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MellishR's Recent Activity

  1. MellishR liked 5801's post in the thread Recommissioning after Coronavirus.

    Putting myself in the shoes of the public at large, a lot of people aren't keen on doing things that involve being marshalled, regimented, told where to stand, when to wear a mask, and generally bossed around when they are supposed to be enjoying...

    May 17, 2021 at 4:42 PM
  2. MellishR liked 30854's post in the thread Recommissioning after Coronavirus.

    I had an SMS yesterday, telling me my 2nd jab should be done earlier than planned. Unfortunately, the link provided didn't serve the purpose of a straightforward change of date, requiring a cancellation first. Like many of us oldsters, I don't...

    May 17, 2021 at 4:40 PM
  3. MellishR liked 30854's post in the thread Llangollen Railway.

    Just so long as the LR (and others with 1st gen DMMUs) remember to solidly plug their panoramic qualities, for all they're worth. If there was one single feature which stood out, for me, especially in units with the low density 2+2 seating, it...

    May 17, 2021 at 4:36 PM
  4. MellishR replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Three cylinders give you better balancing without much hammer blow. One way to take advantage of that is to use smaller driving wheels, but that path seems to have been little followed in Britain, though perhaps more in other countries. So why...

    May 16, 2021 at 6:02 PM
  5. MellishR liked jnc's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Goodness! After that, I expected to read about how Thompson had a crypt with an organ in it, which he used to play on while hatching his diabolical schemes for world domination. That is indeed question #1, but close behind is 'why'? Alas,...

    May 16, 2021 at 5:02 PM
  6. MellishR liked Cartman's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Interesting point about the use of three cylinders. Understandable in the case of the front line types like the Pacific types and the V2, but was it essential for secondary duty types like the B17, D49, K3 etc?

    May 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM
  7. MellishR liked Jimc's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    You can also add that Thompson clearly did abandon a central piece of Gresley's policy. Gresley, as Holcroft tells us, had decided to build all three cylinder classes, even for smaller locomotives when there were not gauge restrictions forcing...

    May 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM
  8. MellishR liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Which is a good thing. If we accept that as the meaning that was intended, I am struggling to see the evidence in Cox that supports that characterisation of Thompson's approach. I think we run into a problem here in trying to explain the...

    May 16, 2021 at 4:58 PM
  9. MellishR liked flying scotsman123's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Did he though? I mightn't have been following this closely enough but the impression I got was that Cox's "backing up" of the anti-Gresley campaign came much later than his report. Is there a risk that in the passing of time, Cox, Cook etc....

    May 16, 2021 at 4:54 PM
  10. MellishR liked Fred Kerr's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Is too much interpretation being put on the phrase "Machiavellian campaign" that Cox used - perhaps in misunderstanding Thompson's actions in seeking outside experience ? In modern times I relate the discussion of Gresley v Thompson as analogous...

    May 16, 2021 at 4:53 PM
  11. MellishR liked 61624's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    An unbiased writer might concisely describe the Cox report as "independent verification".

    May 16, 2021 at 4:52 PM
  12. MellishR liked Miff's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    I’ll assume you’re not suggesting Cox’s and Cook’s accounts, simply because of their high status, should always be accepted without question. Therefore how should a good historian test their allegation of a Machiavellian campaign?

    May 16, 2021 at 4:52 PM
  13. MellishR liked 30567's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    My take is that Cox was asked to do what many consultants are asked to do--- provide a peer review and an expert opinion. I don't see anything dishonourable on either side in that. Presumably there was a small chance he would come up with some...

    May 16, 2021 at 4:51 PM
  14. MellishR attached a file to the thread LMS Black 5 5025.

    These recent posts give me an excuse to post my picture of 45025 (as it was at the time, of course) at Bolton on the 20:55 Manchester Victoria to Heysham on 18th April 1968. The technical quality is poor but it is atmospheric. [ATTACH]

    Railway B018.jpg May 16, 2021 at 9:55 AM
  15. MellishR replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Wartime C.M.E. Discussion 2012 - 2021.

    Should we also try to work out what caused that ill feeling? How much of it was due specifically to the rebuilding of Great Northern, despite (a) the selection of that particular A1 having apparently not been Thompson's, and (b) the decision to...

    May 16, 2021 at 9:31 AM