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  1. andrewshimmin liked Llwyngwern's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    To make things clear I have nothing against line extensions, building new locomotives, and all of the other things that make up reasons why I’ve been involved with heritage railways for forty years. I hope before retiring permanently to the mess...

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:52 PM
  2. andrewshimmin liked 35B's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    Agreed. But that is not necessarily correlated to the length of line - there has to be enough of an attraction to justify travelling to the back of beyond, and the length of stay will be one of those factors. Meanwhile, having driven to Alston...

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:51 PM
  3. andrewshimmin liked Paulthehitch's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    The "stuck record" is enthusiasts failing to realise that such lines are not a means of transport but an entertainment, largely for non-enthusiasts. If not located adjoining a centre of population or in an area not particularly established as a...

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:51 PM
  4. andrewshimmin liked Pesmo's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    I love this railway and have visited many times. As a visitor from afar, a lot of the Railways problems I put down to their communication strategy and the fact that in the eyes of the customer like myself they were becoming unreliable. Even the...

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:50 PM
  5. andrewshimmin liked Paulthehitch's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    The sad truth is that even the receipt of a deal of grant money does not seem to have produced financial stability. All too often the only solution which enthusiasts can come up with is "let's have another extension".

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:50 PM
  6. andrewshimmin liked 35B's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    When I visited the South Tynedale, I was far happier to drive to Alston than I was Haltwhistle; there’s not much to choose between them for access outside winter. I suggest the problem is not the length of the line (whether too long or too...

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:50 PM
  7. andrewshimmin liked Llwyngwern's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    Leaving aside the usual debate of how valuable a mainline connection is, except in the enthusiast mindset, and a better roadlink at one end -- if the Railway is struggling financially plans to extend have to go to the back of the priorities...

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:49 PM
  8. andrewshimmin liked MartinBall's post in the thread South Tynedale Railway (Ltd.) in administration.

    1. It's not Ddualt but Dduallt (yes, it does make a difference as 'l' and 'll' denote different sounds in Welsh) 2. It's not even Dduallt if you mean the WHR, but, presumably, Dinas

    Sep 27, 2020 at 8:49 PM
  9. andrewshimmin liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    One point about a railway locomotive is the requirement to provide a draft - which requires energy (i.e. the energy required to provide a given mass-flow rate of gas through the boiler, against all the resistance of the firebed, tubes etc.) That...

    Sep 26, 2020 at 5:56 PM
  10. andrewshimmin liked bluetrain's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    That is correct. Some 3-cylinder compounds in Switzerland and Wurttemberg did use the alternative arrangement of 120 degree crank spacing, which would have produced a more even draw-bar pull but an odd-sounding 6/8 exhaust. As far as I know,...

    Sep 26, 2020 at 5:55 PM
  11. andrewshimmin liked Mandator's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    I quite like the look of the HR River Class.

    Sep 26, 2020 at 5:54 PM
  12. andrewshimmin liked Allegheny's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    On the subject of North Eastern engines and compounding, the Worsdell C8 would appeal to me. https://www.lner.info/locos/C/c8.php

    Sep 26, 2020 at 5:54 PM
  13. andrewshimmin liked 30854's post in the thread Tornado.

    You're not alone there. I still think of Earl of Merioneth as a new loco .... and just look where that's at these days!! :(

    Sep 25, 2020 at 1:35 PM
  14. andrewshimmin liked blink bonny's post in the thread Tornado.

    I don't know about the rest of you but I still think of Tornado as a new loco - it hardly seems five minutes since it was rolled out under its own power for the first time in July 2008. She's coming up to 12 years and 2 months old since that...

    Sep 25, 2020 at 1:35 PM
  15. andrewshimmin liked blink bonny's post in the thread Tornado.

    Now that's an A1. [ATTACH]

    Tornado-(8)-fbook.jpg Sep 25, 2020 at 1:35 PM