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  1. Steve liked RLinkinS's post in the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    The weight diagram of the LMS proposal is shown on page 130 of "Chronicles of Steam". I has 3 cylinders, a shortened Duchess boiler with 40 square feet grate area and 6' driving wheels and a tractive effort of 35250 lbs. It is very similar in...

    Jan 18, 2019 at 9:48 PM
  2. Steve liked Andy2857's post in the thread Next NYMR Overhaul.

    There has been some outstanding restoration and overhaul work going on at Grosmont over the last couple of years (at least!) . The quality and pace of work done is very impressive and their engagement with the "outside world", especially through...

    Jan 18, 2019 at 7:17 PM
  3. Steve replied to the thread Next NYMR Overhaul.

    Post elsewhere by the NYMR boilersmith says he is hoping for 92134 in the next couple of months. That's a tall order but I hope he's right. Boiler cladding going on today.

    Jan 17, 2019 at 11:22 PM
  4. Steve liked Monkey Magic's post in the thread GCR Ending of Lineside Passes, ex-Bridge that Gap: Great Central Railway News.

    I think part of the problem is that those who trespass to photograph don’t see their trespassing as a problem. I was looking at the photos of one of the people who had been photographing from places that were off limits on the GCR, and in short,...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 10:49 PM
  5. Steve liked jnc's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    The fact remains that the 4110 'people' (certainly the leaders; how many of the followers agree with them, we will see as the money comes in) apparently don't want to follow the PLC's lead, and work through the WSRA. The current burst of activity...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  6. Steve liked 35B's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I will leave it to others to assess the consequence of my views, and indeed yours. However, I refute the charge of bias. I have a great affection for the WSR, and wish it well. My observations are based on what “insiders” have said, combined...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 4:14 PM
  7. Steve liked ghost's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Well there seems to be quite a number of WSR volunteers who do/have posted here, including Ken, Mike, Moira, Barrie, GWRMan, Ian Coleby, Frank, Rodney and probably more that I've missed (apologies to them!). I think that is a fairly broad brush...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 4:12 PM
  8. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Lots of them online :) Getting back to fundraising: There is lots of support and advice and good practice available. My take is that to be successful, you require: (1) a collective, shared vision of what is important, and that vision needs to...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 4:09 PM
  9. Steve replied to the thread Edward Thompson: Both sides of the Story. Discussion 2012 - 2018.

    From a simplistic point, there is likely to be little doubt that the 2:1 gear will be easier to maintain, simply because there are less moving parts. By my reckoning, the conjugated gear has 8 pin joints against 10 on a conventional set of...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 1:02 PM
  10. Steve liked Bill Drewett's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I too have a lot of affection for the WSR, as a former member of the WSRA and a regular visitor today, but I find it deeply frustrating. It has real strengths and enormous potential, but it also seems to have a long-established culture that stops...

    Jan 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  11. Steve replied to the thread Next NYMR Overhaul.

    My money is on S15 825, LHJC 29 and Lucie. 92134 is in the frame but it will be towards the back end of the year.

    Jan 16, 2019 at 10:46 PM
  12. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I don't regard all the posts on here as representative. I form a view from occasional visits, talking to people both on the WSR and elsewhere and reading and listening. That view has the benefit of being at a distance and not being intimately...

    Jan 16, 2019 at 10:28 PM
  13. Steve liked 35B's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I form my views based on what is posted here. I accept that it is a distorting lens, and try to sight off for that. However, what I notice consistently is that: 1. Internal issues arise that express themselves between organisations, not within....

    Jan 16, 2019 at 9:53 PM
  14. Steve liked Greenway's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Of course posts on NP are not wholly representative of the WSR; many of the stations and smaller groups seem to achieve good results in a quite harmonious manner without the acrimony that the larger ones seems to attract. The majority of those...

    Jan 16, 2019 at 9:52 PM