Month: October 2013
The main workshop area is spotless, and I am sure that was not because it was an open day either. A variety of trains were on the lines and most were open to inspection. There was also an inspection pit where we could see what goes on underneath.
The wheel lathe was a much more complicated machine than that which was laying at Sanrasm North Site so long ago, but then are from two different eras altogether.This vehicle was not going to win any speed records, but I expect it is very effective at moving trains around that are not under their own power. Incidentally, the third rail power to the depot was isolated so nobody was accidentally fried by standing in the wrong place.
Returning to the workshop I really wanted to see the drivers cab of one of these trains, but finding one where somebody had not stalled completely in the way was very difficult. I am also amazed how people leave their children to just push and shove and pull anything that looks like a switch or lever. I am sure that a number of the trains there would have had to have their drivers panels reset after the panelbeating they received from junior train driver wannabes.
There were over 1600 people at the open day, which was quite a good turn out for something like this, of course the heritage items may have proven to be a drawcard as well.
She was pulling a very attractive brake van, which I would have loved to have had a closer look at, but the crowds really made that impossible.
My day was about over, and I was ready to head off home. It was a very interesting morning, and I am glad I took the opportunity to have a look. It is not very often that you get to see what goes on behind the scenes of a place like this. There is a huge train repair depot up at Eastleigh that looks very interesting, but the odds of getting a look around there are small.
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My contact at the Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Guides was quickly able to inform me that this was the Quaker Burial Ground, and that with a bit of luck I would be able to swing a visit to it if I emailed the right person. My curiosity was piqued, and I managed to reach the right person and a visit was organised. Unfortunately I had to pull out at the last minute due to a job interview, but all was not lost because one Saturday morning I went past and the gate was unlocked.
And then her lines were going ashore and she was safely alongside. It had been quite a good morning from a photography point of view, I did shoot some video too, but it will take awhile before I process it through. She is sailing at 16H00 this afternoon, so I will be there to see her go. It is probably the last time I will see this beautiful classic too.
And then she was past the boat show detritus and sailing on her own, and she really looked beautiful. This livery suits her so much better than the grey I had seen her in originally.
And then she was past me, and I could glimpse the glassed in windowed area that was a really beautiful space on her and Sagafjord. I think it was a club or bar, and when we went through it was filled with the yuppie crowd. I hope that they didn’t change that on her.
And that was Saga Ruby. One of the few ships from my past that is still afloat, and one which looks so much nicer now than she did back then. The ship does have limited time left though, which is a shame, but it is also an inevitability. Classic vessels like her will be sorely missed when they are no longer with us, so seeing her really made taking a day off work worthwhile.
The altar is dominated by the east chancel window which dates from the 1840’s, although this is not the original window that occupied this space.
And what of the churchyard? It is difficult to really know how big it was. Certainly there is a very obvious area with headstones, but there is also an area that is more park like. I could not work out how to access the latter though, but the former wasn’t too difficult. I was able to access the park like area one afternoon after work, (easy enough if you know where to look), and it contains the modern Garden of Remembrance.
What is interesting is how this church has literally had a city centre built around it, and integrated itself into its surroundings. I suspect that many politicians would have loved to raze it to erect some fancy office block or high street storefront, but it has outlasted them all.
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The aircraft in question is G-BOAC, and is the oldest in the Concorde fleet, at the time when we saw her she was parked in the open, but has since been placed under cover.
I took many pics that day, and I hope that I will be able to see at least one more of them before I shuffle off this mortal coil. There is one at Yeovilton which is not too far out of range of Southampton, so maybe one day I can make a detour to there.
How could you not love a nose like this? The aircraft in the left hand side is an AVRO-RJX, aka AVRO-146-RJX100, a really nifty little aircraft that I flew in twice when in the USA in 1999. I really scored two great aircraft in one day.
Concorde no longer graces us with her presence, but I think one of those truly magnificent moments are when you see footage of them coming into land, like a very graceful bird, landing at its home, and resting before soaring in the skies once again.
According to the blurb: 202 was one of three Concordes built for evaluation testing and final design. It made its first flight in 1974, wearing BA’s colours. It last flew in December 1981 and was bought by BA in 1984 for spares – proving useful right up until 2001, when it was used to test the reinforced cockpit doors required for all aircraft after 9/11. It moved to Brooklands in 2003.
She is still beautiful, she still draws crowds, and she is still one of the most iconic aircraft ever built. I am happy to report I have seen 3 of them now and still not got on board!
Much has been written about the aircraft and its history, and I do recommend Heritage Concorde as a source for all things Concorde.
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