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  1. LesterBrown liked MartinBall's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    News from Bratton Fleming station. The building is back on the market! Official reason is that the potential buyer lost a mortgage offer and is looking for alternative finance (though, maybe their solicitor told them about a railway due to go...

    May 30, 2020 at 4:55 PM
  2. LesterBrown liked RLinkinS's post in the thread Locomotives that NEARLY made it.

    There was American input into British designs. Churchward certainly looked across the Atlantic for ideas when he was designing his standard locos. They may not have looked the same but that is mainly a cosmetic issue. He also looked to France...

    May 29, 2020 at 6:11 PM
  3. LesterBrown attached a file to the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    In 1839, when the line was still under construction being alongside a canal dock (later filled in to expand the works) accessible to small sailing vessels was useful and at that time coal was transferred by wheelbarrow into ships at the same...

    West Yard.jpg May 29, 2020 at 3:54 PM
  4. LesterBrown replied to the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    It certainly explains why their largest and most modern design, the A class retained the short wheelbase of the first 0-6-2Ts. Whereas the Rhymney with a large modern works at Caerphilly (though unlike the TVR they didn't construct new locos...

    May 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM
  5. LesterBrown replied to the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    To access the works a locomotive had first to be turned on a turntable located on the main running line, then pulled across the road linking Cardiff town centre with the docks, next pushed onto the yard turntable and manually manoeuvred into...

    May 29, 2020 at 1:53 AM
  6. LesterBrown liked Jimc's post in the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    The Taff Vale works were so badly sited that the GWR board were told they needed to be closed "at the earliest possible opportunity".

    May 29, 2020 at 1:35 AM
  7. LesterBrown liked weltrol's post in the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    We do have some preserved Craven's DMUs.... (I'll get my coat...) :D

    May 29, 2020 at 1:34 AM
  8. LesterBrown replied to the thread FR & WHR & WHHR News.

    Any nostalgia I have for the Ffestiniog Railway of the 1970s and 1980s would be more than satisfied by seeing one of the current double Fairlies, preferably Myrddin Emrys, in green. I was quite disappointed on the occasion the new Earl of...

    May 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM
  9. LesterBrown liked Martin Shaw's post in the thread FR & WHR & WHHR News.

    Sorry Tim, I obviously misunderstood you. I wonder if all the bells and whistles, generally adornments if you will, represent a significant percentage of the total cost of a JS2 compared to a new EoM, given that the boiler, cradle, and power...

    May 28, 2020 at 6:52 PM
  10. LesterBrown liked Martin Shaw's post in the thread FR & WHR & WHHR News.

    I remember once having this very same conversation with a museum individual in respect of Lode Star. His view was that as a working engine you gained nothing about the performance of a GW 4 cylinder engine that cannot already be understood from...

    May 27, 2020 at 11:14 PM
  11. LesterBrown liked torgormaig's post in the thread Locomotives that NEARLY made it.

    Why would Riddles desire anything other than simplicity in his locos? In the changing post war world, bent on recovery, it was clear that steam traction had a very limited future ahead of it. To my mind Riddles produced just what the railway...

    May 27, 2020 at 1:18 PM
  12. LesterBrown liked meeee's post in the thread FR & WHR & WHHR News.

    Wheel centres, valve gear, side frames and brackets, rear sub frame, front buffer and bufferbeam, weights under the sand pots for starters. The motion brackets and crossheads are probably a few years later and the outside motion is original but...

    May 26, 2020 at 11:43 PM
  13. LesterBrown liked Robin's post in the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    It's fashionable in certain quarters to knock the GWR for having too many preserved locos, but would be nice if just one of their 19th Century passenger locomotives had survived. Maybe a Dean bogie single to complement the Dean goods. [IMG] (For...

    May 26, 2020 at 2:28 PM
  14. LesterBrown liked johnofwessex's post in the thread Locos that didn't even qualify as a 'might have been', but really deserved preservation.

    Those M&SWJ 2-4-0's which survived into the 1950's looked absolutely delightful - so near and yet so far. To say nothing of being a good size for most preserved lines.

    May 26, 2020 at 2:26 PM