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Post  LiveSteam on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 10:27 pm

I thought I'd start a little bank of photos and the odd video of the rally's I've attended this year, just for interest, now in my 3rd year of rallys I'm now getting a lot more relaxed with steaming and general engine running so hopefully will have the camera out more.

Since photobucket has decided to charge £400 for 3rd party linking I have now replaced all the photos with short youtube montages, the music is just what youtube had kicking about, none of the montages are that well edited they are just thrown together quickly to get the pictures back up on the thread again.

So a few weeks ago we did the Basingstoke Model Engineers gala. Bit of history with this event as it was one of the events where I originally went some 4 years ago to discover more about engines and where I ended up being put in touch with the owner of my engine which I eventually purchased with the help and information of other members here, so we go back every year now as a bit of a pilgrimage and its a nice rally to start the season off with as its nice and laid back.

http://www.basingstoke-dmes.co.uk/



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Post  LiveSteam on Mon 24 Apr 2017, 9:05 pm

Nice little one day Rally in a back of a pub in Finchdean Hampshire https://www.thegeorgefinchdean.co.uk/

A 50/50 mix of 4" STW engines and scratch built and a nice 6" Allchin, a few classic cars and some smaller models. Met up with a number of the southcoast regulars again, and the weather changable but didnt rain and most of the time (apart from when I ran round with the camera  Rolling Eyes ) was sunny.

Theres a rather nice hill that one can play on which I had to gun it up  Laughing  although while cleaning the grate out was somewhat concerned about what looked like a small amount of melted lead  Shocked which made me wonder if I've cooked the plug coming back down the hill although I'd been very careful with the water and fire control before the return back down with the water still visable on the bottom nut and the fire was well mellowed , although I'd have thought if it had started to melt it would have blown out and I'm hoping it may have been something in the coal. I'll inspect it before next weekends outing.



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Post  Chrs777 on Mon 24 Apr 2017, 10:08 pm

Great photos, I will be doing some of that too soon ☺

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Post  LiveSteam on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 7:07 pm

Cheers, they should be better really but yet I almost forgot to take any Rolling Eyes

Looking forward to seeing yours out and about, my next one is a little one down at Ashurst station in the New Forest on bank holiday Monday.

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Post  LiveSteam on Mon 01 May 2017, 7:39 pm

Todays offering, a lovely little one day'er down at Ashurst Station in the New Forest to celebrate the stations 170th year.
Just the 5 of us but the small ones are always nice to do.
We were billed as "Miniature traditional Victorian train rides" by the pub lol!

I'm fairly sure the STW foden was burning car tyres  Laughing



Weather was kind to us with just one down pour about 3.30 which once finished signified time to call it a wrap.

Next stop Twyford Water Works on the 7th May


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Post  LiveSteam on Mon 08 May 2017, 9:19 pm

Well thats Twyford waterworks done Cool  bumped into and saw Rob & Tash Showmans work of art, stunning level of detail on it and is likely to be another show winner in my eyes, really not far off steaming, sorry if the wifes organ was a little annoying Rob Embarassed

As for the musuem it was really interesting and was much bigger than I thought and they had 5 visiting full size all in steam which was nice most of which were I think using it as a stop over to Bill Targett which is this coming weekend. Weather improved over the day and from a bit of drizzle as we drove over to it by 2pm the sun was blazing down and the place was packed with visitors.

My injector died at Ashurst last week which turned out to be a bit of PTFE tape stuck in the second cone ? dunno where that had come from as I'm pretty tape free these days, was worried it had come from my PTFE washer mod on the injector steam valve but having checked the washer it was looking fine and no sign of it breaking up so not quite sure where it had appeared from ? anyhow it was back on form and working perfectly again now, even gave it a quick descale as I was concerned it might be a bit scaled as I drive my windemere kettle off the overflow but in a year and a bits use it had very little scale on it.




Bill Targett next.


