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Jessie The Jeep

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    "Century Bombers" HQ
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    Aviation, MV's, Photography, Model Railroading, Astronomy - oh, and I don't do 'friends lists'!
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  1. I headed back through Sherburn Village and then along the lane I stopped at earlier in the year for the sun set photos. With "Hope" being in RAF markings for a change, it was another opportunity for a photo stop. As I headed back through High Pittington, I saw a couple of possibly university students, fumbling to get their phones out for a picture of the Jeep. I pulled over and chatted with them for around 15 minutes before finishing my trip home. Research via Public Footpaths via - https://maps.durham.gov.uk Old Stations - http://www.disused-stations.org.uk Old Maps of Durham - https://www.oldmapsonline.org Google Earth - https://www.google.co.uk
  2. I turned right at the bridge junction onto the A181 and headed West for a quarter of a mile. There I crossed the line that headed South to Cassop village; shown on my images, but long gone and now a public footpath. Following the small lane near by, I eventually caught up with the North Eastern Railway's Leamside main line at a crossing where the rails are still in place. This was my last railway stop. Beyond this point was a private road to a farm, but I'd visited all the locations on my planned tour. There were 25 stops on the walk/drive railway tour.
  3. Abandoned Railway Tour - July 25th The first stage of the trip was on foot which I haven't included here. It was a three mile local walk where a number of old railways intersected with roads. For almost all of them, all the rails and sleepers have been removed, in most cases during the Beeching cuts of the 1960's. After that, I took "Hope" out to search further afield. Some of those photos are shown here, but to see the full drive, visit - Abandoned Railway Tour Parked up at the path down to Sherburn Colliery Station. The station building was at street level, while the platforms and tracks were below; the road crossing the tracks via a bridge. A little beyond Sherburn House village, there's a road junction with the A181, where I stopped. Just passed the junction, the North Eastern Railway's Leamside Line crosses the A181. The bridge is still there, though the tracks were removed sometime between 2008 and 2014.
  4. Anyway, the engine did fire up after the coffee break, so I made a short trip up and down the drive to check the engine would pull under load. All seemed well, so I fitted the "Dodgecam" and went for a local four mile drive. After I parked up, I made a thin aluminium shield to cover the manifold where the drips happen. It's not a permanent fixture, just something to pop in place when I park up; same as the rubble sack over the cylinder head to stop rain water dripping through the hood hinge and filling the spark plug depressions. I now need to see if the Dodge will start after a day or so sitting, as I want to take it to the Fishburn fly-in where I'll park up on Saturday and bring it home Sunday evening. I still haven't decided whether the 15+ year old battery is perhaps on its way out. It was nice to be behind the wheel again.
  5. Dodge Tinkering and Test Drive - July 24th "Faith" the Dodge hasn't been anywhere since arriving at the new house in late March. It was run once, but I had trouble starting up, so decided to look into it today. Starting on 6 volts can be a challenge after a long period of inactivity. The starter pulls all the amps away from the coil. It had done amazingly well on old fuel over the lockdown, but it was time to do those little cleaning jobs and tinkering jobs to make it a little easier! The battery has been in my workshop, so that was fitted first. Next the plugs and points were cleaned and set. Various electrical terminals were cleaned and after I still couldn't get the Dodge to fire, a new condensor was fitted. This seemed to fix it and I got the engine running. I'd dated the old condensor 2014 before fitting it, so it's had a few years of use. The new one was a 2018 purchase and has been sitting in the spares tub. The oil bath air filter was removed and a cotton strip 'gasket' wound around the base tube, as it drips from here onto the manifold and exhaust. After refitting it, I left the engine running for some time burning off this oil. After that, I switched off and went for a coffee, to see if it would restart after a break. All the temperatures and pressures seemed in order.
  6. If I did it, I would want to leave the clutch and gearbox in place to maintain as much of the original driving experience as possible. Most MV's would loose much of their driving character with just a whine and brake pedal.
