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Post# 988657   3/29/2018 at 02:25 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Had a visit to our AW member Ian (TriumphDolomite) at his home in the Midlands, Staffordshire UK for a catchup and to get a few repairs done. Ians Aunty Brenda was a demonstrator for the MEB our local Electricity Regional Showrooms back in the 60`s and the machines he has where all sold and demonstrated at that time, always a delight to listen to stories of the machines being demonstrated and sales techniques of old...

Heres Darren (Slowspin66) and Ian viewing parts diagrams, the marvels of mobile technology....love the fly curtain to the laundry area, just like my nans...


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Post# 988658 , Reply# 1   3/29/2018 at 02:28 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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But first off,, you should know us by now, its "Always Time For Tea"....Wedgewood style of course, homemade butter delights all whipped up in the Kenwood....

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Post# 988659 , Reply# 2   3/29/2018 at 02:33 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First up was to free off the spin pump on his latest acquisition, A 1060`s Duomatic twintub, this was the pre-cursor to the Rolls Twintub, a very sturdy but simple washing machine. Also to refit new heater wires and tidy up.

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Post# 988660 , Reply# 3   3/29/2018 at 02:38 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And here is the Duomatic ready for action, here in Ians newly fitted retro 70`s Hygena kitchen..

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Post# 988661 , Reply# 4   3/29/2018 at 02:42 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A simple control panel, on the LHS a four minute clockwork timer and on the left an On / Off / Heater selector...A neon indicator light for the heater.

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Post# 988662 , Reply# 5   3/29/2018 at 02:44 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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At the Hygena double drainer sink unit ready for action...

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Post# 988663 , Reply# 6   3/29/2018 at 02:46 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The lids are made of aluminium and are dual function, the holes in the top allow you to lift the lids and also to fit the water hoses for filling and rinsing.

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Post# 988664 , Reply# 7   3/29/2018 at 02:48 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Lids off, money shot, a white porcelain washtub uses the small fast revolving pulsator to swirl the clothes through the washwater, the aluminium spin can has holes to fling the water out, both use direct drive motors with pumps attached, a very simple operation.

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Post# 988665 , Reply# 8   3/29/2018 at 02:52 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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next up was to use Ians Belling cooker to pop the homemade lasagne in, and cook ready for dinner...Just lok at that illuminated control panel. This was the first fan oven to be sold by Belling a very traditional British manufacturer.

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Post# 988666 , Reply# 9   3/29/2018 at 02:54 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Full view, fitted rather neatly into the Hygena units and love the Russell Hobs K2 iconic kettle...

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Post# 988667 , Reply# 10   3/29/2018 at 03:02 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The cooker is in excellent condition for its age , the fan oven makes easy work of fast even heating,

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Post# 988668 , Reply# 11   3/29/2018 at 03:06 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A here is the Servis Superheat wringer washing machine, takes a large 9lb washload and uses the famous Servis Hi-Zone washing agitator...

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Post# 988669 , Reply# 12   3/29/2018 at 03:07 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Love the colour combinations, officially known as "Guardsman Red" ...

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Post# 988671 , Reply# 13   3/29/2018 at 03:10 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Time for dinner, homemade lasagne, made by Darens hands and salad followed by lashings of tea and cake...

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Post# 988672 , Reply# 14   3/29/2018 at 03:12 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And all ready for dinner, L - R, Ian, Darren, Steve and Alistair...

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Post# 988673 , Reply# 15   3/29/2018 at 03:13 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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More cake and tea vicar ??

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Post# 988674 , Reply# 16   3/29/2018 at 03:27 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And another Guardsman Red Servis washing machine, the 1959 Servis Supertwin MK1, lovely colour with matching worktop...

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Post# 988676 , Reply# 17   3/29/2018 at 03:29 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Looks rather smart in Ians colour co-ordinated kitchen..

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Post# 988677 , Reply# 18   3/29/2018 at 03:32 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 988680 , Reply# 19   3/29/2018 at 06:02 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Owh, Lovely

candlelight suppa, and I've not seen that Wedgewood pattern before. It's nice.
I have some older Johnson Brothers. Octagon green, orange, rooster pattern.
Too bad all the Stafford, etc. china kilns are gone.
Everything is under Waterford Wedgewood group. Royal Albert, Doulton, etc.
Even "old country roses" is now imported from Asia.
The same happened in Bavaria in the 90's. Rosenthal is the only one now.
Haviland, Hutschenruether, Graf Von Henneberg, all gone.


