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karlelden
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Posted -  01/01/2007  :  19:59

Stanley, I bow down to you!!!     This is the most amazing set of research I have run across in many years of looking for things that tickle my brain!  Thank you for the huge body of material in this LTP.  I just stumbled across it in the last month, looking for things on stationary steam engines, and have been enthralled by the interviews and pictures.  I just recently found this forum and also recently found that you have written commentaries about pictures in your interviews.  I'm wondering if there is a way (an index of some kind) to find a description of a certain picture without browsing through the Stanley Graham story.  Not that THAT in itself is such a painful experience, mind you, but it would be "smoother" if there was a quick reference.  Can you (or anyone)help me?

If you reply that the slow searching is part of the whole experience, I can go with that too!!

Thanks,

Just Happy to be here!

Karl Elden

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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 04:57
Thanks for that Karl.  There are over 1,500,000 words in the LTP and whilst the site search engine will find words it throws up too many answers.  The new version we shall get shortly might be better but another way could be to download the whole thing onto your hard disk (see downloads on the home page), install Blinkx and search from your hard disk.  That will work better and faster.  try the download at about 06:00 gmt because most of US and EU is offline then and the server is faster.


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karlelden
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78 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 05:09

Thank you for the help.  Sometimes while browsing the pictures, I'd like to get names of people to match up with the pictures, but I'll just do it the other way around--read the interviews and search by name in your description of the pictures.  It will be a good experience getting to know the people, places, and machines, and I'm certainly not pressed for time.

Thanks again,

Karl

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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 06:22
Whichever way you do it you'll have fun.  The big problem with the LTP is that it is so big, there is no easy way to get into it to get the full picture.  That's why I have done BET articles on quite a few of the respondents, boiled their lives down a bit.  Have a look in Stanley's View for these shorter versions.  Jack Platt comes under Rock Solid, Billy Brooks under Barlick History 1900 I think etc.  Do a search for the names and it will throw up the BET series.


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Cathy
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4249 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 08:16
You deserve these praises Stanley.   You have done and continue to do a great job informing us on so many things.    Thank you. 


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moh
Silver Surfer


6860 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 10:59
And so say all of us - a fountain of information and knowledge


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 12:25
Aw shucks............


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TOM PHILLIPS
Steeplejerk


4164 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 15:38
Karl,welcome to OGFB,I see you've posted a picture of the Grane mill engine ,I know some guys who are trying to restore it to former glory at the moment,the mill has gone but the chimney and engine house are still standing complete with engine,I think they are fighting a loosing battle though,they've been at it for 7yrs and the roof still leaks,they cant get any funding from anywhere so its there own time effort and money thats keeping it going.


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karlelden
Regular Member


78 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 17:45

Tom, thank you for the welcome.  I've seen some of your watercolors too, and appreciate the efforts to memorialize those who have gone before.  Besides, it's just fun to see how some of our ancestors lived.

Naturally, there is a story behind the picture of the Grane engine also, and I will have to take some time to tell it one day. After posting it last night, I awoke this morning fearing that I had posted it to the wrong place--although it's a Lancashire engine, it's technically not part of the "project." However, when I got online, I found it was already on the website, so no chance to change it.  Thanks for being a forgiving bunch of people!

I suspect the financial situation is much the same over there as it is this side of the water--Unless these projects are mainly labors of love, they don't get done because of lack of funding. The people working on preserving that sweet engine may be fighting a tough battle, but I hope they aren't alone. At least some of the rewards to be had from the fighting usually aren't dependent on whether or not the battle is won. In my short time on this earth, I've made some great friendships in these battles.

I agree with the other posters to this thread--Stanley has done great things in all of this, and I'm just delighted to be here!

Karl




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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 02/01/2007 : 17:51
I've had my eye on Grane for a long time.  I was asked to support the Scheduling of the site as an Ancient Monument and if I remember rightly that was achieved.  Unless things have changed, the big problem is that the people who are doing the engine don't control the site.  NMES found out to their cost that you can't trust landlords.  That's how they lost Atlas Forge and had to move.  Karl, don't worry about the pic, you put it in the right place.  This forum is about the LTP and the subjects it covers so you are doing well.  Keep posting.....


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TOM PHILLIPS
Steeplejerk


4164 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 21:55

Karl all this history stuff is good fun,but like many people i didnt know how much i could add to the pages of history ,until i came across this site,quite by accident,searching for a man called Stanley Graham,I had a feeling he'd be doing something like this.

The landlord at Grane is a problem,reading between the lines,also the building contractors who developed the site,last i heard they were stalling on putting right the damage they caused during the demolition of the mill.They do get the engine running from time to time,so all is not lost yet,and they are very passionate.




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Invernahaille
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669 Posts
Posted - 02/01/2007 : 22:20
Hi Karl. Welcome to O.G.F.B. I dont think I can add any more than as been said by Tom and Stanley. Enjoy the site.


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