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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

Notice: The forum is being looked after by Garden Gerald, Nick and Townie.

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 on: August 17, 2018, 04:42:12 PM 
Started by townie - Last post by GardenGerald
Do you remember the names of places where they used to shout All Change.
The one I remember was Newton Abbott.
Until a few years ago I could get a train in Haverfordwest to Penzance
Another to Portsmouth and Chop they all went.
We can still go to Birmingham and  Manchester if you can afford the fare,
its different everyday but nobody knows why.
The local service is rubbish.
I knew the Fireman on the last steam train from Pembroke to Carmarthem.
Well Gerald he said we gave them something to remember. We blew the whistle
all the way non stop.
Wave the flag and blow the whistle.

 on: August 17, 2018, 04:03:21 PM 
Started by GardenGerald - Last post by GardenGerald
The home of Carpets and Sugar Beet. Before the EU we use to produce a lot of our own sugar in the UK.
Get on the Steam Train or journey on to the Safari Park. Have a rest at Bewdley then on tp rock, not so far now
and you will be in Wales.
A great run for a camping holiday, stop a night at each location and look round the towns and villages.
I always knew I would live in Wales from the age of 12 when Mr Martin the woodwork teacher at Loxton Street
got me to make a 3D model of Wales
It was confirmed when I had to do 4 weeks forestry management in the Elan Valley.
Great days and great memories. Everyday I still see something different. Had a Raven on the windowsill
this week and it poked its head through the open window to have a look at us.

 on: August 16, 2018, 10:30:52 PM 
Started by Twm Sion - Last post by Edifi
TWM,haven't been to London in a car for over 10 years.Wouldnt give them my money.

 on: August 16, 2018, 08:23:16 PM 
Started by townie - Last post by Edifi
Two,I watch a lot of steam and diesels on you tube.The latest on Tuesday a diesel Engine was pulling 6 carriages  and 30 huge containers.Must have been a hell of a weight.

 on: August 16, 2018, 08:15:04 PM 
Started by GardenGerald - Last post by Edifi
Ron D.just picked this thread up.I live in Westgate on Sea by Margate.Spend a lot of Saturday's in Deal or Folkstone.

 on: August 16, 2018, 06:48:47 PM 
Started by townie - Last post by Twm Sion
1000 tons, it's incredible how they get traction. You would think they would just spin on the spot when trying to pull away. Mind you, I think the locomotives weigh in at about 120 tones each. I used to spend a bot f time at New Street waiting for my connection (sometimes a couple of hours) watching the freight locomotives pull out of the station, you could see the rails bending under the weight.


 on: August 16, 2018, 05:56:40 PM 
Started by townie - Last post by GardenGerald
The push and pull was so that the train could go both ways without having
to detach engine and go to the turn table. It could also give more power if needed.
The banker would be used only on steep climbs like the Lickey Incline.
Ed I do not know the answer to your question but they could change crew at Bristol.
I can tell you that the tanker trains pull 1000 tons.
I had an Uncle that was a driver on the London to Scotland Express trains and
they changed crew near Grimsby.
We had less pests and diseases in the garden when we had steam trains, we are
now short of Sulphur.
The Steam train specials that used to come to Fishguard would be at 60 mph half a
mile outside Fishguard and would stay at that speed all the way to Birmingham.
If you were in the field the driver would always give you a whistle.....Gerald.

 on: August 16, 2018, 01:46:39 PM 
Started by townie - Last post by Twm Sion
Looking through a book the other day re railways of Wales. One picture reminded of when I was a nipper and going to South Wales. Sometimes an extra steam loco would be attached to help with the inclines. I think we called it 'push and pull' train. Could have been known as a 'banker engine' too.


 on: August 16, 2018, 01:42:10 PM 
Started by GardenGerald - Last post by Twm Sion
Went to Kidderminster last week to the Wyre Forest Cemetery. Fairly easy to find, and we'll set out. The crematorium looked quite new and loads of space for burials, 17 acres in all.

 on: August 16, 2018, 01:37:02 PM 
Started by Twm Sion - Last post by Twm Sion
One I the things that used to frustrate me in London, was the amount of times they closed the roads for events or protests. They seem to forget that folks need to still go about their business 7 days a week.


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