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  1. Bluenosejohn liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Steamindex is a funny site. The webmaster holds quite strong views on things. My reading of Fairburn is that he was a massive loss in terms of the development of British railways but I think those who worked with him found him difficult or at...

    May 15, 2021 at 3:04 PM
  2. Bluenosejohn liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    That struck me in Cook’s book - what he left out was more intriguing than what he put in. (Similarly Holcroft says comparatively little about his time working with Bulleid). My only thought about Cook is whether his time on the Eastern Region...

    May 15, 2021 at 2:10 PM
  3. Bluenosejohn liked Jimc's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I also find it interesting that Cook had so little to say about his time as E & NE region CME. 8 years in what was pretty much the peak of his profession, and they seem to have been successful years, and it comes down to "wasted effort" and...

    May 15, 2021 at 1:07 PM
  4. Bluenosejohn liked sgthompson's post in the thread LE Movements, ECS and Test Runs 2021.

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  5. Bluenosejohn liked Keith Sergeant's post in the thread LE Movements, ECS and Test Runs 2021.

    Ready to depart Carnforth with only one coach. [ATTACH]

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  6. Bluenosejohn liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread West Somerset Railway General Discussion.

    It is I suspect another thread and it would be interesting to compare approaches both contemporary and historical. Are there not some potential false economies in running lean? For example wouldn't higher mileage locomotives have higher overhaul...

    May 15, 2021 at 12:58 PM
  7. Bluenosejohn liked Jamessquared's post in the thread West Somerset Railway General Discussion.

    This is probably going well off topic for the WSR and might warrant its own thread. But ... The immovable object in loco provision is the need for regular (ca. 10-yearly) boiler inspection, which generally requires a boiler lift at a minimum....

    May 15, 2021 at 12:57 PM
  8. Bluenosejohn liked Jimc's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I think its maybe tangential to why you are writing, but I don't think you can dismiss what Cook and Cox had to say quite so blindly. You can make a good case that they misunderstand his motivation. You make an excellent case that the man did a...

    May 15, 2021 at 12:54 PM
  9. Bluenosejohn liked Victor's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    You have a seemingly 'unhealthy obsession' with the Thompson fella. You've rubbished a lot of people who had PRACTICAL experience of his machines, they were there, putting in the mileages. preparing and repairing locos,(drivers etc, writers,...

    May 15, 2021 at 12:52 PM
  10. Bluenosejohn liked Spamcan81's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    FYI I quoted a Scottish driver who disliked the Thompson Pacifics and said so in print but that was dismissed as unreliable anecdote. You can't have it both ways. If one professional railway man is to be believed when he says he found 60113 a...

    May 15, 2021 at 12:51 PM
  11. Bluenosejohn liked jma1009's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I would submit that what amounts to a 'trashing' of K J Cook, and E S Cox by Simon, rather irks. Simon places great play on the 'Cox Report', indeed it is a cornerstone of his original research, but Stewart Cox's later comments on Thompson are...

    May 14, 2021 at 11:18 PM
  12. Bluenosejohn liked GWR Man.'s post in the thread Llangollen Railway.

    [ATTACH] I think these prices are all correct as I tried to record them as they ended. The workshop machines etc I didn't itemise what they were.

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  13. Bluenosejohn liked Robin's post in the thread West Somerset Railway General Discussion.

    Between 1979 and 1989 the SVR averaged more than 14 of the home fleet in steam each year! The record was 18 in a single year (1979). Of course some of those spent part of their time out and about on the main line, but as you say, it was a pretty...

    May 14, 2021 at 11:16 PM
  14. Bluenosejohn liked lostlogin's post in the thread News from The Talyllyn.

    Surprised that it has not been mentioned on here that today was the 70th anniversary of the first passenger train being run on a preserved railway.

    May 14, 2021 at 9:42 PM