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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1185 on: February 19, 2017, 06:33:31 PM »
The final dinner in the hotel in Birmingham, (where the return train from Perthshire to Cornwall, stopping at Templecombe to set-down their Somerset friends), stopped for the night, was a subdued occasion.

As Lord Trevelver said, the hospitality of the PRPS is, indeed legendary -- and the legends of what happened in Strathearn and its environs are already being told!

Everyone was most satisfied with the performance of the 'Green Dragon' (the footplate crew stating that the Somerset Best Steam Coal was well worth the expense) and the train's roster of crew members and the buffet car crews went home from Wadebridge more than satisfied with their tips (relief train crews were waiting at Wadebridge). Despite restocking, (courtesy of their departing Somerset friends), during the Templecombe stop for coal and water, both the train's buffet cars arrived at Wadebridge with all cupboards and shelves completely bare. The CCTs and guard's compartments were full only of empty barrels and crates of bottles in a similar condition.

Whilst the train's portions for North and South Cornwall were being prepared for departure at Wadebridge, crates of "Castle Estate" bottled spring water were loaded abroad and their contents distributed by the "Chelsea Girls" among the 'tired and emotional' passengers who accepted them most gratefully. The guests for France and Spain were taken on to Cant Cove to join the special Wagons Lit train stabled at Wadebridge the next evening to connect with the Night Ferry sailing. After the South Cornwall portion had left Wadebridge station to much waving and shouts of goodbye, that for Penmayne calling at Cant Cove, departed, too.

No-one had expected to see so many A4s gathered. Although Lady Penelope was heard to comment most unfavourably about their overall state of cleanliness, everyone else was highly impressed.

An Express Goods Van from the "Castle Estates" was ordered for addition to the overnight fast goods to Nine Elms thence for departure north to collect more malt whisky to toast the memories of the Great Gathering once everyone's heads had sufficiently cleared.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1186 on: February 19, 2017, 06:38:20 PM »
Sore heads aplenty in Strathearn!  A special request has been made by the local taverns to the Headland Brewery for a repeat order of "Golden Eagle" - by popular demand!  Apparently the cheeky porters loading the empty barrels at Crieff for the return journey chalked on them "return full to Crieff"
Golden Eagle was a special " one off" brew from Headland but......the head brewer has agreed to make a regular brewing for distribution locally in Cornwall and for "export" to the Highlands. It is expected that deliveries to the North will commence in April.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1187 on: February 19, 2017, 07:04:51 PM »
Not sure if this will work, putting links in directly, but this was on the BBC Scotland webpage this morning about the Glasgow Central Tours

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39008682

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1188 on: February 19, 2017, 07:07:06 PM »
Photos. of the 'Scottish Special', hauled by the 'Green Dragon', arriving and departing, are eagerly awaited.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1189 on: February 19, 2017, 07:11:43 PM »
Not sure if this will work, putting links in directly, but this was on the BBC Scotland webpage this morning about the Glasgow Central Tours

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39008682

Paul is really the power behind it and it is his passion & commentary that makes it memorable
The link works fine.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1190 on: February 19, 2017, 07:27:15 PM »
there is a furious row currently playing out in Perthshire, with the local processing lab having mislaid the boxes of films that contained, amongst other things, the films taken while the green dragon arrived, many frantic phone calls are currently being placed to trace the whereabouts of the missing films.... locals have observed, that the person most agitated about the missing films is Jim Finch, but no-one can remember seeing him with a camera in his hand during the A4 gathering......  ???  The local gossips are having a field day with the possible reasons for that! 
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1191 on: February 19, 2017, 07:40:45 PM »
I wonder what those reasons are?
Was Jim distracted by the charms of young Ellie McDonald perhaps.....?
Or......in anticipation of the forthcoming evening sampling Perthshire's finest malts washed down with a bottle (or three) of Headland's special Golden Eagle Ale.....was Jim starting the celebrations a little too early in the Purple Heather Arms?
The missing film is , nonetheless, causing much local consternation.
Hmmm.........
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1192 on: February 19, 2017, 08:02:19 PM »
With both Trevelver Castle's Head Butler and Chelsea wine merchant, Giles Roskrow (who had his new Leica camera with him), having bruised knuckles one morning but unwilling to give any explanation and Sofia having bruises around her left wrist but being similarly tight-lipped, speculation that Jim Finch was, somehow involved, was rife. Especially as he was seen with bruises on his face later the same morning . . . and had had to be taken home by taxi.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1193 on: February 19, 2017, 09:05:28 PM »
Chief Crieff gossip, Effie Mcguire has been overheard several time using the word "compromising" as she narrates what she knows (and adds in the bits she doesn't) about why Jim Finch is so het up about a missing film ... her cronies eagerly drinking up her "facts" and "alternative truths" 

