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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Cucumbers on: Yesterday at 10:00:35 pm
Nicknames for trains .... we've come across the Nodding Donkeys, the Doodlebugs and the Coffin Nails ... just seen a reference to "Cucumbers".  Anyone else heard that one?

I've also heard that GWR's 2+4 HST GTi is commonly called a 'Chalet' rather than the completely innappropriate 'Castle' nomenclature. I am sure this doesn't need an explanation, but [apparently], if a 2+8 is a 'full house', then a 2+4 is a 'half house', aka 'chalet'.
2  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Intriguing Reason for Cancellation on: February 18, 2019, 09:49:32 pm
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19:03 London Paddington to Penzance due 01:29
19:03 London Paddington to Penzance due 01:29 has been cancelled.
This is due to urgent repairs to a tunnel.

Which tunnel might this be?
3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Flybe - Gone into administration. on: February 16, 2019, 07:21:09 pm
According to BBC Radio 4 19.00 hours news summary followed by, which I am listening too, Profile on Chris Grayling born on April 1st.

Wrong airline!  It is FlyBMI that has gone into Administration
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: February 16, 2019, 06:33:27 pm
Hit the post at Valley Parade

Wrong forum methinks, Ivor! Shouldn't this be on Exeweb (and I think you meant that be Rodney Parade)?  Grin  Roll Eyes  Embarrassed
5  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Liskeard to Looe Derailment 15 Feb 19 on: February 15, 2019, 07:09:23 am
5L71 derailed at Liskeard. Looe line blocked
6  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: New reason for cancellations on: February 11, 2019, 09:06:57 am
This thread has been saddled with too many puns. Time to rein them in.

Nah! Let it run on unbridled!
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: SWR strikes on: February 10, 2019, 08:12:10 pm
Fair enough. So of those entitled to vote, 56% voted for strike action.

Which is comfortably above the 5237% accepted by HMG as a mandate to leave the EU.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: New reason for cancellations on: February 09, 2019, 09:05:05 pm
I can't think of a suitable comment, but since this thread has already been up for eight hours or so, it is rather 'after the horse has bolted'.
9  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: XC Dawlish cancellations now beyond a joke! on: February 07, 2019, 09:59:53 am
So have the 802s been tested in equally harsh conditions? Itís shocking that the 800s malfunctioned after some Dawlish seawater as itís inevitable these sets will be called upon to run to Plymouth and Penzance

Why is it inevitable?   I thought the 802s were uprated to give them the power to get up the Devon banks.  I was amazed therefore that an 800 was sent to run west of Exeter! 

800s are regularly seen west of Exeter currently.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 06:48:09 pm
The springtime wild flower display was stunning.

Yes, the display in Wytherstone cutting particularly so.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 12:22:08 pm
I grew up in Bridport, leaving in 1967 to go to university.  My parents lived there until their deaths so that I was a regular visitor until 1995. .....
Nice to see that other forum members know the area

My mum's dad, Percy Smith, owned a photographic shop in East Street, next to Leaker's bakery - which is probably how mum and, subsequently, I developed (if you pardon the pun) an interest in photography.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 11:24:41 am
Well the third one is somewhere on an ex-Southern line (can tell by signal post type).  I'm thinking Bradpole Crossing on the Bridport branch.

Bridport Branch, Bradpole Crossing; the gates have been reinstated on the Toller side and 100m of trackbed has a seat an well cut grass, the rails still cross the road.

I used to teach at the nearby Colfox School and was told by one teacher of his arriving by train for the interview. The guard asked him where he was going and as a result dropped him off at the crossing. Little was it known then that the headteacher was waiting at Bridport Station to give him a lift to the school!

Indeed, both correct. My Uncle used to live in Bradpole (on Ridgeway, the access road to Colfox, coincidentally), so we spent many hours both riding and walking the Bridport branch. Had the line been open today, mine and my mum's activities may well have raised a few eyebrows ( Embarrassed ), as we would walk along the tracks. On this day, we took the train to Maiden Newton, then walked all of the way back to Bridport.

More pictures from the day below. My mum can be seen in the picture at Powerstock. I wanted to ask her lots of questions about these and other pictures in the recently unearthed collection, but sadly, she left us back in September  Sad







13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 11:00:51 am
Well the third one is somewhere on an ex-Southern line (can tell by signal post type).  I'm thinking Bradpole Crossing on the Bridport branch.

Wasn't the Bridport branch ex-GWR?
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 10:48:07 am
My Good Lady Wife has been clearing out the loft and found some 1000+ (mainly) black and white negatives of mine that I thought had been long since lost. Found gathering dust in a corner - some sadly scratched. Unfortunately, my existing negative and transparency flat-bed scanner could not cope with b&w negatives, so had to find one that does - which wasn't easy, but eventually successful!

Anyway, after several long hours scanning, I have found some very interesting memories.

I do remember this particular trip, but couldn't remember taking the pictures. The whereabouts please.






15  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Tarka Line Overcrowding Problem To Be Solved on: January 22, 2019, 06:38:00 pm
Forgive me as this comment should really go in the 'inappropriate use of stock photographs' thread, but I cannot find it.

Tarka Line article with quotes from our very own RichardB, kindly verified to the moderation team by the man himself - https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/overcrowded-devon-train-problem-solved-2452676
Note the use of a photograph of an 8 coach HST in an article about overcrowded 2 coach services. Good old Devon Live!
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