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  1. JimH

    RR P38

    Someone might not have seen this already.
  2. A lost idea or two is now great loss. Sure a Princess estate might have been nice or perhaps a three door BX would have been groovy but the course of history would hardly have been altered. The one coulda shoulda for me is if BAE could have hung onto Rover for a few more years to let the Ronda thing happen properly. There was something good happening there that was lost.
  3. Indeed. It looks like a daft Victorian skirt so it got called that.
  4. I've not seen this one before. Looking at the horses of the following vehicle they appear to be galloping and the way the Amoskeag is making smoke suggest that it isn't exactly idling. However, the gentleman hanging onto the steering wheel appears to be out for a Sunday morning stroll. Nine tons with a chassis that crude can't have been a barrel of laughs.
  5. Don't worry. The fire brigade is here now...oh.
  6. Sorry. Not enough black and whites. Here's a much more fragrant (and more posh ) way of fighting fires. It's a 26 girlpower manual. Sorry it's tiny.
  7. There is some less than detailed stuff about what they did here: https://sfrheritagetrust.org/merryweather-gem-steam-fire-pump/ The photos are crap but you should be able to make out what they did to the thing. The slightly weasel words that stand out are "and return it back to its condition prior to the accident" ie a non runner that hadn't had a fire in it for years. And I am not going even start on trailers that just jack knife out of the blue for no reason at all. *rolls eyes* You were given that thing to take care of and you smeared it along the motorway. Well done all of you. T
  8. In case anyone gives a monkey's I've put some waffle in the Sentinel thread about our Merryweather. It was almost all in colour so didn't belong here.
  9. I'll bung a few photos of this here rather than cluttering up the B&W thread which was where the conversation started but this is the Merryweather Gem. Being built in 1908 it is one of the later ones. It's been around here since the early 60s when it was bought from a scrap dealer in Melton Mowbray. We last ran it properly in the mid 80s to early 90s when we decided to call it quits on a boiler that was approaching its 100th birthday. Also there were a fair few things on it that were not right and were getting tired and despite a fairly major engine rebuild in the time we ran it
  10. I'm not mad keen on sitting in fields avoiding the general public so an excuse to go for a drive is always welcome.
  11. Not quite. It was pieced back together so it looked OK. As far as I am aware that one hadn't run properly for a very long time so it was just mde to look rightish. IIRC they magaed to smash both the cylinder block and the pump on it which would have been a serious project to remanufacture. In the end they were all finished off by their boilers which are all now very, very old. We were in the process of making a new one for ours but got distracted by another Sentinel. We'll get round to it once the Super is finished.
  12. If anyone gives a flying toss about this sort of thing get yourself over to the BFI Player where there is a fair bit of very old and very, very staged films of these sorts of engines turning out. Just bung an appropriate term in the search box. Start here: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-fire-brigade-turn-out-1900-online You will notice that they all look a bit top heavy and might need to be taken gingerly on the bends. ETA. This is a good one too. https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-metropolitan-fire-brigade-turn-out-1899-online If you watch carefull
  13. A lot of shells being filled at Chilwell. The last thing you would want to happen is for it all to go up in smoke. That's torn it.
  14. They never went very far so it was usually a case of throwing some coal on before you left and leaving it at that. Boiler water relies on having it pumping stuff (so no seawater) and the only water tank is a tiny copper tank (about 4 gallons) so the last thing you wanted to do was having it blowing off before you got set up. Then you were at risk of running out of water and popping a tube. There is an arrangement that lets you pull fresh water from a handy barrel if you are pumping sea water or rubbish that you don't want in the boiler. That said, there is a footplate at the back with a g
  15. Some poor quality black and whites of the old girl in service. This is it newly arrived in front of the new station. To give some idea of what these things cost that station was built for only £30 more than the engine cost to buy. Dealing with flooding. And a bit later with the new petrol appliance. By now the logs refer to it as "the old engine" or "old old coffee pot". The lad on the left's tache would soon become very unfashionable. And a colour one of it when we ran it in the early 90s. It's only ticking over here hence the rather pathetic dribble coming out t
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