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  1. SPEARTAKVIDREFS

    SPEARTAKVIDREFS Kennel Regular

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    There ya go, I had to look it up having never heard of that beer. Must have been before my time.
    Coming back to your model set up, I take it this has been in the build for a long time?
    The very first picture (post#88). The 2 story building with the white upper level reminds me of a building which I think was either just before Strathfield inbetween the Parra and Epping line or somewhere between Strathfield and SummerHill. Id go past a similar looking building on the train as a teenager thinking "who works in there? are they in charge of changing tracks? what is it they do in there?".
     
  2. Motorhead

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    All depends. Stefan Struve in the UFC was a massive bloke- 6'10 or similar and he used to get the piss beaten out of him pretty much every time I saw him fight.
    Tyson destroyed plenty of blokes as well, he wasn't a tall heavyweight.
     
  3. Chris Harding

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    My late father drank Flag Ale. It wasn't to my taste. I preferred stout - a taste I developed from drinking dark ale in the UK when I worked over there.

    The building you are referring to is a signal box, and you are correct, it was for changing tracks. There is a complicated stand of levers which must be operated in a certain order, like a puzzle, before any track will change. There are levers for the signals, and levers for the track - if not done in the correct order, nothing happens. That's a mechanical safety measure to prevent accidents. The levers are very heavy to operate, and keeping trains on time at a place like Central or Strathfield required skill and confidence - much the same as an air traffic controller. Nowadays, it's all done on a PC. The tracks no longer have those long iron rods running down to the points - they are air powered, with electronic triggers.

    In the old days, each shift had a list of trains, times and destinations (known as paths), which the signalman had to be very familiar with, and capable of doing on time and without error.They were very cold places in the winter.
     
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  4. SPEARTAKVIDREFS

    SPEARTAKVIDREFS Kennel Regular

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    Awesome. After all this time i know, cheers. Ive always looked at old buildings in Australia and wondered how, when and why they were originally constructed. Where did the materials come from etc. Spose Im weird like that.
     
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  5. south of heaven

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    See where they got idea for habour bridge? Hellgate bridge NYC
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  6. SPEARTAKVIDREFS

    SPEARTAKVIDREFS Kennel Regular

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    Yep, seen that before. Ours is 10 times better:grinning:
     
  7. MatstaDogg

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    Yeah, if you want tall lanky vs short stocky watch Stefan Struve vs Mark Hunt. That one just there will disprove @Blue_boost theory.
     
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    Ok you heard of peat island in hawskbury river ?
     
  9. SPEARTAKVIDREFS

    SPEARTAKVIDREFS Kennel Regular

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    No, never heard of it. Cheers for that. Just got thru reading wiki and a few other stories. Sad but a part of history nonetheless. Always thought the Hawkesbury to be a beautiful place. Wish I would have spent more time there looking around. Id occasionally go fishing up that way but cant remember much. Always loved catching the train up from Hornsby to the central coast, bloody gorgeous. Ill have to get back sometime and have a look around.
     
  10. Blue_boost

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    Not really... If there is a big fighter and a small fighter of similar skill , the bigger fighter will whip him 999.5/1000.

    For the average Joe on the street, the short muscled up average joe will get debunked by the tall lanky average Joe.

    Go knock on random neighbours doors, assemble them on the street and square them off in a street fight. The taller guy will win.
     
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  11. Blue_boost

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    What about Vladmir klitzko or Tyson fury. Lil blokes don't stand a chance
     
  12. south of heaven

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    There's Frances peat graven the bush just off the freeway not many people know about it,they also had a Nazi doctor working there after the war it's got a dark dark history
     
  13. SPEARTAKVIDREFS

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    Just read up on George Peat and his significance to the area. How he lived to 78 in the 1800's has got me fucked. Always wondered where the name Peats Ridge came from. The asylum, poor kids and anyone else that was there.
     
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  14. Chris Harding

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    Not weird at all, my friend. Rail history is my thing - that's how I got the gig doing the Swiss rail tours.
    Most of the older buildings in Sydney quarried their sandstone from Pyrmont; one quarry actually went below sea level. Earlier sandstone came from near Coogee.
    Bricks originally were sourced from clay pits at Brickfield Hill, just south of Town Hall; then from St Peters - now Sydney Park. Broken bricks were used as ballast for the 1855 Sydney-Parramatta Railway.

    The spoil from the tunnels of the City Circle was used to fill in, and form Darling Harbour.

    Some of our station names are a whole story by themselves.
     
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    Our Harbour Bridge was designed by a French engineer, Georges Imbault, who was employed by the Cleveland Bridge Co. of the UK. They tendered a plan for consideration. Most tenders were for suspension bridges - like the Golden Gate; but the need to swing the road and railway from Milsons Point to North Sydney meant taking the deck through the spans. An arch bridge was old technology, but allowed for the line to swing around to North Sydney without any span or hangers in the way.
    The owner of the Cleveland Bridge co died, and the business was bought up by Dorman Long of Newcastle on Tyne. They took over Imbault's design and worked with Ralph Freeman to build it.

    Bradfield had seen the Hell Gate bridge, which carries the railway tracks of the New Haven Railroad, and liked the pylons that bookend it - they have no structural purpose, just decorative. The granite facing of the pylons comes from Moruya. He was also taken by the station architecture of the London tube and New York IRT - you can see the London influence at St James and Museum, and the IRT at Town Hall and Wynyard.

    When the bridge was built, there were four railway tracks across it. The two on the eastern side were intended for the Peninsular Railway to Narrabeen, which never eventuated, apart from the never used tunnels out of North Sydney which go for about 500 metres toward Mosman. The tracks, and platforms at Wynyard were instead used for the North Sydney tramways, until their closure in the 1950s. The tracks were lifted and the Cahill Expressway put there. The tunnels from the bridge to Wynyard are still there, but the platforms - Nos 1 and 2 were taken out, and converted to a carpark. That's why Wynyard now only has platforms 3,4,5 and 6.
     
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  16. Wahesh

    Wahesh The Forefather of The Kennel

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    Just going through my things now, I found this:

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    Commanding big bucks on eBay:

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    I paid $2 for this thing less than 2 years ago. I reckon she'll be worth a fair bit in future. I'll bet $30 by 2030. I'm glad I got into this diecast collecting business :D
     
  17. Motorhead

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    That's because pretty much all the heavyweights of today are shit.
    Frazier, Tyson, Holyfield, Ken Norton not to mention Ali all would of destroyed Klitschko or Fury. Easily.
     
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  18. Blue_boost

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    I have 2-3 tyre R and a Honda crx paid $2 for them. Now $50 easy
     
  19. Wahesh

    Wahesh The Forefather of The Kennel

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    Well they must be pretty old if they're worth that much - unless the CRX is one of the recent $TH they released them in. Pics please (or google them).

    https://hotwheels.fandom.com/wiki/Hot_Wheels
     
  20. Bob dog

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    Debating with the Commies why private homes cannot be used in public debate because its disrespectful to begin with and its a desperate attempt at a political assassination.
    Basically there are no children in adult DVD, they are compliant viewers home discretion, X rated, sensitive, private and not open to public mainstream conservative audit.
    So the fuckwits lie.
     
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