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Sunday, 26 April 2015 01:00

Of purlins and guano

26th April 2015

Golly, Sunday again already. It hardly seems a week since I was sat here writing this. The grandson was returned to his mother's on Tuesday, restoring tranquility to the Briddon Country Pile for another couple of weeks, and you'd think from that all manner of things could progress once again, and you'd be right, and then again wrong.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:00

Of copyright and description

19th April 2015

On Tuesday this week I donned a suit, not something I do that much nowadays, partly because the rules of “required dress” have changed (I used to agonise when going out on a call for Hills, or my own company later – should I put on a good suit to make a favourable impression, or something less sartorially sanguine lest I had to climb under a mud-covered, oil-dripping loco?) and partly because at my age, I don't think I need to make such an effort to fool people into thinking that I know what I'm talking about.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:00

Of mobile mixers and forklift fixes

15th March 2015

After a slight hiccup in communication, which resulted in me sitting around most of Monday afternoon, I set off for Langwith to collect the newly-ebayed cement mixer. It was though waiting for me on arrival, swiftly loaded into the van, and I set off back for Darley Dale with it in the back and I thought, unlikely to 'go anywhere'. It is a cross-country trip up hill and down dale, and all was well until, braking steadily on a downhill with a sharp bend at the bottom, a car coming the other way came wide around the bend and onto my side of the road. I braked hard.  There was no collision, but the mixer set off down the van, toppled over and sculpted a new dent in the toolbox.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Of catches.

8th March 2015

My faith in human nature is being brought into question. I mean, three brake vans full of camera-toting enthusiasts, and doesn't common-sense tell you that at least  one would have posted up a picture on Flickr or a video clip on you-tube? There must be thirty or forty on Flickr from visitors who did a tour on the 7th February, yet the lot we took round last Saturday, when 03 901 and I were in command – is there one single picture showing the loco or even my smiling/scowling face at the cab window? Despite a whole week of checking all the usual tags – not a sausage.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Of filters and numbers

22nd February 2015

I like to open these posts with a thought-provoking, insightful observation into the state of the heritage railway industry or something equally profound, but usually fail to think of anything.  Tonight is no exception.  

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Of postcodes, cameras and dilutions

15th February 2015

For most of my news this week I must rely on other people's efforts: for with less than a week to go before Rob leaves Peak Rail (at least in a full time capacity) the pace to get the trackwork completed has hardly slowed down.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Of containers and non-existent addresses

8th February 2015

So as I left it last week, the works train, but without motive power, was down at Darley and Rob, aided by whomever was available, was pursuing the track modifications and repairs. Cheedale was parked at Rowsley awaiting a new lift pump and fuel filter, and pretty much all was well with the world.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Of horns and pipes

18th January 2015

The highlight of the week was  I suppose, our first formal day of Forklift truck training. That may be a  strange thing to say in a “railway” blog, but the art of driving and operating a forklift is likely to be a vital skill to restoration work in the future.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

Of hot and cold

4th January 2015

2014 went out with rather more of a bang than a whimper as snow suddenly covered over everything. Just before though, I had been up to our favourite battery suppliers and acquired a couple of nice new ones for James, which had “hand-me-downs” from another loco and which frankly weren't up to the task.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

Of goodbye to 2014

29th December 2014

So, an apology first to all those who logged in last night or earlier this morning looking for this week's edition of the blog. Unfortunately the Briddon family were struck down by a vomiting bug – starting with Steph on Christmas day night. Andrew started Saturday evening and by comparison I had it easy – waking up at 5 am Sunday morning feeling very cold and nauseous and remaining so most of the day.  Consequently I stayed in bed but not having eaten since Saturday night, my stomach was emptier and I managed to avoid the joy of up-chucking.

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
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