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Sunday, 04 October 2015 01:00

Of lights, camera, inaction!

4th October 2015

After the abundance of pictures last week, I fear a dearth this week as there was little that really was worth photographing, or what was worth recording found me without a camera (and my phone, well it takes pictures, but I bought it as a phone and never thought about it at the time).

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 19 July 2015 01:00

Of visitors and crane beams

19th July 2015

It is appreciated, but certainly not obligatory, that the occasional visitor comes bearing gifts. What with Roger W arriving with fire extinguishers and such a couple of weeks ago, this time our favourite ex RR service engineer, Neil W popped in during the week and presented me with a box full of R-R genuine oil filters and a few old lift pumps that seemingly had been cluttering up his loft. I was quite happy to show him around the progress – or lack of it – on the building at Darley Dale.

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 28 June 2015 01:00

Of e-bay and railtours

28th June 2015

E-bay has been a recurring topic for the week. As you know, we keep pour eyes peeled (well Andrew does) for bits-n-bobs, tools and the like, which will be of use at prices we can afford. Sometimes they have gone through without hiccup, others have been thwarted by people who refuse to honour the price the auction closes at. I have had the seller who simply refuses to answer e-mails or calls (and whose item, a 7.25” gauge loco, promptly turns up listed again by someone else) or the one who declared that “it had been stolen the previous day” (and yes, that too was re-listed a few days later by someone who was “doing it for a friend”). This week a new seller (rating 0) who had listed some material at a starting bid of £0.99, when no-one else bid, told Andrew that there was £2000-worth and he wasn't selling at £0.99, ring him and we could strike a deal. Now, I was under the impression that if an auction was completed then a contract existed, but all the so-called FAQs and help pages are strangely quiet on that. We haven't rung the guy, but we will probably give him a negative rating.

Published in 2015 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, 14 June 2015 01:00

Of weather and needle bearings

14th Jun 2015

It has always been a British tradition not just to talk about “the weather” (“Britain has no climate, only Weather. Discuss” was an exam question that my old geography master used to trot out about once a week) but to mock the efforts of those whose job it is to forecast it. Meteorology (which surely ought to be the study of meteors, not weather) in the UK probably reached its nadir when Mr Fish declared that there would be no hurricane, but over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that they doing it pretty well.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 17 May 2015 01:00

Of purlinations

17th May 2015

Some months ago I talked about an old photograph I had acquired at a table-top sale at the school nearby, which showed a Hudswell,Clarke 3ft gauge 0-4-0ST on the contract that laid a water main through Chatsworth, and resolved once and (I hope) for all the identity of the loco, for the authority on such waterworks lines, the late Harold Bowtell, had concluded it was something else.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 03 May 2015 01:00

Of paddling pools and codelights

3rd May 2015

250th logo3

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 12 April 2015 01:00

Of camera-toting enthusiasts

12th April 2015

A fair amount of variety in the illustrations this week, and for most of them, I must thank Steph as she has been around to record some of what has been going on. That of course means that even camera-shy me has turned up in a few, but I hope that won't put you off your breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
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, 01 March 2015 00:00

Of tours and tyres

1st March 2015

And so we're in to the third month of the year. This week has had us sorting out 03 parts and getting ready for a  Tata Tour,  sorting out the forklift ready for more regular use and still finding time for Andrew to win a regional competition – but do read on...

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
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