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    10. Narrowboat Gloucester & Sharpness Canal & Railway Disaster

    January 20, 2020


    At the end of the Gloucester and
    Sharpness Canal is the Great vast River Severn Estuary. All boats heading up the
    estuary need to pass through the Sharpness lock and docks, as it’s the
    only navigable route north. The Severn Estuary has the largest tidal range in
    Europe, with water levels between high and low tide, of around ten and a half
    meters at Sharpness, and up to 14.8 meters at Avonmouth. Plus the
    speed of the water flowing, can be up to eight knots. You can navigate down to
    Bristol, but with constantly changing sand bank levels, the sheer speed of
    water flow, and the dangers of sea conditions, you’re strongly advised not
    to, without prior knowledge. You can book a pilot to come aboard and navigate for
    you however, for around £200, and it takes about three hours, depending on the
    strength of the tide and boat. Also as the lock is huge and is a working dock,
    don’t expect to just turn up and be let through. There are strict rules when they
    operate. Anyway Molly was giving me signs to hurry up,
    and head north. So that was Sharpness, unless you’re
    going to go through the docks and out onto the sea, there isn’t really that
    much down here. There’s a Chandlery and a quite a nice little marina, but apart
    from that, it’s all very industrial. Slightly north of Sharpness are the
    remains of the Severn Railway Bridge.With valuable Welsh coal, and the Forest of
    Dean just across the river, in 1879 a three-quarter mile long railway bridge
    was built. It had 21 spans, supporting on cast-iron columns, which were sunk into
    the riverbed. Where it spanned across the canal, a swing bridge was built, and
    powered by a steam engine in this tower. However, in October of 1960 there was a
    disaster. Two tanker barges carrying oil and petrol, missed the Sharpness dock
    entrance, due to thick fog and a strong tide. They collided with one of the
    bridges columns, and two bridge spans collapsed. It ruptured gas and electric
    mains, and there was a gigantic explosion. It set alight their petrol and oil
    cargo, which had spread across the estuary, and only three, of the eight crew
    survived. Today at low tide, you may be able to see the barges remains, lying in
    the mud. Before I carried on, it was time to fill up my water tanks, and more Molly
    madness. Just a note there’s a new pump-out facility on the north bank of
    the canal, just south of Purton Upon Bridge. This isn’t indicated in any
    Collins or Canal & River Trust maps, so it’s obviously a new addition. I like the
    metal sign above the path down to this cruiser. It says ‘TO THE BOAT’. Well my journey so far has been,
    nice and dry. I think it’s going to remain that way for the rest of the day,
    let’s fingers crossed. It is a bit windy though. I’ve noticed that, because the
    rivers estuary is so wide, the wind sort of gushes up it, and comes across the canal. But
    it’s fine today. To the east as you travel up the canal, is the village of
    Frampton On Severn. The green is said to be the longest village green in England, and
    is about 22 acres in size. The green has been designated a conservation area, and
    is surrounded by an impressive range of architecture, spanning several centuries.
    With ponds and a village shop, it’s the true example of a picture postcard
    English village. There’s a huge range of boats, between
    Sandfield and Stroudwater bridges, From narrowboats, to cruiser sterns, to what looks
    like an narrowboat mixed with a submarine? Then you have the much larger holiday
    boats, day boats, and of course a pirate ship, and a lifeboat! To the right before
    going through Stroudwater Swingbridge, is the short Stroudwater Canal, and Soul
    Junction Marina. When I went there, on my way down the canal, they had the
    cheapest fuel I’ve found yet, at seventy pence a litre. Apart from a couple down in Sharpness,
    and one or two up in the docks up in Gloucester, all the bridges on the
    Gloucester and Sharpness Canal are swing bridges. They’re all operated by Canal
    & River Trust staff, and you navigate through them, with the use of traffic lights. So this one’s now, It has gone green,
    the traffic’s been stopped, the public’s been stopped, and I can, I can travel on
    through. Only Canal & River Trust staff can operate the bridges, and they work from 8
    a.m. to 7 p.m. at this time of year. I’ve added a link in the description below,
    with all the year’s timings. It’s actually quite nice that the bridges are
    operated for you, and you just sort of stand on your stern and cruise along.
    There’s none of this getting, on and off, on and off doing locks, all sorts of things.
    Don’t get me wrong, I do miss locks, but this is just so peaceful. You really get a sense of the industrial
    usage this canal once had. It’s a nice mix of inner-city, and open countryside,
    and you can moor up at virtually any part, throughout its entire length. The
    long term moorers and bridge operators have all been really nice, and there’s a
    really nice friendly atmosphere. There are a few points to be aware of though.
    Due to the wide width of the canal, the wake on some vessels, can cause your
    boat to move about a bit. And then there were the rowers. With a number of clubs
    along the canal, it’s an ideal place for them to train. I realise they need long
    open spaces to pick up speed, but from what I’ve seen, some of them can be quite
    rude. Yelling for other boats to move out of the way, arguing with bridge staff, and
    shouting from the canal banks, at quarter past seven, on a Sunday morning. It’s not
    really in the spirit of sharing, as we all want to use this lovely 16 and a
    half mile canal. Just south of Gloucester is this large wood yard, it’s north of
    Hampstead Bridge, and just a little bit south of Romans Quay. But it’s really long
    and has masses of different types of wood. I’ve already spoken to them, and
    they do sell and stock, oak faced ply. So I think I’ll be going and seeing them
    later on in the week. Next time I get my hands dirty, giving my engine a jolly
    good service, ready for the long journey up the River Severn. Please do click the
    Subscribe button to follow my journey. Until next time see you later.

