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Does anybody know about these proposed steam locomotives?

Okay, so does anybody know about the British Railways Western Region’s request for a 2-8-0 version of a Standard Class 5MT 2-8-0, the Great Western Railway proposed Hawksworth 4-6-2 to be derived from the “Country,” class 4-6-0, or the British Railways Standard 5 4-6-2 proposal? If anybody does, God bless you, and thank you!

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - July 19, 2011 at 3:40 am

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PC Build – These parts okay?

Hi there,

Just about to start my second build and wanted a second oppinion on the components

building for a University student (UK) whom wants to be able to do their school work (an art course) and play a mix of Steam games (Left 4 dead, counterstrike) and Sims 3.
Heres the list

(Im in the UK so we cant use newegg)

Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174312

Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/183979

RAM/Memory
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130432

Power Supply Unit
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159

Harddrive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228

Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/182100

Optical Drive (cd/dvd combi)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190671

Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160915

Case fans
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/185160 (getting two of these – front and back)

Total build cost = £370.73 GBP
Specs would look like this
CPU – Dual core 2.9GHz
OS – XP pro 32bit
Memory – 2gb
HDD – 500gb
Graphics – HD 5750 (Asus)

Thinking of whacking in a wireless card too as the dorm they’ll be living in definintely has wireless – but we dont know if it has a wired port (or if there is one if its in a convinient location).

Wireless card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/50127

Thanks anyone 🙂

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4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - June 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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Is Your Troubled Marriage Savable? Perhaps Some Of These Ideas Might Work

When a couple find themselves in a troubled marriage it can be very stressful for both partners. One solution is to look more closely at all those small things, to see if you can find solutions that will work for you. Here are some ideas for you to try.

Try being corny sometimes. It sounds like a cliche but doing something corny. like giving flowers, chocolate, after shave, or any other presents on Valentine’s Day, or even at other times, really can be so romantic. Why not arrange a nice ‘candlelit’ dinner for both of you, and play some sensual music when you’re feeling romantic. And you should never forget that there is a reason some of these ideas are corny ? it’s because they actually work! They help to create that romantic atmosphere – which can keep the lights burning brightly for you both. So, why not go ahead and be corny from time to time.

Why not try being unpredictable now and again, and do something which is unexpected, that will help your spouse, or partner, see that you care. As an example, if you have a favorite take-away restaurant, then stop by on the way home from work and give him, or her, a surprise and a night off from cooking your meal. It may sound small but it counts towards showing that you consider your partner, and want to do something for you both.

Another example; try taking on an annoying chore that your partner loathes doing. With my wife it?s ironing. I know that she does the ironing so much better than me, if the truth is known, but that’s not the issue. But I decided that she?d done enough ironing to last her a lifetime! My solution was to do it all for her, and I know she appreciates me doing it, so she can do other fun things with the time she saves. Mind you I did spend a small fortune on buying a new ?super-duper? iron that gives off more steam than an old-fashioned steam locomotive. I have to make up for my shortcomings in ironing by using technology!

So think about a chore your spouse doesn’t like doing and take it over, even if it’s only occasionally. In my case I decided to take over responsibility for doing the ironing, for the rest of our lives together. I know it sounds stupid, but it really is worth it to me in the ‘brownie points I get. My view was that if it makes my wife feel more ‘cared for’ then the two or three hours I spent on the task was well spent and worth the investment of my time in it.

The fact is that anyone can end up in a troubled marriage if we don’t think things through and try and be more thoughtful. Sometimes, doing those unpredictable things, even the ?corny’ ones, can pay real dividends. Why not go and write down a shortlist of items you could consider doing to help your spouse, or partner, and then do them for him, or her? Or you could share them between you perhaps, if you don’t feel you could take them over permanently. For some people being romantic comes easy, for others it is less so. But try and work on ideas that can help to cement your relationship, and friendship – even if they seem a bit worn out and corny to you. They may not be ‘worn-out’ to your spouse, or partner, so just go ahead and be corny from time to time.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by - April 29, 2010 at 3:42 am

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what do these things do on a steam locomotive?

1) dampers
2) steam valves
3)water valves
4) steam injectors?
5) small injector/ large injector.

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - April 1, 2010 at 3:55 am

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Why is my smoke alarm so sensitive these days?

We have a smoke alarm in the hallway. It has never been this sensitive before. Every time we cook, the steam sets it off, and we have to waft it to get it to stop. Tonight it just kept going and going, taking longer and longer to stop, and then starting up again. It’s not humid (we’re in the UK, where it’s pretty cool right now). Tonight I had to take out the batteries altogether, cause even with windows open and the extractor fan going in the kitchen, it still picks up on the slightest bit of steam.

Any ideas?

6 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - February 16, 2010 at 8:14 am

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Where can I get these parts to build a small steam engine?

What parts do I need and where do I get them? I don’t want to make a train. All I want is to experiment and make an engine that runs on steam so I could possibly mabey in the next 10 years invent a car that runs on some form of steam. You might think I am crazy but paying 50 to 100 dollars to fill up your car is even more crazy.
Not if you add salt to the water.

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - January 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

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