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by mikegayton
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 0
Views: 1598

Greetings

Season?s greetings to all Forum members and visitors. We look forward to a new year of continuous railway development, new lines and new rolling stock, plenty to see, travel to and talk about, and of course it is worth leaving some time to reminisce!
by mikegayton
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: PLA No. 79
Replies: 1
Views: 1660

Re: PLA No. 79

PLA 79 is/was HE 2414 of 1941/1942. Not exactly an Austerity, but one of the type that led to the Austys, I think. These had smaller wheels. 4ft 0 1/2in rather than 4ft 3in. (Geoff Hill)
by mikegayton
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Cardiff visit
Replies: 1
Views: 2380

Cardiff visit

On Saturday 9th September Bob and I set off to St Pancras on the high speed. Because of engineering work we were then on what seems to be a ridiculously long trek to the Victoria line platform to pick up the Bakerloo for Paddington at Oxford Circus. We were booked on the 10.28 Swansea departure (spe...
by mikegayton
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Colne Valley Railway
Replies: 1
Views: 2320

Colne Valley Railway

Off by car as Castle Headingham is not well connected to the main lines! Ken had never been before, but Bob had been many times working on the ex ? Swanscombe No 1, which at that time was owned by the Gravesend Railway Society, and he even inveigled me into working on it a few times. However it was ...
by mikegayton
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: GWR Dukes
Replies: 1
Views: 2292

Re: GWR Dukes

From a quick scan, Eric Youlden reports: The only reference in the RO to the final period of 9083 and 9089 was in the February 1951 edition and is that they were taken from Swindon Stock Shed at the end of 1950 and went Gloucester. 9083 went on to Oswestry, but it is not certain that 9089 did. It wa...
by mikegayton
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: East Kent Railway
Replies: 0
Views: 2110

East Kent Railway

East Kent Railway On Saturday 22nd July Bob and I met at Rochester Station and started the day out with a coffee and croissant sitting at a table as unlike the old station there is a refreshment facility. On the journey to Shepherds Well the disconnected track towards the dockyard at Gillingham was ...
by mikegayton
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Railtour Report
Replies: 16
Views: 12190

Re: Railtour Report

The Shoulder of Lune (Saturday 18th March 2017) Bob and I started at Ebbsfleet, the only way to be reasonably sure of catching the railtour at 7.09 from Euston, joining the first train of the morning at 6.02, for which there was a surprising number waiting to get on. The tour topped and tailed by 67...
by mikegayton
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: CROSSRAIL
Replies: 5
Views: 6859

Re: CROSSRAIL

Yesterday (28th Feebruary) Geoff and I met at Abbey Wood Station. There are hoardings around the station building on the bridge, so nothing can now be seen of it from the platform. Stairs are being installed from the Crossrail platform, but the site of those from the North Kent island is hidden by h...
by mikegayton
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: FiSH & CHIP LUNCH ON THE SPA VALLEY RAILWAY
Replies: 0
Views: 1823

FiSH & CHIP LUNCH ON THE SPA VALLEY RAILWAY

Fish & Chip Lunch on the Spa Valley Railway Yesterday (Thursday 16th February) caught, with Bob, the 10.04 from Strood to Tonbridge, with 66757 The West Somerset Railway coming up light engine from Paddock Wood while we were waiting for 375306. A rail grinder unit, including 79251 and named Martin E...
by mikegayton
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Midland Metro
Replies: 2
Views: 2237

Midland Metro

Midland Metro On Saturday, 31 December 2016, Bob and I caught the high speed to St Pancras, and were surprised to be held at Ebbsfleet to give way to an international train, something which we had not experienced before, arriving 10 minutes late at St Pancras. At Hoo Junction there appeared to be at...