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Old 10th Feb 2016, 15:12
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For a bonus point, can you name the driver?
Good grief! No way! However, he was a decent guy and let me (after getting OC Supply's permission) operate his engine thus fulfilling an early childhood dream of being a 'train driver'.

If I told you that, in 1973, the non-stop sleeper to King's Cross left Leuchars Junction at 2306 would I still get a bonus point?
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 15:42
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Signs that you are getting old.

Your arms get shorter - this occurs when you try to read small print without glasses.

Your legs get longer - this becomes apparent when you try to put on your socks.

Of course, with your arms getting shorter this exacerbates the putting on of socks.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 15:54
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Since we're not averse to a bit of "down memory lane" in this splendid thread, that mention of the BP Grangemouth refinery reminds me of a little episode a few years back when I was still in gainful employment. They needed a new guyed flare stack there, and our consulting engineering firm in central London was commissioned to carry out the structural design for it.

I did the necessary calculations and computer analysis work and duly sent them the dimensions and engineering data for construction, including the essential guy rope hardware details and installed pre-tension values for all guy levels. Back came a message from their engineering department, with the startling news that they considered there was a serious deficiency in our recommendations for the strengths of the guy rope shackles and rigging screws. They insisted we had got it all wrong, and arranged to come down to a meeting in our office "to sort the problem out." The canny Scots arrived in force, and I explained in detail that the parts in question met the required industry standards for safety factors on strength. I backed this up with copies of technical papers I had obtained from the BSI (the British Standards Institution) in advance of the meeting, which clearly demonstrated that these components had adequate strengths for the maximum design loadings. There was no structural problem at all.

A short silence ensued, they looked at each other and at the clock, and then asked what was the best way to get to Oxford Street? It appeared that they had Christmas shopping lists from their wives up in the Grangemouth area, and wanted to quit the meeting asap - it was early December, and a company-funded "vital engineering meeting" in London suited them fine!

I will never know whether they really did think we had made a balls-up of the stack design, or if they had cooked up a good excuse for their trip, encouraged by their wives ...
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 16:04
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Originally Posted by larssnowpharter View Post
Good grief! No way! However, he was a decent guy and let me (after getting OC Supply's permission) operate his engine thus fulfilling an early childhood dream of being a 'train driver'.

If I told you that, in 1973, the non-stop sleeper to King's Cross left Leuchars Junction at 2306 would I still get a bonus point?
No, because I also caught that train a couple of times. The driver's name was Willie Duncan. He was one of the nicest people you could wish to meet and a very big cheese in the Scottish dark suit and apron wearing fraternity.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 16:06
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Couple of spiffing wee engines, one notes chaps do not allow themselves to be photographed with their hands on their hips these days,it has unwanted connotations.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 18:02
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No, because I also caught that train a couple of times.
That train was once a key component of a 'wizzard jape'.

A directional consultant on 43 Sqn was getting married in about a week. Naturally, we gave him a bit of a send off which consisted of getting him properly p155ed in the OM bar. So p155ed he passed out.

He was duly taken to Leuchars Junction, poured into a first class cabin, his clothing removed and waved on his (unconscious) way. Of course he was woken - much to his surprise - by the steward at about 0500 on the approach to King's Cross. He duly arrived back at Leuchars using the return ticket that had been kindly left with him and wearing ill fitting BR coveralls.

