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Sunday, 25 March 2018 23:08

Of cuts and corrosion

25th March 2018

Well, it's going to be a packed programme tonight. So let's get on with it.

Published in 2018 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:38

Of no fun in the snow

18th March 2018

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Two weeks to Easter and we've snow everywhere.

Published in 2018 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:26

Of 'What is the collective noun for a bus-load of civic dignitaries?'

30th April 2017

We used to believe that the last weekend of the month was the one where everything went wrong and the first was that when everything went right.

Published in 2017 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 05 February 2017 18:19

Of eaves, warmed or dropping

5th February 2017

Once again as this is released to the world I will be on my way down to London, so this is being started on Sunday morning.

Published in 2017 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 15 May 2016 01:00

Of paint and wires

15th May 2016

So, the early bird may have missed the worm. If you read last week's edition of the blog before I got back home on Monday, then you'll have missed the 'postscript' I added after receiving pictures and news from Scunthorpe, where 03 901 took over a tour from an ailing 'Cranford'.

Published in 2016 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 21 June 2015 01:00

Of flashings and showers

21st June 2015

So, first thing Monday morning I started ringing around bearing suppliers in Derby and Sheffield, getting a range of prices and availabilities on the needle roller bearings we needed to restore our forklift to action. But the fifth supplier not only had two in stock, but gave the best price too, so I abandoned the search and set off for Sheffield.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 07 June 2015 01:00

Of a bridge over troubled waters

7th June 2015

As regular readers will know, the weekly title for this blog – other than it always begins with “Of ..” is often a complete blank right up until I finish the closing paragraph. This week however, the title became obvious by Friday night, and I will leave you to decide which of us resembles Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:00

Of Exodus

31 May 15

I picked the title this week and wondered whether to start off with a “hell fire and brimstone” sermon. You know the sort of thing, you can find it on obscure satellite and cable channels, with some smartly-suited guy sat behind a desk, pronouncing how Man has lost his way and only by following the word of the Lord (or his interpretation of it) in the 'good book' (pick title of yours or his choices) can we redeem ourselves and gain ever-lasting salvation. (And there's a thought, we all know what is meant by the “good book”, but what would we understand to be meant by a “bad book”?) But then sermons aren't really my style. Meandering reminiscences, technical dissertations, maybe, but sermonising on Weekend Rails? Hardly.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 24 August 2014 01:00

Of fans and Buff Splits

24th August 2014

Well, I suppose I had better start from the beginning. On Monday, as forecast, Andrew set off rather later than planned for Scunthorpe, but rather fortuitously as it worked out, as the repaired spring for “Tom”, which I had arranged to pick up later in the week, arrived outside the Briddon Country Pile during the morning so we were able to hand-ball it straight out of the lorry and into the van. While he was over there, he refitted the buffer with a replacement spring (further information came to hand which revealed that the buffers on 03's should have but a single spring, not a nest of two as I had surmised, but that someone had bodged a completely incorrect spring into the place of the failed original).

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00

Of things going up in the air and down in the ground

19th January 2013

So at 07.55 Monday morning I was driving down to Darley for an 08.00 start when my mobile rang. Not having the hands-free on and not recognising the number I ignored it, and called it back on arrival. It was my contractor to say that there was a problem with plant transport and start would be delayed. My first thought was to head back home, but then I remembered the portable loo was due between 08.30 and 09.00, so I decided to soak up the solace of Darley Dale from the inside of my nice warm Portakabin. At 09.05 I tried to ring the portable-loo-man without success. At 09.15 I headed back home (to find his landline number) and as soon as I walked in the door, my phone rang. It was the portable loo man to say he was outside the gates.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar

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