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  1. I suspect that the important thing here will prove to be that the disease is apparently believed to have a 14-day incubation period. The measures that the Chinese have taken, notably the mandatory wearing of masks, may well largely contain any further spread of the disease, especially as experts here say that it isn't particularly contagious. Numbers of cases, and, sadly, deaths, will obviously rise for at least a few days, but we may well then see the situation stabilise. The laboratory at UC Leuven here was optimistic today that an effective vaccine can be developed very quickly too, seemingly as a spin-off to all the work that has been going on to create a longterm flu vaccine. I too was rather impressed by the speed with which a new hospital is being created, perhaps the Chinese should be asked to take over the HS2 project.
  2. Photo 2215 shows the same train in Kingsbridge station so it is definitely on that branch. The photographer seems to be using some extreme lens settings (note how the single carriage often appears overlong) and that may be causing the problems of matching the shots with how the landscape appears today.
  3. I have certainly seen a model of Holywell Town, and you are right about Dave Pennington's Stanmore, it was a superb model.
  4. The interior of the driver's cabs may well have been painted a pale green colour as used on SR emus. The colour wasn't just some designer's dream, it had been agreed with ASLEF, after careful consideration of alternatives, as the colour least likely to distract drivers.
  5. Some were in malachite, some in the first BR emu green and, in the early part of the period, a few would still have been in the earlier, darker Southern green. Generally emus were revarnished after 3 years, repainted after 6 which gives some idea of how earlier liveries would have lasted; lettering was usually(?) altered to the latest standard at revarnishing. Don't forget that emus, suburban units in particular, threw up a lot of brake block dust, some of which got "absorbed" into the varnish affecting quite considerably the appearance of a unit. This meant that the variations between units in the different greens was much less obvious than one might assume. What did tend to be very obvious was newly replaced doors (they were always getting knocked off, mainly in minor depot side-swipes) and any areas, particularly on the steel-skimmed later SUBs and EPBs, where repair work (and hence patch repainting) had been done. Even in the mid-1960s when all the units were painted the same colour (pre-blue), a newly outshopped unit stood out from the rest livery-wise, not least because those with full width roofs ("all-steel" SUBs and early SR EPBs only had narrow roofs in their early years) had roofs which were almost a silver colour but which toned down to match the rest of the stock within months (an effect obvious on steam coaching stock too).
  6. And before the Q stock, 4-car trains of F-stock. When that changeover took place there were multiple complaints from the regular clientele about their modern (F-stock) trains being replaced by "antiques" (Q-stock). Before the F-stock, 4-car trains of C-stock were used, I am just old enough to remember one middle of the day ride from New Cross to Whitechapel when the hand-worked doors were allowed to remain open for the whole of the journey, much to my excitement.
  7. I looked at a lot of black & white photos of red finials before coming to the conclusion that the finial on the banner post was black but it is, of course, impossible to be absolutely certain. I would, though, have expected it to be painted to either match the post (white) or match the banner arm (black). There are other black items on the post so the painter would already have a brush "loaded" with black paint (and, of course, white), he would have to get out a brush specially for red paint - railwaymen generally were very good at finding the easy way to do a job, within the rules of course.
  8. So that rather looks like two white, one black, so far.
  9. Fawley refinery opened in 1921 and became part of the Anglo-American Oil Company (ie Esso) empire in 1926. It was, though, quite small until completely rebuilt subsequent to WWII. During WWII it was used only as a storage facility as little oil was actually refined in the UK.
  10. Your tightly chosen period is an interesting one, particularly as most trains (including many goods trains) were cancelled between September 1 and 3 inclusive to enable the Southern to concentrate on the operation of evacuation trains. .
  11. They are very nice - and much more likely to look at home on the average model railway layout than a "tower" pylon.
  12. Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  13. Not quite. The Kentish Belle was a Pullman only train on the Kent Coast route that ran for the duration of each years summer timetable until 1958 (inclusive). During the winter timetable until June 1959 an unnamed train ran in similar timings which was ordinary stock (MkI 3 or 4 set plus some Maunsell swingers, the former in c/c the latter in green) plus a couple of Pullman cars. On the Charing Cross-Hastings line Pullman Buffet Cars were used with ordinary stock but they all had to be Restriction 0 vehicles (which is why the Pullman Buffets were used) ruling out MkIs. The Golden Arrow was typically a mixed formation of Pullmans and ordinary stock, at least during the winter months.
  14. Not very far at all, Roy, the station itself at Sanderstead is on a 1 in 376 upgrade but that rapidly steepens to 1 in 100, so, with the permission of the bobby, you would have been able to roll back over the crossover into the up platform. However, I am not sure that the resulting Form 1 would have done your future driving career any good.
  15. Thanks for that update. I was rather surprised when looking at Google satellite view to see the cast shadow of a feather at this signal, clearly the shot predated the latest changes.
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