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  1. MellishR replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    Does that apply to the big African Garratts?

    Nov 18, 2017 at 4:10 PM
  2. MellishR liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    That's been discussed before here, but I'm afraid is a bit of an enthusiasts myth. Firstly, the reverser used wasn't pure Eastleigh (nor pure Ashford): it was a development that included elements of both designs. More pertinently, the same...

    Nov 18, 2017 at 3:50 PM
  3. MellishR replied to the thread 60009.

    One of my steam trips this year was the one to Weymouth on 23rd July, which I booked on the basis that, with only two more years of operation by this loco, there might be few or no more down south after this year.

    Nov 18, 2017 at 3:42 PM
  4. MellishR liked Jimc's post in the thread Paint froth question!.

    Brunel's *original* design included piles going down into the formation, and that was considerably worse than "didn't work well", because the track sagged between piles and the ride was appalling. AIUI both were adequate, but baulk road on broad...

    Nov 18, 2017 at 3:33 PM
  5. MellishR liked richards's post in the thread 73096.

    Can you think of some other scenarios for other locos please, so they can happen too? Mallard return to steam perhaps? There, you've thought about it! Look forward to reading the NRM press release in a couple of weeks' time.

    Nov 18, 2017 at 3:25 PM
  6. MellishR replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I note the disappearance of the GWR running-in board. Ought that to be replaced, or would it be incompatible with the ersatz SDJR identity?

    Nov 18, 2017 at 3:21 PM
  7. MellishR liked Jimc's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    My understanding is that the Saints and the 28s were pretty much designed and developed together. 2818 alongside 2999 would be a worthy image since 2818 also has straight frames and no external steam pipes.

    Nov 18, 2017 at 11:54 AM
  8. MellishR liked LesterBrown's post in the thread Paint froth question!.

    [emoji2] [emoji2]Wolverhampton Turquoise with brown frames and wheels on the Severn Valley, Crimson Lake at Didcot with trailer no 92, Brown lined orange on the South Devon, Chrome Green on the West Somerset......I like the idea. But some...

    Nov 18, 2017 at 11:41 AM
  9. MellishR replied to the thread Paint froth question!.

    Continuing that thread drift, I thought baulk road was one of Brunel's ideas that didn't work well in practice. How come it survived anywhere into the 20th century?

    Nov 18, 2017 at 11:33 AM
  10. MellishR liked Jimc's post in the thread Inside valve gear.

    Gresley was prepared to accept a degree of inaccuracy with the inside cylinder valve events which Churchward and Collett were not. In the same way when Holcroft designed conjugated gear for the first Maunsell southern 3 cylinder locomotives he...

    Nov 17, 2017 at 11:10 PM
  11. MellishR liked staffordian's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    If so, it's perhaps time to get proactive. Might there be a section 106 (?) opportunity here to get funds or maybe something useful constructed by a developer?

    Nov 17, 2017 at 5:33 PM
  12. MellishR liked Yorkshireman's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    The suggestion that the structure of the WSR was a significant cause of the “troubles” is very wide of the mark. The root cause of the troubles was that a small group of self serving, and very hard nosed, individuals made a concerted attempt to...

    Nov 17, 2017 at 5:25 PM
  13. MellishR liked Bill Drewett's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    This is exactly my point. The Bluebell has just invested a vast amount in a spanking new shed just to 'arrest further decay' in twenty 'totally dilapidated' carriages. Why? Because they are clear that this investment is essential to their core...

    Nov 17, 2017 at 4:24 PM
  14. MellishR liked FrankC's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Bill I'm sure you appreciate that discussions on forums such as this become much more interesting and compelling to read if there are some perceived significant differences in view between all the parties referred to. It is well known that good...

    Nov 17, 2017 at 4:19 PM
  15. MellishR liked West Somerset Wizard's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Yep. Except there is a de facto "umbrella" body. The Plc. Since the mid-1970s the Plc has adopted that role. The strategic plan for our railway has always been devised and implemented by the Plc. The PDG is a great thing. Quite a few respondees,...

    Nov 17, 2017 at 4:16 PM