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  1. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Just a quick thought re contributors; will NatPres be noted as an entity or will the individuals that have provided thoughts / views / inspiration be noted individually ? Perhaps a few egos might need to be stroked if constant carping continues;...

    Oct 18, 2021 at 12:51 AM
  2. Fred Kerr liked Big Al's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Well said and as it wasn't said by Simon or (insert the name of anyone who is seen as pro 'X' or anti 'Y') then maybe it will draw a line under one of the most interesting and informative threads on NP without it continuing unnecessarily now that...

    Oct 17, 2021 at 12:38 PM
  3. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Tornado & Flying Scotsman Over The S&C - 20/10 - 21/10 - 27/10 - 28/10.

    Does anyone have a link to timings for Ribblehead and Hellifield on both days; to date the best times I can get are Preston arrive 09:00 / 20:30 depart 09:30 / 21:00 which vary from those noted above. Thanks in advance for assistance.

    Oct 17, 2021 at 12:34 PM
  4. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I understand that whilst under Gresley Bulleid's enthusiasm for experimentation was severely restricted although sharing Gresley's willingness to investigate new / improved technologies. It was when he was employed by the Southern Railway,...

    Oct 17, 2021 at 9:53 AM
  5. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Which points to the restricted UK gauge as a possible cause of the problems encountered by the P2 fleet. Hence, as noted by Simon, if the P2 could be withdrawn from service because alternative (and capable) Pacifics were available why spend time...

    Oct 17, 2021 at 1:18 AM
  6. Fred Kerr liked Big Al's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    An off-thread comment but it is an interesting suggestion that maybe the P2 was an experimental locomotive design, if that's what you are implying. In common with Bulleid, I believe, Gresley was much influenced by European locomotive design and...

    Oct 15, 2021 at 9:50 AM
  7. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Isn't it just possible that Gresley was testing a "What if" hypothesis given the successful operation of Mikado wheel arrangements on the Continent ? Remember that he had already done this with the A4s given that his remit was "What if steam...

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:10 PM
  8. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Another factor to bear in mind is that the costs per locomotive would have included a proportion of the workshop's fixed costs (i.e. heating, lighting, building maintenance etc) hence it would be dependent on how the appropriation was made (i.e....

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:40 AM
  9. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Which proved to be a Pyrrhic victory for the railways methinks. The Government promised to fund the Modernisation Plan if BR got the strike ended; true to its word the Government provided the funds - BUT as a loan which was repaid at 8% interest...

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:34 AM
  10. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Fowler locomotives of the M.R. & LMS.

    35 / 66 = Bristol Barrow Rd ?

    Oct 12, 2021 at 11:55 PM
  11. Fred Kerr replied to the thread Stanier Black 5's.

    268 / 399 = Dove Holes approaching tunnel

    Oct 12, 2021 at 11:45 PM