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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 7, 2008

Hello Nick, thanks for dropping in.

As a child (about 7) I played truant for weeks on end, spending all my days in and around this station and goods yard. I was very fond of steam locos, infact anything related to the railway. Things haven't changed much really. I got my hide well and truly tanned by my parents, eventually!!

Cheers pal ;>}-----------Jim

Nick Weall on December 7, 2008

Gillingham station in Dorset on the Southern Region Waterloo to Exeter line was my modest first station, or Semley on stop up towards Salisbury which was just there for the dairy really I think plus cattle pens in the early fifties. Then to Templecombe on my bike when a little older to have the midland railway cutting under the same Southern Region line ~ That way I got the Atlantic Coast Express and the Pines Express whizzing through (not bothering to stop of course) Your gallery is always a pleasure to visit Jim and at least the tanning has stopped for you by now I guess!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 7, 2008

Thanks for the excellent feedback Nick

There were four single lines to Whitby right up to the mid fifties, two coastal and the other two were country lines. One coastal line was closed before Beechings' Axe struck in the mid sixties, due to major structural faults and cliff falls. Then two more went leaving the Esk Valley line.

In the early seventies, A railway company was set up locally to re-open the moorland line to Pickering,. The North Yorks Moor Railway company operates the largest private line in the UK (over 18 miles) and has many locos at its disposal inc. a dozen or two superb historical steam locos and a few early diesel and diesel/electric units. This line, built around 1835, is one of the earliest in the UK and runs through spectacular scenery. It also has one of the steepest inclines, from Grosmont to Goathland. Only the most powerful locos can handle such an incline. The sea-side specials from Leeds and elsewhere that ran in the early part of the 20th century were always double headed to overcome this problem.

Only connecting carriages were permitted, this ensured that everyone could alight onto the station platform which was not long enough to accomodate a 10 + carriage long train.

Nick Weall on December 7, 2008

Oh yes I'd forgotten the old connecting carriage issue "passengers for bla bla" please move forward ~ I'm sure I heard of someone who fell out somewhere or other when they forgot to move forward (maybe also someone getting out of the wrong side of the train too?)

I have to get to see Goathland some day and Whitby. You are a lucky lad. We had D1000 and D1001 running through Gillingham for a while.

Thanks for all of your most useful info too.

Misoad ElSoRi on December 8, 2008

Is like a trip to the past Axota . Very pretty picture. Congratulations. !!Miguel

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 9, 2008

Thanks for the feedback Nick

I am very fond of the past Miguel, there is so much of it to remember. I'm glad that you like this photo.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 12, 2008

Greetings Mimi, you have shamed me and now I bow to your demands. So here it is, especially for you ;>)) For Mimis' boy

Enjoy the trip Mimi!!!


Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 14, 2008

Thanks for this Jim! I don't think my little boy will understand it now but he all the time is asking me to see Thomas vlak in my computer. I show him some movies and songs from YouTuBe and now he knows where to look for them.. wow, I did a mistake.. :-(

My best wishes, Mimi

mimipet's greeting

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 14, 2008

Yeah, that's great Mimi, now you will have to buy him a computer for Christmas. My little grand daughter, who is not yet 5 years old can use her mums computer with ease. Kids are so clever these days. ;>))

Warm wishes Mimi ;>)


Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 15, 2008

Aaa nooo..., computer not yet. He has 2 y.o., likes to pick my keyboard a lot but I don't have any intention to buy him a computer.. ;-) After some years I could give him this my computer and to buy for me new one! :-)))

Well see you soon.. ;-)

Smiles, Mimi

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 19, 2008

Hi James B.! I just found some locomotive in the web page of one user of Panoramio. It is written that it is still in use.

Look here Maxim's locomotive

Cheers, Mimi

mimipet's greeting

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 19, 2008

James B., I think you still did not see the picture of locomotive by Nick Weall.

Look Here

My best wishes for Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!, Mimi

mimipet's greeting

Sue Allen on December 22, 2008

Ahhh, bless him! I wonder if the whistle had just blown!?

Jim, Do you remember me mentioning a long time ago that we were going to have a day trip out on the Mary Valley Rattler, a C17 steam train? Well we finally went on Sunday 21.12.08 and I took heaps of photos, and mapped them very accurately as well, so it's hopefully like your very own mini train trip through the Mary Valley in Queensland.. I thought you might enjoy having a flick through the pics anyway, while you're drinking your mulled wine, or whatever you northerners drink at Christmas time! :)

Very best wishes from me to you, Jim, keep changing the dressings and don't forget to put a patch on your santa suit, will you?


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 22, 2008

Yeah Sue, I can easily imagine the little lads excitement. (read my comment on your steam oiler/ engineer photo)

Our local Steam Railway Company run Santa Specials for the youngsters here, its £20 a go, but the kids receive a gift from Claus. How did the boys re-act Sue?

BTW, Northeners are reknowned for their sobriety, oh yes, nothing stronger than iced lemon and coke for us tee-totallers. Naw, its you Gympians that have clearly monopolised the wine, beer and hooch swigging stakes ;>)) NO CONTEST!!

I am touched by your kind and thoughtful consideration for the damage to my posteria, I have no doubt that the debt will be repaid, in full, with interest!!

Happy wassailing Sue ;>)


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 25, 2008

That is a big compliment JAZZ for which I am most grateful. Your annotation and friendly visit itself is most gratifying, the Y* is most rewarding.

It is not always possible, or necessary to respond with never-ending comment, it so much depends on knowing a little of the person at the receiving end. I can see that you and I have much in common JAZZ :>)

I look forward to your sunsets, but as it is 0200 hrs UK time, I'm going to hit the sack.

Best wishes-


Der SIGGY on December 29, 2008

Oh, poor guy! Standing beside such a jewel of railway history... but he remembers me for my former stepson; the same profile an red hair! A long time ago...

MAny greetings,


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on January 1, 2009

What you say is so true Siggy, images such as this takes us back in time to our childhood. I also share similar fond memories ;>}

Thank you for your reflective comments. Your visit is much appreciated ;>)


Nick Weall on October 9, 2009

I already have this shot in my favourites Jim but had to say goodbye to you at the end of this visit to your gallery on an engine shot ~ it is good to be back ~ Ciao nick

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on October 9, 2009

I have thoroughly enjoyed your visits Nick, thanks for taking the time to stay a while, it was my pleasure for sure ;>))


mbe21 on May 10, 2012

Maybe it should be 'MUM - I WANT ONE OF THESE' ;>)

Talk soon Mick

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