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Cycling

 

Cyclist Touring Club

 

The Tandem Club

Founded 1971.

Rough Stuff Fellowship

Formed in 1955 with the aim of banding together those cyclists who traverse rougher and quieter routes as part of their pastime to add to their enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside.

St John St Cycles

Supplier of our triplet

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Narrow Gauge Railways

 

Harzquerbahn

Extensive meter gauge system in the Harz Mountains in central Germany. Well worth a visit. Ruling gradient of 1 in 30, with 2-10-2 steam tanks hauling 8 bogies up 900m.

Roland’s Eisenbahnseite

German site with extensive details of various narrow gauge systems in the Harz mountains.

Welsh Highland Railway

Major project to reopen the old Welsh Highland Rly, which closed in 1937, from Porthmadog to Dinas Jct, plus a section of the old standard gauge rly from Dinas Jct to Caernarfon. 24 miles of 2 foot gauge steam, with ex South African Garratts

Festiniog Railway

Ex 2 foot gauge slate railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Home of the double Fairlie - or "engine with two trumpets" to quote Ann!

Lynton and Barnstable Railway

Former 2 foot gauge railway which closed in 1935. 19 miles. Subject to ambitious restoration plans, including the building of a new locomotive.

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

Preserved section of 3 foot Denver Rio Grande Railway over the 10013 feet Cumbres Pass on 4% grades with 20 curves.

Rio Grande Southern

Former 3 foot gauge railway in Colorado which was abandoned in 1952. Its mainline was 162 miles long and crossed Lizard's Head Pass at 10250 feet above sea level.

Sumpter Valley Railway

Restoration project to restore parts of the old 3 foot gauge Sumpter Valley Railway in Oregon, which closed in 1947. Restoration started in 1971, and 7 miles of route rebuilt.

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Model Railways

 

NMRA

National Model Railroad Association, based in the USA

NMRA British Region

 

Black Diamonds The local NMRA division of the British Region of the NMRA

7mm Narrow Gauge Association

Association for all narrow gauge modellers in O gauge, either 7mm or inch to the foot.

Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette

Excellent magazine from across the pond devoted to modelling narrow gauge.

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Trams

 

Croydon Tramlink

Very good unofficial site for Croydon Tramlink. Well worth a visit to both the site and tramway system. Ceri and I have traveled the complete system.

Sheffield Supertram

Official site for Stagecoach’s Supertram system in Sheffield. Ceri and I have traveled the complete system. A day rover ticket costs 2.40– it is one of the best bargains going.

Nottingham Express Transit

New tram system in Nottingham, which opened 9th March 2004. All day tram ticket for 2.00. Don’t forget my own pages as well on NET.

Trams of Hungary

Very good website in English and Hungarian on the trams of Hungary. Website includes a photo I took in 82 of Moszkva Tr

Light Rail Transit Association

Good source of information and links to trams systems and other light rail systems worldwide.

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Camping

 

Hilleberg

Makers of good quality lightweight tents, used by many within the Tandem Club.

MSR

Mountain Safety Research (MSR) makers of good liquid fuel stoves, ideal for lightweight camping, but not for the faint hearted. Whisperlite stove very good for petrol, and the Dragon Fly great for most fuels you can buy on tour with the added bonus of flame control. As these use liquid fuels, they are cheap to run providing you avoid white gas (Colman Fuel - 14 per litre against 90p per for unleaded petrol!).

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Shepshed

 

Hind Leys Community College

Ceri-Sin's senior school.  She started year 10 in September 2004, and where Ceri goes for Community Band and wall climbing, and used to go to Guides.

Newcroft Primary School

Ceri’s first “big school”. She left there in July 2000 at the end of year 5.

Shepshed High School They change skools after year 5 in Shepshed, this is where Ceri was until end of year 9, July 2004.
Current Shepshed Weather Shepshed is home to Campbell Scientific who make Automatic Weather Stations.  They have one connected to the web, reporting the weather real time (hourly) and up to the last 24 hours.  This will explain why Shepshed has been reported a number of times for weather extremities such as heavy rain and high temp, eg in June 2003, see BBC summary report for June 2003.  In addition they have a webcam which shows the view outside their offices.  Not the best view, but at night there are far too many lights - the Shepshed Curfew Police will have a field day.

wunderground.com

A very good US based website that gives current weather conditions and forecasts for many places throughout the world.  The link to the right will take you to the weather report for nearby East Midlands Airport.  It is very good to see how cold it is in Winnipeg to see how true the reason why Granddad Fuller came back to the UK One handy thing about the site is the link to local weather stations to get current and historic weather conditions.  The site is so good, it was used at works by somebody who emigrated to New Zealand to decide on what part of NZ he wanted to live and then to monitor the weather whilst preparing to go.  From  a work point of view it is good see to check the weather in St Paul, 3M's HQ, they say it is cold but compared with Winnipeg it is hot there!

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Younger Days

 

Old skool photo

Philip and I were at Stanley at the same time as Captain Sensible from the Damned. Can you guess which one I am?  (large file 750K)

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