Jonboy [Jonathan] Walton
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"Croeso i Wicipedia, y gwyddoniadur rhydd y gall unrhyw un ei olygu. 50,027 erthygl yn y Gymraeg"
Bora da i Creoso! [G'day and welcome!] - You don't speak Cymraeg? Welsh (Cymraeg) is a Brythonic branch of Celtic spoken natively in the western part of Britain known as Wales, and in the Chubut Valley, a Welsh immigrant colony in the Patagonia region of Argentina. There are also some speakers of Welsh in England, the United States and Australia, and throughout the world. Welsh and English are the official languages in Wales.
This link to Wicipedia Cymraeg - in green - Cymraeg - Croeso i Wicipedia - is for my Welsh speaking friends. A great site promoting the Welsh Language. Thanks and welcome to my website. Diolch am eich cymorth gwefan. Llwyddiant frwy Benderfyniad. Ioan [VK4CY]
[Info. Wicipedia 20 Gorffennaf 2013; comments by Ioan [Jon] VK4CY]
Hero swims the Hellespont
Hero Melia - the young Welsh harpist you may remember who failed to impress Simon Cowell in an article I posted earlier this year. Well, she has done what she said she would and made that connection with Lord Byron by recently swimming the Hellespont [Asia to Europe].
In the attached article - refer to link (in green) - Hero swims the Hellespont
Hero herself has written the article in the "Daily Mail" with associated photographs and fulfilled a dream she mentioned almost two years ago  of accomplishing this no mean feat. Congratulations and well done Hero.
Incidentally, she has also become an ambassador to assist other children whose parents have divorced and hope to cope with the traumatic aftermath of such an event through the eyes of a child and its far-reaching consequences; See Heros mission - Devastation of divorce. ; Personally, I salute a brave young Welsh woman who, in spite of her historical background says 'enough is enough': Her charity 'piggy-in-the-middle' is via this link - If you’d like to donate to the charity Hero was raising money for; visit www.justgiving.com/piggyinthemiddle
[Info. 'Daily Mail' article written by Hero Melia 13SEPTEMBER.2013; 'Telegraph UK' article on divorce by Alice Philipson 02OCTOBER.2013; 'pigginthemiddle' website link; comments by Ioan [Jon] VK4CY]
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"Prelude" - The Worlds largest ship
At 600,000 tons and 243 feet wide, when the Prelude left its dry dock in South Korea after a year-long build, it unseated the Emma Maersk (1,302 feet) as the world’s largest ship.
She is also the largest FLNG [Floating Liquid Natural Gas] vessel, registered by Shell in Fremantle [Australia] and is to to be stationed off NorthWestern Australia. From the 'Wired services' the following link - Worlds LARGEST ship. shows this vessel (embedded video clip provided by Shell).
Further data on the launch is provided by the Mirror News [UK] - again an embedded video clip is provided - Launch of "Prelude" - more data will be provided once completed and the FLNG is in transit to N.W. Australia.
[Info. By Damon Lavrinc via Wired 05DECEMBER.2013]; Mirror News [UK] - 04DECEMBER.2013; comments by VK4CY]
Hull's Merchant Navy memorial unveiled
A memorial to the seamen of the Merchant Navy in the shape of a ship's bow, has been unveiled in Hull..
It is sad that this memorial has taken almost 70 years has taken to be erected in memory of so many allied merchant seafarers and even longer for those who served in WW1. The losses alone of British Merchant seafarers was almost as many as the U-Boat men of the Kreigsmarine - some 30,000 plus, and for what?
The BBC Humberside service have provided a link - Hull's Merchant Navy memorial unveiled. . These men and women went back to sea time after time, wages and conditions were basically awful, the Govt. care at the time was 'classic'. If your ship was sunk by enemy action from that point onward until you arrived back in the UK, you were NOT PAID. Yet these people did just that, time and time again until the end with almost no recognition for their efforts since the end of WW2 in 1945!.
