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Welcome to Links

The Links page is the central clearing house for all external links and all pages on the website, allowing easy access to any external site and any well-buried internal pages.

Most of these external sites are from the planning department. Further down is one requested by our Health and Safety Department, a couple off How To... and a few General Interest pages, which are little to do with us.

Sites may move on and off the page depending on our mood. They are included below in some sort of order. The current total of external links is 26, serving 24 websites. At the bottom is a list of all of the 96 pages at present online. A few gaps are left where numbers are retained for long-term projects or where pages have been withdrawn, either as obsolete or just plain not wanted. Some pages have "simple" versions, without background pictures or exceptionally large maps, and these are marked with "(alt.)" below. Click on the main link for the full page, or the word "(alt.)" for the simplified one. The content for both types of page is identical. Where two pages with simple versions are linked, the two simple versions link to each other and the two full versions link to each other.

Links to the links (click on the title at the top of the section to go to the actual department homepage)

Planning Department (20)

Comment, Satire and Tripe Department (2)

How To... (2)

General Interest (2)

All pages on the site

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Planning Department

http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/

The Dean Forest Railway site, for the railway which is the local preserved railway to the Wye Valley Railway. The WVR is mentioned by the Planning Department at length.

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/m/monmouth_troy/index.shtml

Monmouth Troy station - a little page dedicated to this unfortunate station with a few details. There is also a link back to this site.

http://www.blackmountainsite.co.uk/tunnels-and-caves/tidenham-tunnel/

An external page contained pictures of the interior of the Wye Valley Railway's longer tunnel. (The website also contains a page on the shorter one.)

http://www.sungreen.co.uk/Default.htm

The Forest of Dean photography site, with good photos of the area's history, including the local railways.

http://www.tintern.org.uk/note2000.htm

One of the earlier Wye Valley sites that we found, this one has the local plans for 2000 of which nothing further has developed. The details are near the bottom of the page.

http://www.tintern.org.uk/station.htm

The Old Station at Tintern has a website - here it is.

http://www.urban75.org/photos/wales/wye.html

It's a very good site and it's a shame that his information mostly comes from the same places as ours. The site contains a lot of other stuff and some good pictures of the Monmouth Troy station building during disuse.

http://www.ndac.co.uk/

Dayhouse Quarry at Tidenham is now a diving centre and this is the website. Blasting may take place from 9 am to 10:30 am, 12 to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm.

http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk/index.html

We include a reference to this on one of our Planning Department pages on the Wye Valley Railway, so as it is an external link it has to go in here. This railway owns Britain's highest railway station (something alarmingly high and barren which they won't own up to but is over 1300ft).

http://www.typeoneloco.co.uk

It was a locomotive now owned by this organisation which hauled the last WVR passenger train on Sunday 13th August 1978 (exactly 21 years prior to the founding of the OB). Therefore we have mentioned this in our page on the WVR, and added a link, which duly gets in here.

http://www.srpublicity.co.uk/brs/media/play16.htm

We mention this advert in relation to train jams while explaining why trains are better than cars and bikes. So here is the external link.

http://www.monmouth-today.co.uk/

The Monmouthshire Beacon reported on most of the railways around Monmouth and is a useful local reference. So we thought we'd give it a link.

http://www.railwayholidays.co.uk/

Pontrilas station building has found a new use - a holiday cottage. Here is the website.

http://www.gwsr.com/

Monmouth Troy station building has also found a new use. It was dismantled in 1986 and taken to a better place - this is where it went. It's Winchcombe station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which runs from Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse.

http://www.wyevalleycycling.org.uk/

This lot seem to be winning the campaign to be the first organisation to run a transport link through Tintern since the 1960s with their gleaming new cycleway going through the little comfy station of Tintern.

http://www.monmouthcam.co.uk/monmouthcam.co.uk/Home.html

We probably wouldn't have found this website - which has some jolly nice pictures of the area on it - were it not for the fact that the owner lives in the house which has the Monnow Valley Railway's tunnel in the back garden.

 

Comment, Satire and Tripe Department

http://www.dhmo.org/

The Order of the Bed has decided that it may help people better understand certain parts of what it wants to do with itself if it feeds you this idea.

http://www.deathbyhealthandsafety.co.uk/

For a long time the Health and Safety Department were allowed a link to the Health and Safety Executive website with a comment about how 4x4s can do more damage to a brick wall that the average car. Subsequently the Department has lost its identity and been subsumed into the Comment, Satire and Tripe Department. The new Head of Department has decided to deploy a more interesting website, despite claims from the Head of Health and Safety that it's a silly website and contains nothing of interest. Do watch the video about the need to exercise proper safety techniques to cross your driveway.

 

How To...

http://stronghold.heavengames.com/

Mentioned in How To... while telling you about taking castles.

http://www.castlewales.com/home.html

All the castles in Wales, UK, and a few on the English-Welsh border. With a fair bit of detailing, and lots of pictures.