    The Tyco Turbo Train Tutorial : Retrofitting for Conventional Train Layouts
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    The Tyco Turbo Train Tutorial : Retrofitting for Conventional Train Layouts

    January 8, 2020


    Are you tired of your Tyco Turbo Train not properly functioning on nickle-silver track? And no matter how much electricity you put into it or how many times you lightly tap on it, it decides not to move? That could be so frustrating that you just want to quit. -But now you don’t have to! [explosion] This tutorial will show you how you can get your Tyco Turbo Train to work on nickel-silver track. This tutorial will properly work regardless of which make and model you have of the Tyco Turbo Trains. So let’s get started. First, you’ll need a screwdriver. You’ll also need a pair of clippers; however, we have more than one because we didn’t have a preference. You’ll also need a mini-gluegun. Last but not least you will need a motorized truck, or bogey, as the Brits call it; but first we’ll need to get some background information on how the Tyco Turbo Train works. No matter which model you bought it has the same internal chassis, which is loosely based on a slot car design. It even includes the same loosely spring-loaded metal contacts and open motor with magnets fitted into the frame to maintain magnetic traction even against vertical surfaces. The first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already done this, is plug in your glue gun so that it is heated up and ready to go. Next take the powered car from your train set. We’re selecting the Tyco Turbo Express for this retrofitting. Select the screwdriver using the proper head to unfasten the screws at the bottom. [The] first one you will be able to find is over at the nose. The second one is in the center in a very conspicuous hole. Now it really doesn’t matter where you put these screws, but we’ll just put them to the side at the moment until we find a better place for them. With the screws removed, we can now safely take the shell and separate it from the chassis. We don’t need to do anything with the chassis in particular, We’ll just put it aside for the moment. Now we can put our focus towards the motorized truck. It is important that you get one that’s the right size and shape; and apparently Kato USA usually has some extra spare parts in stock that are ready for order from the internet or by phone. Here’s the serial number for the one I’ve chosen. Now the ones that you’ll be able choose where you locally live might vary, but not substantially. So all that really matters is that it’s cheaper than the rest of the competition, which is usually around $100 USD equivalent whereas this is only $50 USD equivalent. With the motorized truck in hand, it’s time to make a few modifications. The first modification is take the screwdriver and remove the plastic facade on the outside This is very simple, just stick the screwdriver underneath the facade, where there is a clear and conspicuous opening and just pry it off. Now all we have to do is just repeat it on the other side making sure that the copper contacts stay in place. I know that this is a bit of a challenge because that little piece of plastic was holding it in place, but we needed to remove them in order for the entire motorized truck to actually fit inside the outer plastic shell Now hypothetically this should go without a hitch, but I experienced some technical difficulties and fumbled around with the metal contact for a brief moment until I had it firmly set into the place I wanted it to be in With all of that taken into consideration, we should be able to hypothetically glue gun. The metal contacts into place using the glue gun, however, there is some bigger fish to fry at the moment; this being the little button on top of the actual truck. So grab yourself a pair of clippers and clip it off from the base of the button like so. [MLG hit marker sound effect] With the button removed, we can go back to where we were previously and glue the metal contacts onto the side by applying glue into the center, Making sure that we have a nice and flat little piece of glue holding it in place. Now as a little word of advice, it’s important that you make sure that you don’t try to remove all the excess bits of glue before they dried off completely because it just naturally wants to form a string. Once we flattened and pressed down the piece of glue on one side, we should be able to repeat the same process on the other side. Now preferably you should be able to do this without pulling off the excess gluelike I did like a complete fool until it completely hardened [With] the metal contacts in place, all the modifications are fairly complete for the motorized truck. Now we can put it aside and move on to the next step The next step is to go take the body shell from the motorized car and flip it upside down Pay close attention to the central post in the center of the plastic shell. We’re going to be removing this, so we’ll just get our clippers, we’ll find the right angle to trim off as much of it as humanly possible, and then cut it. Remove the plastic and check your workmanship. It should be fairly level, but if there’s any excess plastic left over, make sure to trim it off as best as you can. This isn’t so much a science as it is actually an art to be quite honest. After completing the modifications, take a quick look over at this dot over here. We will be using this as a reference as to where we place the actual motorized truck into the plastic shell. The motor must be flush with this dot, otherwise assembly will not be successful after the glue dries. You many need to fidget with the motor until it’s perfectly flush with this dot; and after that, you can safely apply the glue making sure not to have the [glue gun] head make actual physical contact with any of the objects as it might cause them to melt. After gluing the motor into place in the back, it’s imperative to let the glue dry instead of doing what I did and propensibly [sic] try to prematurely remove the webbing of glue that comes from glue guns. Now that the back has been glued into place, we need to add two more dots of glue connecting the motorized truck to the shell using two focal points in front of the rear axle. It might be difficult to see here, but put another way, imagine gluing the actual brake shoe of the truck to one of the internal struts that keep the outer shell of the Turbo Train rigid. Each time you apply the hot glue, make sure that you have the motorized truck held in the correct desired position inside the shell of the Tyco Turbo train until it dries up. Once it completely dries up, you now have a fully complete Tyco Turbo Train that’s been retrofitted for conventional nicklesilver track This is the time to actually test your Tyco Turbo Train on the tracks to see if it properly functions and if the parts are properly glued together in the correct orientation. Chances are after the first assembly you might not get it quite right and you might have to take it apart and re-glue it again, repeating previous steps; but once everything’s been taken care of, you should be good to go. Now you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruit of your labor. It doesn’t go as fast as the original Tyco Turbo Train on ferromagnetic track using the original chassis system, but, it certainly does go a lot faster than most conventional H0 scale trains. -Which is still a substantial improvement from just staying in one place If you enjoyed this tutorial and want more tutorials like it in the future, please leave a like or a comment below the video. I will see you all in the next video, and until then, take care; stay awesome; stay true to yourself; and remember, to never give up Bye everyone.

