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General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: Yesterday at 23:26:22 »

General Discussion Area / Re: When I die....
« on: Yesterday at 14:46:56 »
Simplz. Leave instructions for the hearse to be driven on or above the limit. last one to the wake buys everyone a drink.

General Car Chat / Re: Just a gentle reminder...
« on: Yesterday at 11:08:37 »
have you had a look over the nearest obstacle? No doubt thrown away once the thrill of stealing them has worn off.  Well that is what we used to do in our erudite youth.

General Car Chat / Re: Just a gentle reminder...
« on: Yesterday at 10:42:22 »
There is an identical car parked outside (no street lights) here. I will pinch his for you. And I will post them free of charge to you to restore your faith in human beings. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Mr Kashoggi’s last moments
« on: Yesterday at 09:17:46 »
Perhaps but this may well turn out to be like Salisbury poisoning.

In the early days a faction screamed where is the evidence that it was Russia.. even now today the Russians are denying it.

Quite right that Turkey hasnt exactly got a good track record. Where was our outrage at 50,000 people arrested for supporting the wrong side?

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 09:09:45 »
All this talk of planning...

Plan ahead and travel over night or take a picnic :y

Correctly timed you can get from deepest Sussex to Gretna Green in about 7 hours and Wick in another 8 including a few decent stops ::)

Overnight travel?  50 years ago we used to travel from Scarborough to Birkenhead in the night. That was to avoid getting stuck behind wagons. There used tobe nothing on the roads at all in the night but you had to go through all towns and the traffic lights used to be seemingly stuck on red.

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: 17 October 2018, 20:31:57 »
I wouldhazard a guess that travel from the South East , say Leeds Castle to say Coniston in Lake District would take longer than 11 hours by train.

General Discussion Area / Mr Kashoggi’s last moments
« on: 17 October 2018, 20:26:07 »
Anyone been following the Saudi journalist murder in Saudi embassy in Istanbul.?

I listened with horror about the known detail. More like a film story than real. Horrible.

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: 17 October 2018, 10:33:00 »
Ah well service enhancement , never mind the publics needs . In this case to get from A to B.  ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: 17 October 2018, 10:14:04 »
Well the back up loco could have been brought out today for its first airing. Overhead powerlines dragged down by a class 802 Hitachi on test.

Here in Spain the tradesperson still has a niche so folk pay for a plumber or a mechanic.

The exception is builder. All Spanish men are expert builders. You have to laugh at the walls built on slopes on sloping foundations and so on.

General Discussion Area / Re: Royal Observer core posts
« on: 16 October 2018, 17:59:30 »
There's an ROC post a couple of miles from me on some farm land.

Popped in to Hack Green nuclear bunker the weekend before last. Well worth a visit if you're passing and they have quite a bit on info. on the cold war ROC bunkers there.

No thanks, I once spent a few days deep underground in a hideous bunker as part of some armageddon exercise.

It was actually Bargain Hunt. Great for us oldies to shout “too much” “walk away” while munching lunch. I know you younger folk just have a sandwich on the run between deals.

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: 16 October 2018, 17:51:55 »
There you go then. Great business opportunity for such a loco! You just need a catchy name , an annual upfront fee per rescue loco, few standby drivers. Could be a money spinner for rail preservation trusts.

PS who runs and owns locos that pull freight trains.................?

General Discussion Area / Royal Observer core posts
« on: 16 October 2018, 14:44:28 »
There was an item on TV about this and I was surprised by just how many posts there were during the WW2. Primarily to observe aircraft and report their positions and type once they were no longer covered by radar (which apparently only covered out to sea.

Good Wiki here

Anyway, I remember one during my youth and when cycling by you could see the guys head BUT if you dismounted and went over he disappeared inside the grassy hill. My dad said they had mains power and water. Quite feasible in this case as it was near a country road. This would be in the sixties so presumably it was part of cold war /nuclear plane/missile lookout. I idly wanted to buy it later to build a house at the time when rural telephone exchanges were being flogged off by BT.

Anyone else know of or remember the lookouts.? maybe had a relative that served in that force or a story?

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: 16 October 2018, 14:34:18 »
It was but to a none expert on trains like myself, could they not have taken a diesel loco and pushed/pulled it to safety? I know there are "rules" but I would have been beyond despair on a train with no heat, light , food or water and toilets for fifteen hours  coupled with no advice from the train company as to what was happening (or not).

I did my time on Midlands cross country trains back in the eighties. Bloody horrible it was too. I remember for example being on the Birmingham train when it forgot to stop at Hinckley ( a regular occurrence) . It could not reverse half a mile due to the "rules". It took me a further 2 and a half hours from that point to get home along with hundreds of other commuters.   

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