Almost forgot add to those figures, the fact many seafarers came from the now Commonwealth countries plus, those from basically the 'rest of the world' and the magnitude of the losses is even more stupendous. Rest in peace and in the fact your job was well done even to the point of paying the ultimate sacrifice. BZ = Well done.
[Info. BBC Humberside [08NOVEMBER.2013]; comments by VK4CY]
Portsmouth's long shipbuilding history comes to an end
When shipbuilding in Portsmouth ceases next year it could signal an end to 500 years of the city's history.
So reports a BBC Hampshire and Isle of Wight clip - see attached link to same - "500 years of Royal Naval history 'discarded'" on the BAE Shipyard job cuts, not just at Portsmouth but throughout the UK.
All very sad and as an Ex, mariner believe this to be, yet again, short sightedness on the part of the UK Govt. that beggers belief. The British Navy was the one that defeated the Spanish Armada, allowed Britain to rise to a position that approx. 120 years ago it literally, ruled the then known world, all because of its naval presence. Sadly since 1918, this has been slowly eroded to todays position where it is basically a 'paper tiger' that is struggeling to maintain even a coastal defense of its own shores, let alone anything to do with Europe and NATO. The comments in the article agree with mine and no doubt all serving and past members of the Royal Navy. 1,700 jobs is a lots of slilled labour about to go 'walk-about', something that the UK can ill afford. Oh dear.
[Info. BBC Hampshire and Isle of Wight [also refer to the "Related Stories' at the foot of the BBC article]; comments by VK4CY]
LAURA DEKKER onboard her yacht "GUPPY"
Laura and "Guppy" at approx. 3:00PM local time - 21st January 2012 [Sint Maarten time] - entered port to become the 'youngest' solo "round-the-world" sailor.
In her blog during her momenteous voyage, Laura mentioned that her greatest achievements to date have been:
[a] being nominated for the 'Conny Van Rietschoten' Award.
[b] becoming the 'youngest' person to circumnavigate the globe.
[c] travelled 'almost 43,000NM' since her adventures started.
Thanks for the letting me be part of your journey Laura - marvellous experience - Keep safe and Happydaze from an 'ancient mariner'. Au revoir.
Congratulations Laura on getting your book "A Girl, A Dream" published [in German] - looking forward to the English edition in the near future.
Welcome home. Great trip but the hassle of intercontinental travel certainly makes it a chore. Thanks for the great photos too. Enjoy the mundane things eg cleaning etc., and Happydaze plus the sailing with "Guppy".
For a comprehensive overview of Laura, her boat, future plans etc., click onto her official webpage - [appreciate the 'translater section' into English too!] - in green Laura Dekker and "Guppy" .
[Info. Laura Dekker; comments by VK4CY]
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"The NEW P2 named as "PRINCE OF WALES""
Quote :"The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC)," the builder of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, is delighted to announce that the name of its new Gresley class P2 2-8-2 steam locomotive will be ‘Prince of Wales’. The new steam locomotive is being named in honour of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, to coincide with his 65th birthday celebrations and The Queen has kindly approved the use of His Royal Highness’s name for the locomotive.: Unquote
The P2 Steam Locomotive Company is a subsidiary of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (a registered charity), the builders and operators of No. 60163 Tornado, the world-famous new steam locomotive. Watch their site [also listed on the LINKS page] for the latest developements on this site which has all the hall marks for rapid growth aka "Tornado".
Incidentally, this name plate is the FIRST component of the P2 locomotive. Also, the latest news has the 'latest data' on a pdf file called the "Mikado Messenger"; Hornby Railways are to produced a '00' gauge model etc. etc. Enjoy.
[Info. The P2SLC website data [22NOVEMBER.2013]; comments by VK4CY]
"Great Western's 182-year-old royal carriage restored"
"A Great Western Railway coach built in 1831 has been faithfully restored" takes to the rails again on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway in Kernow [Cornwall] following five years of dedicated restoration by rail enthuasiasts, complete with kitchen unit utilising some original features.
