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Mike 84C

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About Mike 84C

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    Ex BR loco fireman at 84C Banbury also at Bescot.
    Ex HGV driver
    Ex Transport Manager(poacher turned gamekeeper)!
    Ex full time staff at Boston Lodge and volunteer driver on Festiniog Rly
    Just gone semi retired hgv driver with Moy Park Foods.


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    Digby Lincolnshire


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    Turn of century American RR Colorado Midland and Irish railways!


  • Occupation
    Semi retired poultry food distribution executive aka. HGV driver and its a big un!!!

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  1. Brilliant presentation Leslie and what a photographer Lance King was. I thought the colour balance in the photos was just stunning, no garish contrasts or strange shades of green or blue. Were they digitally enhanced? And I wish my eye for composition was half as good. Thanks again for a really good show. Mick
  2. On our local news, Pig farmers are really wound up because they cannot sell their pigs at contracted weights so are getting less money. Meanwhile UK supermarkets are importing pigs from the EU and UK pigs are still on farms unable to be exported to the EU. Are these the economics of madness? all the pollution involved? Road transport has always been too cheap in my experience.
  3. Excellent JIm, it must have given a lot of pleasure and thats what its all about.
  4. Here's a couple of snap's of my K1. It also started out as a BR version. I had forgotten how long ago I had done the conversion .
  5. Hey Fran, I do not think anybody see's you as being negative, you are the guys who take a commercial risk, which with the best of market research is a bit of a wet finger in the wind process. And if the products do not sell then Irish Railway Models departs the market place. So please keep bringing out high quality models which shake up the market place and improve the status of our hobby. I for one would buy steam but would buy anything which fitted into that grey/green era, my chosen field. Meanwhile out with the saw and lets hack(make!) an Irish steam loco from something!
  6. Not a big step from a WT to a W class, that would be rather good.
  7. The Laidlaw-Drew burner is the same type used by the Festiniog Rly in its oil burning days, the burner was fixed vertically in the middle of the firebox with a machined saucer shape on the burner end which sprayed the oil out and a swirler caused the resulting fuel mist to rotate. The result was better fuel mixing with the combustion air coming through the pan plate which in effect replaced the ashpan. The firebox mod's were refactory concrete in the pan plate and cast refactory concrete slabs to protect the firebox foundation ring and the bottom10/12" of the firebox. Be interesting to
  8. Lots of very interesting and well reasoned comments on this thread. For my two pennorth, quite a few years back I suggested getting 461 scanned and getting the makings of a kit. As I remember posters on here came up with a number of legitimate reasons why a kit was not a good idea, others offered to go and scan 461 if money could be found. My feeling is and K801 has hit the nail on the head, younger people will buy models of what they see and for me that puts 461 and No4 right in the frame and does not take any sales away from the likes of SSM or 00 works which I feel is very important as the
  9. The Ikea flatpack dining table is very heavy, the great joy was you can only click and collect, a quick and painless process . You could buy food but not use the toilets!! How does that work?
  10. My copy arrived today, only eight days to get to Lincolnshire! I totally agree with JHB's comments my only disappointment was the flat finish paper instead of gloss which takes photos better. But what a book unseen before photos, dimensions and well reasoned comments. Top marks to the Authors and I shall dive into it as soon as I've built a flatpack dining table from Ikea.!
  11. The biggest PITB would be regauging steam engines. My fleet so far 3 Woolich's 850, Bandon tank , GSWR 0-6-0t, J15, NCC Jinty, and a couple in gestation. Plus five diesels and about 50 items of rolling stock! Just looking at that list suggests I need to build some real estate pronto!
  12. Level crossing gates? maybe an early point indicator but I doubt it.
  13. If I had started with no 16.5 gauge locos and stock. It would be far to expensive to convert, sadly.
  14. I too have joined the club of order placers. " The Grand Order of Book Buyers" Only 1000 printed? I hope they do twice that 'cos there's many book browsers here on the big island.
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