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Sunday, 29 June 2014 01:00

Of shuttering, sand and fuses

29th June 2014

Here we are, nearly half way through the year. The longest day has come and gone. Wimbledon is in full swing. This time last year we were digging a test hole for the Structural Engineer, seeing site clearance finally underway at Darley and refitting the repaired turbo to 14 901.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 25 May 2014 01:00

Of a landmark

25th May 2014

200th

According to the counting system within the software that runs Weekend Rails, this is the 200th edition of the blog, which began back in July 2010 on Railnuts. It has become a part of the Briddon family tradition over that time: indeed, we often find ourselves hunting back through it as a means of checking dates when things happened. If you are a new reader, feel free to trip back down my memory lane. If you have been with me for all or most of that time – well, I'm touched, but you should consider getting out more!!

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 18 May 2014 01:00

Of coolant, thrash and clag

18th May 2014

I'll open tonight's missive with some photos courtesy of Toby, one of our colleagues from Scunthorpe. I said a week or two ago that “Tom” had been out on the plant with some real wagons to play with, and that I should have a video soon to upload. Well, all being well the vid will be uploaded this evening, but here's a few stills from the day.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 11 May 2014 01:00

Of speedos, the 1960s and “Blowing in the Wind”

11th May 2014

First of all, let me thank all those who e-mailed during the week offering their best wishes after my daughter's nuptials. She and her husband are now somewhere in Japan and hopefully enjoying every minute of it.  For us though, it is back to normal.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:00

Of thermostats and Secondmen.

20th April 2014

So here we are again. The tourist season has burst into bud and the trains have been running betwixt Rowsley and Matlock. And has 14 901 been doing its stuff? You'll have to read on to find out.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

Of chickens and speedos

30th March 2014

Firstly, my apologies if you have had difficulties getting on to Weekend Rails this week. As I write this, people are telling me that they are getting server error messages. Now I “check” WR (and Andrew Briddon Locos) every day, a legacy of the trouble that has been caused by past hacking attempts (as a matter of interest, there have been over 500 spurious attempts to “log-in” to my side of WR this month) but I do so by means of the monitoring package which has been unaffected, so remained unaware. Hopefully it will not take long to fix.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00

Of duck tape and Baby Powder

23rd March 2014

This week seems to have been directed very much at “the shed”. On the one hand I have not quite kept up with an average of grouting one column per day – the weather has not been kind and some of our foundations, being 300mm below surrounding ground level, do not drain readily after rain. But anyway, on Tuesday I headed over to the planned cladding supplier to go through the specification and requirements for the roof.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:00

Of windows, grinders and jacks

9th March 2014

So, what of the shed floor? Well, the e-mail arrived on Monday complete with a re-statement of the reasons why, but not really answering the questions I'd raised – a sort of “We are the experts, don't question our motives”. But their response might have been more effective if they'd remembered to attach the drawing itself. I got that on Tuesday, and despite having sent them a CAD drawing showing (a) the stools that we'd made after they'd insisted on lowering the foundations to 300mm below ground level and (b) exactly where the internal concrete panels had been located, they insisted that these points had no relevance to their drawings. Insofar as the purpose of the floor slab is to weigh down the foundations and ensure that our overhead crane, tearing up and down the building all day and twice as fast on Sundays, doesn't cause the whole caboodle to shake or waltz down to the river that may be true, but it is a bit galling to have them insist that their sectional drawings are “correct” when they cannot be true to what has actually been built.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:00

Of raffles and revisions

2nd March 2014

At 08.30 Monday morning an e-mail polarised in my Inbox containing Revision C of the plans for the shed floor. My revised spec to the Structural engineers, which had included a large amount of “as built” information on CAD, had limited that area where the Mattersons are to be used effectively down to one quarter of the building. Thus while this retained the “nuclear shelter” concrete thickness, the remainder of the floor could be reduced to “normal” standards.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 16 February 2014 00:00

Of lists of things to do

16th February 2014

Right, make yourself a cup of tea, or pour a beer, because this might take some time. And for once, when sometimes I feel guilty that there is only one, or even none, in the way of photographs, this week there is lots to report and lots of pictures to show it with.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
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