A few hat on interviews with the Staish followed.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 19:05
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I will never know whether they really did think we had made a balls-up of the stack design, or if they had cooked up a good excuse for their trip, encouraged by their wives ...
I know where my money would be. Similarly in 1991 when Man United played in the Cup Winners Cup final in Rotterdam a lot of my Shell colleagues in Manchester managed to fix 2 day meetings in The Hague for the same time!
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 19:49
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When a certain Bulgarian company joined my organisation in the 1990s, their representatives to our Brussels meetings (usually women, often a middle aged ex shotputter accompanied by a glamorous younger assistant) would show up at the start, then invariably slope off at the first coffee break, not to be seen again. One wondered if they had seen 'shops' before, as we understand them.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 22:12
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2. The engine was some diesel thing and 'owned' by the Army.
Back in darkest 1959-1962 the British Army had a unit named 16 Railway Regiment, Royal Engineers, based at Longmoor, in Hampshire. There were two squadrons that could repair, maintain and operate a railway system and a third squadron that did all the training. They had several diesel locos and ran a service, known as The Bullet, at 10mph, between Longmoor camp and Liss BR railway station. Longmoor Camp has long since ceased to function as a railway depot so I'm guessing the Army have sent their equipment elsewhere.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 22:19
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There were railway engines at Longtown (Cumbria) that were operated by the MOD.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 22:30
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Gasoline finally down to $0.99.9 a litre at local station. I can hear the howls at head office.


I don't give a damn, I usually ride in trolley buses or Skytrain. They are electric.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 22:39
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This might be the very shunter Mr Lars drove.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 23:13
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Something I read recently that neatly ties together a couple of the themes to posts on this page:
"I've reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me."
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Old 11th Feb 2016, 05:28
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This is a video of the Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic
team taken by a go-pro camera
mounted in the smoke-pod of Snowbird 1.

Filmed around Comox BC which is about 140 miles
north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.


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Old 11th Feb 2016, 06:55
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Nice video clip Nervous.

Nice start to the day here as well.
Partly cloudy, +2C and no sign of rain.
The river levels are now dropping from yesterday's peak.
As far as I know no one suffered from the water getting in apart from
on or two garden sheds having been flooded.

Pootling through the interweb I find that the last fuel train into Linkswood
fuel store for RAF Leuchars was on 25th June 2014 and was pulled by
Class 56 number 56094.
Now that is a useless piece of information.
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Old 11th Feb 2016, 06:58
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Morning peeps,blue sky to the West but must be some cloud in the East because the sun is not shining on the roof tops,checking this world involve me putting down me cuppa and ciggy getting orf me arse and walking into another room so one shall assume this is the case from the evidence as it stands, so I dont have to.

Good clip Mr SLF camera looking at the scenery and not just fixed looking at the bloody pilot which is usually the case.
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Old 11th Feb 2016, 09:41
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This might be the very shunter Mr Lars drove.
My goodness, I do believe it is! Thanks for that Mr 4mast.

One notes from the link that the old girl is now restored and played the part of Mavis the Quarry Shunter at a Thomas the Tank Engine festival. And to think I drove Mavis.

Wait 'til the sproglettes come back from school and I tell them I am famous!
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Old 11th Feb 2016, 10:02
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Afore one be reduc... (fell) t' the lower order one were involved in negotia.. (talkin') about trans-median oil fields wi t' Noggies.

Big meeting arranged in Londinium (where one then worked) just afore one Christmas, back in t' late 70's. Up do pop 5 noggies and meeting do progress. Oddly, they do all be in splendid agreement wi' what one was suggetin' (most odd during these years of negotiation) an' t' meetin' do finish early on t' second day (of three planned). Whereupon one o' they asks where be Oxford St, just round t' corner says I. Then another pulls out cardboard cut-outs o' his children's feet sayin' - I need to get some shoes as part o' their Christmas presents. Do you know where I can get shoes this size .

Funny think was that it represented a break through where, thereafter, we were friends trying to resolve difficult problems together, rather than strangers sitting across a table arguing (valuable lesson learnt there that served me well over the next forty years)
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Old 11th Feb 2016, 10:29
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There are those on these hallowed pages that liked RAF Leuchars.

Mr Hitler is not keen on the idea of a posting there

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Old 11th Feb 2016, 15:27
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If I told you that, in 1973, the non-stop sleeper to King's Cross left Leuchars Junction at 2306 would I still get a bonus point?
No, because it wasn't non stop. I took that service when rotating from some tanker detachment or other at Leuchars around that time. It stopped at Peterborough where I stumbled out and gave thanks that my pre-booked MT to Marham had actually turned up.

Unless Peterborough was a "request" stop, of course!
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