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1971 – July – A polite correspondence

The letters page of the July 1971 Railway Magazine produced some interesting snippets, but most fascinating was the style.  Letter writing was still an art – no email, Fa(r)cebook or Twitter. This month’s letters had an exchange of views on whether the exhaust … Continue reading

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Swanage Strictly Bullied Steam Gala #2

Second episode of the Derek & Allan show from Swanage….. Load testing the footbridge….. Rebuilt Battle of Britain 34053, ‘Sir Keith Park’.  Park was in operational command during two of the most significant air battles in the European theatre in … Continue reading

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Swanage Strictly Bullied Steam Gala #1

I’m panicking towards a flight to Jakarta, so the ESNG show pictures will have to wait a couple of posts more.  But for now, some prototype inspiration….. Allan & Derek recently spent a weekend on the Swanage Railway, where they … Continue reading

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A little Redhill local history

I’ll report back on the show next time.  But for now, a little local history (at least it is if you live in Redhill).  From the Surrey Mirror: The grisly tale of the tunnel between Merstham and Coulsdon South Anyone … Continue reading

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Swanage

Bit hectic at the moment, so here’s a picture from Mr Dawes of Swanage in the sun, with two Bullied Pacifics in Swanage station. A contrast to when my father visited the station site in 1973! But I do like the … Continue reading

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1971 – April – “Gricers” reach Wales

The April 1971 edition of Railway Magazine contained an article informing us that there were still seven classes of steam locomotive operating in Malaysia.  They had certainly all gone by 1985 when Maxine and I took a train from Kuala … Continue reading

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A question of gauge

In March 1995, ‘Back Track’ had an interesting article on the gauge of railways, with particular reference to the GWR broad gauge and the 4′ 8.5″ ‘narrow’ gauge.  Railway history is often thought of as a battle between these gauges, … Continue reading

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