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  1. paulhitch replied to the thread SR Stroudley Locomotives : A1 Terriers'.

    I have long doubted this story about "showing the Ouest how to run express trains" for a number of reasons. Firstly the L.B.S.C.R. was noted at the time for its slow expresses. Secondly, prior to 1870 France imposed a maximum speed of 74.5 m.p.h....

    Jan 19, 2018 at 8:05 AM
  2. paulhitch replied to the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    Yes, with the biggest bells you can imagine on! However there are many fanatics out there who will push this very noisily. PH

    Jan 18, 2018 at 2:46 PM
  3. paulhitch liked DisusedBranch's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    'Community railways' are a fanciful notion, a last-ditch belief clung on to by those who want to see railways reopened, but who can't find any other reason for justifying their desire. They fall back on the belief that, somehow, all the other...

    Jan 18, 2018 at 2:43 PM
  4. paulhitch liked Corbs's post in the thread SVR coaches vandalised.

    So after all that have we concluded that human beings have generally acted as such throughout their history? Yes? Good. Now I look forward to this tedious conversation never again appearing on this forum, and not having to wade through pages and...

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:20 AM
  5. paulhitch liked Tobbes's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Extension plans.

    If I were ENPA, I would go out of my way to be seen to be reasonable to Foot Anstey, and I'd include their submission. It wouldn't change my assessment on the merits, however - though I may well consider Grampian conditions - and as supporters of...

    Jan 17, 2018 at 7:13 AM
  6. paulhitch replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Extension plans.

    Simon, One of the little ironies here is that this is a battle of the incomers, "railway"and "anti railway". The hapless ENPA evidently fear expensive actions whatever decision they come to if there is any "material informality" in how they go...

    Jan 17, 2018 at 6:38 AM
  7. paulhitch liked trewyn's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Extension plans.

    I suspect ENPA are absolutely terrified of a significant legal challenge to their decision - note that in their latest submission Foot Anstey have mentioned the magic words 'judicial review' - and want to take all the time necessary to ensure...

    Jan 16, 2018 at 7:17 PM
  8. paulhitch replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Stolen vehicles were the cause of an incident I saw many years ago where someone flagging an ungated crossing had to leap for his life. Going into the road whether to shut gates or flag trains across is not a good thing and that crossing is now...

    Jan 16, 2018 at 7:26 AM
  9. paulhitch replied to the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    Well, with my thoughts about "big chufferitis" you would not expect me to disagree too much but, myself, I would have favoured some sort of M.S.&L or G.C. 0-6-0. PH

    Jan 15, 2018 at 7:31 PM
  10. paulhitch replied to the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    With a maximum of 25 m.p.h. permitted, acceleration is more important than speed. PH

    Jan 15, 2018 at 6:21 PM
  11. paulhitch liked flying scotsman123's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Just an observation from an outsider, but it does seem that this (like most other subjects in this thread) is being made rather hard work of. Over on the Broadway thread (yes, there are other threads!) it's recently been announced that the...

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:02 PM