Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:39 pm

I can now inform you all that after e-mailing P & O ferries and complaining of their "no vans" policy, I have received the following reply from which I copy in part,
"You should have received a reply on this matter previous, this should have advised that when making a booking you inform us of the reference number so that a note can be added to the booking to the effect of you travelling as a personal trip and not commercially."

My advice to any one planning a trip via any ferry company would be to ring and check to avoid unpleasant financial shocks. I also quote from P & O's main website on this matter,
Any vehicle carrying commercial goods on any leg of the journey must also book as freight, irrespective of the vehicle's dimensions.
a) all vehicles carrying commercial goods or involved in a commercial venture;
b) all vehicles constructed for the carriage of commercial goods over 6.5m long;

The site only refers to a limitation on height and length, no more than 6 metres long (plus 6 metres for a trailer)and 1.8 metres high.
On board the ferry on Monday night were a couple of light vans carrying racing pigeons from a show in Houten in Holland. I tried to ask one of the drivers as to weather they had had the same problem but although he was most certainly British, he declined to answer.
You have been warned but please don't let it put anyone off travelling. We had a wonderful time again and please, please
Don' t mention the war!

But speaking as someone who lost a grandfather in 1940 and thereby never knew him,
Don't forget it either!
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby steve1 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:39 pm

Pretty ropey grammar in that first paragraph...

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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:16 pm

steve1 wrote:Pretty ropey grammar in that first paragraph...

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That's not proper Yorkshire grammar that isn't, I should know as I went to an approved school and we got learned good! :axe:
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:36 am

Things move along at Meopham and the latest addition is at the suggestion of Rippers. Connections at both ends of the layout, between the down loop and the cement loop. This will allow EMU's, in particular, to circle the layout without fouling the mainline traffic. It will mean that one operator will have two trains under his(or her) control but the collision rate has eased off of late and that is not seen as a problem (except for me). It should be noted that the insertion of fixed radii points into existing trackwork is not without some difficulties. A second DPDT slide switch is awaited and ballasting to complete.
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This baseboard is actually part of the fiddleyard and is only ballasted and scenicified as far as it is to prevent bare baseboards being seen in photos taken under the scenic break.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:14 pm

Finding myself in that "lull before the storm" period in the final couple of days before Christmas, I thought I would update the theme which I introduced here way back in March. That would be P&O Ferries attitude to the booking of vans as "private" vehicles.
After receiving the go ahead from Sedan (France) for Meopham's invite next October (more of that nearer the date), I booked my Citroen Berlingo on line as requested. I then e-mailed the booking number, also as requested, and received back a confirmation.
P&O took the payment instantly unlike the Irish Ferries, who only deduct advanced payments a matter of a month or so before the actual sailing date.
Now to start saving Euros for the trip. :hmm:
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:16 pm

It has just occurred to me that I have not replied to this post for several months and so here goes.
The trip to Sedan has come and gone, without any problems I might add. The main contention as indicated in the last post was the reluctance of P & O to allow car based vans as private vehicles. Well I can report that they were true to their word and I passed through ticket control without any demands for more money. A good job really as the trip had been planned on a tight budget. The next problem was the sudden interest shown by the UK Border Agency. We were directed into their open arms and after watching the occupants of the Polish registered car ahead of us being “patted down” and staff looking under the car’s bonnet and underneath the car with mirrors, we feared the worse. We certainly got the mirror treatment but not the “patting down” much to my daughter’s disgust. Then it was “Can I look in the back please Sir?” Well Meopham’s scenic sections are in boxes with a small window inserted for just this occasion and they worked just fine this time and we were through and free to board.
The crossing was rough, very rough but at least we got over to Zeebrugge. I was told that the lads with the O gauge loco shed layout “St Marnock” had to drive from Edinburgh to Harwich to make their North Sea crossing. Once on the open road we drove to Ypres so as my daughter could view the memorial at the Menin Gate. Then it was on to Sedan only getting lost once. We set the layout up, tested it and drove across town to the hotel. A slight problem there as the dining room had closed an hour early but I had seen a Chinese restaurant a couple of hundred yards, sorry metres up the road. Incidentally if you can think back to the series “Auf Wiedersehen Pet” where in Germany, Jimmy Nail could not understand why the waiters could not speak English because they all could back in Newcastle! Well our waiter spoke French of course until she realised we were English and then she changed to English herself.
The day and a half the show, yes it didn’t open until one pm Saturday soon passed and after we had given away all of the sweets we had brought for the children, our own biscuits went next.
Monday morning found us back on the road to Zeebrugge via the supermarket for booze and presents and then onto Blankenberge for chocolates. The crossing back to Hull was oh so smooth and in no time I was driving up to the UK Border Agency post. This time I was asked for our passports and asked what was in the back. I replied “A model railway and if you are thinking the boxes could have persons inside, I can say, loads of them but they vary between 20 and 24mms high.”
If you fancy a trip to France, PM me and I’ll give you the address but the next one is not until 2015.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:01 pm