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Post  LiveSteam on Mon 15 May 2017, 9:18 pm

And so to Rally No5 this year Bill Targett near Eastleigh http://www.billtargettrally.co.uk/

Another fabulous weekend with our steamy friends, the weather, once it sorted itself out on Saturday morning, was stunning, although where the minatures were meant we had some shelter from what seemed to be a bit of a bracing wind that was on the other side of the site.

Injector was back to its normal self working happily from 120psi down to 40psi, although the water control valve seems to be getting somewhat stiff so that needs addressing soon.


One of the regular full size is the Garrett Showmans Tractor "Lady Oliva", last year I was lucky enough to help fire this engine from cold and it made me appreciate the ease of owning a scale engine, while I'm sure we'd all love to get our hands on a full size its not until you actually do you find that something as simple as the poker or rake goes from about 18" long and weighs about a kilo to somthing thats 8 feet long and weighs around 10 kilos and what comes out of the ash pan goes from 1/4 bucket to 4 or more good bucket fulls of ash.
A couple of minutes to rake and empty the 4" ash pan very quickly turns into 30mins of hard graft  Laughing  
Then theres the small matter of a small bucket with some sticks and a hand full of coal now being a several broken up pallets and a few bags of coal.......... just to get the fire burning.
However the principles are exactly the same and while I suppose I shouldnt be surprised it was a very interesting few hours.



Sundays line up, think we had about 21 minatures and around 10-12 full size.
Note the 6" gold medal convertable roller in the foreground on its maiden outing now as a roller, excellent model and quite a feat of engineering, been following the build of this one over the years.

Met a couple of potential STW kit builders over the weekend and again surprised 1/2 dozen folks with the fact that you could build an engine from a kit of parts, so who knows we may see some more builds in the future, I should be on commision  Laughing

Now a little break for month ...........phew


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Post  Mick1020 on Mon 15 May 2017, 9:47 pm

"Quote"
One of the regular full size is the Garrett Showmans Tractor "Lady Oliva", last year I was lucky enough to help fire this engine from cold and it made me appreciate the ease of owning a scale engine, while I'm sure we'd all love to get our hands on a full size its not until you actually do you find that something as simple as the poker or rake goes from about 18" long and weighs about a kilo to somthing thats 8 feet long and weighs around 10 kilos and what comes out of the ash pan goes from 1/4 bucket to 4 or more good bucket fulls of ash.
A couple of minutes to rake and empty the 4" ash pan very quickly turns into 30mins of hard graft  Laughing  
Then theres the small matter of a small bucket with some sticks and a hand full of coal now being a several broken up pallets and a few bags of coal.......... just to get the fire burning.
However the principles are exactly the same and while I suppose I shouldnt be surprised it was a very interesting few hours.


You would love to own a full size just talking yourself out of it,
Any way loving the pics & you so lucky to have the amount of rally's to go to in the UK.
By the way what engine is yours LiveSteam

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Post  LiveSteam on Tue 16 May 2017, 6:59 pm

Mick1020 wrote:
You would love to own a full size just talking yourself out of it,
Any way loving the pics & you so lucky to have the amount of rally's to go to in the UK.
By the way what engine is yours LiveSteam

Yeah a full size would be awsome to own, but personally its not a single persons game as the work involved I feel is huge, I'd definately go for a half size and have been actively looking about. Yes I realise we do seem to have so many rallies to chose from over here, in honesty I suspect from around early March I could virtually live on the road and go to a different rally every weekend, just a shame work gets in the way of having steamy fun.
My engine is the rather tatty black 4" agricultural engine, I dont tend to photograph it as its not that photogenic Laughing I'm not big on polishing it, in my view the agriculturals were "working" engines......... quite handy I'm averse to the polishing mop Laughing

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Post  made-in-england on Tue 16 May 2017, 8:18 pm

Great photos from Twyford and B.T. I think I saw you with the engine by the railway chatting to our Chairman st B.T.. I'm building/built a 2" Agri.

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Post  LiveSteam on Tue 16 May 2017, 9:14 pm

made-in-england wrote:Great photos from Twyford and B.T.  I think I saw you with the engine by the railway chatting to our Chairman st B.T.. I'm building/built a 2" Agri.

