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Post by Andrew » Wed May 14, 2014 9:09 am

I've added my name to Victor's list thanks to being inspired by his latest inspections. Worryingly I now find myself appraising developments (or lack of) on my line in "victorspeak"...

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Post by jay1976 » Wed May 14, 2014 11:09 pm

I am not even going to invite him just yet (maybe once my line is more compleate)as my line is out and back with just a passing loop no signals and point control..

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Post by laalratty » Thu May 15, 2014 8:35 pm

Victor Isle has now left the Afonglas and Nant Llywyd Railway, and is now in transit to Lincolnshire, and the Lindsay Joint Railways Administration. I await his future reports with great interest!
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Post by Victor Isle » Fri May 16, 2014 8:36 pm

I've been back in my box, and its suddenly become extremely uncomfortable in here. The joys of travel by post, there really must be a better solution.

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Post by PeachBottom » Sat May 17, 2014 11:28 am

Victor has arrived! I have let him out of his box to enjoy some of the Sunshine today....
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Post by PeachBottom » Sat May 17, 2014 12:47 pm

Oh dear, he's already made a friend....


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Post by invicta280 » Sat May 17, 2014 7:52 pm

Is that Victor loafing about in a garden hammock with a female of dubious character? What next...

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Post by laalratty » Sat May 17, 2014 8:19 pm

I see he is already finding life to be very different to that on the ANLR (where he was usually hanging around with a rabbit of very dubious character....) I wonder if SLR Midge's layers have managed to keep tabs on him?
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"It's a model icebreaker sir."
"It's a bit big isn't it?"
"It's a full scale model sir....."

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Post by TommyDodd » Sat May 17, 2014 8:57 pm

invicta280:100728 wrote: with a female of dubious character? What next...
That "dubious character" is an authentic German doll, recruited by Peachbottom as crew for The Freudentalbahn (the LJR's Austrian alter ego) RH Ziller "Rotkopf Madchen". Both Victor and I can confirm (as a result of a gust during today's photo session) that her costume is authentic and respectably modest all the way down.
Well, now we know the buffer-stops work! (Heard at 2013 "Longest Day" solstice steamup)

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Post by PeachBottom » Sat May 17, 2014 9:01 pm

You forgot the umlaut. Mädchen.
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Post by Peter Butler » Sat May 17, 2014 9:32 pm

PeachBottom:100732 wrote:You forgot the umlaut.  Mädchen.
And I'm not entirely convinced by the 'rotkopf' description either.... I see no red hair!
Has Victor been 'set up' here with a sweet talking young lady to take his mind off the serious matter he is there to perform?

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Post by PeachBottom » Sun May 18, 2014 9:40 am

Peter Butler:100735 wrote:
PeachBottom:100732 wrote:You forgot the umlaut.  Mädchen.
And I'm not entirely convinced by the 'rotkopf' description either.... I see no red hair!
 
Lol! The loco is named Rotkopf Mädchen -- there is a mountain in the Zillertal region called Rotkopf and it's also named for my literary heroine -- Anne of Green Gables :)
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Post by kandnwlr » Sun May 18, 2014 4:17 pm

The girl in question is wearing the regional costume of SW Germany (think Black Forest), as the red pompoms on the hat are a dead give away. I think we should be told if Victor is hiding out on the continent ....

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Post by Victor Isle » Sun May 18, 2014 7:06 pm

I am pleased to confirm that despite the "best" efforts of the Royal Mail I have arrived safely in Lincolnshire, in the outer reaches of my erstwhile employers' territory, only a few short miles from the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint line. Quite apart from the various eccentric minor lines it is my professional duty (and misfortune) to examine in sordid detail, I am looking forward to re-acquainting myself with the infrastructure and practice of a proper railway.

Upon my arrival I was met by Horncastle MPD's foreign exchange staff, namely Fahrerin Heidi, who I am informed is the appointed driver of the locomotive Rotkopf Mädchen. visiting from the LJR's "Twin" railway in Austria, the Freudentalbahn. I was then informed that I would not be permitted onto the railway, except in areas accessible to the general public, until I had met certain conditions, including obtaining something called "PTS" and wearing garish and ludicrous "PPE". I was frustrated and disappointed by this, annoyed and insulted that my ability to look after myself in a railway environment could be called into question. However, on mature reflection I must conclude that a railway management so obsessed with petty rules and nit-picking is one after my own heart, and one prepared to court the wrath of the inspector to indulge an OCD love of box-ticking is one I may enjoy. Heidi explained this in broken English, then provided the offending garments and proceeded to show me to the changing room, going so far as to come in with me. Perhaps I misunderstood her instructions, or maybe it's a peculiar continental tradition. Anyway, the garments are adequate if hardly flattering.

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This worthy guided me to the temporary office accomodation which the company has provided for my use during my visit. I was told it had been built quickly and cheaply, using readily available materials that were ideally suited to a personage of my importance. Having been given a guided tour of the facility, including a demonstration of doors, locks, curtains and blinds, with particular emphasis on small private cubby holes by Heidi, I find it to be adequate. The choice of construction materials is eccentric to say the least. A lesser man would wonder if it was a bodge, a brazen attempt at flattery or subtle mickey taking, but the latter is only of interest to those poor souls cursed with a sense of humour, something upon which I've never had to waste any of my precious time.

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Following this, I asked if I might be able to occupy my time usefully until the necessary procedures to allow me onto the operational railway are complete. Heidi's suggestions were incomprehensible, and since I have no idea what "Möchtest du mit mir schlafen?" means I had to content myself with some tedious paperwork. An evening alone with a large selection of forms and not a train in sight? That's railway inspection the way I like it, and one of the pleasantest evenings I can remember.

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I am told that the manager of this railway is also involved in local main line activities, and that I would be welcome to observe and inspect some of the local infrastructure. I shall report on this at the earliest convenient opportunity.

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Post by laalratty » Sun May 18, 2014 8:32 pm

Flipping heck, I see that there has been a complete change of style for the railway Mr Isle is visiting, and it will almost certainly be much more to his liking. I can see that the visit to the SLR North is now going to become just a distant memory...
"What the hell is that?"
"It's a model icebreaker sir."
"It's a bit big isn't it?"
"It's a full scale model sir....."

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