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  1. paulhitch replied to the thread GWR Antimacassers.

    Pedantry corner here. The spelling is as in the website, not the heading to the thread. PH

    Nov 23, 2017 at 8:11 PM
  2. paulhitch liked 1472's post in the thread LSWR T3 563.

    Total completeness is not everything if all the bits are well worn - some to the point of being fit only for scrap. Sweeping derogatory statements about ex Barry locos can be quite inaccurate - each needs to be judged on its merits. The fairly...

    Nov 23, 2017 at 7:55 PM
  3. paulhitch liked gwalkeriow's post in the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    When I was younger and fitter I did venture into the jungle that they are hidden in, I found a few of the bits but wasn't too impressed with their condition, not a good position to be starting from.

    Nov 23, 2017 at 6:53 PM
  4. paulhitch liked Maunsell907's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    That reminds me of a story, perhaps apocryphal, concerning one of the Railways serving the Channel Ports. (I think it was the LC&DR). Senior management decided that their carriage signage should be bilingual (English/French). They were...

    Nov 23, 2017 at 1:54 PM
  5. paulhitch liked huochemi's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I think it is mislabelled. The attached (from Getty Images) shows an LBSCR version although there may be other types.

    lbscr_spitting.jpg Nov 23, 2017 at 12:31 PM
  6. paulhitch liked Jamessquared's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    [ATTACH] Tom

    E18938C4-1DB0-4E2B-9E2D-32CC28BF7862.jpeg Nov 23, 2017 at 11:17 AM
  7. paulhitch replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    The old time railways did not like spitting at all for the very real reason of avoiding the spread of T.B. The Havenstreet museum has an L.B.S.C.R. prohibitory sign in its collection and there must be more elsewhere. PH

    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:58 AM
  8. paulhitch liked Steve's post in the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Rule no. 1 is never cover the box unless you're in a rush to make steam. I never put anything to the front of the box until departure and keep the dampers closed and the door open. That keeps things cold and stops the volatiles from being given...

    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:04 AM
  9. paulhitch replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I know of one of my unfavourite finger-wagging "slow" signs painted a cars length in advance of the speed limit increasing from 30m.p.h. to 40m.p.h! P.H.

    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM
  10. paulhitch liked ruddingtonrsh56's post in the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Well, I'll happily admit I'm still learning! It seems the next area of my firing 'game' I need to fine tune is my pre-departure preparations!

    Nov 23, 2017 at 8:16 AM
  11. paulhitch liked Steve's post in the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Black smoke is generally down to the fireman, whatever the coal. the only excuse is when you've made up a good fire for departure and the Bobby or guard comes and tells you you aint going anywhere. Then, it can be a choice of blowing off or...

    Nov 23, 2017 at 3:37 AM
  12. paulhitch replied to the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    [MEDIA] Hope the above works! It is not the shot with the fireman drinking his tea alas! I appreciated your post very much although I wouldn't be favouring dark smoke over blowing off steam myself. Paul H

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:27 PM
  13. paulhitch replied to the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Quite so, save that I would not be going round knocking on doors. It's up to steam railways to be good neighbours which means not acceding to requests from gricers for clouds of black smoke for the next posting on NP or smoking out premises...

    Nov 22, 2017 at 6:15 PM
  14. paulhitch replied to the thread 2018 Special Events.

    26th to 28th May 2918. Ivatt Gala at Isle of Wight Steam Railway (41298, 41313 and 44647) see www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk PH

    Nov 22, 2017 at 5:20 PM
  15. paulhitch replied to the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    It's a bit more than "for amusement only" but not an enormous amount more. The people whose views you really need to know are the vastly larger percentage who never file a report. That requires a user survey which involves expense but reduces the...

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:58 PM