    Jhelum Railway 🚈 Station, Punjab – Pakistan (4K video)
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    Jhelum Railway 🚈 Station, Punjab – Pakistan (4K video)

    January 7, 2020


    Green Line Express is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Islamabad. Me teasing my cousin: Why are you surprised that the train is delayed? We expected to reach Lahore at 5:30pm but it looks as if we will not reach before 7:30pm. Oh that does not look good for us. Whenever the train arrives you make fresh pakora and samosas? – It’s always a challenge to make it on time! At least you do your best. – Yes, that is all we can do, work hard to make it on time. How long does the train (Awami Express) stop at Jhelum station? – Just 1 minute my friend.

    Carrizo Gorge Part Two: The Seven Sisters
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    Carrizo Gorge Part Two: The Seven Sisters

    January 2, 2020


    Welcome to Part Two of my series about
    the San Diego and Arizona Railway’s route through Carrizo Gorge. In Part One we
    explored the northern end of the route. In this video we continue on from a
    point just south of tunnel 19 to a point just north of tunnel 17 . Of special interest are the numerous hillside trestles in this area. One of the many
    challenges faced by the builders was traversing the steep mountainsides in
    Carrizo gorge. A narrow ledge had to be carved into the
    mountain to support the tracks, but in some places even this was not possible.
    Here the tracks are perched on hillside trestles. These are like any other wooden
    trestle, except they do not cross a canyon or stream. The most famous of these is a group of
    seven trestles in a row which have become known as the Seven Sisters. Four
    of the Seven Sisters trestles are on the west-facing slope and three are around
    the bend on the south-facing slope. I’ve always preferred the northern
    entrance into the gorge. This approach provides the most spectacular view with
    the famous goat Canyon trestle visible in the distance, long before we reach it. The Seven Sisters trestles extend around
    the mountain as the tracks take a turn to the east before continuing south. When the trestles were first built the
    walkways and handrails were made entirely of wood.
    Many of these lasted until at least the 1980s. As we see in this photo from 1979,
    the walkways were sometimes damaged by falling rocks. At some point in the late
    1980s or 90s the walkways were replaced with steel grates and the handrails were
    are replaced with cables. As you can see even these are no match for large
    boulders. Soaring over the tracks gives us an
    interesting and mesmerizing view. Crossing a trestle on these grates can
    be a bit unsettling, as you can look past your feet to the ground far below. “…and it’s a little bit, you know, it’s a little bit airy walking on those grates, even on
    these small trestles. I can’t imagine what its gonna be like to (yeah) walk on the big
    boy.” One can easily imagine the days when
    steam locomotives hauled passengers and freight through this majestic Canyon. [train sounds] There is a sort of graceful beauty in
    the sinuous curves of the track as it follows the contour of the mountainside. As we pass the last of the Seven Sisters
    trestles we come across a pair of derailed boxcars. Here we can also see one of the many
    rough construction roads that had to be carved into the mountains when the
    railroad was built. Tight curves, falling rocks, narrow ledges,
    and occasional storm damage can make this a hazardous route. These boxcars went over the side sometime in the early 1970s. Along the way we enjoyed the rugged
