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  1. 26D_M replied to the thread Saphos Trains 2018.

    Totally agree that on the basis of various posts the transactional arrangements of Saphos appear inadequate and apparently not in any state of readiness to deal with demand. Perhqps too much of a rush to get to market in the first quarter? As to...

    Feb 24, 2018 at 7:34 AM
  2. 26D_M liked 60017's post in the thread Crowdfunding appeal for 6201.

    Oh well...she's at 10A now. Let's hope the next chapter in her history is one that put's fire in her belly and a feather from her safety valves.

    Feb 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  3. 26D_M replied to the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    There are obviously different grades of turn so the likes of Shap where interfacing with high speed electric trains occurs would not fit a Crab but Hellifield to Carlisle return might not raise too many concerns. Equally the circuit out of...

    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:49 AM
  4. 26D_M replied to the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    It certainly is not an obsession, Steven, I was simply using some hypotheticals to emphasise what a truly versatile machine a Crab could be. That metaphorical train has left the station but I certainly think a good all round business case could...

    Feb 21, 2018 at 10:59 PM
  5. 26D_M replied to the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    As I understand the likes of the Dalesman and Fellsman are designed around the speed limitations of the 8F. A Crab would not be limited to 50mph but obviously less grunt, however not so much less as to preclude its use on Hellifield Carlisle...

    Feb 21, 2018 at 10:35 PM
  6. 26D_M replied to the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    I only have experience of 42765 on ELR but I would have no doubt the Crab would be very well suited to some of the repeat itinerary work on the mainline in northern England and Scotland. Powerful with good adhesion, free steaming and economical...

    Feb 21, 2018 at 8:07 PM
  7. 26D_M liked LMS2968's post in the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    You underestimate them. These engines worked turn and turn about with the Stanier version for over thirty years, and I suggest you have a look at 2968's main line exploits in 1996 to 1998.

    Feb 21, 2018 at 8:01 PM
  8. 26D_M replied to the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    Totally agree and as a versatile LMS class 5/6 might reasonably have attracted the interest of mainline operators as a project but I suspect any return would be too far in the future now for those in that category to contemplate.

    Feb 21, 2018 at 5:27 PM
  9. 26D_M liked 61624's post in the thread LMS Hughes Crab 42859.

    If you adopt that logic then there's no point trying to get started on restoring any of the remaining unrestored Barry engines. I think this engine is a far more interesting candidate than most for heritage line use, but the owners seem to be...

    Feb 21, 2018 at 5:23 PM
  10. 26D_M replied to the thread Crowdfunding appeal for 6201.

    Not at all, just thought it worth highlighting the monumental arrogance of his original post in the context of the alleged Facebook remarks from Society membership.

    Feb 21, 2018 at 3:22 PM
  11. 26D_M replied to the thread Crowdfunding appeal for 6201.

    I read Ralphs post as being indiscriminate.

    Feb 21, 2018 at 3:16 PM
  12. 26D_M replied to the thread Crowdfunding appeal for 6201.

    As Ralph said .....

    Feb 21, 2018 at 2:40 PM
  13. 26D_M liked David likes trains's post in the thread Winter CME Trips 2018.

    Photos from Saturday's run...a 3 and a bit hour drive up the M6 was rewarded with a lucky burst of sunshine at Greenholme. Seemed like the world and his wife was gathered there to see it! [img] No such luck at Birkett Common for the return, here...

    Feb 21, 2018 at 12:47 PM
  14. 26D_M replied to the thread RTC 2018.

    Whilst you somewhat overestimate my reaction to your observations, they are sadly all to common examples of a lack of diligence, for which, I am afraid, no excuse can be made. All the more remarkable given that you apparently did their...

    Feb 19, 2018 at 4:29 PM