Sunday, 27 May 2018

Tutbury & Hatton

Yesterday I went to Tutbury & Hatton station which serves two villages. One village (Hatton) is in Derbyshire and the other (Tutbury) is in Staffordshire. The latter has Tutbury castle which is an interesting Norman castle ruin and a rather nice church.

Hatton has a Nestle factory. I assume the factory is responsible for the unusual and not unpleasant smell that seemed to surround both villages, at times smelling like roast potatoes. You can see my photos here.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Under the bridge

A Glasgow Corporation tram passes under a bridge at Crich Tramway Village.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

History of the World in Apple Objects (9) : M0001A Mac Plus

The Mac Plus was the third model of Macintosh computer after the 512K. The Mac Plus had a huge 1MB of RAM and could be expanded to a mind boggling (and especially wallet busting in 1986) 4MB! The Mac Plus also introduced the SCSI bus which became the main peripheral port for Macs until USB. Finally the Mac Plus was the first Mac in the Platinum colour which would become standard until the iMac (though earlier ones like mine were still in beige).

Otherwise the Mac Plus followed the same compact format as the two earlier Macs. Also later Macs like the SE and Macintosh II family eclipsed it it remained in production as the (relatively speaking) cheap low-end Mac until 1990. It had the longest production run of any Mac model and was supported until 1997, able to run Mac OS 7.

Monday, 21 May 2018

One hundred movie reviews up

At the start of the year I launched three new blogs. Two of them (on waterway and computer history) I expected would work out really well. The third, a blog of movie reviews, was more speculative and I honestly didn't know how if it was a good idea and how long it would survive. As it happens the two history blogs didn't work out and have been archived. The movie blog on the other hand is going from strength to strength and passed the hundred review milestone last week.

The movie blog has evolved very quickly. It started out just featuring reviews of films I had seen in the past, so a lot of 1980s and 1990s stuff (the blog is restricted to twentieth century movies). Then I discovered the wealth of older movies available on the likes of Amazon Prime and Youtube. Most reviews nowadays seem to be of 1930s crime dramas - which I am now most certainly a fan of. The blog continues and it will be interesting to see if it evolves again.
Public domain image of "The Air Mail" lobby card

Saturday, 19 May 2018

EVR Multiple Memories 2018

Multiple Memories, the yearly railcar gala on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, is another of my railway highlights of the year so it was nice to attend it just a couple of days after the SVR Diesel Gala.

The special guest this year was one I was really keen to see, a Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus. A small number were bought by British Railways in the late 1950s for evaluation, a couple surviving into preservation. What a delightful little machine it is too! You can see my photographs from the gala here.