Weekend Rails

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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, 23 April 2017 23:08

Of certificates and progress

23rd April 2017

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that the url line for Weekend Rails has changed a bit. It is now an https rather than just a mere http, which means I apparently have an SSL certificate for it, as I also seemingly have for both my commercial site and Andrew's loco site. You might think that this means I'll be out buying picture frames so that I can have them in a line on the wall. Sadly no, it's not that sort of certificate.

Published in 2017 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:57

Of Easter efforts

16th April 2017

Sunday once again, April is half-over, Easter is in full flow. I used to say that on Bank Holiday weekends I'd leave the blog until Monday, but – well - at my age I can get confused enough and can't remember which day I did what sometimes. So Sunday it had better remain, even though, as I finish editting this, the clock has ticked over past midnight anyway.

Published in 2017 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:34

Of gifts and gears

9th April 2017

After the all-action report from last week, perhaps something a little more calm and laid-back would be in order. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin....

Published in 2017 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 02 April 2017 22:06

Of Mercs and miles

2nd April 2017

I have had the feeling over the years that a lot of railway enthusiasts also have a partiality to Land Rovers. I used to put this down to them being the nearest thing to a loco on rubber tyres, but then in the 1980s I discovered minilok, and realised that they had a long way to match up. You'll know if you've stuck with this blog for any length of time that we've had two Land Rovers, a short wheelbase that lingered in our garage from about 1986 and finally was sold when we left Briddon Towers, and a long wheelbase Defender that Andrew bought from RMS Locotec and finally left in a container for the USA. But once you've owned a Landy, not possessing one leaves a hole, and when Steph declared she'd like another in place of her Micra sometime, we needed no further excuse...

Published in 2017 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 08 January 2017 22:31

Of a long first week

8th January 2017

I thought I'd start off this week with a service announcement. If you are a Virgin Media customer, you may have had difficulty getting in to Weekend Rails for the last month or so. A while ago somebody tried to hack in to Weekend Rails from a VM account, and the security software banned their IP address. But as Virgin Media uses a generic IP address, it effectively banned all of VM from access.

Published in 2017 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 18 December 2016 17:59

Of Ramps and Edges

18th December 2016

Xmas16v3

I foresaw two possible scenarios this week. One was that I would be on my way down to the studios and wouldn't get the time to write the blog at all, the other that, for various reasons, there wouldn't be much to write about. I think my crystal ball wants new batteries.

Published in 2016 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 11 December 2016 22:07

Of meeting an important person

11th December 2016

Are you feeling all Christmassy yet? Can't say I am: just been trying to work out what effect it will have on cash flow for those customers whose bills are due on or about the 31st December. Will they pay up before they break up and thus let me have a good Christmas? Or will they get boozed up at the office party, fall asleep and wake up in time to go home early and s*d paying anybody until well into 2017? Yeah, that's my guess too.

Published in 2016 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 20 November 2016 21:46

Of starters and switches

20th November 2016

Winter seems to have arrived: we've burnt the last of 2015's kerosene in the space heater and seen snow on the hills between here, Sheffield and Buxton. But the Geoffrey Briddon Building continues to provide a tolerably warm space out of the cold and wet as we slowly get things straightened out and maybe squeeze a bit of loco work in now and then. If a lot of our time seems taken up with shed-work and not enough loco work, well, the locos will benefit from the more productive facilities (we've become conscious that overall, we are getting more done than hitherto) and the time and money allocated to getting the building right is well-spent.

Published in 2016 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 25 September 2016 00:00

Of track and Terrypicker

25th September 2016

One of my readers commented recently that one of the things he likes about this blog is that 'there is always something happening'. I have admitted that on occasion when I resort to reminiscing here in print it is because I've got little really to talk about. Is this going to be one of those weeks? I doubt it.

Published in 2016 Jul-Sep
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