Sunday, 17 November 2019

Wilnecote and Fazeley

Yesterday I headed up to Staffordshire and Wilnecote which is just South of Tamworth. I walked across into Fazeley and then finally to the end of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. This is the canal that passes my house and I have walked much of it over the years though until now have not been to the Fazeley end and the "terminus". It joins with the Coventry Canal and I walked that for a bit, rather muddy towpath though not as bad at Burton-on-Trent a few weeks ago!

You can see my canal walk photos here. Photos of Wilnecote station and a few of Wilnecote and Fazeley can be seen here.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

BGLR : Return of Ruby

Ruby has returned from the reserve fleet to replace Tango as the BGLR shunter / light duties loco. Now there is a question mark over Ruby as it's two sister locos are both stricken with motor issues. Lets hope it's a case of third time lucky!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Churches (42) : All Saints, High Wycombe

All Saints is a large church in the centre of the Buckinghamshire town. There has been a church on the site since early Norman times, this early church was completely rebuilt and replaced by the current church in the late thirteenth century. Much of what was left of the Norman church was the tower but this was replaced itself in the early sixteenth century [1] after concerns it might collapse.

The church was greatly expanded from it's original size during the rebuilding, especially the nave and chancel which was extended. Nave arcades were added in the fifteenth century and a chantry chapel though this was later demolished.

The church was restored in the mid-1870s. The church is flint faced except the tower which is stone faced.

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, Buckinghamshire (Penguin, 1960) p. 161

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

History of the World in Apple Objects (13) : Macintosh IIcx

The Macintosh IIcx was introduced in 1989 and sold for two years. It was similar to the IIx though in a smaller and easy to open case which was also used by the more powerful Macintosh IIci which succeeded it. The IIcx came with a Motorola 68030 running at 16Mhz and could support up to 128MB of RAM (though that would have cost the GDP of a small country back then).

The IIcx ran Mac OS 6 up to 7.5.5. Unfortunately this one is unlikely to run anything anymore though still has the cute case!