NEWSLETTER 51

Dear Members

 

Further to the recent announcement from the UK Government alias Boris, we now know that the COVID restrictions are likely to be lifted on July 19. We have all had 16 months of very little social face to face interaction, so I am sure we will all be counting down for our return to the clubroom on 21st July.
 
However, in order to ensure your safe return you will all need to read, digest and comply with some simple rules the Committee have put together. There is no escape as you will find them in this Newsletter and sent to you all individually,
Notices will also be displayed in the clubrooms.
 
Finally, sit back, relax and enjoy the latest newsletter.

 

Keep safe
 
Phil and Nigel

 

 

 

Please email all submissions to  phile_b51@yahoo.co.uk  or    nigel@slatford.co.uk

 

 

DHMRS Covid 19 Rules
 

The DHMRS Committee have agreed the following to enable club nights to resume:

  1. The Club will be open on Wednesday evenings only:
  2. For the time being, Thursday afternoon sessions will be suspended unless agreed by a committee member:
  3. A register of attendance will be kept – Chairman / Treasurer / Secretary to keep photographic record for 4 weeks to aid track & trace:
  4. No guests allowed:
  5. Sanitising hand gel will be provided and positioned at the entrance to the Club (top of fire escape staircase) and at the entrance to each of the club rooms. Sanitising wipes to be left at the top of the stairs to the ground floor Church:
  6. Teas / Coffee to be provided at no cost until further notice:
  7. Members are responsible for bringing their own mug or washing any that they use:
  8. Rota to be organised to ensure surfaces are cleaned at the end of each club session:
  9. Signage will be displayed around the Clubroom reminding members of key messages and listing these rules:

When attending the Club premises, Members must:

  1. Have no Covid 19 symptoms:
  2. Have received two jabs or have a clear Lateral flow test:
  3. Sign in on arrival in the register of attendance:
  4. Use sanitising wipes to clear any surface touched when going downstairs:

 Although optional, it is also suggested that for the time being, Members ;

  1. Wear a mask when moving around / between club rooms:
  2. Wear a mask when going downstairs to use the wc facilities / kitchen:

 

 

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE PHIL IN HIS BIRTHDAY SUIT

 

 

CORK AND KERRY RAILTOUR 2018

 

Part 2

 

The Second Strand Diesel Rail Tour 11/5/18

A late start this morning with the tour not leaving until 11.07. The morning started with heavy rain. Fortunately it was only a short walk from the hotel to Connolly station. Whilst waiting for the train to arrive the ex UTA 2-6-4T no. 4 came off shed and departed for Mallow.

 

CLASS WT 2-6-4T NO. 4 AT DUBLIN CONOLLY COMING OFF SHED AND REVERSING BEFORE DEPARTING FOR MALLOW

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Left: ENTERPRISE SERVICE  ARRIVING  AT DUBLIN CONNOLLY WORKED WITH A DVT AT THE FRONT                 
Right: 071 AND CRAVENS SET ARRIVING AT AT DUBLIN CONNOLLY READY TO FORM THE RAIL TOUR

 

The train arrived at 10.50 and we boarded quickly to get out of the rain. Leaving on time at 11.07 we took the route through Dublin Pearse and down the coast skirting Bray Head where the original alignment by Brunel has twice been partly lost due to coastal erosion leaving a few abandoned tunnels.

Continuing south we arrived at Wexford at 14.40 where we left the train to find somewhere for lunch. The train continued to Rosslare Strand and Europort but Malcolm assured us that there was very little there and probably no where to find lunch.

 

Left: 071 AND CRAVENS SET  AT WEXFORD AFTER ARRIVAL FROM DUBLIN        
Right: 071 AND CRAVENS SET  AT WEXFORD ARRIVING FROM ROSSLARE

 

After lunch a walk around the harbour followed with particular interest in the fact that the main line run between the road and harbour without any fencing and crossed a couple of main roads as well.

The train arrived at the station at at 16.58 ready for a prompt departure at 17.18. Phil and I opted to take photos at the station but Malcolm waited by the harbour to photograph the train running along side the road.

Returning the way we had come arrival back at Dublin Connolly was at 20.20. After returning to the hotel to leave bags etc. we found a suitable hostelry before the end of the day.

