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  2. Me - working on a circuit breaker in a substation in Middlebrough in the mid-80s - putting strain gauges on the new porcelains of a breaker they had broken by mis-operating it manually, but were trying to blame us for... Unable to interpret all the different coloured barriers, cones and flags, I asked the bloke with the brand new Safety Officer" jacket and multiple clip-boards - "Is the cabinet completely Off?" - "Yes." was his answer. To be fair, I was as bothered about electrical interference overwhelming the gauge signals as I was about getting a belt. I negotiated the chicane to approach the cabinet, started to make a few connections and got a mains belt up my arm. Investigations showed me that the cabinet heater supply was still live. I counted to ten and returned to the Safety Officer - "You told me the cabinet is completely off" - "It is." - "I've just had a 240 belt off the heaters" - "Oh, we always leave the heaters on" - "Well, you can turn everything completely off, tell me when you have done that, and you can make a note on one of your clip-boards that, if I find a volt on anything in there, then I am going to kill you!"
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  4. Not at all! Senior watched someone walk straight into a hole in the ground at dusk in a railway yard in England when he was District Engineer in the LMS. Checklist: 1. Barrier round the hole: no 2. Signage near the hole: no 3. Lighting: no 4. Notice to railwaymen working in the yard: no 5. Verbal warnings by supervisory staff, or the men digging the hole: no 6. Staff on hand to guard hole, or warn unsuspecting other staff: no 7. Advance circular to yard staff and shunters regarding the digging of said hole: no As for the man who fell into it and injured his leg: 1. PTS: no 2. Torch: no 3. Day-glo or otherwise bright clothing: no 4. Steel-capped boots: no 5. Advance safety briefing: no ........to our younger readers, be very, very aware of this; you live in an age where the concept of trade unions is increasingly, and very wrongly, a dirty word. Without such, people would still be expected to work in these conditions.
  5. Wonderful period pieces in different ways. Lovely view of the F6 2-4-2T as well.
  6. Fantastic photos, Ernie. I'm curious to know what the box on the end of the six-wheeler is - the one to the left, just under the lower step.
  7. A couple more today contrasting the shortest (Coach wise) passenger train to the the longest (mileage wise) service
  8. ebay should pay us all compensation for not allowing them to be sold for free
  9. From Senior’s archives: In the GNR’s early years, boardroom minutes made as dry and dusty reading as a telephone directory, just as they do today; having sat through interminable RPSI and DCDR (and other non-railway) committees, boards, and other assemblies, I know this only too well. ”Oh, give me your pity I’m on a committee Which means that from morning to night We confer and demur And debate until late And we never get anything done.....” However, while the glacial machinations of the GNR’s Engineering and Permanent Way Departments were never intended to be read like a blockbuster novel, the minutes give a fascinating insight into the operation of our railways in their first half century. I’ll post a few random items over the next week or two, but first of course is the cover, in this case of the 1875-1905 volume. You will note that it refers to one area, which is the former Ulster Railway area. An Ulster Railway one will follow next week, but the grass needs to be cut first.....
  10. 24.7.19. NIR GM 8113 & Ballast Train being loaded at Poyntzpass .
  11. Crikey! That would slow them down and give the fox a sporting chance...
  12. All model track is a compromise, unless you go along the P4 route and it is the same in the other scales. Peco code 100 was designed as something robust, but better than set track. However, the sleeper spacings are wrong for British practice, never mind the gauge being 4.5 mm too narrow for Ireland. Code 75 track improves things because as well as finer rail, the sleeper spacing are better, though note that this does make the flexitrack less robust than code 100. Still want to run older stock? Probably no option but code 100, but disguise it with careful painting, balllasting and a low viewing angle, then it will look much better. All newer stock with finer flanges? Code 75 will look so much better. There again, how adaptable are the new models coming out these days? Can the 121 and A class be easily converted to 21mm? Likewise all those fine new wagons. Food for thought, maybe?