View the attached BBC Cornwall news clip via the 'green' link - "182 year old GWR carriage restored" and in use in Kernow [Cornwall] on the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway.
Even better, if you get the opportunity to visit Cornwall and travel in the coach, especially if you are from the UK believe you me, a wonderful and unique experience on this preserved railway awaits you plus are assisting Cornwall's Tourism and local economy with more historic events to look forward to.
[Info. The 'Restoration of a Victorian Railway Coach' BBC News Cornwall with embedded video clip [11OCTOBER.2013]; comments by VK4CY]
"Heads of the Valleys steam train heritage re-lived"
"Two steam locomotives which took the last 'Heads of the Valley' train in 1958" take to the rails again on the celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pontypool and Blaenavon heritage railway. Both locomotives survived Beeching and the destruction of the South Wales coal industry to re-create this unique event.
View the attached BBC Wales news clip via the 'green' link - "Heads of the Valley" and go 'walkabout' in South Cymru.
Even better, if you get the opportunity to visit, especially if you are from the UK believe you me, a wonderful experience of how this connected preserved railway awaits you plus are assisting Welsh Tourism and the local economy with more historic events to look forward to that are being projected for you now and into the future.
[Info. The 'Heads of the Valley' steam heritage BBC Wales with embedded video clip [14SEPTEMBER.2013]; comments by VK4CY]
A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE RETURNS TO THE LONDON UNDERGROUND
A Steam train has run on the London Underground; the attached BBC News link with embedded video clip - in green- STEAM returns to the Underground published 17 DECEMBER 2012, shows the locomotive during trials by London Underground staff. It is in preparation for the 150th anniverary of the first train to run on the then infant London Underground. The locomotive and all the carriages have recently been restored for the event to a very high standard. Fascinating stuff. Additional news will be published as/when it comes to hand.
The London Underground Railway System is 150 years old Check the attached gallery link provided by the Brisbane Courier Mail to mark the occasion - in green- 150 years of the London Underground. : For your information, check the Bluebell Railway site as they have four  restored Metropolitan Railway Coaches on loan to LT [London Transport] to mark the occasion.
Victorian era steam locomotive and coaches transit the London Underground. Refer to BBC news clip dated 13JANUARY.2013 via the link - in green Heritage locomotive and coaches - all part of the LT 150 year celebration.
[Info. BBC News & embedded video clip; Pictures through the London Transport Museum and BBC; Gallery Link provided by the "Brisbane Courier Mail"; Additional BBC News clip; comments by VK4CY]
THE WORKSHOP RAIL MUSEUM - IPSWICH, Queensland, Australia
The Workshops Rail Museum located at North Street, Ipswich some 40 minutes drive from Brisbane or 70 minutes drive from the Gold Coast; serviced by train services from Brisbane's Central & Roma Street stations and a bus transfer from Ipswich Station to the Workshop Museum - it is a 'gem' of a museum. It opens daily at 09:30 local until 17:00 local except for Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day. Their web site link - click on the Green section - The Workshops Museum - which is also posted on my "Links" page. Their website also includes contact telephone numbers, Facebook and Twitter data.
Discover a historic site that remains Australia's oldest Railway Workshops still in use. Incidently, to join the various workshop 'tours' ensure you are wearing enclosed footware. Prices are reasonable. Refreshments are available from the onsite cafe. Staff extremely courteous and helpful in all departments. Great models, scientific models/demonstrations, marvellous areas of kids (all ages too). Even better, if you get the opportunity to visit especially if you are from Queensland, Australia believe you me, a wonderfully railway museum awaits you. Enjoy the experience as there is something for everyone male, female, kids of all ages 1 to 101. Highly recommended. Hope the pictures taken can be posted as they include QRs magnificent "Garratt" built in Manchester, UK - Yum.
