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12 May 2013 10:55AM
A brief write up pl.

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rambler Plus
7 532 14 England
12 May 2013 10:57AM
Better than some of the rap lyrics I've heard, Smile
JawDborn Plus
4 976 1 England
12 May 2013 11:01AM
The notice is on the wall of the engine shed at Tanfield Railway, Co.Durham. I've no idea what a Rapper in the world of steam engines did/does. Any ideas?
saltireblue Plus
6 5.6k 33 Norway
12 May 2013 11:26AM
See here
Scroll down to BEDLINGTON COLLIERY. A PIT.
and then the paragraph on signalling...not very informative, but all I found...endless rope is named several times as well.

Malc
JawDborn Plus
4 976 1 England
12 May 2013 11:38AM
Thanks Malc. I've had a look. My curiosity is aroused! I'll see what I can find out. It may become a lifetime quest!

Cheers,
Jack
JawDborn Plus
4 976 1 England
12 May 2013 11:48AM
Found it!SmileA rail rapper is used to stress/destress sections of rail that have been used for long periods of time,and/or have been subject to wide temperature variations.. A sort of bogie, I understand.
saltireblue Plus
6 5.6k 33 Norway
12 May 2013 12:05PM

Quote:Found it!SmileA rail rapper is used to stress/destress sections of rail that have been used for long periods of time,and/or have been subject to wide temperature variations.. A sort of bogie, I understand.

Listening to most rap music has a stressing effect on me as well!Grin

Malc
widtink 3 406 2 Scotland
12 May 2013 12:44PM
Better than rap music Jack thats for sure Smile Well seen Smile

Rod
mrswoolybill Plus
9 902 1445 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 2:11PM
Neat. Viewers should bear in mind that in the North East, rappers are usually sword dancers. Which gives a whole new meaning to HOLD AWAY & ****-up...
We went to Beamish today, hoping to watch the rappers performing near the Band Hall that was opened yesterday. But the heavens opened and we came away. The wooden boards that they were to dance on had been left out in the wet and were badly warped, it could well have ended in carnage. Rapping and ****-ups go well together, in various contexts.
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 3:24PM
Just to add to Moira's comment,here is a LINK about rapper sword dancing. Though I did know of (= once heard mention of) the rapper in a NE pit, probably in a work song.
An excellent Silly Sunday contribution, Jack, a placard that I must seek out next time at Tanfield.
Not one to play fast and loose with!
Bill
JawDborn Plus
4 976 1 England
12 May 2013 3:38PM
Thank you Bill. Sorry to hear that Beamish was rained off.
I've had a look at the link, and I'll explore the site more fully later.
Malc's link takes one to the info That rapping in the pits was a signalling technique. Reminds me of the old song "knock three times on the ceiling if you want me..." You'll be too young to know that song.
The notice is towards the far end of the shed, opposite side to the windows.

Regards,

Jack

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