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  1. Jamessquared replied to the thread Recreating the magic..

    I'm mid (ahem) forties; my earliest memories of railways were in the mid to late 1970s, and it was in the 1980s that I started to take a more serious interest in what I saw when travelling. I remember 4VEPs and CIGs on our local line, trips to...

    Dec 18, 2017 at 12:23 PM
  2. Jamessquared liked Andy Norman's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I totally agree regarding low cost events in order to bring different people onto the railway. Why continue to try and chase diminishing returns of the ‘one product’ (a trip from BL to MD), its chasing a small (at that time of year) market but is...

    Dec 18, 2017 at 10:34 AM
  3. Jamessquared liked Mark Thompson's post in the thread Recreating the magic..

    For me, lastingly, what came first was the aftermath. Too young to remember Beeching, my introduction to the magical world of railways came one afternoon in the mid 1970s. Pausing to look through a pair of white, peeling gates where trains would...

    Dec 18, 2017 at 10:02 AM
  4. Jamessquared replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    You say that Michael, though in recent years the Bluebell has been cutting the days on which it runs. Not too many years ago, we ran every weekend, plus daily between Christmas and New Year; during the February half term and then continuously...

    Dec 18, 2017 at 6:56 AM
  5. Jamessquared liked Herald's post in the thread Should Steam railways employ more people ?.

    The part of the equation which is periodically but never conclusively discussed on various threads is the market for such services. It would be interesting to see data on the extent to which potential customers can be enticed to visit on...

    Dec 17, 2017 at 4:49 PM
  6. Jamessquared liked Matt37401's post in the thread Flying Scotsman.

    Are you here all week?

    Dec 16, 2017 at 9:47 PM
  7. Jamessquared replied to the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    Facebook link? Tom

    Dec 16, 2017 at 9:46 PM
  8. Jamessquared liked 5944's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    What about a Crosti boilered cab forward...? [IMG] Italian Railways Gr 672. As if the look of it wasn't bonkers enough, the preheater is actually in the tender, so the exhaust has to pass from loco to tender - gr chimney is the lump at the...

    Dec 16, 2017 at 9:46 PM
  9. Jamessquared liked threelinkdave's post in the thread A question about G.W.R. engines.

    Dont forget the guard on a heritage railway has to have the same route knowledge as the driver as not having any electronic aids they need to check all signals

    Dec 16, 2017 at 8:59 PM
  10. Jamessquared liked LMS2968's post in the thread A question about G.W.R. engines.

    In my experience, and this as a guard on BR, drivers never dropped below 10" of vacuum when braking, and this on 21" stock, so except in emergency conditions I doubt there was much advantage to having 25" available. I've never run with that...

    Dec 16, 2017 at 8:58 PM
  11. Jamessquared liked LMS2968's post in the thread 6202 Turbomotive/46202 Princess Anne.

    Rocket had a fixed cut-off, calculated at 98%, so the regulator was the only means of control. What is often forgotten about Rocket is that she wasn't designed as a traffic engine, but to meet the conditions of the Rainhill Trials. These took...

    Dec 16, 2017 at 8:41 PM
  12. Jamessquared liked flying scotsman123's post in the thread Rolling Stock Movements.

    This has had the window modifications so it is no longer flush glazed. Much as the historic aspect of the coach appeals to us, I doubt we'll be backdating this particular aspect! It does have an early arrangement of light fittings I'm told,...

    Dec 15, 2017 at 10:44 PM
  13. Jamessquared liked staffordian's post in the thread Cathedrals Express - 15/12/17.

    From this post and all others I've read on other threads, you seem to be very anti-steam, anti preservation and either negative or critical in your posts. I'd be interested to know your motives for your posts?

    Dec 15, 2017 at 10:34 PM
  14. Jamessquared liked Steve's post in the thread Replica builds for heritage lines..

    It would after its first attempt!

    Dec 15, 2017 at 10:34 PM
  15. Jamessquared liked gwalkeriow's post in the thread Replica builds for heritage lines..

    Sorry but it wouldn't fit in Wootton headshunt :-)

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:04 PM