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Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Just a quiet weekend

6th September 2010

No sooner had I committed last week’s saga to the electrons than the phone rang and a former neighbour of ours was congratulating us on the article in Railway Magazine. This came as a surprise since I had been expecting a proof but no matter, a short while later the postman delivered something in a plain brown envelope and there it was for all to see.

Published in 2010 Jul-Sep
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

In Scarlet Pimpernel mode

26th September 2010

I have been doing a lot for Andrew this week. For starters having agreed to Plan B for the air cleaners on the ‘14, I started looking for a suitable modern rectangular air cleaner element. I identified 3 from my old Fleetguard catalogue, but a quick call showed that one was obsolete and the others had not been sold in the UK for years.

Published in 2010 Jul-Sep
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Charging around

3rd October 2010

At the end of last week’s blog, I confidently forecast my popping in to Rowsley on Monday to photograph 14 901 hauling a decent-sized freight down to Darley. I should know better than to count chickens, or locos.

Published in 2010 Oct-Dec
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

All I wanted was a quiet birthday

17th October 2010

Monday: All I really wanted was a quiet birthday, a chance to wallow in self-pity about another year having gone by without becoming a millionaire, featured in a TV documentary, recognised by the Heritage Railway Association (did I ever tell you that my skills have nothing relevant to railway preservation, according to the HRA?) and so on.

Published in 2010 Oct-Dec
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

A fond Claire-well and multiple tasks

14th November 2010

During the week we said a metaphoric goodbye to another of Andrew’s locos – “Claire”. It was I suppose inevitable that with three ‘identical’ Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0DHs – “Claire” “Grace” and “Beverley” – Andrew needing to thin out the numbers would lead to one or even two of them departing, but I have fond memories of “Claire” – one of the most travelled locos in the collection.

Published in 2010 Oct-Dec
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of this and that

30th May 2011

This (long) weekend was the Last Weekend of the Month. There is a danger in all this that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy, that in some way we expect that it will be a wash-out, plan less to do for fear of it going wrong, see every minor problem as a major disaster and come out of it with our convictions reinforced.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of the Last Weekend of the Month

27th February 2011

It has been a busy week at Briddon towers. I was out on a commercial job on Tuesday, and Andrew having packed the girlfriend back off for home, went over to Rowsley where there ought to have been a 6.5m length of tube delivered. But it wasn’t there. He rang me, I advised him where to find the supplier’s phone number and contact name, he rang the supplier, the supplier blustered, and it turned out the lorry was half a mile away and the driver “couldn’t find” Peak Rail, Rowsley.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of the countdown

20th March 2011

Deadlines have a habit of concentrating the mind. I mean, we knew that 14 901 was due out about the end of March, but with that air of not being quite sure when, comes that easy-going sensation that says that it’s close, but not that close. Then Andrew gets the snippet that John Antell is delivering a steam loco to Peak Rail on April 1st and is leaving with 14 901 for Gwili - and no, it is not a wind-up. Ah, that means two weekends to get all the outstanding jobs completed (and one of those the dreaded last weekend of the month). The comfortable sensation goes away and is replaced by one of considerable alarm.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of Teak and trackbeds

6th February 2011

I used to try Google-ing myself out of curiousity and up until a couple of years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find anything of me. About the only reference on the ‘net was Andrew and me appearing on “Scrapheap Challenge” in 2004, but Channel 4 took that page down a year or two ago. Now though, you get all sorts of hits, with this Railnuts blog high amongst them.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of MIG and miniature

15th May 2011

The invoice arising from last weekend’s auction appeared on Andrew’s e-mail account on Monday and caused a certain amount of consternation. Payment methods acceptable to the auctioneers versus the time available were slightly conflictive – so on Tuesday I added organising a banker’s draft to my list of things to do, which included booking a 3.5ton dropside to collect the purchased lots.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
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