At the third stroke, it was 18:31 (UTC) on Thursday , June 4, 2020.
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If it was you that put it in? where did the William Williams quote about chopper couplings come from?
Yes it was me. It's in Boyd vol 2 1975 edition (not the earlier one) but he doesn't say where he got it from. I've referenced it now.
Thanks for your interest.
Was it you who put in the suggestion that the FR's first weedkiller waggon was assembled in the 1920s? The first of the big 4 Grouped Railways to use weedkiller was the Southern Railway in 1931. It seems unlikely that the FR began before then. A tentative suggestion is that Col. Stephens introduced it to the FR in 1931. He had a southern base and died in October 1931. Until then he was engineer of the FR and hence responsible for the Permanent Way. What do you think? MarkTemple (talk) 20:52, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
Back in 2015 there were lively discussions on the firstname.lastname@example.org (Happy days!) as a lot of historic photos were appearing on ibase at the time. We covered all sorts of topics including the coaling stage at Portmadoc New, many signalling questions including capstans, the Mystery Carriage (again inconclusive), and the tank wagons including this one. On 21 Dec 2015 MdeC said I've only ever seen that style of lettering on the c1923 blueprints for the signalling installations, the superscript 'LY' is a dead giveaway. He also on the following day came up with the archive quote, but that is dated 1934, well into the Austen period and after the SR introduction of weedkillling as we now know. When I came to summarise the discussion for Festipedia I probably placed too much weight on the stylistic assessment, and of course if that was the house style in 1923 it may well have continued so in the 1930s. It is also unlikely that the corporate image was so rigidly enforced in those days than it might be today - though the 'Toy Railway' image which was to come was very much a matter of presentation and marketing. I admit I didn't have any hard evidence of dating and it might now be safer to say it was put together in the 1930s. I didn't know I was inadvertently claiming a Festiniog First. It could just about have been a final initiative from the Colonel, inspired by the SR. George Cash (talk) 12:32, 21 February 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for your response. I like the way you have edited the page. I have a slight professional interest in weedkillers - I was an agriculturalist as well as an FR platelayer. I should ask Fred Howes to look out the files on weedkillers when I am at the FR in June and we could cover the post revival story in mind deadening detail.
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Did some PW volunteering in 1960s.