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Here you go — courtesy of Uncle B — six minutes of our adventure on the Kent and East Sussex. All the good video editing software was on the desktop machine, so he had to cobble this together using free crap. There was much growlings and swearings.

The videos in the YouTube sidebar aren’t ours, but there’s lots of good locomotive porn in there if you’ve a mind to see more of the K&ESR.

Not into trains? No problem! How about this adorable orphaned baby stoat raised in captivity and then released in the wild?

Yes, putting in all these text links was a huge pain in the ass, but WordPress auto-embeds the video if you don’t.

Three more links.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 26, 2010, 10:34 pm

Thank you, Uncle Badger, that was fun! And so. . .NOT Amtrak. (And the freight cars you passed were so. . .NOT CSX!). The stations! The little puffs of steam! The paintwork! The. . .the. . .the. . .whole experience!

Now to go follow all those other links.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 26, 2010, 10:37 pm

That’ll learn me! Or not…

Last night I breezily threatened to put some video online, having forgotten what a right royal pain in the arse video is to work with. Especially when it’s MP4. Pah!

Anyway, Badger ‘ear’oled out of the carriage much of the way to Bodiam Castle and back (yes, if you get a magnifying glass, there really is a castle visible in one of those landscape shots – not all Harry Potter is fiction, you know) and waved Stoaty’s Flip video out of the window, in an attempt to get some footage.

I was all right until 1638 whistled what sounded horribly like ‘I’m ready for my close-up now, Mr DeMllle’…

My apologies to Can’t Hark, as I’d suggested something all together darker. That happens in November, when those platforms are pittifully lit with guttering oil lamps and the wind howls and whirls across the valley.

Meanwhile (paging Mr Bradbury, paging Mr Bradbury!) The Circus is in town! Satan’s Circus.

Stoaty is quite beside herself and we are probably going tomorrow. If we escape with our skins intact, no doubt tomorrow’s post will be…. something wicked.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 26, 2010, 11:07 pm

It’s I who should apologize, Uncle Badger, for whining you into that labour. As for you, you’ve nothing to apologize for–I like sunny days (and you did point out that it had been a sunny day, you know) and can now enjoy the pleasures of imagining what it would all be like when drawing toward evening on a dreary autumn day. Bit of all right, that!

Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: August 27, 2010, 12:14 am

Loved it! that was great!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 27, 2010, 12:19 am

Well, All I can do is recommend that people try to get tickets on the Cumbres and Toltec railroad in late September/Early October, when the trees are in their change in Southern Colorado.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 27, 2010, 1:16 am

Scubafreak! You ratfink person-whose-parents-never-did-marry, you! Dangling that bait before one who can’t make it this autumn. . .pfui! Happy thought, though–maybe next year!

Comment from Pavel
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:18 am

Awesome job, Uncle B. Great camera work; fine editing. Nice mix of trains, steam, countryside, and station action. Yay for simple crossfades. Folks who have never edited video have no idea how much work it is to do it this well.

My hat’s off.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:23 am

Well, there always were rumors about that milkman in Berlin……. πŸ˜‰

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:31 am

[mmph][scoonch]skinkle. . .[giggle]. . . chortle. . .GUFFAW.

Sigh. You win, Scubafreak, you win.


Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:32 am

Very nice!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:36 am

My dad was with the Berlin Brigade when I was born. I was two weeks old when we flew back home.

Comment from Pavel
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:52 am

Good idea on the Cumbres & Toltec, scubafreak. I was thinking about taking the missus down to Chaco Canyon this fall, and that would be a great side trip. Narrow gauge, steam, aspens showing off; what’s not to like? (Most of my fall aspen trips in the past few years have been a drive up to Cripple Creek. I spend twenty bucks on gas and about two hundred on the casinos. I haven’t been up since they raised the stakes. The Cumbres is a bargain πŸ™‚ )

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:58 am

(Can I call you scube?). Ah! Well,I’m sure your mom was a true-blue American. (gee, I wish we had an eye-rolling smiley on this forum!) πŸ™

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 27, 2010, 2:59 am

Pavel: If it goes anywhere near the Apache and Navajo reservations down south, then I can definately tell you that the changing of the aspens will be spectacular.

Very much worth the trip…..

Hark: Yep, she’s a Fluffy little Earth Muffin who grew up in Southern Illinois. The way she tells it, her marriage proposal consisted of a midnight overseas phone call aided by a bottle of Jack… πŸ™‚ (he was drunk, not her. they’ve been together ever since)

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 27, 2010, 3:46 am

Scube: Ah. Well, I guess I withdraw “person-whose-parents-never-did-marry.” Earth muffin marries enlisted person is cool enough. . .when they manage to stay together long enough to have adult progeny, I’m prepared to cheer. ‘Course, you still qualify as a ratfink, for reasons stated above. . .

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 27, 2010, 4:02 am

Ok. NOw I have to find a train to ride. Lovely video Badger. Thank you.

Comment from Frit
Time: August 27, 2010, 4:14 am

Lovely video indeed, Uncle Badger. πŸ™‚

Also, thank you, Stoaty, for the links to vids of one of your relations! Adorable little stoatling! πŸ˜‰

Comment from scubafreak
Time: August 27, 2010, 7:07 am

I apologize for nothing, Hark.

Well, I’m SURE that she doesn’t hold that against….. and that time in Tijuana when…… Oh, not to mention that time in Pusan….. I can’t count that time in Seattle, there was Tequila involved in that one…. Ummm. OK, I apologise for VERY LITTLE……


Comment from surly ermine
Time: August 27, 2010, 12:42 pm

Great stoat footage, thanks for the link Weas. “Kill that bird!”

Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 28, 2010, 1:59 am

Yeah. I was thinking of getting a dog, but now I’m back to thinking ferret. Great.

Cool vid UB. Does someone actually go around the whole of Great Britain polishing the fence rails, painting odd bits of street trim, fluffing up the meadows? It just looks all so clean. Even the sky is spotless.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: August 28, 2010, 2:52 am

err. yeah. I’m anonymous at 1:59 am.
I hate being anonymous.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 28, 2010, 11:11 am

I’ve often said that, EZ. England looks so tidy compared to, say, scrubby old Tennessee. I mean, it has slummy bits (London is an utter shit-hole), but it mostly looks…manicured.

I guess that’s the result of a small island that has been under cultivation for a very long time.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: August 30, 2010, 11:25 am

That was a fun video! English steam is not Yellowstones, or Big Boys, though, are they? I have a fondness for Yellowstones, used by the Duluth, Mesabi, and Iron Range Railroad. The iron ore hauled by the DM&IR was mined in the Mesabi Range in Minnesota, but was put on the ships at Superior, Wisconsin. So the Yellowstones were driven by Badgers. Yellowstones, were slightly smallet than Big Boys, but actually had greater tractive effort, so, not surprisingly, the most powerful steam engines of all time were driven by Badgers. How like them.

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