Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Of tracklaying underwater

7th December 2014


Firstly, my apologies to anyone who had difficulty finding last weeks' entry – once I've uploaded it I normally check it by going to Categories and finding it on the current quarter's list. This I did and all appeared normal, but then Andrew complained it wasn't “up” and when I checked on the “Blog” or “Latest Post” headings it didn't show: in fact it did show on the RSS tab (upper left) so that was but 2 of the 4 places which you normally should  find it. Whether it will happen again this week, I don't know. It may be a side effect of a recent “security mod” or just summat quirky. Either way if it happens again, try one of the alternative routes just in case. Of course if it does happen again this week this public service information will be of no use at all as you won't be able to find it...

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

Of Ashdown down the line

30th November 2014

So, back to normal timetable and with the nights drawing in, a slightly earlier start to this week's edition. Several times during the week I have driven over the level crossing at Darley and glanced across to check all was well on the site. And there, forlorn and exposed, has been my forklift, which as you will recall from last week, got so far up the site alongside the shed before effectively becoming marooned in the soft, dirt and  ash surface.  And as it quietly slumbered, its sheer weight has assured its slow but apparent settlement into the ground as if it was taking root.  I did not want it to do so.

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Of  bits of wire

24th November 2014

Judging from the website statistics, quite a few of you came in last night and this morning, looking for this week's edition, but I did say I'd be out, and by the time I got in, with songs like Boomerang Kids and Spending Nigel's Bonus still ringing in my ears, it was too late to even think about writing it last night.

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 07 September 2014 01:00

Of microbes and doors

7th September 2014

Originally, I believe, 14 901 was due to return from Loughborough on Monday, but as Allelys had their prefabricated ramp in place to take the 66 back to Brush (from where it can rejoin the National network) the move was postponed to Tuesday, and as Reid's couldn't make Tuesday, a compromise was reached and it moved on Wednesday.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 31 August 2014 01:00

Of lamps and horns

31st August 2014

As I am only starting this week's edition of the blog at 11.00 pm on Sunday night I shall be dividing it into two parts, so that I am not up all night writing it.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
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, 10 August 2014 01:00

Of rods and channels

10th August 2014

“Last week's Weekend Rails was rubbish”, declared one of my regular readers in a spirit of constructive criticism. And I am not sure that he will be much more satisfied by this week's edition.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 03 August 2014 01:00

Of tin hats and Ford Fiestas

3rd August 2014

Now look, if you're expecting another report like last week, with drama and theatrics as 901 pounded up and down the ELR, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 27 July 2014 01:00

Of one Teddy short of a picnic

27th July 2014

So, as we left things last week “Grace” was sat outside at Rowsley and 14901 was ready to head off for a week's holiday in sunny Bury. So first thing Monday it was down to see the swap over. Andrew had the day off, and ran a few errands to Matlock sorting out a replacement fan belt for the winch engine, meanwhile a ramp was assembled, and with all sorted Grace was rolled down and whisked away by Charlie, and I brought 14 901 over and on to the bottom of the ramp. The 14 was loaded and headed north up the A6 with Andrew in pursuit to see it off and through an FTR.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 20 July 2014 01:00

Of Grace and favours

20th July 2014

These weeks are anything but normal, though come to think of it, I don't know what is “normal” at the Briddon Country Pile. On Monday Steph and I headed back to darkest Norfolk to return our grandson from his long weekend with us, and although there was muttered talk of “doing some work at the shed after you get back” there wasn't really much chance of it.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
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