[Info. The Workshops Rail Museum; comments by VK4CY]
BLUEBELL RAILWAY [75H]
The Bluebell Railway [BR] have lots of exciting events planned for 2013 where huge progress since the end of the NEP Project.
Current status of the Railway as indicated below:
The Bluebell Railway Enthusiast site is accessible via the following link - Bluebell Railway [updated 10DECEMBER.2013].
Incidently a new site that is being promulgated is one for the 'whole' family. Bluebell Railway Walks This IS well worth a check out including the small video clip, at the end of which, also includes various 'railway' videos by various well known contributors. This too is well worth the visit and am sure local area businesses in and around the Bluebell Railway will also be promoting it. Do check it out - you will be pleasently surprised!
IF you can assist in any way: Gift-Aid, Volunteer, Become a Member - I have & appreciate all the associated 'bumph' received recently eg Bluebell News Letter. YOUR efforts made will be very much appreciated by all concerned. Thanks in advance.
Even better, if you get the opportunity to visit, especially if you are from the UK believe you me, a wonderful main line connected preserved railway awaits you plus many more historic events to look forward to that are being projected for you now and into the future.
Enjoy the experience and have a pint for me at the "Bessemer Arms" at Sheffield Park; you will not be disappointed.
[Info. Bluebell Railway; Bluebell Railway NL; comments by VK4CY]
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAY [85E] - GWr
The Gloucestershire, Warwickshire Railway [GWr] have lots of exciting events planned for 2013.
All their latest news is via the 'green' link - Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway (GWr) - [08DECEMBER.2013] - "Bridges to Broadway: HALF WAY THERE!(2)"' The perfect Chrstmas present?; Last chance to see Foremarke Hall in action before its ten-year overhaul; All steamed up for Santa!; Au revoir Foremarke Hall; Bridges to Broadway - £5,128 PER DAY!; GWR 2013 Christmas Cards now on sale; To the Manor reborn?; Cornishman wins top HRA accolade!; Volunteer numbers reach new heights; Malcolm Temple; New platform grows at Cheltenham Racecourse too!; Lucky September Passenger Feedback Form Prize Draw Winner; Latest P&O update; Enjoy a flying visit to the GWR; Do you have a date with the 'VIE'? This weekend - 21 and 22 September!; Beer, steam and classic cars; Lucky August Passenger Feedback Form Prize Draw Winner; Monster Moves on Channel 5; New 4F project update; Not too hot, not too cold – perfect for a visit to the GWR!; Ashchurch A46 Road Works; Tewkesbury bridge demolition benefits Broadway; Lucky July Passenger Feedback Form Prize Draw Winner; Diesel weekend 'a roaring success'; Class 26 and 45 debut at Heritage Diesel Weekend; Buses and blazing sun; Diesel gala timetable; Latest P&O progress report; Helston Railway under Threat; 300 not out; These Boots were made for Walking; You wait for ages then 30 come at once..; 60s Quiz Winner Announced; Heritage Diesel Weekend only 3 weeks away; Raising Funds for the GWSR; The Great Railway Treasure Hunt 2013; 'The Cornishman' wins HRA Award; Swinging Sixties at Toddington this weekend!; Today's the day the teddy bears had their picnic; Thomas wows the crowds again!; Thomas is here!; Thomas will be here soon; All in all, (just another) brick in the wall; Last chance to see ... UPDATED; Last chance to see ...; The GWR is celebrating - updated!; The GWR is celebrating; Two New Patrons for the Railway; 'Dinmore Manor' for the GWSR; Visit Broadway Station by bus this weekend; Cotswold Steam Celebration Locomotive Allocations Announced; Cheltenham College meet Cheltenham; Gala Footplate Rides are Selling Fast; Cheltenham arrives; Lucky April Passenger Feedback Form Prize Draw Winner; Rory Bremner's Great British Views' on the GWR; We won the War! Exclusive pictures!; Feldbahn to the fore on the narrow gauge at Toddington; Revised timetable for Cotswold Steam Celebration; Gloucestershire Morris Men come to Toddington; Dakota flies in for Wartime weekend; A decade since that Royal Train to the opening of Cheltenham Racecourse station; Your chance to enjoy a steam footplate ride or freight train brake van ride through the Cotswold countryside!; Lucky March Passenger Feedback Form Prize Draw Winner; Sidney celebrates his century on the GWR; Toddington Station Heritage Trail; Latest P&O Progress Report; Classic railway poster art style for Cotswold Steam Celebration; Easter Eggspress Success!;