  13. The rail code number is the rail height expressed in Thou (or thousand of an Inch) thus Code 83 is 8 Thou or .0008" higher than Code 75. Peco Code 75 and 80 track systems were designed for two totally different markets. Peco Code 75 Streamline was designed to provide a closer to scale rail height than the existing Code 100 for the UK and Continental markets. Pointwork geometry is similar to their existing Code 100 Streamline system. Peco Code 83 was designed as an NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) compliant system specifically for the North American market and pointwork. Code 83 point geometry is based on prototype practice and quite different to the Peco Streamline systems. For someone starting out with their first layout the difference is mainly appearance between Peco Streamline Code 100 and Code 75 track systems, both are available with wooden sleepers, with a similar range of points and crossings. Peco provide a useful summary of their different "Streamline" track systems https://peco-uk.com/collections/streamline/75?page=2&view=12&layout= Code 100 is the safest option for someone running older (pre-1990) models with deeper/coarser wheels particularly Lima, Triang, Triang-Hornby), Code 75 with the lighter rail section is probably easier to work with (easier to curve) than the larger Code 100 rail section.
  14. For hunting dogs. Too low for hay. And the groom travelled in the little compartment on the right originally.
  15. It might be added that many hunts were still carrying horses into the early 1960s. As late as perhaps 1962, large numbers of horseboxes were still on CIE's books. Lord and Lady Dunraven loaded them on trains on the North Kerry, while Ballsbridge siding, Fairyhouse, Curragh, Naas and various other places saw trains of them. Martin, I think you should pay Ernie compensation of £5000, and he should pay you compensation of £5000. That would sort it all out.
  16. The compartment with the sloping roof was described as a "dog box" by Padraic O'Cuimin in his IRRS paper on MGWR Coaching Stock in the early 1970s, the final design of MGWR was more conventional in outline with a full height tack compartment replacing the dog box. Before the invention of the motorised horsebox in the 1920s & 30s horses and hounds would have been transported by passenger train to hunts and equestrian events in different parts of the country, similarly horse drawn carriages and wagons would have been transported by carriage truck.
  17. Lads, Interesting that this topic came up as I am about a month out from actually starting on my layout here in the US. I went to my local store yesterday who have only code 83 from Peco and code 100 from Atlas. I would prefer to go with Peco but is there much of a difference besides the height of the rail between code 83 and code 75? Have no track plan yet but I am about finished prepping the room where it is going in and well I am also looking in a couple of weeks of getting baseboards to get going, all going well. Mark
  18. Yesterday
  19. Great, I was going to wait for a real turf-fired one, then I thought "Sod that!".
  20. Tis true, Edo! Someone I know told me that a friend's acquaintance told him that IRM & Murphy Models will have RTR thyristor-controlled, DCC-ready, models available from noon on Tuesday. There is a small heating element inside them which emits a real turf smell. It will sell for €365 / £500, and will be available in every livery carried by anything ever in Ireland - plus LNWR yellow. Good weed, this.....
  21. C'mon now........................you can't be doing that around here......you'll have half of them on here speculating about Turfburners by the morning..................
  22. And Fran from IRM dropped in with it's little sister and a few other forthcoming models 😵😵😵 Bound to secrecy.......
  23. I don't think all of the lamps were red. My recollection is that in the past they were black but some were red, maybe in more recent times. The lenses on the LC were red I think as the burner would be clear but I suspect the lenses on a signal lamp were clear as they semaphore red & green lenses need to show the correct color aspect. There was a thread on the site before with some additional detail. I'll post a link IF I can find it. Recent, Buttevant LC, 2012 Again, Black LC lamp with red (definitely not clear versus red on gate) lens This looks like your cutout on the back of your lamp. Possibly to aid lighting while on the ladder? Some signal lamps definitely had a lens on the opposite white side of the semaphore. I ind; know if the lens was white or red (probably) but it was visible with the signal at danger and occluded by a backing plate on the semaphore when clear
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