Cheers

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That was quite likely me at the Railway at BT, it was the only thing I hadnt had a look at, I try to get round all the exhibits at any of the shows I go to and have a look at them.
I wasnt aware I was chatting to the Chairman affraid Laughing nice chap and had a good chat about stuff in general. Do come and say hi if you see me about.

One photo I missed, as it was on my phone, was the 2" Showmans being run outside the beer tent on Saturday evening on a trailer, yes a 2" showmans and the chap ran it continously for a good 3hrs, generating 8amps the whole time, talk about keen, it was definately a case of water, coal, ash, water, coal, ash etc etc the little engine worked its socks off the whole time along with its operator Cool


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Post  LiveSteam on Mon 12 Jun 2017, 9:52 pm

......and so to number 6 Cool

Bit of an odd one................. as we are the only miniature in the village, (I'm sure I've heard a similar phrase Laughing )

We get invited (some what randomly) to the Southwick D-Day Revival, http://www.southwickrevival.co.uk/  In June 1944 this little Hampshire settlement became, quite literally, the centre of OPERATION OVERLORD. Since then the village is amazingly unchanged, there are no double yellow lines and or other nasty modern day paraphernalia. For the last few years they have been doing the D-Day revival when they close the main roads into the village and transport it back to 1944, only period vehicles can park up and there is plenty of WW2 kit floating about. Many folks dress up and the whole village takes part.
This year there were just two other steam folks, a full size roller and the HMS SULTAN SENTINEL steam lorry who worked their socks off all day doing rides.  Oh and me. I must admit if you get a chance to do an event thats not really steam orientated do have a go, you meet a whole new bunch of folks, many who have never seen a miniature before.
I think my favorite question of the weekend which was asked more than once was "Does it run on real coal" Laughing  I'm afriad a couple of times I did say "no its just painted polystyrene chunks" Laughing

So not many steam pics but its more about the atmosphere with this show, there will be far better photos on their website at somestage.



And a short video of the Cavalcade



And one of the vintage buses



So not really a steam rally but a very enjoyable weekend and a bit of a break from the norm.
Once again I amazed many folks that a 3rd scale traction engine can be built from a kit of parts and a few hand tools, I really should be a STW salesman Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


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Post  MrStationHouse on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 8:17 am

Too the engine to this event near Trowbridge, lovely old style rally. But boy was it hot!



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Post  LiveSteam on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 8:43 am

MrStationHouse wrote:Too the engine to this event near Trowbridge, lovely old style rally. But boy was it hot!

Might give that one a go next year as long as it doesnt clash with anything else, thats always the problem, too many rallies and not enough summer.

Did look like there was many public there, was it cos it was just too hot or just the video doesnt really show them ?

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Post  Mick1020 on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 7:56 pm

Hi LiveSteam, I was thinking of going over to the UK to a rally next year but, what one would you say would be the most enjoyable to attend, the one day events would not be worth it due to traveling,
I know its a hard one to call but even a short list would be of help

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Post  LiveSteam on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 10:53 pm

Mick1020 wrote:Hi LiveSteam, I was thinking of going over to the UK to a rally next year but, what one would you say would be the most enjoyable to attend, the one day events would not be worth it due to traveling,
I know its a hard one to call but even a short list would be of help

regards mick

Crumbs Mick thats a tall order Laughing in all honesty I wouldnt like to be the one that suggests as I'm still pretty new at this game Embarassed I'm sure there are many here who have much better idea than myself.
Of course the biggy is Great Dorset but personally I think its too big and restrictive for my likings but others do think different, it is a amazing show though.
I would suggest a bank holiday rally would be your best bet as there are normally 3 day'ers. The traction talk calendar might be a good place to start http://www.tractiontalkforum.com/calendar.php then get views on a ralley after picking a few from there.
Personally I prefer small events with plenty of play area possibly with a little road run to a local pub and may be a little trundle round a arena, a real ale tent and a bit of music in the evening is nice. Well thats my idea of a nice rally, others I'm sure will have other views.

