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Old 18th Jun 2017, 12:52
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Originally Posted by 4mastacker View Post
I was awake for the return journey when the loco caused a bit of a line side fire. Watched the train crew hastily beating the s**t out of the burning embers.

It is a very well run railway - but it can't have been much fun for the loco crews on such a hot day. I had to shelter under the footbridge at Sheffield Park with a very large ice cream cornet and a cooling drink.
Not an unusual occurrence in steam days. In fact, according to Simon Bradley's excellent book, *The Railways Nation, Network & People, unscrupulous farmers would set fire to their lineside crop fields and claim compensation from the railway companies.

*This book is a damn good read even if you are not interested in railways.
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 14:00
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What joke about memory?
I was going to tell you but then I heard something that sounded like a helicopter in the distance. It's gone now.
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 15:46
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The chicks are quite large now.
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 16:16
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Quite a few Puffins enjoying the sunshine and at least four rabbits doing their best to keep the grass short.
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 17:30
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 18:58
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Simon Bradley's excellent book, *The Railways Nation, Network & People
Absolutely agree, an excellent read.

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Old 18th Jun 2017, 20:40
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Bluey, if this lot come calling, they're not Jehovah's. Ask Checkers........

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Old 18th Jun 2017, 22:32
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They've only got toy guns, RbG ... nothing to be scared of there.
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 06:16
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..... but one of them has a dodgy moustache!!
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 06:41
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Good morning. Warm again today but bearable not like it is for you poor souls in tropical England. My last day here so if you could kindly get the hot bit over with I'd be grateful.
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 07:40
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This morning I turned my laptop upside down.
KBD and ODD are the imprinted notations aside screw holes.
These have not bothered before and have little effect now: so far.

However for my amusement: the two commands:-
Keep Believing Draper and
Only Draper Decides

MAYBE part of a grand plan.
Do other members of the committee have a view?
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 19:57
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Evening all, one has been busy travelling. As opposed to others, one didn't even have time for one beer at Stansted as the Stansted Express out of Liverpool Station refused to have its brakes released. When a complete system shutdown and reboot was announced, with lights going out and doors to be closed, to release the stuck brakes (WTF ), one wisely decided to ignore the assurance that all would be well afterwards, got out and boarded another train a few platforms down. One is quite sure one would have missed the flight otherwise, as one cannot imagine a complete system reboot on a train would be done with within a few minutes.

Edited to add that one wonders what would happen the other way round? Would they also do a complete system reboot under full speed if the brakes didn't respond... ?
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 20:03
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Presumably it was an electric train?
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 20:07
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I believe so. Maybe pulling the plug would have done the trick.
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Old 19th Jun 2017, 21:52
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Spiffing and sweltering. Getting temps of 104 to 108F this week. Too fecking hot.

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Old 19th Jun 2017, 21:52
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Here's a blast from the past - and look at those prices, a minimum charge of twenty pence!

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Old 19th Jun 2017, 21:59
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Originally Posted by ricardian View Post
Here's a blast from the past - and look at those prices, a minimum charge of twenty pence!
And that was post-decimalisation! (February 1971)
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Old 20th Jun 2017, 05:37
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A fair bit cooler this morning which should make travelling a bit pleasanter.
Ingerland here I come.
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Old 20th Jun 2017, 05:55
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How did they get the hot dog thing to go circular ?
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Old 20th Jun 2017, 05:58
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Wimpy was my favourite thing on the planet as a nipper (definitely pre-decimalisation) - and was used as a bribe not to be an absolute arsehole when visiting grandparents in Brixton/Streatham (late 50s / v early 60s I guess) - Brixton High Road, opposite the Mecca Ballroom (which is where my parents first met, as they would inform me every time)

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