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1194 on: February 19, 2017, 09:39:16 PM »
At that breakfast, Sofia was sitting between the Head Butler and Giles. Giles was overheard to say, "don't worry, I got him on camera, Sofi; let's see him get out of this one! It's a good job the barmaid saw the two of you going outside . . . "
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1195 on: February 19, 2017, 10:12:05 PM »
Not sure if this will work, putting links in directly, but this was on the BBC Scotland webpage this morning about the Glasgow Central Tours

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39008682

Paul is really the power behind it and it is his passion & commentary that makes it memorable
The link works fine.

 :hellosign: Thanks for sharing Andrew, all quite fascinating. Also let`s hope Mr Finch get`s his cumupance very soon
     regards Derek.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1196 on: February 20, 2017, 06:03:58 AM »
whilst tongues wag and rumours grow, life on the branch gets back to relative calm, here is the remainder of the landship train and maybe shows why the 4F was under a bit of strain on the gradient









Thats a lot of gunpowder & cement.......

This cargo is under tight wraps, the War Department won't tank you for letting on what it is


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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1197 on: February 20, 2017, 07:02:55 AM »
What sort of person is My Finch?  I expect he's a bit Green- after the revelry.  I hope there were no Haw-s involved, although there may have been some Gold- diggers.  I expect things are beginning to Chaff- a bit by now. :D
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1198 on: February 20, 2017, 07:19:22 AM »
After the 'Scottish Special' had safely arrived back in North Cornwall, Sylvia was able to discover just what happened that infamous evening between Sofia and Jim Finch, and Jim Finch, the Castle's Head Butler and Giles. As none of the participants came out of the incident very well and an excess of alcohol was involved Sylvia has promised to keep it quiet. However, Giles is still concerned about the strange disappearance of his film along with others (left at a Crieff local chemists for developing and printing). Chief Crieff gossip, Effie Mcguire, has hinted that Mr. Finch was unusually friendly with a shop assistant at the chemists.

Some years later, Sylvia alluded to certain events in Scotland when talking to Syd Barrett at a London party with members of the Pink Floyd.

Perhaps there was a reference to Mr. Finch in the lyrics that Syd wrote?

"Arnold Layne had a strange hobby
Collecting clothes
Moonshine washing line
They suit him fine
On the wall hung a tall mirror
Distorted view, see through baby blue
Oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same, takes two to know
Two to know, two to know
Why can't you see?
Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne
Now he's caught, a nasty sort of person
They gave him time
Doors bang, chain gang, he hates it
Oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same, takes two to know
Two to know, two to know
Why can't you see?
Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne
Don't do it again"

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1199 on: February 20, 2017, 02:35:37 PM »
For the record, the formation of the Penmayne portion of the 'Scottish Special' was: BR Lined Green BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 (known as the 'Green Dragon'), BR SR Green CCT, then 5 X BR SR Green BR Standard coaches: SO, RMB, RFO, FK, and BCK. The shorter Truro portion was formed of 3 X BR Standard coaches: BR SR Green BCK, BR SR Green CK, and BR WR Chocolate & Cream RMB, followed by BR SR Green CCT. As the train may have to be divided for stabling and servicing, you can choose which part to photograph. 8-)

 

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