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  1. S.A.C. Martin liked 30567's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    I just think that is what tends to happen to small non-standard classes. I don't know my history well enough but the big passenger locos of Hughes, Raven, maybe Robinson come to mind as possible comparators. By the early 50s they had 50 new A1s...

    Dec 18, 2018 at 3:58 PM
  2. S.A.C. Martin attached a file to the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    That's kind Peter, but I know only a small amount and the rest is evidenced by records. Where possible I have referred to other sources together with contextualising Thompson's reign. I agree - but I do also want to balance that with sources...

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  3. S.A.C. Martin liked Fred Kerr's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    This seems to be parallel with modern traction equipment hence Thomson can be judged on principles which may give a better picture overall. In modern parlance (taking the Class 185 DMU as an example) the operators wanted 56 4-car sets that...

    Dec 18, 2018 at 1:24 PM
  4. S.A.C. Martin replied to the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    Does it matter where it comes from, ultimately, if it is correct?

    Dec 18, 2018 at 4:37 AM
  5. S.A.C. Martin replied to the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    No - but I think there’s an element of needing to get real on how a project operates. Funding, skill sets, getting priorities right, long term plans and hard work. You don’t build steam locos on branded teddies and pens.

    Dec 17, 2018 at 10:20 PM
  6. S.A.C. Martin liked ross's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    Look, its very simple. If you rescue a copper-capped locomotive from Barry and don't restore it, you are a twit. If you rescue a copper-capped locomotive from Barry and rebuild it as something other than as built, you are a twit. If you buy a...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 10:16 PM
  7. S.A.C. Martin liked 30567's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    Hi Simon. You know almost infinitely more about this than I do. I think it's best to take the lines which are most strongly supported by your evidence. You have a small class of 2-8-2s which didn't work very well (McKillop etc) on the route...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 2:22 PM
  8. S.A.C. Martin liked MarkinDurham's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    Hello Simon. All interesting details there. Thank you :) Costs enter into the equation here - higher availibility is a good thing, but then trips to/from Works, fuel used on these trips, Works costs etc are not good. It's an interesting puzzle....

    Dec 17, 2018 at 1:16 PM
  9. S.A.C. Martin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    That’s me that is ... (driving Camelot). Tom

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:04 PM
  10. S.A.C. Martin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    A few photos here of the 1st and 3rd class compartments of the Bulleid CK 5768, currently entering the home straight of overhaul at Horsted Keynes. https://www.bulleidsociety.org/News/Latest_News.html Worth reflecting for a moment that this...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:02 PM
  11. S.A.C. Martin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    And this - the railway has been awarded the Siemens Signalling Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards Ceremony for the third year running: A Third Siemens Award Signals the Way Forward for S&T The Bluebell Signals & Telecommunications...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:02 PM
  12. S.A.C. Martin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    A couple of other updates from the e-Newsletter: Double Donations Dash: We Did It! Well, we made it! At first our target of £250,000 seemed a daunting one, even with the incredible offer of matched funding. We had a few delays at the beginning...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:02 PM
  13. S.A.C. Martin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    The remains of "fag packet junction" … It's been like that in all my time at the Bluebell. My understanding is that long term, there is a desire to remodel the south end of the station (including the loco yard); however, there isn't yet a plan to...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:02 PM
  14. S.A.C. Martin liked jtx's post in the thread Overalls - A warning - Loco Crews and Shed Staff please read!.

    When I go to the SVR for a week, I take a ready-packed suitcase containing 1 set of prepping overalls, 10 ironed shirts, (5 prep, 5 day) and 5 sets of clean, ironed overalls, all packed in the order I need to put them on. At the end of each day,...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:01 PM
  15. S.A.C. Martin replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    I was recently asked what evidence I had that the rebuilt P2s were any good. Here's a short section from what forms a memorandum to the LNER's Emergency Board and what forms a larger report on the P2 rebuildings in the book. The LNER...

    Dec 17, 2018 at 10:13 AM