Post# 988734 , Reply# 20   3/29/2018 at 15:01 by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Many Thanks

To Al, Darren, Mike and Steve for a great time and all your help last Saturday. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I just need to carry on where we left off now.

Vacerator
The Wedgwood design is called Pennine, there is a green version called Cambrian too. Introduced in the 1960s it was in production until the 1980s. Judging by the fact I've seen it listed in the US on Ebay I think it was exported to the US. The Wedgwood factory at Barlaston is about 5 miles away from home.

Ian


Post# 988802 , Reply# 21   3/30/2018 at 05:43 by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Great to see

you having such a wonderful time. My grandmother had the belling classic 80/90 would it be, very similar, but black enamelled oven finishes, but certainly had the fan oven. It was only used once a year for the Christmas turkey. I also remember changing a couple of radiant rings and a simmer stat with my grandfather. He is the one I take after most, and learnt so much from.

It's lovely to see the bright colours of the appliances especially in your vintage kitchen setting. How far did you get with the duomatic.

On Dad's side of the family his uncle was in the gas board so it was all gas cookers in our family, plus gas fridges and gas fires before we ever got central heating. Dad also worked for British gas through the 70's and 80's on the engineering and supply side, he was always on call and talked about the keeping the pressure up during a cold spell.

That's me drifted of on a tangent, but that's a great part of these gatherings.

Mathew





Post# 988844 , Reply# 22   3/30/2018 at 15:07 by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Mathew

The later Classic 90's had the dark oven interiors, well my previous one did.
We had the Duomatic dry running, there isn't anything to keep the water in at the moment as all the hoses that remain are either split or rock hard. The wash side runs fine but the spinner seems to be very slow. Darren did try to remove the pump to see if that was what was slowing it down but we couldn't get the roll pin out that locks the pump drive into the shaft from the motor.
We also managed to have the Spinwasher test running too.
You've taken me back with the mention of gas fridges, I can still picture my Mum with a burning piece of rolled up newspaper re-lighting the fridge when we'd got back from holiday and it had been turned off. It was a Gascold as far as I recall, it expired in the hot summer of 1976.
Ian


Post# 988874 , Reply# 23   3/30/2018 at 19:11 by appnut (TX)        

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What was the rpms for the spinners of these Twinnies?  Beautiful machines Ian!!!  And the cooker. 


Post# 988929 , Reply# 24   3/31/2018 at 07:26 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
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Regarding Reply #2, photo #3:
What has happened to the cream-coloured, nylon/plastic sleeve on the blue wire? Has it melted?

Nice-looking machine, regardless of operating condition.


Post# 989055 , Reply# 25   4/1/2018 at 03:51 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Great set up there Ian and some lovely machines in your fab kitchen. Brings back memories of a few friends kitchens when I was growing up. Love the red of the Servis. Is the cooker the NIB one twinned with my top loader per chance? They always remind me of home economics as we had an array of different cookers and I used to love turning on the lights. Is the duomatic the machine with the two drain hoses? It looks like itís in a lovely condition and the colour of the top lid is beautiful.

Glad you had a lovely time and some very delicious looking treats
S


Post# 989094 , Reply# 26   4/1/2018 at 15:17 by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Spin Speeds etc

Appnut
The majority of British twin tubs and separate spin dryers spun at speeds in the 2000 to 3000 rpm bracket, there were a few that were a little slower and the later Hotpoint Supermatic managed 3100rpm. They're all pretty good at shifting water though.
Rolls
Yes the plastic round the heater connections has melted. I'm guessing that someone has had the heater switched on with no water in the tub as there isn't a thermal cut out to stop this happening.
Steve
Yes the Classic is the one from Cambridge, bizarrely the Duomatic came from about ten minutes up the road, it's just coming up to three years use in its 45 years, the fan oven is such a luxury! It is the one with two hoses but we're still not sure how the set up went, whether there was a stopper on the end or it was just hooked back into the wash tub. That's just made me wonder if the one in the science museum has both of its hoses still. The worktop is great, the blue hammerite type finish reminds me of something else but I can't think what it is.
Ian.





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