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April 2nd, 2008, 2:49 pm #11

As usual, a well researched and well written piece Colin ;)

I have always wanted to know about these railways and you have given me all I wanted to know B)
"If the fascination engendered by locomotion at the present day is so intense, the attractive powers of locomotion in miniature must of necessity be greater still"

W.J. Bassett-Lowke. August 1911
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Stuart Ross
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Joined: September 29th, 2006, 8:23 pm

April 3rd, 2008, 10:11 pm #12

Great article COlin!

I can remember visiting the Gateshead Festival - the main purpose was to go on the railway. It had quite an impressive girder bridge I seem to remember. The coaches carried adverts for Dr. Who

One of the senior tram drivers at Beamish was one of the techicans at the Festival. Apparantly when they were testing trains before the festival opened they had to spend quite a bit of time adjusting brakes as one of the drivers came back rather pale. River Irt was the steamer of choice as she was a bit more sure footed on the circuit.

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woody
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woody
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Joined: January 9th, 2007, 11:38 pm

April 3rd, 2008, 11:56 pm #13

i went to liverpool as a child for upto date pics of the site see here

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/sho ... =liverpool

Stoke on Trent-i went to this as well we stayed at trentham gardens which had a miniature railway aswell i remember walking the line one night


Glasgow -was the last one i went to across the river from the secc- i went to look around this site last year and as with most of the festival sites are still in a state

good report

cheers
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Nick Tozer
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Nick Tozer
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Joined: January 30th, 2007, 12:21 am

April 5th, 2008, 6:13 pm #14

I remember Gateshead rather well ... for the wrong reason! I had managed to get invited to join a behind-the-scenes tour of a number of rail sites in the area and decided to make a long weekend of it with the Missus. In anticipation of a fruitful weekend I had ensured I had sufficient slide film plus VHS tapes and batteries for the camcorder ... arriving at Beamish I opened the back of the car and discovered I had forgotten to pack either camera ... words cannot express my feelings at that moment :(

Nick
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Murray Tremellen
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Joined: December 5th, 2006, 5:58 pm

April 5th, 2008, 8:17 pm #15

Great article as always Colin :) Just one query though. Did The Bug work any trains at all at Liverpool? And if so, does anyone know of any photos?
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Stuart Ross
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April 6th, 2008, 4:08 pm #16

MuzTrem wrote: Did The Bug work any trains at all at Liverpool?
I believe there is a photograph in Derek Smiths Book "Romney in Colour" showing The Bug double heading with Black Prince on passenger working.

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Vulcan
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Joined: March 21st, 2008, 9:47 pm

April 6th, 2008, 7:59 pm #17

GORDON BENNETT :o . It's been well worth finding this forum for that article alone. :) Well done.

No matter how many times i'll read it I don't think i'll be able to take in where all the carriages have ended up so far without referring back. :wacko: :D

Brilliant. A really enjoyable read.
Martin
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laalratty
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Joined: March 2nd, 2008, 8:10 pm

April 7th, 2008, 2:54 pm #18

one of the Ratty mags of the day had the stats, The Bug worked 6 days in total, had 39 hours of service, managed 54 circuits and covered 121 miles

Fantastic digest article, really interesting reading
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