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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:20 pm 
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Northallerton 1940's Day - June 10th

It was a sunny start to the day at home as I left for Northallerton. It was forecast for sunny intervals all day, so I left the doors at home, taking the canvas half doors instead. South of Durham, I drove into fog and the temperature dropped rapidly. The rest of the trip there was very cold.

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It stayed overcast at Northallerton until about 11am before the sun finally broke out. Most of my pictures were taken in the morning gloom, before the public turned up.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:29 pm 
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There were around two dozen vehicles on show, including a couple of traction engines. The high street was closed off to normal traffic allowing hundreds of members of the public to wander freely around the displays. There were also a number of stalls and live entertainment on a stage further along the street from the vehicles.

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At the other end was a fairground organ, driven by a generator on one of the traction engines. When standing in the wrong place in the street, the two sets of music conflicted with each other badly, so it may have been better giving each time slots to perform.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:37 pm 
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This was the first really long run out for "Jessie" with the new coil, at 90 minutes each way. Thankfully there were no problems. The Jeep was however damaged by a member of the public leaning on the canvas half door and breaking one of the press stud fasteners.

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Soon after leaving Northallerton on the way home, I ran into heavy rain for most of the way home, so we were lucky it didn't get any further South.

Further pictures can be found here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2018/northallerton.htm

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:37 pm 
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"Frontline" Sedgefield - June 16th

This was the third "Frontline" event at Sedgefield. My daughter and I were only going to attend on Saturday, but we did plan to camp over on Friday evening. However a wet forecast for Saturday changed my mind and I decided to just drive for the day and save having to pack away a wet canvas tent. As in past years, there were displays and re-enactors from many centuries. This year however, I didn't take as many pictures, and few of anything other than the WW2 displays. With the wet forecast, I also left my DSLR behind and just took the little compact digital camera.

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There were a decent number of military vehicles with both WW2 and post war. There were also classic vehicles on show at a different part of the show field. While wandering around the large site we caught some of the arena displays but not all the time periods. The Romans were impressive, but there were also medieval and American Civil War demos amongst others.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:41 pm 
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It was moderately bright across the first half of the day, but quite windy, which pulled the temperature down. There were a few showers too, so I made the right choice not to camp, especially just for one night. 

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There were quite a few German displays, all part of the Northern WW2 Association who also put on the main WW2 battle.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
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The North East Land Sea and Air Museum had their Morane Bullet replica on show too. It is now heading towards completion with the tail and one wing now covered in fabric.

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At 2:30pm, we took "Jessie" over next to the arena to form up for the convoy around the arena. The convoy started at 2:45pm and since we were at the front of the queue, we led the convoy around for four laps. Here's the view from "Jessie" prior to entering the arena.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
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Late afternoon was time for the battle, and after some Russian troops went on patrol, the German forces began to marshal their troops. It was also around this time that the light rain started to get heavier. We watched from under umbrellas as the Germans battled the Russians and then the Allies started advancing across the field with the Chaffee tank and Jeeps.

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I filmed the Chaffee for a little while to catch it firing, and the fast frame rate of the video caught a nice sequence of the main gun firing.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
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It was then that the heavy rain became torrential and my daughter and I ran for cover in the Jeep. The camera was struggling with the low light conditions at full zoom. The battle continued for a while but the rain was so heavy, and the crowds were all running away from the arena, the pyro guys just blew everything up and called the war won!!

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The soggy troops trudged back to their camps and a little while later the rain stopped and the sun came out. We went for one last wander around the site, and everywhere we went, re-enactors of all eras were hanging clothes out to dry on guy ropes and fences. We then packed up the Jeep flags and follow me sign and set off home, rather tired and needing a rest before the Tanfield Railway trip the next day.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
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Tanfield Railway Steam Gala - June 17th

Tanfield Railway - or waggonway as it was known at the time - was built in 1725. Its massive engineering was unlike anything else in its era. It was a triumph of engineering over nature, a clear signal that a new industrial age was upon the world, and that railways would play a massive part. It was first laid down more than a quarter of a century before the first railway officially sanctioned by government. This was over 75 years before the first steam locomotive and a whole 100 years earlier than the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Tanfield Railway is the world's oldest railway and will be the first railway to celebrate a tricentenary in 2025.

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We only had one Jeep at Tanfield this year. Daughter had a dancing practice late afternoon, for a performance at the Sunderland Empire in July, so Lynne brought a normal car to make a quick getaway. We arrived quite early in the Jeep, while the locos were still building up steam. The small diesel shunter was busy bringing the coaches out of the sheds to assemble the trains.

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As usual, the three Tanfield steam locos were joined by two guest steam engines for the event, all having connections to the local area and the coal industry. The pictures start with Andrews House Station, the central and main station on the line. "Jessie" was parked up on the hill top, overlooking the Marley hill yard. The other classic cars on show were also parked up on this field at the top of the bank down to the yard, loco and coach sheds.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:23 pm 
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A first for me this year was a look inside the Marley Hill storage shed. This has always been closed on previous visits, and I think is only open when staff are available. There are a number of projects in here including steam and diesel locos, wagons and coaches. While there was quite a lot in there, it is only a small selection of the rolling stock that is on site.

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The locos frequently changed duties across the day. Sometimes they were pulling passenger trains in addition to performing shunting demonstrations in Marley Hill yard. Every so often they stopped at Marley Hill or Andrews House to take on water and coal. The guest locos were No.60 'Austerity" class, a National Coal Board engine from Lambton Railway and No.15, a Central Electricity Generating Board loco from Dunston Power Station.

No.60 'Austerity" class

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CEGB No.15

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