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    Richard Trevithick 1805 Steam Railway Locomotive
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    Richard Trevithick 1805 Steam Railway Locomotive

    January 19, 2020

    Hi, I’m Mike De Greasley…. Now I’m not an Historian or an Archaeologist,
    but I do tend to carry out a lot of historical research as a Graphic Artist, 3D GCI Developer
    and Documentary Video Maker. During the course of 2014, I’m gathering material
    for a project I’m working on — to produce an Independent video production entitled:
    The Salt Revolution. Richard Trevithick — born in Tregajorran
    Cornwall in 1771 — He became a British Mining Engineer and Inventor. He was the first to
    develop a high pressure steam engine and the first to build a full scale working railway
    steam locomotive. All modern-day working reproductions and museum
    exhibits of Trevithick’s steam locomotives are based on a few known surviving drawings
    — in particular — the 1804 Pen a Darren and the 1805 Wylam Colliery models.
    I created this CGI model from a set of drawings from this website and downloadable as a pdf
    file. In spite of not being a steam engineer or
    for that matter an enthusiast — as part of the main Salt Revolution production I am keen
    to learn about the early development of steam engines and how they were literally the driving
    force behind the industrial revolution. So let’s start by getting stuck in to the
    belly of the beast. And what we see is boiling water and pressurised
    steam….. Hidden within is a horizontal steel tube and sealed steel tank. This tank is known
    as the firebox. And it does exactly what it says on the tin….
    Inside is where coal is burned to heat up the box which in turn boils the water and
    generates the steam. However, there is a little bit more to its
    design. The burning coal or fuel is contained within its own compartment and rests upon
    a metal grate through which the ash falls. The hot air and smoke is drawn through the
    firebox and up into the chimney stack. Above the firebox, we can see this horizontal
    cylinder — and if we have a look inside that ….
    Now as I have already mentioned, I am not a steam engineer, and while the plans for
    this engine are top notch, clearly naming each piece and giving a broad outline of the
    mechanics involved, I did have some fun reverse engineering this section for demonstration
    purposes — so let’s take a closer look. This is the cylinder and valve chamber. It
    has a sealed plug at this end which also rests in cylinder support bracket.
    Let’s also put this part in cross-section so we can see it all.
    This divider splits the tube into two sections — the Piston Cylinder and the Valve Chamber.
    Here we have the Piston Head — firmly connected to the Piston Rod which runs through the centre
    of the structure. And here we have the valve — which if you
    watched my other video on the Newcomen & Watt steam engines is a more refined version of
    the plug tree. The valve’s already shown here in cross-section
    and we can see that it has a central bore of the same diameter as the piston rod — however,
    it also has a core bore of a slightly larger diameter. And that accommodates this raised
    collar which is fixed firmly to the piston rod.
    Well those are the main components… now let’s see it in action.
    That’s all well and good — but it’s missing something. STEAM….
    Like most things under pressure Steam is desperate to find an escape route.
    And our cylinder actually provides it with the start of one — but one which compels
    it to follow a course of Trevithick’s design. Here we can see a series of coloured tubes
    attached to the cylinder — Now I’ve arranged these slightly different for the purpose of
    this demonstration but technically they’re in the correct positions.
    Here we have our Active Steam Inlet pipe and I’ve colour coded Active Steam as Blue.
    And here we have the Exhaust Steam Out Pipe and the Exhaust steam is shown here as being
    mauve. I found there’s a trick to following this.
    Here – Active steam is constantly flooding into the tail section of the valve chamber.
    And in the mid-section of the valve…. exhaust steam is finding its way out of the chamber
    . Now there is still a lot going on here but
    we can see that it’s the backwards and forward movement of the valve which is controlling
    the alternating flow of steam through the piston cylinder….
    With the valve in this position — Active steam can’t escape through this tube because
    it blocked by the head of the valve. But it can escape through this tube and begins to
    flood into the head section of the piston cylinder.
    Meanwhile — the way is now open for the exhaust steam in the tail section of the Piston Cylinder
    to be expelled to the valves exhaust chamber and finally out through the exhaust pipe.
    With the valve now in this position — the configuration has changed — furthermore – a
    space has been created between the head of the valve and the cylinder divider.
    A space into which Active steam can now flood into through this unblocked tube — where
    — it finds it also had an exit route through this tube into the tail section of the piston
    cylinder. Meanwhile — the state of this tube has now
    changed to allow exhaust steam to be expelled to the valves exhaust section and finally
    out through the exhaust pipe. And that basically describes one cycle of
    Richard Trevithicks pressurised steam locomotive engine.
    And as for the exhaust steam — well that finally escapes up the chimney stack with
    the smoke from the firebox. Richard Trevithick died penniless in 1833

