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  1. John Petley replied to the thread Steam Dreams 2023.

    What is strange about the list of carriages owned by LSL is that it's the Second Opens which are the "coffins". Given that the SD/Saphos business model seems to be focussed primarily on dining customers but still giving a nod to he enthusiast...

    Nov 28, 2022 at 5:36 PM
  2. John Petley replied to the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    I'm with Tom as far as the Thumper goes. There are four heritage lines where Thumpers did operate - Swanage, Mid Hants, Spa Valley and the Lavender Line. All but Swanage have an example. The Bluebell has no historical connection with them and the...

    Nov 26, 2022 at 2:36 PM
  3. John Petley liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    I’m not a fan of diesels at the Bluebell (who knew, eh?) My concern is really summed up in @Big Al ’s phrase “less is more” - or do less but do it better, as I’d phrase it. I don’t believe that diesels represent a significant saving on whole...

    Nov 26, 2022 at 1:42 PM
  4. John Petley liked Flying Phil's post in the thread Bridge that Gap: Great Central Railway News.

    Here is my picture, taken today, of the new A60 bridge. [ATTACH]

    DSC02159.JPG Nov 25, 2022 at 4:16 PM
  5. John Petley replied to the thread RTC Sussex Belle - 24/11/22.

    RTC ran about 3-4 of these trains in 2010, I think. The gauging issue between Hastings and Ore seems to have been resolved - Braunton went that way in September 2020. One factor affecting the relative lack of steam charters in the Sussex and...

    Nov 25, 2022 at 3:25 PM
  6. John Petley liked Matt37401's post in the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    I’m sure if you give those in charge a blank cheque from those millions in your bank account those responsible will quite happily oblige, We’ll wait and see…

    Nov 25, 2022 at 8:50 AM
  7. John Petley liked Nantyglo's post in the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    The guy is like a stuck gramophone record. His strategy is clearly to ignore obvious (and frequently stated) realities; always take the contrarian view, and thereby cause maximum annoyance. As an active volunteer who is only too aware of the...

    Nov 25, 2022 at 8:49 AM
  8. John Petley liked steam_mad's post in the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    Have you any idea what its like to be involved either in a heritage railway (to use colloquial terms) at Board / Management level? The last 36 months has thrown crisis after crisis at those in charge: Covid, falling volunteer numbers, coal...

    Nov 25, 2022 at 8:49 AM
  9. John Petley liked ghost's post in the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    When are you going to listen? The railway (and many others like it) are trying to SURVIVE. The last thing they need is someone like you banging on every 5 minutes about projects that were planned pre-covid. Please give it a rest and let the...

    Nov 25, 2022 at 8:49 AM
  10. John Petley liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Mid Hants Railway Operational Matters.

    You could probably run a daytime mainline service with the top and tailed set to Salisbury for the Christmas market as well, and only have to pay the marginal cost of the coal for the mileage run because the loco would be steamed anyway for the...

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:08 AM
  11. John Petley liked Bikermike's post in the thread Loco 76017.

    If the question is wobbly long bridge, the answer is clearly Terrier... (we can paint it up as GWR#5 if necessary).

    Nov 23, 2022 at 12:31 PM
  12. John Petley liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Mid Hants Railway Operational Matters.

    Don't go bringing facts into the discussion - where's the fun in that? Tom

    Nov 23, 2022 at 8:23 AM
  13. John Petley liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Motive Power.

    In that period, the number plate represented the physical manifestation of the locomotive in the capital stock list. So when an old loco was replaced by a new one, the number plate transferred. In the case of Stepney, the new No. 55 was a...

    Nov 22, 2022