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Posts by Ben Fisher

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Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 09/07/2009 20:28:42   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway
[quote="Vanoord"]It appears that the WHR will not start running through trains between Beddgelert and Porthmadog until next spring, although I'm sure someone with more knowledge can correct me if I'm
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Ben Fisher

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/06/2009 20:52:47   Subject: Box Loco - Question
[quote="Peter Burgess"]Was it usual for coffee-pot type locos to have the boiler slung so low as in that illustration? That would seem to indicate an operating environment with limited headroom.
Topic: Copper Mines on Snowdon
Ben Fisher

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/06/2009 22:11:52   Subject: Copper Mines on Snowdon
[quote="sbt"]Or it could be that the railway is so close to the road at that point that any car that doesn't obstruct the road would be in danger of fouling the loading gauge of the railway. Also the
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Ben Fisher

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/06/2009 23:09:20   Subject: Box Loco question (photo)
I can't find anything about it in the "standard work" on vertical boilered locos (Rowland A.S. Abbott, [i]Vertical Boiler Locomotives and Railmotors built in Great Britain[/i], Oakwood Press, 1989). I
Topic: Copper Mines on Snowdon
Ben Fisher

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/06/2009 22:10:47   Subject: Copper Mines on Snowdon
[quote="royfellows"][quote="merddinemrys"]Cheers guys. Will make a detour to take a look. Brynfelin sounds good to. Is that the one just south of Beddgelert?[/quote]

589472 according to
Topic: Fireless Locomotives (photo)
Ben Fisher

Forum: North America   Posted: 28/04/2009 20:24:47   Subject: Fireless Locomotives (photo)
I remember being really puzzled by the first fireless I ever saw (in the old sidings at the bottom of Foxfield colliery). In British industry, firelesses were a good choice for shunting in factories t
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 21/04/2009 20:15:37   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
[quote="derrickman"]isn't the loading gauge, the reason why Russell's cab and dome was cut down many years ago?

although from memory, all it achieved was to spoil the look of the engine to
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 20/04/2009 20:33:14   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
To explain the loading gauge things:

1) The low carriage Vanoord and Merddinemrys had near the front of their train was either an 1894 NWNGR carriage (green) cut down in 1923 so it would fi
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 11/04/2009 21:42:27   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]In a couple of places, due to problems encountered in a couple of places, the gradients are now steeper than the intended 1 in 40. One is through Goat Tunnel and north as far as
Topic: Bid to restore Penrhyn Hunslet
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 29/03/2009 20:39:16   Subject: Bid to restore Penrhyn Hunslet
Hugh Napier's wheelsets have already been regauged to, I assume, FR 597mm gauge. Although it's supposed to be going to Boston Lodge for completion of the new boiler the National Trust previously stopp
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 13/03/2009 21:12:20   Subject: First Welsh Highland link train
[quote="Vanoord"]Ta Skimble :)

"electrical fault in its throttle control" apparently...[/quote]
More specifically, in the electronics of the "throttle proportionate control"; I simplif
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Locos
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2009 23:14:03   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Locos
[quote="hcd563"]

From my brief trawl through Wikipedia, it suggests that's the only surviving Dick, Kerr & Co loco still in existence?[/quote]



Westinghouse built very
Topic: Build Your Own Beam Engine for £12.50p
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2009 23:08:48   Subject: Build Your Own Beam Engine for £12.50p
[quote="ICLOK"]Hi Roy, The same thoughts crossed my mind too.... you would not get away with the pins but the rest might cast in alloy or ally brass, many bits to small to cast in brass as the surface
Topic: Gloddfa Ganol Locos
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2009 21:46:40   Subject: Gloddfa Ganol Locos
Those Ruston Proctor petrol/paraffin locos (start on petrol then switch to paraffin) were close copies of the Deutz mining design that went back to the 1890s, hence the resemblance to the Deutz at Fot
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Ben Fisher

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/02/2009 21:20:15   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Came across a rail cycle visiting Porthmadog not too long ago - [url]http://benfisher.fotopic.net/p44590734.html[/url]. I believe it may live not more than a hefty stone's throw from the former Gloddf
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Ben Fisher

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/02/2009 22:47:11   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
[quote="ICLOK"]Ben, how far along with the L&B loco are they now??[/quote]
Info (not updated as frequently as I'd like): [url]http://whr.bangor.ac.uk/lyd.htm[/url]

Basically, the build
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Ben Fisher

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:49:03   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
[quote="derrickman"]oh ok, I stand corrected on that, then. The main thing which sticks in my mind about the Guiness railway is those wierd converter wagons so the narrowgauge locos could shunt SG wag
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Ben Fisher

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 16/02/2009 23:20:24   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Fascinating! Thanks for putting those up.

Heywood viewed DBR as more than a toy, he also intended it as a showcase, mainly to try and interest the military in 15" gauge.

The loos
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 03/02/2009 22:04:55   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Strangely, the official press release makes no mention of WAG by name.

