Confessions Of A Teenage Trainspotter (Trains; Trainspotting)

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I'm sure that the vilification of trainspotters (and of anyone who had an interest in railways) was started by Jasper Carrott.....which is annoying, because I found him to be otherwise quite funny.
But really, why is that I'm not considered 'normal' because I can tell the difference between a Class 37 and a Class 40, by people who take pride in the fact that they can identify a Ford something- or-other and a , I dunno, some other road vehicle which is essentially a couple of sofas stuck on a chassis and propelled by an internal combustion engine, which will probably get traded in in 5 years time, having added nothing whatsoever to the gaiety of the nation?

Car culture has killed us.
 

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But really, why is that I'm not considered 'normal' because I can tell the difference between a Class 37 and a Class 40, by people who take pride in the fact that they can identify a Ford something- or-other
I hear you. If it's not car bores, it'll be people who could tell you how many assists Wayne Rooney had in the match against Fulham on April 19, 2007...
 

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I'm sure that the vilification of trainspotters (and of anyone who had an interest in railways) was started by Jasper Carrott.....which is annoying, because I found him to be otherwise quite funny.
But really, why is that I'm not considered 'normal' because I can tell the difference between a Class 37 and a Class 40, by people who take pride in the fact that they can identify a Ford something- or-other and a , I dunno, some other road vehicle which is essentially a couple of sofas stuck on a chassis and propelled by an internal combustion engine, which will probably get traded in in 5 years time, having added nothing whatsoever to the gaiety of the nation?

Car culture has killed us.
Some people like to sit by a riverbank in the vain hope of catching a fish, or hit a ball with a stick into a hole.
Watch 22 men/women kick a ball around a field.
Each to their own I say.
 

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This is a genuine sign. Railway staff are allowed to express creativity in challenging times.

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I wasn’t too sure where to put this so this might do . Just a couple of pictures of one of the ‘O’ gauge trains I’ve been asked to sell on eBay for a friend’s grandad. It’s a huge collection and the models are so nice I just had to post a picture.
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Oh, no, another bit of Victoriana gone.

If we cant have the trains...can we at least have the stations?
The building dates from 1892. Thankfully the one on the opposite platform didn't catch fire. I read last night that the Railway Heritage Trust has offered a £500k grant to assist with restoration, if that is possible.
 

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A few from the other side of the English Channel. They were mostly taken about 30 years ago. Five were at the French railway museum in Mulhouse, the TGV was at Lyon-Perrache, the yellow shunter at Avignon and the last two at Geneva.
 

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When I were a lass and my home and school both backed onto the railway we'd hear train whistles and later hooters all the time.

Yorkshire drivers would play On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at and older people would nod and say ''e's a long way fro' wom!'

Haven't heard it on a steam whistle for many a year but it's still played by electric and diesel loco drivers.


I was reminded of this today by looking up the shave and a haircut, two bits! jingle which, I discovered to my delight, American train drivers play at the drop of a hat. :cool:

Edit - oh yeah, and a coconut for spotting the loco model and location, and extra for the platform number and name of the hotel! :wink2:
 
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When I were a lass and my home and school both backed onto the railway we'd hear train whistles and later hooters all the time.

Yorkshire drivers would play On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at and older people would nod and say ''e's a long way fro' wom!'

Haven't heard it on a steam whistle for many a year but it's still played by electric and diesel loco drivers.


I was reminded of this today by looking up the shave and a haircut, two bits! jingle which, I discovered to my delight, American train drivers play at the drop of a hat. :cool:

Edit - oh yeah, and a coconut for spotting the loco model and location, and extra for the platform number and name of the hotel! :wink2:
On a similar note..
'Star Wars'..
 

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Another picture of one of the ‘O’ gauge trains I’m selling for my friends grandad. This is lovely, I might have a bid on it myself using my wife’s account. Anybody know what it is?
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8F at Bentham, when the weather gets to bad for the diesels they hire this from Carnforth.
you can see my bike parked in the corner.



The station is now a café
Garstang and Knott End Railway.
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Another picture of one of the ‘O’ gauge trains I’m selling for my friends grandad. This is lovely, I might have a bid on it myself using my wife’s account. Anybody know what it is?View attachment 43016View attachment 43015
It's what became a Class 35 under TOPs, mixed traffic B-B diesel. Usually known as Hymeks, because of their hydraulic transmission. They spent their working lives on the Western Region, all withdrawn by 1975 because of the non-standard transmission, which was being a bit temperamental.
 

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It's what became a Class 35 under TOPs, mixed traffic B-B diesel. Usually known as Hymeks, because of their hydraulic transmission. They spent their working lives on the Western Region, all withdrawn by 1975 because of the non-standard transmission, which was being a bit temperamental.
If I had a prize to give you I would. Great knowledge. You’d probably know the others I have as well.
 

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Wonder if the recording still exists?
First Deltic' visit to Whitby.
1981.
 
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