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  1. Steve liked Ploughman's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Over the years a policy has been adopted on the NYMR that for renewals we use new rail and if not new then good condition sleepers with current fastenings with spacings of at least 26 and more if needed. Until a few years back we used to use all...

    May 27, 2018 at 10:57 PM
  2. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    It is akin to painting the Forth Bridge. My fear, though, is that it has only been the equivalent of patch painted over many years. It is not that many years ago that I was talking to Mark Smith and he told me that the railway was still 99.9%...

    May 27, 2018 at 10:05 AM
  3. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Am I right in thinking that the majority of the WSR permanent way dates from BR days? If so it will be well on its way to being life expired. Renewal will be a major task. At one mile per year it will be a twenty year task.

    May 26, 2018 at 9:53 PM
  4. Steve replied to the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    A couple of years ago a lump falling off a steam special broke someones leg. The RAIB did an initial investigation but it wasn't taken forward as there were no new lessons to be learnt. I don't have any details of the event; I only know from...

    May 26, 2018 at 9:46 PM
  5. Steve replied to the thread Future covered workshop and storage space (especially for carriages) ?.

    In theory, yes. That's what BR used to do. You would need a plant with a SWP higher than the boilers you are going to test, though.

    May 25, 2018 at 1:56 PM
  6. Steve replied to the thread 46447 Visit to the IoWSR.

    Now those photos totally confuse/intrigue me. What was the purpose of having the tender where it was? The tender couldn't go on the same trailer as it would be illegal. The loco is anchored to the trailer so it is not going on any further on,...

    May 24, 2018 at 10:09 AM
  7. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread 100% Authenticity.

    Paul - there is no historical precedent or authenticity for the presence of Ivatts, either tender or tank engine type, on the Isle of Wight, and for the typical train weights and relatively modest gradients, they are clearly very overpowered. The...

    May 24, 2018 at 7:25 AM
  8. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    And it also depends on which way up it is. It probably has more to do with whether it was made in the Antipodes rather than whether it was made by a left handed person. Or even a left handed machine. ;)

    May 24, 2018 at 7:21 AM
  9. Steve replied to the thread RAIB Investigation: South Devon Railway.

    If they was the only criterion, your board would be very short of the necessary skills and knowledge. Knowledge of Engineering, finance, SHE and Companies Act to name but four necessary attributes of the overall board.

    May 23, 2018 at 8:42 PM
  10. Steve replied to the thread RAIB Investigation: South Devon Railway.

    That is a real concern of the ORR and has been for some time. Boards need to consist of people competent to undertake their roles. That doesn't necessarily mean a knowledge of railway operations though.

    May 23, 2018 at 8:34 PM
  11. Steve replied to the thread 100% Authenticity.

    The (G)WR always did things differently so perhaps they had white side lamps? As a matter of interest, does it have a bracket on the opposite side?

    May 23, 2018 at 7:10 PM
  12. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Are you a clone of me? I more or less echo what you have put (although I've never played baseball.)

    May 23, 2018 at 7:06 PM
  13. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    If you are wearing gloves you do not notice any paint that gets on your gloves and, before long, it gets where it shouldn't be. You may say that it shouldn't get on your gloves but I've yet to see anyone painting without that happening. If you...

    May 22, 2018 at 11:32 PM
  14. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    No one should wear gloves whilst painting.

    May 22, 2018 at 11:09 PM