Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

Of clubs, air and cylinder heads

1st December 2013

Some twenty or so years ago, when we lived back in Sheffield, I was sufficiently interested in a  meeting of the Matlock Railway Club to drive the 25 miles over one evening when they met at a pub somewhere (as I recall)  up near the council offices. What the meeting was about, other than I think it was a slide show, I do not now remember, but it was clearly not of sufficient interest for me to repeat the exercise.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:00

Of belts and glazing

10th November 2013

The Briddon Country Pile is far too posh to have a house number. Our house has a name, and is said to be on a road, but if you arrive by Satnav, it takes you up the road and you have already passed the side turn where we are before the voice announces you have reached, etc. This week the new fan for Libby was delivered – by a neighbour. It seems that Tuffnells, having taken the consignment correctly addressed to the house name, decided to allocate it a house number on their consignment notes, and better still, a number that is at the other end of the road. The (not-so-near) neighbour accepted delivery, but then asked the postman where this house was – Bill, our postie, directed him to us!

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 03 November 2013 00:00

Of concrete, coughs and compressors

3rd November 2013

First thing Monday morning Andrew and I zipped down to Darley, arriving on the dot of 07.30 and finding a tractor, trailer and a small 360 degree Kubota excavator sat outside, and Paul on the phone wondering where we were. We got him in on Darley yard and set up, then left him to it.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 27 October 2013 01:00

Of garden sheds  and statistics

27th October 2013

Right then, I've battened the hatches over the windows, guy-roped the tv aerial and covered the cars in bubble-wrap secured with 15 metres of gaffer tape. Do you think I'm ready for this hurricane?

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 20 October 2013 01:00

Of watchers and watches

20th October 2013

Well now, this weeks instalment may be a disappointment. It has been a quiet time. Amongst other things, I've been down to the Eurostar depot at Temple Mills. (That's Temple Mills on the East side of Borisville: I gather there was some sort of sporting event held near there last year.) I've been in to lots of rail depots over the years, but never before have I had to empty my pockets, and pass through a metal detector whilst my personal particulars are X-ray'd, not to mention a nice (but not English) lady searching my car.  Of course, were I to work at a Heathrow  I daresay all this would be commonplace and not raise an eyebrow, but it just seemed so unnecessary just to get into a rail depot.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 06 October 2013 01:00

Of reflections

6th October 2013

As I was saying, Andrew had the day off on Monday and so we were to spend it at Rowsley. In a surprisingly generous mood, he invited me to nominate what I would like to do (aside from heading back home, sleeping, resting, etc) and on reflection I decided I would like to start on “Ashdown”'s new windows.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 29 September 2013 01:00

Of coffee tables and sun rooves

29th September 2013

Whilst it is always nice to get compliments like I did after last week's blog, I fear this week's may be rather more lightweight.

Published in 2013 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 22 September 2013 01:00

Of 16 trips to Sainsbury's

22nd September 2013

As I have said before, there are weeks when I am doing too much unpaid for the “collection”. This week has been one such. On Tuesday, although D8 Penyghent, was rostered according to Peak Rail's website, in practice we had been asked to provide and man 14 901 as D8s regular driver had a hospital appointment. I had been hoping that, by now, we would have had drivers trained up and ready to enjoy this experience, but although I am 'keeping up the momentum' on training (as per my instructions), we have no-one yet who has had experience of driving in passenger service and with all these person-carrying things in tow. So it was down to me to drive the loco, supported by one of my trainees to act as Secondman, and, as he to was not signed to act as a pilot, Rob S to perform that role. And I was under strict orders that I must do all the driving.

Published in 2013 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 15 September 2013 01:00

Of on-train training

15th September 2013

OK, so if you are a regular reader, or at least been here before but not for the last week or so, what you are seeing looks a little different. Not much, you understand, we've kept the same colour scheme and the header photos, but the sub-title “what we do for...” has, at the insistence of my daughter, changed to “...our kids” as she felt that 'kids unspecified' might give rise to unsavoury interpretations.

Published in 2013 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 08 September 2013 01:00

Of a coffee table for Cheedale

8th September 2013

In a post back in February ('of the locos at Scunthorpe') I bemoaned a certain magazine that took text from either this blog or Andrew's website, condensed it, and in so doing made it inaccurate and our work seem ineffectual. The latest edition came out on Thursday, and guess what? They've done it again!

Published in 2013 Jul-Sep
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