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Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of Norway and No-way

27th March 2011

There is a long list – a page-and-a-half – of  “things that ought to be done” on 14 901 before it moves to South Wales and Andrew had graded them into priorities of Low, Medium or High. He and I might not altogether agree on some, and he, like me, had other things in mind that were not on the list. A couple he even crossed off the list on a “nice, but we haven’t the time” basis in the vague idea that we might get through a significant proportion in the course of the last remaining weekend. A weekend that just happened to be the last in the month.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of MIG and miniature

15th May 2011

The invoice arising from last weekend’s auction appeared on Andrew’s e-mail account on Monday and caused a certain amount of consternation. Payment methods acceptable to the auctioneers versus the time available were slightly conflictive – so on Tuesday I added organising a banker’s draft to my list of things to do, which included booking a 3.5ton dropside to collect the purchased lots.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of jacks and priorities

6th March 2011

The run of bad luck seemed to follow me into the first few days of March.  A commercial job on Monday got delayed an hour after a chap in a 4×4 and a trailer succeeded in parking it at 45 degrees across the A1 southbound. Although I almost caught up with my plan, the knock-on effect was that when I pressed the button on my bit to make the customer’s bit function, the latter didn’t and I had no time to investigate.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of G.Is and Rolls'

23rd January 2011

Saturday: Andrew was away again, but Mrs B (well, having earned her disapprobration by depicting her in last week’s blog, I had better henceforward refer to her as Steph,) and I had planned on a quiet day on the 14’s troublesome window frames. Rowsley was very quiet – save for two young men dressed as American GIs who appeared to be patrolling the station site. I was tempted to point out that it is still 7 months to the Warring 40s event at Peak Rail but concluded that there was really no reason to intefere. After all, they had guns.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of auctions and actions

8th May 2011

The overlap between my activities with Andrew and commercial work has been extensive again this week. It was after all, Andrew’s acquisition of the re-railing jacks from Doncaster that enabled me to broker the deal that saw the East Anglian Railway Museum acquire the Plasser crane, and while I was there putting the engine back in, I’d had a chance to have a quick look at more bits coming up for auction. So it was that on Wednesday I back yet again in Doncaster, “officially” inspecting the lots of an on-line auction due to close on Friday.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of air filters and deadmans pedals

13th March 2011

Andrew had the day off work on Wednesday and we travelled down to Bicester to view the latest batch of MoD rolling stock that Ramco has on tender. I have many memories of Bicester, from commissioning brand new Thomas Hill locomotives, conducting training courses in old carriages, testing a repowered Ruston and being happily unaware that the brake van at the back of our train was no longer on the rails… They weren’t always happy days, but I knew people there and the place always seemed a hive of activity.

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of a weekend that seems to have lasted all week

3rd April 2011

There is an old adage that says “a job takes the time available to do it in”. It can be all too true. I was back at Rowsley anyway on Monday, and Steph followed me over later to resume work in 14 901’s cab, this time rubbing down and giving the old grey steelwork a coat of Magnolia. When I had finished I joined her, and when Andrew had got home from work and changed he came over and we all three carried on until nearly dark, Andrew taking over on Magnolia detail while I was handed the masking tape and after Steph and I had masked off the desk top, I painted it with a fresh layer of Hammerite.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of a long weekend -1

25th April 2012

Two weekends sandwiched with Bank Holidays – what more can you ask for? Well I suppose quite a bit, but let’s see what we can do with it. Pity that the next one classifies as the last of the month – or was it this one?

Published in 2012 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of a long weekend - 2

2nd May 2011

No doubt about it, this classed as the “last weekend of the month”. No: no problems reported from the Carmarthen direction, well, other than a phone conversation about a minor fuel leak, but progress has not been without problems.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of 08s and trawler engines

30th January 2011

I blame the Rev W Awdry. The portrayal of what we know today as a Class 08 as the evil, slimy ‘Diesel’ in the Thomas books must have had a profound effect on the young, impressionable me, and influenced my view of what a good shunting loco should be. Today I can rationalise it much better – and have done in a few places...

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
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