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Vespa

Signature: Toys for big boys. A fully fledged member of the Hornby signed out before you are finished club

Bio: Railway enthusiast from the 50's. Mainly interested in the period 1948-1968 but interested in other periods also. A complete Britannia buff/enthusiast.

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Vespa

2867 posts

Well I saw this and thought it was interesting. Many years ago at school, I had a dream of being in a very large house with a balcony overlooking a street which was ancient. I was wearing some sort of white robe. End of dream. In 1989 I went to Italy and visited Pompeii. Some buildings you can go into and I ventured into one and the view immediatley recognised it as that in the dream from somewhere in the 1960's that I had.

Next was a situation from my career in psychiatric nursing, where I was looking after an old blind chap. He had been a regular at a pub near to my old school ( The Cheshire Cheese for Erics info). His favourite drink was Bulls Eye Brown Ale. I got permission from the charge nurse to get him some ( My money) "Cup of tea here Tom", I said. " It's not tea, it's Bulls Eye Brown" he replied. That night I went home and was on one of those back at 7.00 am shifts. In the night I woke up at 1.00 am to see Tom standing at the bottom of my bed. I checked my watch so that was how I new the time. The following morning I went back on the ward and Tom's bed was empty. He had died at 1.00 am.

In the mid 70's my father was very ill in intensive care and he had been moaning to my mum a few days earlier that he hated a new pair of yellow/gold coloured pyjamas she had bought him. Once again I woke up and my dad was looking at me from the bottom of the bed wearing those pyjamas. At 7.30 am the hospital rang to say he was dying and to get there as quick as we could. We arrived and the pyjamas were still clean in the locker as in ITU it was unusual to wear your own clothing. I told my sister to get them out of the hospital. Around 2 hours later he was getting better with his breathing and his observations (BP,pulse, temp) were returning to normal limits. He lived another 6 years after that.

Once again a asleep, I woke suddenly to see an old woman in the room. I shouted at her and there was no reply. This lasted about 5 secs or so and my wife woke up asking me what was the matter. I could still see that figure for a few more seconds. Then it faded away. The next day nothing unusual. The day after we had a phone call from Sunderland to say  my grandfathers sister had died two days earlier.

The last one was when I was on nights at the local hospital and I was chatting to a nurse in the office when we heard footsteps. We thought it was the night sister. So we stood up to see a female figure approach the office and then just disappear from the bottom upwards. That day my next door neighbour had been admitted to another ward and the 3rd nurse on duty with us had gone to another ward for her break. When she returned she informed me that my neighbour had died on the ward while she was there about 10 mins earlier.

All that happened as real to me but has not happened again since 1990

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Vespa

2867 posts

I picked out 3 names that had changed and got them all correct. Writing style is easlily detectable. Has this site become a pop star site eg Prince, P Diddy and Kanye West as all those have changed names too. Perhaps I should change my name to "Riddles Pacific of the Britannia Class 70047 unnamed with handrail smoke deflectors and large dome"Laughing. No I am not back in any way but thanks for the kind remarks.

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Vespa

2867 posts

I did say I wasn't coming back to this website but had to reply to this. Firstly there is a good model shop in Warrington on Orford Lane (Sankey Scenics) AKA Grimey Times. There is another in Culcheth. Not far away in Widnes is another model shop and just that bit furtur Hattons. The latter needs a car to access easily. ALL have many modelling items. Hattons was a shop in Smithdown Road started by Mr Norman Hatton. When he got older his son and daughter, Keith and Christine took over. Keith had the business acumen to go to internet selling. Sadly Keith died but Christine is still in the business. The new premises is a shop and warehose combined selling most guages and many modelling bits. The major owner now is Richard Davies who owns around 75% of the shares. Going back to Sankey Scenics/Grimey Times, there are two pleasant chaps there that have a good stock and knowledge of model railways with a great weathering service. Parking is available in nearby streets. There is also a good bus service from the town centre.

The reason that model railway shops are closing at an alarming rate is the declining grey hair department with spare cash and the ridiculous prices being asked for the product. My purchasing is now almost nil but I got a bargain recently for two O2 Heljan locos on offer at £89 a reduction of almost £100 from list. Hornby and Bachmann are now so slow at getting stock many bigger shops have  found Chinese makers and have their own items made rather than wait for the big makers. Oxford Rail can put out really nice wagons for £10 but Bachmann and Hornby want £15 + for similar items.

Lastly how many name changes have been made to posters on this forum, as I see some new names with the same writing pattern as older contributors under other names????

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Vespa

2867 posts

Great info LC&DR. I love Monsal Dale in the summer. The bridge that carried the track always looks impressive and I have some video of the Midland Pullman going across it. There was talk of putting the track back, not so long ago, to alleviate traffic on the WCML from Crewe.

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Vespa

2867 posts

@Chrissaf

Do you mean these?:

http://www.hattons.co.uk/stocklist/SiteResults.aspx?searchfield=microbrush

Yes, my photos on moderation

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Vespa

2867 posts

These were the items I bought from Hattons to detail 2x 12 wheel Restaurant Cars and a Britannia.

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Vespa

2867 posts

@Sarahagain

There are "Brass" "Copper" and "Silver" ink pens out there....

 

The finer tips are very usefull for doing the pipes! (And bright metal handles, such as reverser levers....

 

Wite paint pens as well....usefull for the Gauge Glasses, the pressure and brake gauges, and a coat on the Regulator handle as an undercoat for a Red Marker Pen!

With respect I tried those and they were very much useless. Hattons fixed me up with very fine disposable sticks with what looked felt ends. I no longer have the packaging and cannot find them at present on their site.

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Vespa

2867 posts

Some time back at a shop opening I saw these cars and buses mentioned, electrified in someway, with no visible wires and all operated from under the roadway. I have never seen it since.

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Vespa

2867 posts

I don't know the detail in the cab but pipework in copper, dials white and the reverser/cut off perhaps red. Interior of the cab cream ie roof and sides. Seats wood coloured brown if fitted. boiler back left black or painted black. Tender back (if it is a tender loco could be left all black. You will need very fine quality brushes.

https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrIRlbJk69aHlIAiA13Bwx.?p=steam+loco+cab+interior&fr=yhs-bt-btyuser&fr2=piv-web&hspart=bt&hsimp=yhs-btyuser&type=bt_access

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Vespa

2867 posts

That brown looks very similar to Pullman coach brown. Car paint Rover RUSSET Brown is a good match. I am sure Humbrol or Revell do a better match.

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