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S.A.C. Martin's Recent Activity

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

    What would be interesting would be to see if the union records have survived from this period and to see if there are any discussions of what is going on. I tend to think that to get a fuller picture you need to be methodologically catholic and...

    Apr 18, 2021 at 1:54 PM
  2. S.A.C. Martin liked 35B's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    That also assumes that the relevant issues were accurately documented in the first place - there's plenty of room for gaps in the "official" record, of whichever organisation, even if they survive. More generally, that feels like a number of...

    Apr 18, 2021 at 1:54 PM
  3. S.A.C. Martin liked Allegheny's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Copy available here, if anyone wants one https://www.advanced-steam.org/books-for-sale/

    Apr 18, 2021 at 10:21 AM
  4. S.A.C. Martin liked Jimc's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Oh gosh yes. In my studies I seem to be constantly coming up against the finance side, capital, revenue and so on, which is an area I am completely uncomfortable with and untrained in, and yet seems vital to understand... And unions. I've seen...

    Apr 17, 2021 at 1:43 PM
  5. S.A.C. Martin liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    That is Popper's point - what you illuminate is what you see. If you don't illuminate it you can't see it. @S.A.C. Martin is shining the searchlight in a different direction and so is seeing different things than others have seen. And similarly...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 10:41 PM
  6. S.A.C. Martin liked 30567's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Can you tell us the gist of what it says, perhaps in another thread, because that is one class of locos for which I've hardly read a good word beyond the pre-grouping locos being better on average than the later ones. Whereas the 3Fs seem to be...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 10:40 PM
  7. S.A.C. Martin liked Richard Roper's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    This is one of the reasons I recently managed to get my hands on a copy of "A defence of the MR/LMS Class 4 0-6-0" by Adrian Tester. I am looking forward to reading this, as once again, in a parallel tale to the Thompson Pacifics of the LNER, the...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 10:40 PM
  8. S.A.C. Martin liked johnofwessex's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    It is a theme that keeps on coming up in discussions about 'what if' loco's - the infrastructure/rolling stock/whatever wasnt up to it

    Apr 16, 2021 at 10:40 PM
  9. S.A.C. Martin liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    A really good example is the arguments that Jurgen Kocka makes in response to the German Sonderweg thesis (ie Germany as a deviant outlier case). Germany he argues looks like a deviant case when you compare it looking west towards Britain,...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 4:48 PM
  10. S.A.C. Martin liked 30854's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    A most incisive key point, given the overall operation of railways was unavoidably frequently constrained by unfitted freight and stopping services.

    Apr 16, 2021 at 2:44 PM
  11. S.A.C. Martin liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    My issue with the logs is that they are about a specific type of run and so they give a distorted picture of what railway operation was like. I don't recall ever reading a log of a semi-fast from London in the rush hour, or reading Allen talking...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 2:41 PM
  12. S.A.C. Martin replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Please get a grip. I am referring specifically to those who have written on railway history and not those timekeepers in railway preservation or before who I do welcome with open arms as to their work. If there are any current timekeepers out...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 1:49 PM
  13. S.A.C. Martin liked 35B's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I’d agree, and go further. Reading Nock as a teenager, his footplate accounts read like a combination of Top Trumps and Boys Own heroics, and gave me a very distorted context for reading reports of performance. They consistently omitted the...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 1:45 PM
  14. S.A.C. Martin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    The point is context. If a timer reports that a loco goes from A to B at 60mph when the schedule only called for 55mph, no-one is saying that didn't happen. The issue is that if you read certain authors, the impression is given that that the fast...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 1:45 PM
  15. S.A.C. Martin replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I'm less bothered about the mags and their monthly articles and more bothered about the hardback and paperback "history books" that were considered go-tos for many of the opinions and "facts" that are now seen to be incredibly lacking in...

    Apr 16, 2021 at 12:12 PM