Yeah my wireless earphones work a treat for running. Got the sort that sit around the back of my neck and find them really comfortable. Got a good few 'running' playlists saved to my Deezer account as well and I've been helped on many a tough section of a run with a nice upbeat classic.Going for a run, credit where it's due there I can't run far. Got to work a bit more on the lungs, and some wireless earphones, before I try running!
Thanks mateGood to see you reporting again Mr Train. Always an enjoyable read.
Haha yeah as I said in the report, it's obviously a handy tool to have for my own needs but also gives me that chance to offer something back. I quite enjoy the tracing of locos, especially when it takes some investigative work to find the right one. I think it was @palmersears who first put the thought in my mind but then pre Xmas I got chatting with a guy who was using it and it made my mind up to give it a go. Very much worth it for me as it provides loco information that I can use for my own needs (not just numbers).Your 'Freightmaster' subscription explains why you are now a font of knowledge over on the TOPS thread! I was wondering how you had become a "Gen Merchant" all of a sudden!
Yes, thanks. Enjoying the TPE 68s on the occasional work trip to Manchester, and planning on a visit to the East Lancs diesel event in a couple of weeks.Hope you are keeping well anyway mate?
Good to hear mate. Not bad traction to have for work either - I've actually yet to sample the TPE 68s so maybe a summer excursion to Scarborough is required. I'm also plotting the East Lancs in a couple of weeks but I will do the Friday if I go and I think I saw you put somewhere else that you're looking at going on the Saturday.Yes, thanks. Enjoying the TPE 68s on the occasional work trip to Manchester, and planning on a visit to the East Lancs diesel event in a couple of weeks.
And I even won the December photo competition!
Right, I'm ready to find out what happened in Cardiff...
The adulation of the crowd is enough for meWhat did you win
It was very enjoyable and yeah the 37s are just something else aren't they? Just a shame I couldn't take the risk of having a ride out on one and getting back in time for my departureLooks like a good day out
37s are a sight and sound to behold.
Thanks mate Glad you've enjoyed reading it - my photos will never win awards as a) I use my phone and b) I've never really understood the quirks of photography like those with more expertise. Definitely something I'd like to learn more about in the future but for now my pics do the job I need them toThanks for another very interesting and informative set of reports! Sounds like a marathon day with some really good photos.
It certainly was productive. Not quite productive enough though as one thing I forgot to mention at the end of my report was the fact that I managed to see 14 of the 15 TfW 142s - looks like I might be heading back sooner rather than laterSounded like a very productive day in Cardiff & Bristol, other than the farce at the end of the day
Yeah I was definitely worried that I wouldn't get to see the 37s when the local offered up gen that these turns had been units just lately so was happy to hear that growl. Disappointed that I couldn't work a safe plan to have a ride on one of them though but it is what it is I guess.The adulation of the crowd is enough for me
Plus I got to set the theme for the January competition, which has seen plenty of entries.
Good to see that the 37s came out to play when you were in Cardiff. Both turns were pairs of Pacers when I was there
And I failed to get 37025 for haulage - if only I'd gone a day earlier as originally planned I would have had its last morning run into Cardiff. As I keep saying, it's a sport. If you didn’t get bowled out, it would take away some of the fun.
I started using freightmaster when the number of 66s i was after dwindled found it real handy still after twenty after moving back to scotland not had one in six months now.Thanks mate
Haha yeah as I said in the report, it's obviously a handy tool to have for my own needs but also gives me that chance to offer something back. I quite enjoy the tracing of locos, especially when it takes some investigative work to find the right one. I think it was @palmersears who first put the thought in my mind but then pre Xmas I got chatting with a guy who was using it and it made my mind up to give it a go. Very much worth it for me as it provides loco information that I can use for my own needs (not just numbers).
The only thing that I've been disappointed with is the fact that a Freightmaster subscription on its own doesn't allow me to contribute gen if I'm out and see something that hasn't been reported. Having asked the question on this I've found out I'd have to pay a subscription to both Freightmaster and Railcam to be able to contribute in this way. Seems very daft to me as surely they'd want more people contributing to ensure the maximum number of services have details of the traction but eh ho, it's their business and they can do as they wish haha.
Hope you are keeping well anyway mate?
Sounds like the sort of run a track basher would loveProvided that they don't happen too often. travel problems to me add to the fun. Last Sunday I was on a Chiltern train from Marylebone to Birmingham and thought I was either on the wrong train or somebody had moved Wembley Stadium from the right to the left side of the track without telling me. In the end we did a reverse at Aylesbury and another reverse at Princes Risborough before getting to Birmingham Moor Street about an hour later than I expected only to find that there were no local trains running, not even on the line on which I had come into Birmingham. My final journey home was on a bus and another bus the following day to my local station to collect my car from the car park.
I don't think track bashing will ever be a thing for me. Got my work cut out just to find everything for sightI've done it for the novelty of going nonstop via Amersham, it isn't the fastest of journeys.
In terms of track it doesn't cover anything unusual other than the crossover at Princes Risborough
I've been around the forum just neglected this thread. I seem to spend most of my time on here arguing with other members or dealing with sarcastic PMs from mods because I've dared to take a thread a mm off topicNice to see you back on the forum good sir!
A productive December there, it must be said, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you got up to in January. Like you, a clearout in Southeastern territory is much needed here too. There's just too much to go for down there, one day I'll get it sorted but probably not before I clear GWR's fleet. That seems to be my goal at the moment!
It took me a while to actually recognise what it was when 522 came by. It's the fact that someone's had to go out and clear the dirt from certain areas that made me chuckle.That piccie of 66522 brought a smile to my face.
Great shot of the 57 too.
When you do head to the London area the number of new sightings could set some kind of record!
Worth checking for cheap Chiltern advances to get there. I did Brum to Marylebone for £8.
I think that the fact I failed to nail all of the Northern ones has made me all the more determined to get the Welsh ones. I also believe the 37s are continuing to work so my current plan is to give myself the time to ride one of those (and just live in hope that it's not a unit on the day I go haha)Well done on a productive day, Mr The_Train.
I can't really see myself getting down for those Welsh Pacers (unless one unlikely scenario plays out). The thing is that leaving 1 makes it a matter of pride so that you now HAVE to go again. Missing a bunch of Northern ones was very cathartic for me and has allowed me to be philosophical about missing the Welsh ones - still hoping for some to go into preservation, mind.
I've been keeping well, being kept busy revisiting some stations for photographs, i.e. the ones first visited in 2015/2016 time when I didn't take pictures. Gives me something to do when the new stock carries on arriving (and if I get any mileage requirements then happy days).I don't think track bashing will ever be a thing for me. Got my work cut out just to find everything for sight
Hope you are keeping well though Kite? I have to admit I've neglected your reports since you stopped posting them on here - need to get back to them