  7. Hello, one of my Jeeps is an M201. I ended up replacing the distributor with a wartime type as the sealed Hotchkiss ignition leads started arcing and are hard to find/cost a fortune to replace. I don't recall the thread size, but the trouble with the Hotchkiss is they tend to be a mix of UNC, UNF and metric threads. Perhaps a set of UNC, UNF and metric thread gauges would be useful to check any bolt that comes out. A set of metric and imperial taps & dies is also useful to clean up any threads that are damaged through having the wrong bolt fitted, or just full of dirt and rust etc.
  8. Sunday was in general, a brighter, warmer day, with more sun 'though the wind was a bit stronger. Later in the afternoon, I could see the mist rolling in from the coast while standing on the footbridge and it waited until we were packing the car before it rained. Thankfully, we'd got the canvas tents down earlier and everything put into one pop-up tent until we could get the car and Jeep across the line to load up after the last train. Waiting to cross the line to pack the car and Jeep for the trip home. It dried up for the hour trip home, then rained on us again as we unpacked back at the house!
  9. On Sunday, in order to get some different photos, I parked the Jeep at the other end of the platform, next to the footbridge. Within 15 minutes, two ignorant and selfish classic car owners parked in front of me, partially blocking me in. They could have quite easily parked along side the Jeep or next to the other classic car, but deliberately parked in front. Obviously they thought their post war classic cars were more important to what was meant to be a 1940's weekend. So I moved the Jeep back to Saturday's spot. Half way between the idiots and my Jeep was a third classic car and a fire tender trailer. The 0-6-0 Austerity loco No.60, was formerly a Lambton railway locomotive. There's a good chance this 1953 engine ran passed the bottom of our garden during its service life.
  10. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, I went for a wander around the rail yard, to look at the locos and rolling stock. They have a few locos up and running, but only the 0-6-0 Austerity No.60 saddle tank loco ran during the weekend. One display, at the opposite end of platform 2 to our tents, was a "Cold War" display. They had a couple of vehicles and a range of weapons from both NATO and Warsaw Pact forces. They went on frequent patrols around the site during the weekend. The loco shed was set up with an SAS Jeep and a number of home front displays, with the far end having a stage for the "Seatones" to perform from. The Home Guard were also seen on duty at various locations around the station.
  11. Aln Valley Railway 1940's Weekend - July 10/11th The original Aln Valley railway was closed in the late 1960's and the track was removed. Thoughts of re-opening the branch line started in 1995, but due to the A1 road cutting across the old trackbed, a new site was chosen for a station on the South East side of the road. Construction began in 2012 and now is over half way to Alnmouth. We set up camp on Friday evening, on the far side of platform 2. By the time all the tents were up and belongings unloaded, it was getting late and we couldn't be bothered with the effort of cooking - that and the fact that Lynne forgot to pack her pasta! With McDonalds around a mile away, it made an easy option and an excuse to take the GPW for a drive. A little further up the platform was an air raid shelter and allotment. Lynne wants a small vegetable patch in the new garden, but apparently, I'm not allowed an air raid shelter! The following morning, I moved the Jeep to the West end of platform 1 for display. I think this was only the second or third year for the show, having had to cancel its 2020 event due to covid. Unfortunately the disruption and distraction due to covid, plus a local steam rally, meant that the event wasn't well supported by military vehicles, with only three WW2 vehicles and two post war attending, plus three classic cars across the weekend. It's a shame, as it has the making of a great event if better supported. There were a number of re-enactors there, plus the Seatones singing a number of shows across each day.
  12. Rather than head back through the village we'd just come through, we turned around once again to head home, stopping at another poppy field on the way. The thunderstorms did come, but much later in the afternoon than expected, so we got home and back in the garage long before any rain.
  13. Part way though the trip, we drove along a lane with poppies in the fields, so after a stop by the trees where we did our sunset photoshoot, we turned around and headed back to the poppies as there was a pull in on the left, best accessed coming back down the lane.
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