Author Archives: Andy

Botchan Ressha – Japanese steam-outline tram

A very interesting collection of ideas: a steam-outline tram running on Diesel. I’m particularly intrigued by the way they turn the engine (2m55s). Never seen that before. (I found another video showing the turntable again: see here)

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Progress on my railway — April 9th 2014

Work has started! The weather has been nice recently, and I’ve been able to get out and make some progress at long last. In this photo you can see the beginning of the curve in the corner of the garden. … Continue reading

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Industrial Archaeology

Archeologists have discovered a waggonway which dates back to 1780 underneath the demolished offices of a shipyard on the river Tyne. In the summer of 2013, thirty metres of waggonway were unearthed some of which was having to be kept … Continue reading

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Vi tip of the day

When I need to discuss some code with a colleague over a video call, it’s usually necessary to increase the font-size. Rather than hunting down the menu items, you can type one of these: :set guifont=* # (gvim) launches the … Continue reading

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Brambleton 1st June 2013

Live steam (16mm/ft) on one of the most extensive garden railway layouts in the South of England

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Indoor garden railway meet

I went along to a winter meeting of the West Hertfordshire group. It’s a bit of an oxymoron to call it an indoor meeting of a garden railway group, but that’s what it is. I can imagine the headlines already: … Continue reading

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New year train videos

Here are a couple of videos of the brand new “L&B” loco, named Lyd, now coal fired, on trial at Boston Lodge and Minffordd on the Ffestiniog railway. and in other news, this time-lapse video shows the replacement of an … Continue reading

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Train Photos

A round-up of other train photos on the internet… Some Swiss metre gauge pictures on Ron Fisher’s Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/train-pix/sets/72157627398038167/http://www.flickr.com/photos/train-pix/sets/72157627401283371/ I’ll be adding to this list as things come my way.

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It’s the summer holidays and it’s all quiet

I thought I’d better post something, simply because there’s been nothing written since May! I’ve been working on other things, including moving house, making maps of Minecraft as a way of learning Python, and re-skinning this blog so it matches … Continue reading

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Coffee Pot weekend at Leighton Buzzard

The weekend of 14th-15th May 2011 saw a festival of vertical boilered locomotives (coffee pots) at the Leighton Buzzard Railway See photos on www.flickr.com and a video: from Andy Sleigh Another video:

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