RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

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RAILWAY MANIA Podcast - Ep.4 'The Longest Day Return - Railroads to Victory in WW2'

Post by Corbs » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:22 pm

Episode 4 is out now!

WAR. Conflict is at the heart of this episode, which focuses on the US Army Transportation Corps and the War Department's railways during the build up to the invasion of Normandy in 1944, and the challenge of how to land hundreds of trains in hostile territory, ready to roll.

Click HERE to listen to Episode 4 on Audioboom

https://audioboom.com/posts/7295838-the ... day-return

Click HERE to watch Episode 4 on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72LCi336tM

For the first time I have added imagery to the YouTube version as a visual aid for those who prefer watching on that channel.
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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Podcast - Ep.4 'The Longest Day Return - Railroads to Victory in WW2'

Post by Corbs » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:01 pm

I was in London over the weekend and managed to accomplish several things, including an interview with the delightful Simon Martin for a future (very LNER-centric) podcast episode. I also managed to capture some video of the 'District 150' specials that ran between Ealing Broadway and Kensington High Street, which may be the final time we see steam on the District Line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziq-JDP2jLc

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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

Post by Corbs » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:02 am

Episode 5

Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain?


Every story from history has its 'goodies' and 'baddies', but how much of our perception of these events is influenced by the storytellers? Today I'm joined by Simon A.C. Martin, who is working on a book about the engineer Edward Thompson, who took over from Sir Nigel Gresley as Chief Mechanical Engineer on the London and North Eastern Railway at the height of World War Two. Thompson has often been criticised for his designs and decisions, but how much of this is justified? Simon is looking to set the record straight using contemporary reference material.

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https://audioboom.com/posts/7304683-edw ... a-c-martin

Click HERE for YouTube (has the added extra of images to show what we're talking about)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsY6AW5 ... e=youtu.be

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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

Post by Trestrol » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:51 pm

An excellent episode of podcast well worth a listen. I learnt loads of information I didn’t know. One slight observation it would have been nice to have slightly more on his coaching stock designs. Simon has obviously done a lot of research and spoke with great knowledge on the subject. Can you get him back for a second part.

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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

Post by Corbs » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:59 pm

Thank you Trestrol, I absolutely would love to get Simon back on the podcast again!

We had originally intended to talk more about coaching stock, but what happened on the day was that we had a 'hard stop' time on the interview as we both had to shoot off in the afternoon, and locos dominated the chat as they tend to do :D

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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

Post by Trestrol » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:30 am

Then all the more reason to get him back to talk about Carriages😄

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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

Post by S.A.C. Martin » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:27 am

Trestrol wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:51 pm
An excellent episode of podcast well worth a listen. I learnt loads of information I didn’t know. One slight observation it would have been nice to have slightly more on his coaching stock designs. Simon has obviously done a lot of research and spoke with great knowledge on the subject. Can you get him back for a second part.
Most kind - thank you for listening. I know it is a long listen!!! Over an hour of me talking, good grief. Enough to make anyone's ears bleed...!

I did want to talk more about the coaching stock, and if we can arrange it I'll do a follow up podcast later in the year. Thompson's coaching stock is a fascinating subject all in itself, as the designers behind it were given some very exacting briefs.

I personally think they were some of the best looking coaches of that period, and though it has Thompson's name to it, we must remember as CME he applied broad brush strokes approach - credit to the Doncaster drawing office and their employees, together with the craftsmanship of the works building the coaches to deliver the vision.

I claim no special knowledge: but I have spent nearly a decade researching Thompson and the last few years new information has snowballed. It's been exciting for me and at times stressful when writing, but it's almost over now.

I will be doing a lecture for the Gresley society in October if anyone cares to drop into York for a listen.

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Re: RAILWAY MANIA Ep.5 - 'Edward Thompson, Hero or Villain? (with Simon A.C. Martin)'

Post by Trestrol » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:17 pm

Simon we may have to agree to disagree on Thompson carriages being good looking. You do wonder if he could have spent more time on some of the poorer details that plague the design. Also if Thompson wanted to use standard parts why didn’t he use Gresley standard sliding window assembly which would have reduced costs. He could also have re designed the troublesome toilet flushing tanks used by Gresley. He had no choice on bogies as they couldn’t be bettered. He should have learnt about problems with square cornered windows from Gresley carriages. His design was hampered by poor quality materials that they were built from. The amount of work that went into TK 1623 ( I volunteer with LNERCA on the NYMR)to replace the frame is remarkable. CK 18477 had similar problems. I look forward to your book.

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