Recent content by Oerlikon

  1. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    Alas, shamefully, it's been a while since I posted anything because other things have got in the way. However, apropos of nothing in particular, a recent visit to the shoe shop reminded me of Southampton Docks and the occasion on which an ex-Southern Railway USA Class tank engine destroyed one...
  2. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    I wasn't more scared of her that you were! At least I didn't get caught with bits of old railway carriage and a huge half eaten bar of chocolate hidden under the bed!
  3. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    If I may be allowed a few more reminiscences?.... A recent visit to the National Railway Museum in York has allowed me to find and photograph the Oerlikon which is my Forum name. Why Oerlikon? Well, it all dates back to school days when a group of us as young lads used to share the costs of...
  4. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    Well, it sounds like a great holiday Mr Cowley and thank you for sharing your experiences. Not always easy to satisfy the needs of grown-ups and teenagers at the same time. Shame about the mad dash at the end. I well remember miles and miles of closed motorways having calculated exactly the fuel...
  5. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    Thank you kindly Techniquest! I will be very happy to dredge my memory on an occasional basis More in a while!
  6. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    You still haven’t forgiven them for renumbering all the 47/4s Mr C? Things like that make us show our age! You must move forward! It’s progress! You’ll realise how old I am when I tell you that I still haven’t forgiven them for painting everything that horrible shade of blue! I was happiest...
  7. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    Wonderful trip to Morcambe mate! Glad you're still afloat! Seeing as you've already got an excuse to go again, make sure you go on the Ravenglass & Eskdale line. Towards autumn, quieter then and colour on the trees. Last time I was there, the guard had a Cumberland type sheepdog assisting. The...
  8. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    Nice post about the West Somerset Railway! You mention "a real feeling of a seaside holiday route". Yup, it was exactly that and in my childhood days so many years ago I can recall getting into serious trouble because my father had hired a beach hut just outside Minehead for the annual summer...
  9. Oerlikon

    You can tell how technically advanced I am that I've only just found your message which was...

    You can tell how technically advanced I am that I've only just found your message which was posted on 13 April! Anyway, thank you, and you may certainly start a thread in my honour! Here's a riddle for you - what's long and dark green with about 12 coaches seen sneaking past Teignmouth in a...
  10. Oerlikon

    Old and new bashing trips by Cowley

    What a splendid trip and what a trooper Mrs C is! You and the black and white hairy guy are very lucky! It's years and years since I went on the Severn Valley but I remember a late afternoon trip in a light alcoholic haze in the autumn sunshine. Later I remember wondering whether the castle...
  11. Oerlikon

    Thank you very much for asking me to be your friend! I am happy to accept and only hope that I...

    Thank you very much for asking me to be your friend! I am happy to accept and only hope that I can push all the right buttons!

Top