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Post  the governer on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 11:09 pm

I do believe GDSF next year will be special as it's 2018, and there's sure to be some sort of celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
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Post  calimods on Sat 24 Jun 2017, 8:03 pm

Mick 1020 It depends which part of the country you want to attend. Up here in the North we have Duncombe Park, Helmsley, then 2 weeks later Masham Rally both in July, then Astle Park and Lincoln in August followed by Dorset then Onslow Park, then Bedford in September. all good Rally's with plenty to see. I see you are from Cork, I went to Innishannon Rally for the first time this year with a couple of mates and had a great day on the Sunday. Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

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Post  LiveSteam on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 8:12 pm

Apologies that all the static photos have vanished but photobucket for some random reason has taken 3rd party linking away from their free service, thus all the photos now have that stupid graphic Rolling Eyes  
Apparently if I'm willing to pay them something like $400 a year I wont get 3rd party linking back Evil or Very Mad  the photos are all safe on the site they just wont show up on the forum Rolling Eyes
I've got them all backed up anyway but its somewhat annoying Evil or Very Mad

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Post  Mick1020 on Mon 03 Jul 2017, 9:13 pm

LiveSteam thanks for the info, i too like the smaller rallys more time to chat & easyer going, about the pics hosting i use Postimage.org there are no fee's to pay,
calimods thanks for info, did you speak to me at Innishannon, Sunday weather was first class but as all ways it lets us down, rain on the Monday

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Post  LiveSteam on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 7:43 pm

Mick1020 wrote:LiveSteam thanks for the info, i too like the smaller rallys more time to chat & easyer going, about the pics hosting i use Postimage.org there are no fee's to pay,

Thanks Mick, I'm currently looking at options, dont want to rush into anything on pic hosting yet incase that goes the same way after xx years and then I'm back to square one again. But I'll bare them in mind.

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Post  calimods on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 8:53 pm

Mick 1020 We may have spoken to you as we talked to quite a few people on the Sunday. We was going on Monday aswell but the weather put paid to that.













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Post  LiveSteam on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 8:21 pm

Apologies for the lack of updates been trying to figure out the best plan to reinstate the photos, done another couple of rallies since the last one as well. I may just insert the photos into a video and then lob it on to youtube as hopefully that wont go poof over night like  photobucket did.

Heres is the Dene steam rally in youtube format, theres a speeded up bit in the middle where I got a ride in the back of the son in laws GMC truck which was towing a Howitzer, this weekend was a lot of fun as they came round the arena on the engine and trailer, then they took us around in the truck.




I also found the below from someone else who must have been there.



My last rally was a big giggle as it was a very informal gathering for charity at Kinsley nr Bordon in Hampshire, no arena or beer tent etc its very much just a chill and relax event, however just for a giggle the miniatures did their own line up on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon and as I happened to have my small PA with me I did some commentary for them  Rolling Eyes well doesnt everyone carry a PA in their van just incase  Laughing

However as I know little more than the coal goes in this end and steam comes out that end of each of the engines I went down the line telling the folks that this was a green engine, this was a red engine and this was a blue engine and so on  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  much to the amusement of everyone, well it made for a slight different commentary I suppose.
We all had a great time though and it was just a larf at the end of the day.

I'll sort out the photos and re-insert the videos back into the relevent slots, looks like admin has tidied up the stupid over limit icons Photobucket left on the posts, many thanks Smile


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Post  lynnr on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 8:30 pm

Hi Livesteam

Hummmm

Who ever did the photobucket "tidy up" has actually killed all my photo logs which were not affected as I had a "paid" account.
Looking at it. The forum just suppresses everything from photobucket including active working accounts

If I remember I will as Dean on Monday about it.
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Post  LiveSteam on Sun 23 Jul 2017, 7:22 pm

Right, since photobucket has decided they want $400 for 3rd party linking I've popped all my photos into short youtube video montages, I've not done any special editing, just thrown the pictures into a editor and stitched them together with some crossfades, you can play them in the posts or go to the channel and play them, they will also run in full screen from here it seems. The music added is just what youtube had kicking about.
Its not my normal standard of editing but it gets the photos back up on the thread again cheers

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