OVER 2 YOU 229 (03/05/05)
I am researching British Railways diesel and electric locomotives,
particularly named locomotives. I wonder if anyone knows of a website listing
the original numbers, with their "TOPS" (Total Operations Processing
System) equivalent and, of course the names?
Andrew J. Southwell, Towngate, Ossett
The Preserved UK Railways Locomotives Database at: http://ukhrail.uel.ac.uk/rlylocos.html,
would be a good place to start, simply enter as much information as you have
and it will return all known data on locomotives that are still existence.
Hugh Gifford, via email
Have a look a the Great Western Archive, this is a fantastic resource
for those interested in the history of GWR, from stations, signal boxes and
rolling stock to classic locos. You will find it at: www.greatwestern.org.uk/
Ian Fellowes, via email
A website listing the original numbers of British Railways diesel and electric
Locomotives is: www.lexcie.zetnet.co.uk/topsguide.htm.
D. W. Roberts, via email
I suggest that Andrew Southwell opens Google and types in any
locomotive number, class or name. He
will find dozens of web sites, which will lead him to undreamt of quantities of
information about every locomotive ever built, and many which weren’t.
John Brandon, Tonbridge, Kent.
I have been trying to make graphs of certain variables using the Excel
Chart wizard. I want to use a specific colour code for many small graphs of
different quantities of the same variables. However, I have only been able to
change the colour for each individual graph and wondered if there was a way I
could use the same coloured legend on many charts.
Deborah Pocock, via email
Deborah should first define her chart with colours as required. Then
she should right click it and go into Chart Types, select the tab Custom Types
and click the radio button User Defined. This makes and Add button available
and she can add her chart with a custom name. Next time she wants to use it for
a new chart, she should just go into the Custom Types.
John Beardsworth, via email
Deborah Peacock wants to repeat her graph format for different sets of
data. One way is to put the graph on its own sheet, then copy it onto a new
sheet. By right clicking on the new
graph, then clicking Source Data, you can change the data to the new values.
John Duffield, Loughton. Essex
You can customise the Excel colour palette in Tools/Options using the
Color Tab. The Chart Wizard will assign the "Chart Fills" colours to
the first data sets followed by the "Chart Lines" colours then from
the "Standard Colours" if you exceed 16 data sets. Each colour can be
individually set using the "Modify" button. These modified colour
settings can then be used for graphs and cell/text colours. The settings are
stored and applied throughout the current workbook with new workbooks reverting
to the default colour schemes.
Neil Watson, via email
I am a keen collector of silver sugar tongs
(‘nips’ or ‘bows’ as they are sometimes called). Ninety percent of my 120
strong collection are English Hallmarked, and normally identifiable. However, I
have some from European countries plus the USA, Russia and Argentina etc., and
I am looking for a source of information to identify and explain foreign
markings. I have not been able to find any books on foreign silver, although UK
marks are well documented. Can anyone suggest a web site?
David Bennett, Allestree
I suggest your correspondent tries: http://home.wxs.nl/~luijt005/hallm.htm
R.E. Macpherson, Santiago, Chile
produce tickets using Microsoft Publisher 2002 for events and outings organised
by my local Women’s Institute. I create
them in File > Page Setup > Custom and print 6 or 8 to the page. However,
it is often necessary for the tickets to be numbered. Is it possible to number tickets in Publisher, or can anyone
suggest a better method?
There is a manual solution to the problem which Chris Moore of
Colchester has printing sequential serial numbers on tickets. I had the same
problem when producing raffle tickets, except that there were two repetitions
of the same number, one on the stub and one on the ticket. I use PagePlus, not
Microsoft Publisher. Rexel sell a number stamp, which can produce 1, 2, 3 or up
to 7 prints of the same number and then it indexes on by one number to the next
number. It’s a little fiddly to set up but very easy to use. I put a small
location mark on the printed stub and ticket where I wanted the number to print
and found it quite easy to line up the stamp so as to place the number in the correct
spot. Some might consider it a little costly but as far as I am concerned it
has repaid its cost many times over in saved time.
Tim Crawley, via email
CAN YOU HELP?
I am a teaching assistant working one-to one with a special needs child
Primary school. I have been looking everywhere for a font (preferably
Sans) that writes the letters in dots that can be joined by the child
to help with their writing/pencil control. So far without success. Can anyone
help? I am sure this would be of use to other teachers and their assistants.
L. Sims, via email
My wife and I, fairy competent silver-surfers, are contemplating moving
to rural Spain before the arthritis gets us! The location has no mains power or
reliable terrestrial telephone services and we really would like a high-speed
broadband service. Solar panels and a back up generator are no problem but does
anyone know of a fairly priced satellite service or some other system available
on the Mediterranean coast north-west of Almeria?
Ray Martin, via email