 

General Interest (these pages have little to do with the website and are mostly put in because we think they might interest you)

http://pathetic.org.uk/index.html

The competition for medium distance traffic with the railways. Pathetic. Well, maybe not all of them, but several of the ones on this site. Ever seen the local motorway of Moreton in the Marsh, Gloucestershire? How many motorways were due to make up the London Orbitals? Wondered where the M64 and M59 are? What happened to the M531? How important the M50 could have been? The answers are all here. The Pathetic Motorways of Britain (M69 not included).

PS: We don't count aeroplanes as competition for medium distance traffic as flying a meduim distance by air is stupid - far too expensive if there's an alternative route And very bad for the atmosphere.

http://www.infocom-if.org/index.html

Infocom: a company which existed from 1980 until 1986 when it was bought by Activision. They wrote computer games, and continued to write until 1989 when Activision killed the sorry remnants. Only second-hand versions are available now. This is the closest to the official Infocom site you'll get until Activision realises that they are sitting on a potential gold mine. Infocom made text adventures, which they described as being "like waking up inside a story." The games were addictive - but noted for verging on the impossible. Versions available include Commodore C64, Atari ST, Apple II, Amiga, PC... but this website doesn't sell them. It just offers histories of the company and famous writers and a narration of each game, as well as a link to Activision and eBay, now the best place to get these things. A library for them is not an option as each game would probably be out for over a year and maybe 15 (we spent 18 on one and then got a few hints). You also get a good chance to die of starvation, being beaten up, being attacked by trolls, and of high blood pressure. These include Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Wishbringer, Planetfall, Ballyhoo!, Enchanter, Sourcerer, Suspended, Deadline, Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy and the all-round irritating but funny Bureaucracy.

http://gawainsmum.wordpress.com/

The Founder's mother has, for reasons best known to herself, started keeping a blog. Therefore it is receiving a link. It contains a mixed bag of posts reflecting the views of its author, who seems to suffer from get up and go.

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Also on this site (page number has little to do with age of page or location, although pages have been created in groups and the lower numbers are generally the older pages):

Pages in Numerical Order

Page 1: Homepage

Page 2: Planning Department

Page 3: Wye Valley 1: Wye Valley Junction to Netherhope

Page 4: Wye Valley 3: Tintern Quarry to Tintern

Page 5: Wye Valley 5: Brockweir to St Briavels

Page 6: Wye Valley 6: St Briavels to Redbrook

Page 7: Railways Department

Page 8: Sleeping Department

Page 9: Staying in Bed Department

Page 10: Joining the OB

Page 11: Staying in bed

Page 12: How to write a Rail Franchise Application

Page 13: Green Energy: How To Not Use It

Page 14: Links

Page 15: Seasonal Area

Page 16: The Pig Family

Page 17: How To Fail Your GCSEs

Page 18: Fun Stuff

Page 19: Jokes and Riddles

Page 20: How to take a castle

Page 21: Copyright Warning

Page 22: The Train Operators' Guide to Getting Students Drunk in a Brewery

Page 23: Mazes

Page 24: Recycling Department

Page 25: Recycling form

Page 26: What to do With...

Page 28: Answers to Riddles

Page 30: The Well

Page 31: The Monmouth to Pontrilas Railway

Page 32: The Wye Valley Railway

Page 33: Engineering Department

Page 34: Wye Valley Railway Tables

Page 35: How to Close a Railway

Page 36: How To...

Page 37: How To Review a book

Page 38: The Social and Economic Effects of Building Culverts

Page 40: Wye Valley Railway Locations

Page 42: Wye Valley Railway - 1866 scheme

Page 43: How To Post a Letter

Page 44: The Abandoned Wye Valley Railway

Page 45: Our History

Page 46: Wye Valley Journey (alt.)

Page 47: How To Be Unpopular

Page 48: How To Create A Conspiracy Theory

Page 49: Wye Valley 10: Imagine the Journey

Page 50: Railways of Monmouth

Page 51: The Main Line

Page 52: How To Not Get a Job

Page 53: Wye Valley Railway FAQs

Page 54: Mock-ups

Page 55: Croess

Page 56: The House

Page 57: Brockweir Bridge - Dibden v. Skirrow

Page 58: Railways - History and Future

Page 59: Comment, Satire and Tripe Department

Page 60: From Rags to Power

Page 61: Wye Valley Railway History

Page 62: The Delights of Running this Section

Page 63: It really is 50 years ago

Page 64: Of Roads, Railways and Cycleways

Page 66: Wye Valley 9: Rolling Stock

Page 67: How To Control Your Government

Page 69: Wye Valley 8: Signalling and Timetabling

Page 70: Wye Valley Railway Short History

Page 71: Cinderella

Page 72: History of the British Railway Part 1

Page 73: Wye Valley Railway v. Hawes and Others

Page 74: History of the British Railway Part 2

Page 75: History of the British Railway Part 5

Page 76: History of the British Railway Introduction

Page 77: Local Entertainment

Page 78: Completing the Railway

Page 79: Forest of Dean Central Railway

Page 80: Great Western Tunnels

Page 81: After Expenses: Is it time to abolish the House of Commons?