    scenery and unique plant life of the desert. Now the tracks curved southward again
    and pass through tunnel 18. Spiny teddy bear cholla cactus are a
    prominent feature of the rocky cliffs and slopes in the Gorge. A solitary curved trestle graces the
    hillside south of tunnel 18. The tracks continue winding their way
    along the mountainside towards tunnel 17. Before long we will reach our
    destination: the mighty Goat Canyon trestle. Watch for more of this adventure
    in Part 3, “Carrizo Gorge: The Goat Canyon Trestle.”

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    Chapter 1: Railway Stories

    January 2, 2020


    Africa Inside out: finally we have kicked off from Nairobi to Cape Town in 12 months to develop brand new adventures for my travel agency Where to start? In 2017 the Chinese built a railway from Mombasa to Nairobi I want to know if this is a suitable alternative for the polluting inland flight and which stops along the way you definitely need to visit We start in the city which I always suspected to be gross, busy and filled with tacky mass tourism Mombasa I soon discovered those prejudices were unjust and I had to reconsider It’s such an awesome coastal city Old town, new town, history, tropical vibes Chilled out people on the beach: “Mombasa raha” proved to be the motto Let’s jump on the train! I was honestly struck by the punctuality of the Chinese that operate the train It left right on time, something generally unheard of in Africa First stop: the Taita Hills! Talking about ‘off the beaten track’ not a mzungu in sight even most Kenyans don’t know this mountain range exists The green hilly landscape reminded me a bit of Indonesia We went looking for new experiences for you guys and came back with awesome hikes, motor trips and massive rocks great for abseiling But probably my personal favourite: Mama Rose an African power woman that will open up her household for you guys as a homestay At the bottom of the Taita Hills we went on a safari in the small, unknown community conservancy of Lumo Wide orange plains of savannah, incredible views and sunsets next to the Kilimanjaro In between all those adventures we made sure to treat ourselves And the lodge? See for yourself After that it was time to go back to my hometown, the jungle villa in Nairobi A home match, where we asked locals what it is that makes Nairobi awesome In a nutshell: the city is a melting pot of different cultures and breathes urban vibes I’ve been living here for years but never get bored This is the place where I can always explore OK bwanas, the verdict? The Chinese train or a polluting flight? Without any doubt: take the train! And make sure to stop at all the places on the way: Nairobi, Taita, Lumo and Mombasa All of them cool in their own way Do you want to know more about this railway route or other adventures? Drop me an email or a chat message through the website Can’t find me there? Don’t worry, one of the Angels will gladly help you out!

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    Jhelum Railway ? Station, Punjab – Pakistan (4K video)

    December 9, 2019


    Green Line Express is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Islamabad. Me teasing my cousin: Why are you surprised that the train is delayed? We expected to reach Lahore at 5:30pm but it looks as if we will not reach before 7:30pm. Oh that does not look good for us. Whenever the train arrives you make fresh pakora and samosas? – It’s always a challenge to make it on time! At least you do your best. – Yes, that is all we can do, work hard to make it on time. How long does the train (Awami Express) stop at Jhelum station? – Just 1 minute my friend.