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  1. ross liked S.A.C. Martin's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    Can’t say fairer than that. Good man.

    Dec 13, 2018 at 9:01 PM
  2. ross liked S.A.C. Martin's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    I don’t think this is a fair interpretation of what is actually being said. I think the point being made (which is correct) is that we do not currently have a glut of volunteers for which there are many factors, some of which are economic,...

    Dec 13, 2018 at 12:28 AM
  3. ross liked Jamessquared's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    To be fair to @ross, I don't think he meant his comment in a derogatory way. If you took a crude measure of productivity as, say "number of non-working locos returned to working order per unit time" then undoubtedly productivity now is lower....

    Dec 13, 2018 at 12:28 AM
  4. ross liked flying scotsman123's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    I was going to reply to this saying as a younger volunteer who normally is quite happy to jump down posters' throats I don't think that's what was being said, but others have already been there. It is interesting to compare restorations then and...

    Dec 13, 2018 at 12:27 AM
  5. ross replied to the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    I do not understand how you have inferred a lack of respect from my words, nor do I see how you dare accuse me of lying. It may be that you don't agree with my interpretation of the facts, but I am not a liar. Look how work is done today. Less...

    Dec 13, 2018 at 12:27 AM
  6. ross liked Matt37401's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    And a Deltic is just a 37 with a bigger power unit, and Nirvana are just a 90's version of The Pixies, @ Hermod there was a Dynomoter Car that ran behind 71000 during the early 1990's that could be possibly be used? ( Have a word with West...

    Dec 12, 2018 at 11:41 PM
  7. ross liked S.A.C. Martin's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    My personal view is that there is a time and a place for the necessary debate about the future. It would be nice to just enjoy the present though for a little bit and to congratulate the team on producing a working Saint.

    Dec 12, 2018 at 11:34 PM
  8. ross replied to the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    I think the whole country, especially the heritage sector, suffers from a lack of practical skills. Back in the 70's, about 1 in 5, in Reading, Slough, Acton, Southall, worked in light/medium engineering. Now it is about 1 in 250. Even finding...

    Dec 12, 2018 at 12:36 AM
  9. ross liked Jimc's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    The thing is, does it really matter in the long term whether a restoration/rebuild takes 5 years or 50? Your grandchildren won't care. What matters most of all is that nothing is deteriorating badly - like certain locomotives on other lines which...

    Dec 12, 2018 at 12:10 AM
  10. ross liked S.A.C. Martin's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    God there’s a few people with an axe to grind in this thread! It’s absolutely wearying. We actually see a project completed in railway preservation and the thread turns into a big angsty break down of what the GWS have or haven’t done. As for...

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:58 PM
  11. ross liked GWR4707's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    Just build a Dean Single Wheeler in standard gauge form and make everyone happy!

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:55 PM
  12. ross liked S.A.C. Martin's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    You are all welcome to disagree with me, of course. But I would wager that the person who looks at the overview of locomotive development in the united kingdom would look at 4-6-0s - one of our most numerous wheel arrangements after 0-6-0s in...

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:39 PM
  13. ross liked S.A.C. Martin's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    Hi Martin - playing devil's advocate (and assuredly with no axe to grind against you or the GWS), but we have only your side of the story on this. We don't know what precipitated the events you describe, or why. To judge the GWS without the full...

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:28 PM
  14. ross liked Matt McFarlane's post in the thread 2999: Lady of Legend.

    I love Didcot, but it hard to ignore its current state. The last 2 visits were for the 2017 gala with 813 and Captain Baxters visit in August this year. Note how visiting locomotive have been the main reason of visiting. I don't believe that...

    Dec 11, 2018 at 11:20 PM