Page 82: History of the British Railway Part 3

Page 83: History of the British Railway Part 4

Page 84: Say "Yes" to the EU

Page 86: Closure Pieces

Page 87: Wye Valley 2: Tidenham Tunnel

Page 88: How to Comment on a Planning Application

Page 89: Location Maps

Page 90: Wye Valley 7: Wyesham to Monmouth

Page 91: Later Wye Valley Railtours

Page 92: Wye Valley 4: Tintern Station

Page 93: Welcome to the Wye Valley Railway

Page 94: Dihydrogen Monoxide - An Appeal

Page 95: The Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway

Page 96: The Coleford Branch

Page 97: The Ross and Monmouth Railway

Page 99: The Falmouth Branch

Video: The Egress 

Pages in Alphabetical Order

The Abandoned Wye Valley Railway

After Expenses: Is it time to abolish the House of Commons?

Answers to Riddles

Brockweir Bridge - Dibden v. Skirrow

Cinderella

Closure Pieces

The Coleford Branch

The Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway

Comment, Satire and Tripe Department

Completing the Railway

Copyright Warning

Croess

The Delights of Running this Section

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide - An Appeal

The Egress 

Engineering Department

The Falmouth Branch

Forest of Dean Central Railway

From Rags to Power

Fun Stuff

Great Western Tunnels

Green Energy: How To Not Use It

History of the British Railway Introduction

History of the British Railway Part 1

History of the British Railway Part 2

History of the British Railway Part 3

History of the British Railway Part 4

History of the British Railway Part 5

Homepage

The House - a satire

How To...

How To Be Unpopular

How to Comment on a Planning Application

How To Control Your Government

How To Create A Conspiracy Theory

How To Close a Railway

How To Fail Your GCSEs

How To Not Get a Job

How To Post a Letter

How to Review a book

How To Take a Castle

How to write a Rail Franchise Application

It really is 50 years ago

Joining the OB

Jokes and Riddles

Later Wye Valley Railtours

Links

Local Entertainment

Location Maps

The Main Line

The Maze

Mock-ups

The Monmouth to Pontrilas Railway

Of Roads, Railways and Cycleways

Our History

The Pig Family

Planning Department

Railways Department

Railways of Monmouth

Railways - History and Future

Recycling Department

Recycling form

The Ross and Monmouth Railway

Say "Yes" to the EU

Seasonal Area

Sleeping Department

The Social and Economic Effects of Building Culverts

Staying in bed

Staying in Bed Department

The Train Operators' Guide to Getting Students Drunk in a Brewery

Welcome to the Wye Valley Railway

The Well

What to do With...

Wye Valley 1: Wye Valley Junction to Netherhope

Wye Valley 2: Tidenham Tunnel

Wye Valley 3: Tintern Quarry to Tintern

Wye Valley 4: Tintern Station

Wye Valley 5: Brockweir to St Briavels

Wye Valley 6: St Briavels to Redbrook

Wye Valley 7: Wyesham to Monmouth

Wye Valley 8: Signalling and Timetabling

Wye Valley 9: Rolling Stock

Wye Valley 10: Imagine the Journey

Wye Valley Railway - 1866 scheme

Wye Valley Railway History

Wye Valley Railway Short History

Wye Valley Journey (alt.)

The Wye Valley Railway

Wye Valley Railway FAQs

Wye Valley Railway Locations

Wye Valley Railway Tables

Wye Valley Railway v. Hawes and Others

Currently the absent pages are 27, 29, 30, 39, 41, 43, 65, 68, 85 and 98:

  1. 27 is a revision of a popular story which isn't going very well.
  2. 29 was the Health and Safety Department; the Comment, Satire and Tripe Department has pulled it for review.
  3. 30 was a page of miscellaneous odds and ends which it has been decided to remove our attention from.
  4. 39 covered the possible provision of financial services; the Sleeping Department noticed in 2010 that financial services were not very popular right now.
  5. 41 did cover a basic history of Monmouth's railways which has been replaced; number vacant.
  6. 43 was merged with 37 during a recent refurbishment; number vacant.
  7. 65 was something to do with the WVR and was pruned during a recent refurbishment.
  8. 68 - ditto.
  9. 85 - ditto.
  10. 98 was planned for something on the Monmouth Viaduct; now due to be used elsewhere.

 

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17/04/11