Weekend Rails

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Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

Of hot and cold

4th January 2015

2014 went out with rather more of a bang than a whimper as snow suddenly covered over everything. Just before though, I had been up to our favourite battery suppliers and acquired a couple of nice new ones for James, which had “hand-me-downs” from another loco and which frankly weren't up to the task.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

Of goodbye to 2014

29th December 2014

So, an apology first to all those who logged in last night or earlier this morning looking for this week's edition of the blog. Unfortunately the Briddon family were struck down by a vomiting bug – starting with Steph on Christmas day night. Andrew started Saturday evening and by comparison I had it easy – waking up at 5 am Sunday morning feeling very cold and nauseous and remaining so most of the day.  Consequently I stayed in bed but not having eaten since Saturday night, my stomach was emptier and I managed to avoid the joy of up-chucking.

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00

Of water pumps and daftness

21st December 2014

So, a few more days and all this Christmas humbug will be over and I can get back to more normal things. Even my daughter has taken me to task over last week's edition, pointing out that it was 1994, not 1997 when my mother died, but giving me the opportunity to blame any excess melancholy on it being the 20th anniversary.

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

Of belts, boxes and Boards

2nd November 2014

Apparently the news of the bogie well wagon arrival was of considerable interest to the readers of the National Preservation forum as within half-an-hour of last week's instalment, a link had been put up and I accrued loads more readers than usual over the next few days. If you are one that has returned this week, hiya!

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 05 October 2014 01:00

Of water pumps and tacho heads

5th October 2014

There are some firms that are easy to do business with, and others that make you wonder how they stay in business at all. Around two-and-a-half years ago, I was in discussion with a firm – I'll not name them – about repairing and converting a tacho head (for the uninitiated, I mean the bit what goes in the desk and has a needle that indicates how many rpm the engine is doing) to suit a different input speed.

Published in 2014 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:00

Of water pumps and birthday cake

17th August 2014

No sooner do I pose a question in this blog than someone responds with an answer – for such a specialist interest it still astonishes me how many diverse people read it. In this case, I had rambled on about the likely grade of oil to be found in the dashpots of the Matterson Overload relays, and first thing Monday morning, a reader working within the MoD had e-mailed me not only identifying the make of said relays but advising what type and grade of oil he had used in the past!

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 25 May 2014 01:00

Of a landmark

25th May 2014


According to the counting system within the software that runs Weekend Rails, this is the 200th edition of the blog, which began back in July 2010 on Railnuts. It has become a part of the Briddon family tradition over that time: indeed, we often find ourselves hunting back through it as a means of checking dates when things happened. If you are a new reader, feel free to trip back down my memory lane. If you have been with me for all or most of that time – well, I'm touched, but you should consider getting out more!!

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 11 May 2014 01:00

Of speedos, the 1960s and “Blowing in the Wind”

11th May 2014

First of all, let me thank all those who e-mailed during the week offering their best wishes after my daughter's nuptials. She and her husband are now somewhere in Japan and hopefully enjoying every minute of it.  For us though, it is back to normal.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Monday, 05 May 2014 01:00

Of weddings and Windermere

5th May 2014

Well, by rights there shouldn't really be a blog this week. I mean, on Wednesday I popped down during the afternoon to meet D8 as it rolled in to Rowsley, as the Operation Director was on board and he would have with him his plan for utilising 14 901 during May. Basically this has the loco in use every Saturday and Tuesday after the first week, but I might as well have saved myself the trouble, for within an hour or two of me getting home, someone had put it out on the WNXX forum anyway.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:00

Of springs, fuel pumps and mortar

27th April 2014

As we drove back this evening, Andrew and I were trying to work out exactly what we did each day this week and were struggling to slot it all into place. The trouble is, he has had the week off (although you wouldn't believe it from the number of phone calls he's taken) and I had sort of agreed that I would keep pace with him, so let's see if I can get it right and in logical order.

As usual there's a hec of a lot to get through, so here goes....

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
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