Following attached BBC clip noted [01OCTOBER.2013 local] which will be of interest to GWr enthuasists - BBC News 30 September 2013 Last updated at 13:37 GMT
[Info. GWr Railway; BBC News (England) clip 30SEPTEMBER.2013; comments by VK4CY]
GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY [15D] - GCR
Ever since it's inception, 'bridging the gap' has been a dream of both the GCR [Leicester] & GCR [Nottingham]. In the attached video link, visit the NEW UNIFY SITE which has an 'embedded video link' - GO TO GCR [Unify] SITE- make a donation to have these bridges installed and see the revitalised GCR especially when their respective Galas are occuring. They are huge events with great appeal on both systems, even better when it is ONE Railway.
This will no doubt bring cheer to many rail enthusiasts especially those in the [UK] and no doubt, world-wide if the 2018 deadline is met!.
This is the ONLY preserved main line railway in the UK where steam and diesel heritage traction can pass at realistic speeds. All run by volunteers yet again, plus the Southern or Leicester neighbours are hoping to link up with their Northern neighbours so that an inter-City link can be forged again utilising heritage traction on a combined Great Central Railway running from Nottingham in the North to Leicester 18 miles in the South.
They are currently attempting to 'bridge the gap' and it is NOW and no longer a 'if/when it occurs'. Several huge factors will come into play:
(a) The recent announcement that the Leicester North area [see BBC News clip below] is to benefit by becoming an active outpost for the NRM will assist in the long-term-goal of linking Leicester with Nottingham.
(b) This jewel in the crown of 'Heritage traction' being able to provide inter city travel between Nottingham and Leicester, will be a world first too. There is already a link from the Northern section to Network Rail [ex. British Rail]. This will allow access to both lines when the 'gap' is completed - that would remove trucks/heavy lorries from the local road network to transport to anywhere in either UK and/or Continent.
(c)It will also assist the local economies in providing income from a link to a mineral site Mountsorrel Extension - Mountsorrel Extension - [Updated 01DECEMBER.2013]. - "More Films and Photos of Historic First Passenger Train" -; Photos and Video From November 23rd Historic Train; Historic First Train This Saturday!!; BBC Radio 4 Open Country Features Mountsorrel Railway; Design completed for Nunckley Trail entrance board; Railway Restoration Progress Update; Wildflower Meadow Planted; Wildlife Warriors Wildflower Meadow Planting; Mountsorrel Railway Fund Raising Film Show Evening; Wildlife Warriors learn about Butterflies at the Mountsorrel Railway; Next Wildlife Warrior Session; Double Success for the Montsorrel Railway Project; Wildlife Warriors Restore Dry Stone Walls; Wildlife Warriors Dry Stone Walling Demonstration Session; Project Progress Update; Steam Trains on the Montsorrel Railway; Steam Trains to Run on the Mountsorrel Railway this Weekend!; Recognition for Mountsorrel Railway "Young Volunteer of the Year"; Further Ballast laying - (with embedded YouTube video link); Bridge Clearance Test Trains (with embedded YouTube video link); First Trackbed Tour of 2013 - Wildlife Warriors Make Archaeological Discovery; We've Done It! - Mountsorrel Railway Reaches the End Of the Line; Congratulations to all of the volunteers'; Wow -you have got there before the Bluebell Railway!! Congratulations (a) on the "Nunckley Nature Trail"; (b) on 300 feet [90m] of new track and (c) a further two Awards plus the Diamond Jubilee Award with details with pictures plus an embedded YouTube run over the line etc. Well done all round.