    Trainee Train Driver Qualities – Become A Train Driver
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    Trainee Train Driver Qualities – Become A Train Driver

    December 13, 2019

    Hi there, guys. My name is Richard McMunn from And in this presentation, I’m going to talk
    to you about the train driver qualities. Now these are fundamental to your success
    if you are applying to become a trainee train driver with any of the UK train operating
    companies. Now the video is not going to take long to
    go through but I’m going to give you some really important tips which will help you
    when you are applying for a train driver or going through any element of the process. Now what I’d like you to do is to like the
    video and subscribe to the channel because what there happens…what that will mean is
    that you will get notified of any new videos that we create based around the train driver
    selection process, so you’ll be the first to get notified. Also, if you would like me to create a video
    for you, then please put it in the comment section on YouTube below this video. I’ll look at the comments every day, I’ll
    respond to them, and then I’ll create a video for you. So if you want any questions answered about
    recruitment, about the train driver interview, then please, put them below the video. So the qualities are fundamental to your success. When you apply to become a trainee train driver,
    learn these qualities. Now the first one, and this is at the top
    of the list, is that you need to be safety conscience, okay? So you have to be safety minded at all times. So I’m going to put safety conscious, then
    that means being able to demonstrate that you can operate in a safe and effective manner
    by effectively following rules and procedures, okay? So let’s put down following rules and procedures
    as well. Follow rules and procedures. And I just want to ask you a question. Why do you think this is really important? Well, obviously, you are responsible for the
    rolling stock which is the train, and you are also responsible for the safety of the
    passengers on board the train. So during the process, you need to be able
    to demonstrate specific situations where you have acted in a safe and conscious manner
    at all times, and also when you’ve followed rules and procedures. And that can be put on the application form
    and also during the interview. The next one, the next quality of a train
    driver is an ability to work on your own, okay? Ability to work on own. Because as you can imagine, being a bit like
    sitting on the train cab for hours at the time, let’s say you were responsible from
    going from London Euston up to Glasgow, up to Preston, you know, be on there for a couple,
    two or three hours, you need to be able to work on your own, okay? Yes, you will be communicating with the train
    guard and also the Rail Safety Center, but you need to demonstrate your ability to work
    on your own. Again, that will be assessed during a selection
    process by a question that says, “Can you give an example of where you’ve worked on
    your own for a long period of time?” Now, the next quality that you need is that
    of being a good communicator, okay? So being a good communicator because you’re
    going to have to communicate not only with the guard, the train guard, you have to communicate
    with the Rail Safety Center at times and also give messages to the passengers as and when
    required. So you have to be able to communicate in a
    calm and effective manner. Now the next quality which is really important
    is being customer focused. Now a lot of people do not think that this
    is an important quality but trust me, it really is. Being customer focused is part of the role
    of a train driver. Too many people that I see go through the
    selection process concentrate solely on, “I want to be a train driver. I want to be a train driver,” and they don’t
    worry or they’re not concerned about which train operating company that they join. Now as we all see all the time on the news
    that some train operating companies are getting a lot of pressure from the press and the media,
    from customers about meeting times and providing a great level of service. The train operating company are always trying
    to improve the customer relations and you have to be customer focused. And you can achieve that during the process
    by telling the train operating company everything you know about them. So when you’re applying, go on the TOC’s website,
    find out about their missions, their goals and also their customer charter. So when they say to you during the interview,
    “Tell us what you know about us as a train operating company,” you can repeat that customer
    charter word-for-word. They’ll be very impressed with that. You also, as a train driver, need to be flexible,
    okay? And flexible with regards to being able to
    work shifts and unsociable hours, working at weekends, and they’ll say, “Have you worked
    shifts before?” And if you haven’t, then they might say to
    you, “Well, how do you know you’re going to be good in that area?” And also, being available in short periods
    of…short notice periods that if another train driver goes off sick, can you cover,
    come cover for him or her. Okay, and the next one is being able to stay
    calm in an emergency. Okay, resilience, stay calm. Stay calm in an emergency situation because,
    let’s say, you’re driving the train, there’s an obstacle in the track, you know, or unfortunately,
    you hit something in the train, it’s down to you to deal with that situation. So you’re have to liaise with the Rail Safety
    Center. You will have to liaise with the guard, you’ll
    have to liaise with the passengers, and you’ll have to make sure everybody stays calm and
    you follow your rules and procedures. So guys, these are just a number of important
    qualities that you need to be able to learn before you apply to become a trainee train
    driver. Like I said, please like the video, subscribe
    to our channel, and if you want me to do a short video for you about the train driver
    recruitment process, please let me know what it is in the comments field in YouTube and
    I’ll get a video up for you as soon as possible. Thank you very much for watching.