A, what might be a last update for Meopham.
Holmfirth completed the trilogy for October, on the weekend of the 26th & 27th. Steve1 of this parish accompanied me to the lesser known part of the town for the Huddersfield club show in the Civic Hall there. Apart from the fact we had to drag the layout up a flight of steps outside of the venue, the weekend went well. We were aided on the Sunday by ChrisH’s son-in-law Tony. I dreaded packing up as the weather was wet most of the day but it stopped raining just before the show closed and started again as we drove away.
Incidentally, Friday the 25th was my wife’s birthday but I took her out for a meal on the Thursday night.
I had a short break until departing southwards with my usual operator Ray to Tolworth on the weekend of Nov 9th & 10th. My man in the south met us there, the one and only ChrisH. We had another uneventful weekend arriving back in Hull on the following Monday afternoon.
November 24th was my 70th birthday and my friends at the East Riding Fine Scale Group very kindly bought me a Hornby Schools and here is a short video of Steve1 at the controls at the Canterbury show.
http://youtu.be/4GQLzZQe5Ow
This show started 2014 for the layout on the weekend of Jan.18/19th with the aforementioned and ChrisH once again meeting us there. We seemed to do more miles driving to and from the exhibition venue up and down the A2.
Feb 8/9th found me at the BRM show at Doncaster again with Ray and ChrisH joining us there again. I should explain that Chris’s daughter lives in Chinley and so that his base for northern shows. Hospital Gates was at this show also and I had a break the following Easter at York with that layout.
June the 7th & 8th found Ray and me at the Wigan show with ChrisH again.
It was there that I bought myself a Hornby Rapier set and dropping it on the track, I dialled up #03 on the Roco handset and away it went.
http://youtu.be/7hvSEPCS5bE
The following day I went back to the same trader and bought two more intermediate coaches.
At the end of the month I went north over the border to Perth with Hospital Gates with neither Ray nor Chris.
The month of August opened for me with Ray and I going to Southwold on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd, battling through traffic jams at Kings Lynn.
http://youtu.be/fG0zDmVV1Ik
At the end of the month Steve1 and I went up to North Shields for Railex NE. It nearly was the last show in more ways as the van I have used for just about all Meopham's exhibitions at both home and abroad, suffered a progressive brake failure on the way back. When I took it in to my local garage on the following Tuesday morning, they marvelled I had managed to stop it at all, but I told them it was skill I had acquired whilst driving Morris Minors!
I hinted at the start of the account that the layout may have been to its last show.
Well before the Monday just gone the situation was simply that there were no bookings in my diary but on that day the hospital specialist informed me that I have a faulty heart valve and so I will have to wait to see what treatment I will have to have before making any-more plans for the layout. He did finish his consultation by saying, “You can still continue to read long books!”
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:06 pm

Nov 28 and here is the very latest update. I am now on a 18 week holding patten for an operation to clear a restricted valve. I am back with the same team who did my by-pass operation some 7 years ago except I have been told, that at that time I had a 100 to 1 chance of surviving surgery. Now the odds have dropped to 30 to 1. Anyone fancy a couple of quid each way? :roll:
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Clive » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:05 am

I am not sure how to put this in words but I hope everyone on here joins me in willing the surgeon and anaesthetist all the best when they have our mate John in the hands. And wish John a speedy recovery afterwards.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:58 pm

Clive wrote:I am not sure how to put this in words but I hope everyone on here joins me in willing the surgeon and anaesthetist all the best when they have our mate John in the hands. And wish John a speedy recovery afterwards.