(d)Ironically one of the features which the original planner of the Great Central Railway had envisaged in the the late 1890's - UK to Continent via a tunnel. Mr Watkins was like Brunel, someone who thought outside the square.
Can you help in any way? :-
if you can assist via the myriad of ways: Gift-Aid, Volunteer, Become a Member, your efforts made will be very much appreciated by all concerned - this especially applies to the Mountsorrel Extension.
Better still an interesting BBC News clip spotted - 09DECEMBER.2012 - in green - NRM outpost at North Leicester. - Can only hope this will spur others to look at the 'bridging the gap' issue too. Well done GCR, c'mon world get aboard this fine endeavour.
[Info. Great Central Railway - GCR [Unify] Site; BBC News clip; comments by VK4CY]
RHEILFFORDD TALYLLYN [TALYLLYN RAILWAY] - TR
Rheilffordd Talyllyn/Talyllyn Railway the Welsh railway that was the acorn that has become the mountain of Steam Preservation world-wide is having financial problems.
Full details of the BBC Wales article are via the link provided - Talyllyn Railway - posted 03JANUARY.2013
Thomas the Tank engine's creator, the Reverend W Awdry, joined the volunteers in 1952 and a lot of the small locomotives became characters in the famous Thomas the Tank engine series of childrens books which sadly was taken over by an American firm.
Can you help them? . Become a member. Visit especially if you live in the UK/Europe. A good friend Robert Campbell & wife from Whangarei NZ recently advised they were in Towyn - "having a ball" was their comment. Contact them via Talyllyn Railway - you will not be disappointed.
[Info. BBC Wales news data; ZL1RSC comment; Comments by VK4CY]
RHEILFFORDD FFESTINIOG [FESTINIOG RAILWAY] - FR
Rheilffordd Ffestiniog/Festiniog Railway have decided to restore a steam locomotive that was declared incapable of "pulling the skin off a rice pudding" by the then Railway Giants Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson some 149 years ago.
Full details of the BBC article are via the link provided - Ffestiniog Railway - posted 10NOVEMBER.2012
This great Welsh Railway also has its own web page which, for reasons unknown was ommitted - trust this link will rectify this 'problem'; the link is - Rheilffordd Ffestiniog. Enjoy the link to the worlds oldest independent railway.
An interesting BBC news clip was spotted earlier today - 1892 Met.Railway "Jubilee" coach restored by the Ffestinog & Welsh Highland Railway Teams - interesting article.
Alan Peglar of "Flying Scotsman" fame was instrumental in ensuring the Ffestiniog Railway of today is worth a visit. This beautiful part of Northern Wales is breathtaking ironically especially in the wet which assists in making it so unique. Yet again you will NOT be disappointed as there is scenery here in Cmyru that has no comparision with in rest of the British Isles.
On a lighter side "Princess" is taking a holiday in the Emerald Isle. Nothing unusual in that but this unique locomotive has quite a history as has already been noted in the above data relating to the Ffestinog Railway. Enjoy the BBC North Wales article and embedded video clip spotted today [05JUNE.2013] - "Princess" takes a holiday in Dublin - whilst checking the BBC Web Page earlier this morning.
[Info. Rheilffordd Ffestiniog/Festiniog railway website; BBC North Wales clip (x3); Comments by VK4CY]
RHEILFFORDD LLANGOLLEN [LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY] - LR
Rheilffordd Llangollen/Llangollen Railway have been busy over the Winter months and recommend you check out their Web site for full details.