 

Left: INSIDE OF GOREY SIGNAL BOX AS IS USED TO BE                      
Right: EXTERIOR OF  GOREY SIGNAL BOX SHOWING ITS ELEVATED POSITION BY THE FOOTBRIDGE. - QUITE COMMON IN IRELAND

 

Tomorrow would see the start of the Cork & Kerry Railtour proper with an 8.35 start from Connolly.

 

Keith

 

 

A(nother) ‘Nellie’!
 

There was I trawling through e-bay bits and pieces, as you do, and suddenly an advert caught my eye. There it was, a ‘Nellie’ that was ripe for upgrading, together with a Triang Stanier tender for £6. I bid for the pair and was successful. The tender was of no use to me so I promptly put it back on ebay.  The paint work on one side was slightly crazed and it had the original plastic split axle wheels. Believe it or not it sold for £6, so it was quits!
 
Having already upgraded a ‘Nellie’ I thought there was potential for a second upgrade. What a glutton for punishment! The ‘Nellie’ was described as having a non working motor. Also two of the four steps were missing off the body plus one coupling. I took the coupling off ‘Nellie’ and the rear coupling off the tender, making a pair, which are now for sale, yes you’ve guessed it, on ebay. I replaced these with NEM couplings using a drop of super glue, which l think look much better. In the chassis casting there is a hole which needed to be filled in order to give the coupling maximum grip.
 

 

 

I separated the body and chassis and attended to the motor first. When powered up the rotor gave a slight kick and stopped. On close inspection with a magnifying glass I spotted a broken wire on one pole. There was not enough slack to solder the wire so I carefully peeled back the longest wire by one turn. Now there was sufficient slack to solder the wires together taking great care. I then put ‘Nellie’ on my track and, lo and behold, it ran like a good ‘un in both directions. Job done on the motor after lubrication! I also attached the missing suppression capacitor (please, not a condenser) of which I have several in stock.  So the trusty X03 is a runner again. Does anyone know how many X03/X04 motors were manufactured?
 
However, I noticed the wheels were ‘wobbling’. Surely not a bent axle? I removed both con rods and on close inspection I found the tyres were not square on the wheels. Here comes the surprising bit. The tyres almost fell off! I have never experienced this before. Has any club member experienced this? I always thought the flanges were part of the wheel casting. Not so! I carefully replaced the tyres  and ensured they were a good push fit and square on the wheels. I replaced the con rods and ran the chassis again and the wheels ran true. Another good result! Fortunately the pick up assembly was in good condition and didn’t require any attention. On my first Nellie I had to rebuild the whole assembly.
 

 

 

So now time to turn attention to the body. The first job was to replace the broken steps. I used the remaining steps as a pattern and made a passable pair from 2mm plasticard. I have always hated moulded darts on the smoke box door so I removed this with a file and made a better one. I found a white metal sprue in the junk box. I trimmed two lengths to suit and squeezed the ends with a pair of pliers, then drilled a 1/2mm hole in each and the smoke box door. I fed an ordinary household pin through the handles and the smoke box door, snipped  off the end of the pin and secured it with a drop of super glue.
 
I thought I might then replace the hand rail moulding with wire, but as I had no handrail knobs I decided to leave that exercise for another day. Following a rub down with a fibre glass brush and a good clean up I painted the body matt black. Then time for real coal in the bunker. I coated the coal with 50/50 water and PVA, spread it in the bunker and left it to dry overnight in the airing cupboard. What a difference real coal makes. Time then to fit windows inside the cab with clear plastic. This leaves a small gap at the bottom of the front windows, but this is hardly noticeable.
 

 

 

By the time you read this I hope to have fitted hooks to the buffer beams and also vacuum brake pipes. These of course are pure ostentation, but I think add character to the loco as will a lamp on the front buffer beam. One day I will fit a cab crew, and there might just be enough space for a DCC chip under the bunker. But that will be another story. Perhaps when the evenings draw in……!
 
Barry.

 

 

A FAMILY DAY OUT TO THE CPMR

 

Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway

 

The Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway is situated in the public Cutteslowe Park in the north of the City of Oxford just off the A40 Ring Road.

