec it would have been rude not to sit on the station for an hour or so. The station rebuild is complete and there is a nice new seat next to the signal cabin on the down platform. Very helpfully a bell rings when a train is approaching and there is a short alarm sound when a northbound passes a CCTV camera 10 minutes away. Unusually for an afternoon the first train was a southbound so I decided to find out if the new footbridge provided any new photographic angles. This was the first shot. And a slightly closer one. As it passed me I tried to get a view of the whole long van train as it headed south. This was the best that I could do. All the OHLE does make things a tad awkward. Then 20 minutes later a northbound Infra train appeared behind 22367. The usual eclectic mix of rolling stock with a couple of ballast hoppers on the rear. My initial verdict on the bridge as a vantage point. Useless apart from a couple of head on shots. Jamie
  6. Well we were engaged 2 months later. 3 weeks of that time in my life is well documented in the first few pages of my American Railways thread,. Somehow we are still together. But no handcuffs or shotguns were involved. Jamie
  7. I thoughtbthat Criminal Defence lawyers were in abundant supply. Jamie
  8. And she was sitting in the dock. Jamie
  9. I have alse realised that I walked into the Juvenile Court in Leeds and saw a very attractive young policewoman sitting in the dock. A mate ssid 'Hello Jamie" and Beth said, "It's not the Jamie is it" for some reason some neorons collided and 2 plus two equalled 6 and I realised that this young lady was the flatmate of a rather atracrtive nurse in A and E who, 6 months earlier had told me that her flatmate was joining the police. The rest as they say is history. Jamie
  10. Somewhere there is probably a detailed survey of bombs that fell 9n Liverpool and obviously you should be able to find the address. Most conventional bombing of the UK was over by 1941 after which the allies pretty well had air superiority. I have seen such maps for London. It might be worth some research. Jamie
  11. It's time for a rant. There was a self respecting retired Gendarme, wandering unawares round the French version of B&Q aka Castorame, well before to watershed and I was faced with this. Is mowhere safe from hippos. Mind you a mere snip at that price. Disgusted of Tonbridge Niort. Jamie
  12. Our 1865 chapel in south Leeds had slate packings for levelling the floor joists on the bearer walls. It also had a wlate roof. Probably about 2 wagon loads. Jamie
  13. That has been suggested several times by someone not far from me. Shhhhh. She might hear. Jamie
  14. The Wyoming van was diaplayed at Cheyenne when I first visited in 1978. It was on thecplatform just eastvof the CTC office. It's notvthere now butvI've no idea wherecitvis. Jamie
  15. Just to go back a bit, I've found some photos of my Plough train, based on the Hellifield train, circa 1923. And another Both taken on my now retired Long Preston layout. This section of it is on display in the village hall in Long Preston but the plough train has migrated to France. The locos are a couple of Lima 4F's much modified by Ray Clasper. Jamie
  16. Who mentioned shed with Midland content. only 130' long. Such things come free with the house in France. Jamie
  17. A little bit of work has been done. One of the small items that I brought back from the UK was some screwfix brackets. This morning I fixed them to the small panel. First job was to make a drilling jig as there are 4 sets needed. Brackets were then fitted to both sides of the control panel. Remembering to get them the right way round. Then to the outside of the layout. And finally the panel was hung on the outside. I did check before drilling that the flying lead would reach. Now I can install the electronics inside the panel. The extension to the right is because I underestimated the amount of space needed, particularly for the wiring. Jamie
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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