    Myths & Rumours: Maryborough Railway Station
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    Myths & Rumours: Maryborough Railway Station

    December 2, 2019

    There’s lots of myths around
    about this station. A lot of local people still believe it was meant
    for Maryborough in Queensland. Yeah, someone said,
    ‘Oh, it was… a mistake.’ Well, it is a really large station for what seems to be now
    quite a small town. When people saw Maryborough Station, and Spencer Street
    which was very ordinary, they said, ‘Oh, the magnificent one should’ve been in the city –
    not in the country.’ But that’s not right. The reason they built this place here, is because this was going to be
    the centre of a big rail industry. This was a gold town and the whole
    of Victoria was booming in the 1880s, and they had what they called
    the Octopus Act in the railways which was a huge network of railways right across the State
    to link everything up. It was very political – everyone was trying to get a railway
    in their town. And I think they just had
    great visions of this becoming the centre of railways,
    like the big railway towns in London. This Maryborough Railway Station
    was exciting, it had people everywhere. It had a big staff here on the station. And we had about 150 people
    working down the locos, and it consisted of fitters,
    boilermakers and assistant mates, and then it was made up
    of the Ways and Works Branch – they were loading parcels
    and goods that would come in. And then they used to have the gangers. One gang’d go out to Talbot,
    one gang’d be working on the Avoca line, one gang’d be working
    on the Castlemaine line and one gang’d be working
    on the Mildura-Donald line. So, overall, it’d be over
    1,000-odd people working there. The building was built by Swanston
    Builders from St Kilda in Melbourne, and the architects were
    the Victorian Railway architects. The building was quite expensive
    for the time – it cost £22,000 which was a lot of money in those days. The features that make this
    a Queen Anne Revival building are the flat gables
    with the curved arches and the polygonal spire
    with the cupola top and the red-face brick
    with the plaster strapping on it. It’s quite an early use of the
    terracotta across the top of the ridges on the slate roof. Also, the very tall,
    polygonal brick chimneys with the pronounced capping. The other amazing thing
    about this building is the huge canopy, there’s no other ones in Victoria which had this long skylight
    through the middle which makes it so much
    lighter and brighter, and it’s a very deep canopy. Without the skylight,
    it’d be very dark under here, and it is wonderful
    with all its detailing. It’s really one of the major features
    of the whole station. This main hall
    was the formal dining room in the, um, late 1800s and early 1900s, and there was silver service
    in this room. The long room was the refreshment room. There’s French doors all along there
    that opened out onto the platform. A bar ran the full length of that room, and that was more sort of stand-up
    and fast-turnover eating area. BETTY OSBORN: The station is magnificent
    inside with the beautiful ticket boxes. The flooring was done
    by Cawkwell’s of Melbourne. REG CARR: The building itself is unique. I love the telegraph room because in my day,
    to become a stationmaster, you had to have a telegraph certificate, and, uh… it was just
    the romance of it, I think. I can remember riding my bicycle
    to work, two o’clock in the morning, and the station was floodlit
    and it looked absolutely magnificent. Beautiful. It’s comparable to some
    of the other bigger ones in Victoria such as Ballarat, which is a completely
    different style – far more Victorian – or Flinders Street Station
    in the centre of Melbourne, which is ten years later and, um…
    10-20 years later – and far more Edwardian in style – so I think it’s unique
    and it’s beautiful. One of the first famous visitors
    was Mark Twain, and he arrived in 1895. But he didn’t say that Maryborough was
    a railway station with a town attached – he said, ‘You can put the whole
    population of Maryborough into it with a sofa apiece
    and have room for more.’ It certainly reflects
    the wealth of the area and what they perceived –
    that wealth just going on endlessly, that the gold was in the ground,
    they were going to keep digging it up.

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    November 21, 2019

    Ok one minute to get the train! Let’s go! I love cities like this… Cobblestone streets, beautiful old buildings colorful, rustic, it’s awesome. I’m diggin it! The food is good the food is local and I am happy and I have beer! Just got into Budapest! Yesssssss!!!! Oh my god guys! Look at how fricking gorgeous this place is! Woohoo!!! We’re leaving Austria and going to Germany! It feels like getting shoved into a torpedo bay and then shot out into the unknown! How is this safe!? We are on a train to Cologne and this is Carnival in the Rhineland! Bonjour.
    Bonjour Monsieur. [Dog’s barking] [Screaming like a baby]