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Author Topic: Memories of your Railway experiances  (Read 2335 times)
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« Reply #60 on: April 08, 2018, 12:43:50 PM »

Did you ever sit here with your pencil and note pad.

 
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« Reply #61 on: April 08, 2018, 01:41:16 PM »

Hello Townie
Is that Hams Hall in the background. The train is pulling tankers.
Either fuel or Methane gas.
Give us a clue
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« Reply #62 on: April 08, 2018, 02:35:15 PM »

Gerald ,think it's 100 yards from Water Orton Station,I think
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« Reply #63 on: April 08, 2018, 03:11:20 PM »

Yes just approaching Water Orton. The wall on the left is the back of the pub the Dog Inn, and yes that's Hams Hall in the background. The Train has just come off the Kingsbury Tamworth line. 
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« Reply #64 on: April 08, 2018, 03:29:04 PM »

Hello Townie and Ed.
The train is on its way back to Pembrokeshire. 2 or 3 leave Pembrokeshire just after midnight and pass our house
that is a mile away but we do hear them. Never troubles us. Thats link between us. That train when loaded is very, very heavy.
Blow the whistle
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« Reply #65 on: August 13, 2018, 04:35:19 PM »

What a lovely site at the weekend,saw 60163 TORNADO steam into Canterbury and then go Past Minster on its way back to LondonWhat the kids of today have missed from all those years ago when we Trainspotted.
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« Reply #66 on: August 13, 2018, 07:33:11 PM »

Yes, there is something about the old steamers. Remember sitting on Hall Green Station with dad and watching the steamers pull in. Then off they would go again in clouds of steam and that struggle to get the rhythm going as they moved out of the station.

I don't know, experience for the kids these days seems to be a theme park, where ok, it's an experience. But there is so much going on outside of the theme parks. I guess it all comes from 'expectation' these days, rather chance your luck that you may see something spectacular. They may miss a lot too, as they mainly look down at a screen, rather than look about.

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« Reply #67 on: August 14, 2018, 08:55:50 AM »

Gerald,looking back to post 64 and you saying about the trains coming from by you,do they keep the same Driver all the way  or do they only go halfway say as far as Bristol.just wondering as its a long journey.Or does he stop overnight and come back next day.Whats your thought.Ed.
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« Reply #68 on: August 16, 2018, 01:46:39 PM »

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.

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« Reply #69 on: August 16, 2018, 05:56:40 PM »

Hello
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.
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« Reply #70 on: August 16, 2018, 06:48:47 PM »

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.

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« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2018, 08:23:16 PM »

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.
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« Reply #72 on: August 17, 2018, 04:42:12 PM »

Hello
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.
Gerald.
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