There are two tracks on the railway on which they run passenger carrying trains pulled by steam or diesel locomotives. The elevated track is built to cater for 3½" and 5" gauges and the ground level track is for 5" and 7¼" gauges. 

The timetable can be downloaded here. Trains run at frequent intervals throughout the afternoon, subject to availability and suitable weather conditions. 

To check the railway is open on running days please call 07503 314131.

 

 

Ivor Thomas and Tom Holt getting ready to steam.

 

 

Thor the Deltic

 

 

Family Slatford/Panteli enjoying themselves.

 

 

"Why do we always have to go where there's a train Grandpa?"

 

 

Nigel

 

 

Bicknell's Blogg

 

Puns for the Weary

 

How does a barrister sleep?
First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other side
 
I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but none of them work

How do you make holy water?
You boil the hell out of it

Will glass coffins be a success?
Remains to be seen

What's the difference between a hippo and a zippo?
One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter

What do you call a bee that can't make up its mind?
A maybe

I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage.
I lost my case

Is it ignorance or apathy that's destroying the world today?
I don't know and don't really care

Which country's capital has the fastest-growing population?
Ireland. Every day it's Dublin.

My ex-wife still misses me.
But her aim is starting to improve

The guy who invented the door knocker got a no-bell prize

I saw an ad for burial plots, and I thought: That's the last thing I need!

If you need an Ark - I Noah guy

Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed

What did the grape say when it got stepped on?
Nothing, but it let out a little whine

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda?
He was lucky it was a soft drink.

Son: "Dad, can you tell me what a solar eclipse is?"
Dad: "No sun."

 

 

Graham Porter has been spotted in the Hatfield area.

Graham was last seen on 18th March 2020 when he was sent to fetch a sky hook.
When questioned, he said he had forgotten what he had been sent for and whom had sent him but he had meet an old friend and had been talking to him ever since.

 

 

 

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10% discount for all club members on all UK Railtours trains.
Speak to Phil or Nigel to take advantage of this offer.
 

SPECIAL SPECIAL OFFERS

20% discount on The Dorset Maiden Saturday 24 July 2021
Stevenage, Potters Bar or Finsbury Park to Bournemouth, Poole or Weymouth

also
20% discount on The Merchant of Norfolk
Clan Line King's Cross to Norwich on 28 September 2021

 

 

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AT HOME WITH THE BICKNELL'S

 

This week the jokes on Phil

 

 

 

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QUIZ
Answers in the next issue.

 

1. French artist Aquabouse paints cows with what material?

2. In 1978 an Iowa judge dismissed a drink driving charge for what obscure reason?

3. In which country are there six villages called Silly, 12 called Billy, and two called Pratt?

4. Native to the Caribbean, what sort of animal is the mountain chicken?

5. The UK's Dyslexia Research Trust is based in which British city?

6. What nickname was given to Rembrandt's The Night Watch after being over-restored in the 1940s?

7. True or false: You can sneeze in your sleep

8. Who invented the word vomit?

9. Which European country has 158 verses to its national anthem?

10. Which country has the most tornadoes by area?

11. The leader of which country has his face on all the yoghurt pots, has named the month January after himself and banned ballet.

12. What is Scooby Doo’s full name?

13. What is the collective noun for a group of unicorns?

14. Where was the fortune cookie invented?

 

 

ANSWERS TO THE LAST QUIZ

 

1. What is the most common colour of toilet paper in France? Answer: Pink

2. If you dug a hole through the centre of the earth starting from Wellington in New Zealand, which European country would you end up in? Answer: Spain

3. Henry VIII introduced which tax in England in 1535? Answer: A beard tax

4. What is the correct term for a question mark immediately followed by an exclamation mark? Answer: Interrobang

5. The average person does what thirteen times a day? Answer: Laughs

6. Coprastastaphobia is the fear of what? Answer: Constipation

7. What were the first ice hockey pucks made out of? Answer: Frozen cow dung

8. It's illegal in Texas to put what on your neighbour’s Cow? Answer: Graffiti

9. Which bird is nicknamed The Laughing Jackass? Answer: Kookaburra

10. Who entered a contest to find his own look-alike and came 3rd? Answer: Charlie Chaplin