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Title: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: Bob Purton on December 24, 2013, 05:37:12 PM
Someone mentioned this film in a recent thread, cant remember which.  Just to say its on BBC4 tonight at 7.00pm.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: marcus on December 27, 2013, 07:01:47 PM
Brill, cheers Bob. I have it on DVD but always fun to watch. The steam loco Lion played the part of the Titfield Thunderbolt and was working until a few years ago, then the world's oldest working steam loco.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: Big Al on January 25, 2014, 09:50:52 AM
I thought Ffestiniog's Prince was the oldest original working steam loco. Perhaps superseded. Still a favorite but he gets little use now the line is so long and the trains have to be heavier than he can haul.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: marcus on January 25, 2014, 05:05:01 PM
My understanding is that the Fairy Queen (I think that's the right name) is the oldest working steam loco. It was built in England for Indian railways.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: Big Al on January 26, 2014, 01:37:48 AM
New one on me. Will attempt to look it up.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: marcus on January 28, 2014, 07:24:03 PM
Here you go, built in Leeds in 1855, with added Indian decoration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZVcIqs_PBM
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: Big Al on January 29, 2014, 09:31:22 AM
Out of bandwidth at the moment, but thank you. Waiting for a 'phone wire. You have a number to call, but not much use if your not connected. I can do it myself except someone called an engineer has to turn a switch on at the exchange! More poor service.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: richard on January 29, 2014, 01:07:22 PM
My god al you are a miserable old git !  I have had several good laughs today , very different things. In fact the latest was reading your miserable moan  :D
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: Big Al on January 29, 2014, 10:48:16 PM
When you start building your property, you realize most of the jobs are not difficult to anyone who has a level of manual skill and a brain. Yet its all made into a series of ridiculous hurdles where people demand money for something they clearly think is earth shatteringly clever, or for what is clearly a meaningless bit of paper to prove some incorrect logic. That is a moan :(.

The pay off is you find a good proportion of 'qualified' people are still unable to do the trick they have been taught, and they get very upset when you show them how to do it, after swatting it up, and sorting it out for them. That is a joke 8).

The difference, I do not expect to get paid for working out how to do other peoples job, but they expect to get paid, even if they cannot do it :o.

There you have, in a nut shell, what has gone wrong with our economy. Expectation of recompense for not working, or at least to a acceptable standard. Well I am no longer playing, where I do not not need to. So yeah, I am the worst sort of miserable git a useless employee, or official, can have to deal with. Years of training, and I no longer care about pissing these people off. Most of the time I do not need them, and we can argue if I am right later, like most of the people I know doing stuff like I am ;D.

So far saved a fortune, as not been shafted yet, and done everything in house in the absence of suitably good 'specialists' 8).
Looking at plumbing next :'(.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: richard on January 30, 2014, 02:24:10 PM
Is it me ? Perhaps I have had a charmed life - or choose not to dwell on it  ;) I am honestly not sure if I have ever been ripped off , and am sure I am happier for it - smile and be happy  :)
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: AndrewG on January 30, 2014, 10:17:01 PM
Looking at plumbing next :'(.
Childishly easy - and quite enjoyable.

I've worked out that there are trades that will happily let you watch them work - for example, plasterers - on the basis that even if you then think "I could do that", you will make such a mess of it that they will then be able to charge even more than they would have done.

Then there are trades where they do not want you to watch them work - for example, plumbers - because you will see how easy it is and they will lose future business.
Title: Re: The Titfield Thunderbolt
Post by: Big Al on January 31, 2014, 09:38:13 AM
Tried plastering when with a master plasterer. It sticks to everything but the place you want it. Same guy taught me to dry stone wall. Can do that. He is actually a mason and brilliant with stone houses. Sadly he lives in France. So no plastering from me. OK avoid plaster.

Bud is encouraging me to take on the plumbing. He has done his. Does each bit as a subassembly and then fits it so he can isolate the sections. Like plumbers do not. Therefore future probs or alterations need not mean a total disruption. Sounds like the correct way to do it.

I dare not dwell on being ripped off. It happens if you do deals. Add it up and I have lost £1000s. Fortunately I have made much more. Get wise and you can spot 99% of them before you get burned. Some folk have a natural ability to sense a bad deal. Might be you Richard? Lets face it Mike is good training as he is a keen car booter etc and must have had about every cone attempted on him by putting himself out there. You'll need to get up several mornings early to get one over him, short of plain theft, which has happened to his stand a few times. No I am happy enough but see no reason to give these dodgy geezers an easy ride.