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Sunday, 07 April 2013 01:00

Of oils and cowls

7th April 2013

So on Bank Holiday Monday we sorted out a few things and as I was suffering from a bit of fatigue it was not until after lunch that we headed in to Rowsley with the intention of progressing Tom and 14 901. Andrew had decided to nip up the bolts on the Voith oil cooler which had been leaking for some time so we would need to see if it was better.

Published in 2013 Apr-Jun
Thursday, 04 April 2013 01:00

Of a roof over our heads (part 1)

9th April 2013

There has been, I must confess, a story going on in the background that has not previously featured in this bog, by agreement between Andrew and myself that it would not do so until a particular landmark was achieved. Originally I was going to slip this in as an extra long weekly entry, but Andrew pointed out that as this covers events that have been going on for over 18 months, it deserves a post of its own.

Published in 2013 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 31 March 2013 00:00

Of belts and bases

31st March 2013

I'm getting a bit confused this week. It wasn't just all this snow fall that has come down merely a week before Easter, but with our daughter and her fiance arriving Thursday night it has felt like the wrong day all weekend. Actually, on Wednesday, having to head that on business, I dropped in to Llanuwchllyn to pick up a 16mm model of mine that I haven't seen for a decade. The railway was getting ready to start the season, and 3 quarry tanks were in steam as the boiler inspector had been there earlier in the day for the annual physical.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 24 March 2013 00:00

Of hot and cold

24th March 2013

Andrew had the Monday off, in expectation that we would not have hired the vehicle the previous Monday and would do it then instead.. And anyway, after 500 miles the previous day going to see 14 901, he thought we could both do with an "easy" time. He can be so considerate. So we wandered in to Rowsley with the intention of getting "Libby" back into the shed.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 10 March 2013 00:00

Of a snowy, steamy Sunday

10th March 2013

After the exertions of last week, I am pleased that this week has been a little less demanding. Indeed, as Andrew was away with partner and their child for the weekend, Steph and I took the van up to our daughter's in Darlington on Saturday, taking up a wheelbarrow and a piano stool and returning with a vacuum cleaner and a wardrobe - not a bad swap really.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Saturday, 02 March 2013 00:00

Of Charlie's big brother

3rd March 2013

I teased the readers with a hint of something happening this week and aside from those scurrilous souls who suggested that we were acquiring 08s or other such shoddy shunters I think we managed to keep most guessing. (Oh, and for those who don't know our views on 08s and their ilk, see "Of 08s and trawler engines, here - otherwise, read on).

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 06 January 2013 00:00

Of milestones

6th January 2013

There are some events that seem to denote significant stages in your life. Some you have an element of control over - marriage, moving house, jobs - others occur at times outside your control, and serve to remind you of time passing, like the deaths of your parents. Andrew this week contrived to compel a pleasant, but nonetheless involuntary change in our status, when he awarded us the role of grandparents. Needless to say this was not a solo enterprise, nor was it entirely unexpected (though 10 days early) when his partner (whom I see I have not named hitherto and trust no-one will try to interpret this as in any way Freudian) gave birth to their little boy Jake.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 18 November 2012 00:00

Of the return of Jack

18th November 2012

I threw in the last two lines of last week's blog just as a way of rounding it off, but I should have known better. First thing Monday morning Andrew learned that, owing to administrative screw-up, there was in fact no vehicle heading to Hollycombe to collect "Jack" despite several prior assurances. To cut a long story short, a vehicle finally rolled in on Wednesday afternoon and despite awkward access, darkness and other such impediments, "Jack" was loaded and on its way before the end of the day.

Published in 2012 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 28 October 2012 01:00

Of clutches and suches

28th October 2012

An astute reader, referring to my expectation to have "Tom" back running by the end of this weekend, questioned whether that was a wise plan given that this weekend is the last of the month. For any new readers we find things "happen" on that weekend and all too often to our detriment. Aforesaid astute reader was probably right.

Published in 2012 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 07 October 2012 01:00

Of revisiting an old byway

7th October 2012

Back when I was about 20, I was invited to an Open Day at a private railway not far from Southampton, then under the general auspices of the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Society. They had started building a small circuit on land belonging to their Chairman, Barry Curl, in 1967 and I was there the day the finished ballasting the far side of the line and were able to do the full circuit for the first time, with ex Dinorwic 0-4-0ST "Cloister" as well as a selection of Simplexes and one of two O&K RL3 0-4-0DMs.

Published in 2012 Oct-Dec
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