Latest News – "Santa Special deserving children" ; Two New Apprentices for Llangollen Railway; CORWEN EXTENSION UPDATE; Patriot Project Fish n Chip Fundraising Special - Saturday 9th November; CORWEN EXTENSION PROJECT NEWS UPDATE; CORWEN EXTENSION PROJECT NEWS UPDATE – AUGUST 2013: BBC 2 TV PROGRAMME – HAIRY BIKERS’ RESTORATION ROAD – Monday 19th August; 1960s Weekend - 27th & 28th July; INCIDENT ON HERITAGE RAILWAY – 13 July 2013: Historic Chester Bus makes journey to Dee Valley Transport event; LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY ANNOUNCES AWARD OF GRANT AID FOR CORWEN EAST STATION SITE; CORWEN EXTENSION PROGRESS MAY 2013: Vulcan Works Austerity Loco No.72; New sponsor for Llangollen Railways Real Ale Train; Llangollen Railway in the media; Llangollen Railway plans to reopen in time for Easter; Carrog – Corwen extension - Progress report March 2013; "Taff Vale Tank Restoration"
View their web site via the link provided - Llangollen Railway - [UPDATED 25NOVEMBER.2013] - For your information; check this item as it has a couple of delightful video links.
Can you help in any way? :-
if you can, am sure they would welcome any aid with open arms plus and even better, if you can visit them it will be worthwhile enjoying the beautiful Dee Valley area of North Western Wales. Yet again you will NOT be disappointed.
[Info. LLangollen Railway; Comments by VK4CY]
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY - SVR
One of the Senior preserved railways in the UK which was once part of the mighty "Great Western Railway"; The SVR are celebrating their 150th Anniversary ; view the attached BBC link with the HRH Duke of Gloucester [also a railway enthuaist and whom the locomotive #71000 "Duke of Gloucester" is named after] officiating; Severn Valley 150th Anniversary
Remember the area well as a young radio Operator visiting maritime friends at Kidderminster - never realising that some 53 years later, it would be still operating with steam still being supreme motive power.
View their web site via the link provided - Severn Valley Railway - even better if you can visit them it will be worthwhile, you'll be made very welcome and, you will NOT be disappointed either.
Last year , the SVR floated its shares on the Stock Exchange. This was mentioned on a BBC news clip. Interestingly, in the "Heritage Railway" Magazine # 171 dated 20DECEMBER.2012, the attached article covers that event. Refer attached link - in green - "Severn Valley Railway share offer steams past £1 million mark" Published: 12:39PM Dec 20th, 2012 - Future details will be published as/when they occur.
[Info. Severn Valley Railway; "Heritage Railway" Magazine news clip 20DECEMBER.2012; BBC News clip [14MAY.2012]; comments by VK4CY]
Puffing Billy's 200th anniversary to be celebrated
As in the past, history is constantly being 're-written'. As a small boy during the war years [1939-45], we were taught that the steam locomotive was 'invented' by the Stevensons. Interestingly some 70 years later in 2013, re-written history now states the facts that Cornishman Richard Tevethick had done this in 1801 but, because of political and personal intrigue, this was 'buried'. So what's new you ask?.
Some of the 'facts' as to the development of Trevithick's work was being utilised in NorthEastern UK. The attached BBC Regional News clip - in green- Celebrating 200 years of "Puffing Billy" published 11 FEBRUARY 2013, celebrates a locomotive during trials 200 years ago.
Further information can be found at the Beamish Museum site - Beamish Museum - which makes interesting reading.
[Info. BBC News clip; Beamish Museum link; comments by VK4CY]
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Aircraft are another of my hobbies and pursuits. Personally I enjoy UK stuff BUT, check out the attached link to Planes TV founded by Iain Campbell 25 years ago. This embraces all aspects of aviation - world wide.
If YOU would like to receive the Planes TV video clips regularly, click on the link in 'green' - and tell Iain that Jonboyradio sent you and/or where you found the link - it's FREE - Planes TV -
[Info. Planes TV; comments by VK4CY]
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