Bless you Clive and thanks. I shall guesting on Hospital Gates tomorrow at Wakefield but threatened with shooting if I try and lift anything heavy! :hmm:
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Richard Oldfield » Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:42 pm

Hi John,

Only just seen your news. Clive has really said it all. All the very best for a successful procedure and recovery.

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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:39 pm

Thank you for your kind words. The very latest news is that just before Christmas I got a call to attend a pre-operation assessment. All went well until I was asked if I had seen a dentist lately and I had to say no. I was sent to get a dental appointment which I did the next day. My appointment was for yesterday and from there, next week, Tuesday I'm having two teeth out and the following Thursday, three fillings. Just after I arrived home from the visit yesterday, the hospital rang to see if I had actually done any thing. This all says to me after next Thursday they will be sending for me.
The thought of a heart operation doesn't bother me that much because I will be asleep, but some-one sticking a very large needle in my gums is a different matter even if she is very pretty! :hmm:
Friday 9th. Jan This is the very latest update, my dental treatment is now complete and the needle used was very small and didn't really hurt. I have reported in to the surgeons secretary and am now watching the post for my call up papers.
Monday 9th. Feb Another latest update. The 11th of Feb was offered and taken away in favour of the 2nd of March but on the very same day, the 15th of Feb was substituted. So here I am awaiting for Sunday to arrive.
The boys at ERFSG have offered to visit me and bring pre-eaten grapes. Thanks guys! :hmm:
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:52 pm

Tuesday 3rd March and I have been home a week. The operation was a success and now I must travel daily to various health centres in Hull to have my Warferin level checked. I take it to thin my blood to make it easier for my shiny new metal valve to work. I have had to visit four different centres up to now because they are all booked up solid.
My program is now to get out and walk to build up my lung power and that will take a couple of months or so.
I can do nothing physical to the layout until then, although I can report just before I went into hospital, I had acquired a Roco z21 system and a "tablet" to work with it. I did manage to upload the tablet and all seemed to work very well.
I am indebted once again to my I.T. dept, my son-in-law, Robin.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby MartinWales » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:14 pm

Superb news indeed John! Get well soon!!
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby steve1 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:19 pm

He was along at the playroom last night!

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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Richard Oldfield » Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:58 am

Hi John,

Trust all is progressing well with you. All I can say is that, having been on a long walk in the Cheshire countryside today with two dogs, that our canine friends may well help in the recovery process.

Keep well,

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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:38 am

Time for an update such as it is.
I seem to be physically progressing well, very well. I'm still cautious about lifting anything that could turn out to be heavy. I started with half pint glasses and worked upwards to pint ones. I'm doing a little ballasting and fitting the third rail to the curved sections of the layout which really are part of the fiddle yard and that's why they were never done in the initial build. It's just something to do that is not too strenuous.
I am working on the premise that, I and the layout, will be both fit for any exhibition, near or far, that may or may not come along next year.
I'm not expecting a stampede from exhibition managers but am being hopeful, ever hopeful.
Please form an orderly queue. Thank you.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Cock Sparra » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:29 am

Hi John

Glad to here that you are well on the road to recovery and that a little therapeutic modelling is taking place.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:43 am

Cock Sparra wrote:Hi John

Glad to here that you are well on the road to recovery and that a little therapeutic modelling is taking place.

Thank you.
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby MartinWales » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:21 pm

Any more invites John?
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby Judge Dreadfull » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:14 pm

MartinWales wrote:Any more invites John?

Not at the moment. I am available for weddings, funerals and Bar Mitzvah's!
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Re: Meopham East Junction by John Wass

Postby MartinWales » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:59 pm

Oh? Any instrumentation? :scratch
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