There is a mistake in the BBC page too. The PR (and I have seen two copies of it) states reopeni
Topic: PC freezing
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2008 22:04:56   Subject: PC freezing
Add-on browser toolbars (even from sources you'd generally trust) are the work of Beelzebub and are known for security breaches. If using Firefox, just click View - Toolbars and get rid of the problem
Topic: BBC 2 Llechwedd and Oakeley programe
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2008 01:00:06   Subject: BBC 2 Llechwedd and Oakeley programe
A fascinating time capsule - particularly interesting to see Gloddfa Ganol captured at that stage of its development (a few years before I first visited it). Including the Snow White and the Seven Dwa
Topic: For railway buffs
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2008 22:26:19   Subject: For railway buffs
The Pike's Peak line (still open), to quote its own website, (www.cograilway.com) uses the Abt rack system - which is the same one that's used on Snowdon. This has a pair of milled rack rails in the c
Topic: Padarn Railway - 4' gauge loco relics?
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 26/10/2008 22:17:26   Subject: Padarn Railway - 4' gauge loco relics?
[quote="Vanoord"]I've not seen those photos before: it's a great shame that at least one of the locos didn't survive, especially given the preservation of the workshops at Gilfach Ddu at the same time
Topic: Freemasons and the mining community
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/10/2008 22:42:26   Subject: Freemasons and the mining community
The fact that Porthmadog's Masonic Hall is one of the more substantial buildings in the town probably tells you something about Masonry in the slate industry - and not necessarily just among the bosse
Topic: Padarn Railway - 4' gauge loco relics?
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 22/10/2008 22:14:52   Subject: Padarn Railway - 4' gauge loco relics?
Velinheli was already dismantled before the scrapping started - you don't see pictures of it at work in the Padarn's last years, and paradoxically it probably explains why parts of it survive. The chi
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 20/10/2008 21:36:47   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Doesn't Boyd think they are 20lb/yard? (not that that means much!)

I never understood why they were laid in the cutting at Beddgelert - there was probably a very good
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 16/10/2008 22:55:05   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]I am sure I have seen a photo of one wagon still there in 1968. The rails on that section were lifted later than that possibly as late as very early 70s by the WHR (64) company w
Topic: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
Ben Fisher

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 15/10/2008 21:29:42   Subject: Welsh Highland Railway on track for re-opening
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="Vanoord"]
The final section that's being finished off over this winter is the old Croesor Tramway in 1863 - although the original WHR closed in 1937, am I mistaken f
Topic: Deepest coal shaft in UK
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2008 23:27:38   Subject: Deepest coal shaft in UK
[quote="Mr.C"]I think you'll find that the deepest coal shaft in the UK was Wolstanton No. 2 at 1046m.[/quote]
The very deep shaft at Wolstanton (I've a notion that it was no. 3? Could be wrong)
Topic: Sigafoos Rotary Tunneler
Ben Fisher

Forum: North America   Posted: 01/10/2008 23:28:23   Subject: Sigafoos Rotary Tunneler
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Just a guess, but maybe the posed photo with guests (either present or the 1909 version of photoshopped on) was a kind of "official" publicity photo after they had ironed out any
Topic: slate railway book
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/08/2008 21:49:44   Subject: slate railway book
[quote="AndyC"]On a similar vein - has anyone been to the foyer of Plas Tan y Bwlch?

I have bought a couple of their publications at Llechwedd, and I have read that they sell a publication
Topic: Pentewan Railway
Ben Fisher

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/08/2008 23:32:31   Subject: Pentewan Railway
[quote="carnkie"]If there are any mineral railway engine buffs present, I know there is at least one ;), these are some of the engines used on the above.

0-6-2ST Pioneer. The engine was bui
Topic: Digital Photography, auto file renaming
Ben Fisher

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/07/2008 21:37:43   Subject: Digital Photography, auto file renaming
I have a Fuji 9500 too, and its file system seems to work on a K.I.S.S. system that's designed to be idiot proof for the general public but doesn't offer much sophistication for the sort of thing it s
Topic: Dinorwig Slate Mine & Penrhyn
Ben Fisher

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/07/2008 23:33:36   Subject: Dinorwig Slate Mine & Penrhyn
The photographer Ron Fisher (no relation) mentions in his index that he's working his way through 15,000 or so colour slides, and also has lots of b&w. He's active over on the Ffestiniog Railway yahoo
Topic: Camera repairs
Ben Fisher

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 07/07/2008 22:13:14   Subject: Camera repairs
You'll probably find that a lot of repairs nominally done as returns by manufacturers/suppliers are actually done by this outfit in Newcastle-under-Lyme:

http://www.johnsons-photopia.co.uk
Topic: The 'Eclipse' at fl.5 in 1980 (photo)
Ben Fisher

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/06/2008 00:41:17   Subject: The 'Eclipse' at fl.5 in 1980 (photo)
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="Vanoord"]On a sort-of related note (but not really), am I mistaken in thinking that part of the original Welsh Highland Railway (it may have been the Porthmadoc, Beddgele
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