Jonboy [Jonathan] Walton
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White Cliffs of Dover lighthouse restoration begins
Restoration of a historic lighthouse on the White Cliffs of Dover - which was used for pioneering radio experiments - has begun. - Guglielmo Marconi used it for the first ship-to-shore transmission in 1898.
In the attached article - refer to link (in green) - Lighthouse restoration begins which includes several pictures of the site.
[Info. BBC News Kent 08 APRIL.2014; comments by 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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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 NY greetings - glad young Kim enjoyed her stay - boy, you've been busy: - 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.
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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"Restored historic steam locomotive moves to Carmarthen"
"A restored Welsh-built steam locomotive believed to be one of the last of its type has made its way from Llangollen to Carmarthen." The locomotive has been restored at the Llangollen Railway workshops being the only Welsh built steam locomotive in existance.
For the full BBC Wales news clip including pictures, click onto the attached link (in green) - Taff locomotive moves to Carmarthen
[Info. BBC News Wales - [12APRIL.2014]; comments by VK4CY]
"Dawlish's storm-damaged railway line reopens"
"The main railway line through Dawlish in Devon has reopened after part of the track was destroyed during winter storms." Quote -The rail line at Dawlish, Devon severely damaged by winter storms has been completely rebuilt by local contractors with volunteers and staff of Network Rail. Unquote
For the full BBC Devon news clip including pictures, click onto the attached link (in green) - Storm damaged line reopens
[Info. BBC News Devon - [04APRIL.2014]; comments by VK4CY]
"Porthmadog Harbour railway station reopens after £1.3m rebuild"
Quote :"Porthmadog Harbour railway station reopens" Porthmadog Harbour Station has been completely rebuilt by local contractors with volunteers and staff of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.Unquote
For the full BBC NorthWest Wales news clip including pictures, click onto the attached link (in green) - Porthmadog Harbour Station reopens
[Info. BBC News North West Wales [23MARCH.2014]; comments by VK4CY]
"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]
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 for 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 2014 following a very successful 2013 and the NEP completion.
Current status of the Railway as indicated below:
The Bluebell Railway Enthusiast site is accessible via the following link - Bluebell Railway.
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 2014, the Broadway link coming on line when the six small bridges are repaired and the track laid.
All their latest news is via the 'green' link - Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway (GWr) - "Five minutes with Bill Britton"; Of boats and turntable bricks; All Aboard the Easter Eggspress!; Put up a poster for 'Back to Black'!; Latest P&O update; Oh Yea! It was a great Marketing Day!; A rare chance for a footplate ride!; Steam from a Cotswold 'Manor'; Sunny start to 2014 season for GWR!; 'Heritage Railway' magazine supports Cotswold Festival of Steam'; Black Beauty arrives at Toddington; 'Bridges to Broadway' steams past £300k; Another black loco confirmed for Cotswold Festival of Steam; D6948 - 37215 Golden Jubilee; Back to Black event pages live; Dinmore Manor nears completion: and will appear in BR black; Rusty new arrival at Toddington; Cotswold Tourism accolade for GWR; Lucky December Passenger Feedback Form Prize Draw Winner; Latest P&O update; Latest 4F update; Five Minutes with Lord Faulkner; 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!;
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; 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, this 'dream' is fast becoming a reality so a 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. These are huge events with great appeal on both systems, even better when it is ONE Railway plus the bonus, YOU can make it happen.
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.
STOP PRESS - BBC Leicester News has the following data [11JANUARY.2014] complete with an embedded video clip; BBC 11 JANUARY.2014 so, its already started. Yahoo. They are starting to 'bridge the gap' and it is NOW and no longer a 'if/when it occurs'. Are you onboard this exciting preservation adventure? IF NOT, WHY NOT!!
(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. - "Local Tree Surgeon Helps Nunckley Trail" -; First Open Day a Tremendous Success!; Open Days; Heritage Centre Appeal Raises L17,000 in First Two Weeks!!; Heritage Centre Site Virtual Tour; “Sponsor A Brick Appeal” Launched; Local Radio Interview on Sunday February 23rd; Two Major Funding Successes Totalling L606,000 for the Mountsorrel Railway!!; First Item Made For Mountsorrel Halt; Planning Permission Granted for Mountsorrel Halt; Willow Items Added to the Nuckley Trail; 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; 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 clips (2); 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 – "April 2014 Timetable - posting dated 'Thursday 10th April'" ; CORWEN EXTENSION PROJECT REVIEW – APRIL 2014; LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY IS READY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL LLANGOLLEN WALKING FESTIVAL ON 3-4 May 2014; CORWEN EXTENSION PROGRESS - March 2014; PROGRESS ON THE CORWEN EXTENSION - The Way West; New Season of Trains starts at Llangollen; Corwen Track Viewing walk report; Track Extension Viewing Walk - 01 Feb 2014; CORWEN EXTENSION PROJECT REVIEW - January 2014; A GOLDEN MOMENT ON TRACK EXTENSION; CORWEN EXTENSION PROGRESS - December 2013; Santa Special deserving children; Two New Apprentices for Llangollen Railway;
View their web site via the link provided - Llangollen Railway - Congratulations on the extension work in spite of the inclement weather etc. For your information; check this item as it has a couple of delightful video links.
An interesting BBC Wales News clip was spotted earlier today - Railway to return to Corwen after 49 years. well done.
It also had an 'embedded Corwen Station website' - link is Corwen Station Website. Enjoy.
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; BBC Wales clip and Corwen Station website link [01JANUARY.2014]. 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.
During 2012, 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 26 years ago. This embraces all aspects of aviation - world wide.
An interesting news clip plus embedded video was noted in the UK "Telegraph" earlier this morning - Taranis Stealth [UK] : Very interesting machine.
Yet another intersting clip was found on the BBC Regional site this morning [26FEBRUARY.2014 local time] - Stockport Museum - Anyone know if the Vulcan mentioned was the last one recently flying? Thanks for your interest.
Even better than the above story from Manchester is one from Lincolnshire about TWO Lancaster bombers flying in the UK this summer. One is Canadian that will fly from Canada via Greenland, Iceland to UK. View the BBC News clip - Lancaster bombers to fly together on UK summer tour - Yahoo - should be a scene worth viewing.
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; The "Telegraph" UK news clip [05FEBRUARY.2014]; BBC Manchester regional news clip [25FEBRUARY.2014]; BBC Lincolnshire regional news clip [24FEBRUARY.2014]; comments by VK4CY]
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