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  1. I’d agree with Joseph that the second photo appears to be 231K.22 during it’s time in the UK (the locomotive is now at Nordlingen in Bavaria). The top photo looks like a Compagnie du Nord 0-8-0T, see here: https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/040_T_Nord_4.1801_à_4.1908 The label over the smokebox might help identify the location, which in the absence of anything positive could be one of the two Paris depots of that company, La Chappelle or La Plaine.
  2. John (Old Gringo) - I really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to list out the three series of books, thereby creating both a resource and point of reference within this thread. I've tended to buy the books within these series that cover my areas of interest - while agreeing with the consensus, I find that coverage of a particular "region" can often be quite broad. More specific histories (such as those from Oakwood and Middleton Press) are more often the first point of call.
  3. Perhaps worth mentioning that there's a chapter devoted to railways in Jamaica in the Charles Small classic "Far Wheels".
  4. http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=7842 Doesn't say when, but notes that the extra pair of vents were later additions.
  5. Check out the Peter Paye book “The Framlingham Branch” (Oakwood Press, 2008) which devotes a whole chapter to signalling and has diagrams (albeit from a much earlier period, late nineteenth century) for the whole of the branch. Surely the “research” includes copies of this book?
  6. Yes, I saw a posting in another place about that "protest". I thought one of the principles of the EU was a big no to state aid - which presumably means Governments can bail out nationalised organisations, not private. Which is rather handy for the still state-owned DB in the present climate.
  7. I guess that there could be a case for exports and industrials - the likes of Brush and Clayton Engineering are still building locomotives - but I guess the appeal could be to a different audience that the regular MLI following.
  8. Pretty sure it's an 0-4-4T given the dummy springs under the driving wheels, the inclined angle of the upper frame for the motor, beneath which are arches for a trailing bogie. Since the other kit was for an NER prototype, it seems reasonable that this is also for an ex-NER loco - a G5?
  9. I take your point, but the area of road/verge where the sign ought to be expected is still not shown.
  10. Not the place you want road works and a lane closure, so a problem before you set up the lights.. But, in fairness, maybe photographed selectively? There is no "when red light shows wait here" sign visible - which may be ahead of the crossing. Edit: To add that the light probably has a trailing cable connection - which surely can't be laid over the level crossing.
  11. Does this mean that Kraftwerk will be getting back together?
  12. Not any more (at least in pre-Covid times). With budget flights most people avoid checked baggage. They either take the option of a small bag, or pay a supplement to take a larger bag on board with them and priority boarding. With boarding cards printed at home (or downloaded to mobile phones), few need the check-in desks or baggage drops and just need to allow enough time to pass through security and navigate their way to the departure. Two hours is no longer necessary. Not just Ryanair - it's now common practice among the both the other budget airline and the model
  13. Well I think you’ve captured the look of the locomotive pretty well - no complaints about the shutter speed as there’s just enough blur in the driving wheels to show movement, while keeping the loco itself sharp. I sympathise with your comments about taking other people’s work, and I hope (though doubt) that adding a copyright line outside the main subject area would be preventative. You may have noticed that one way to build up an enormous number of “likes” on this site is to hot-link to other people’s pictures on Flickr, without so much as an acknowledgement or respect of the ph
  14. Clever mathematics, but I’m afraid you’re out by a factor of nearly 50%. As of three seconds ago, the true figure was 246,372. I’ll let someone come up with the necessary computation, but in the meantime trust me and take my word for it...
  15. No, in the video they take the junction to the right to join up with the GEML at Forest Gate. They would then take the NLL at Stratford. (Note the speed restriction signs on the approach to Woodgrange Park - 30 mph straight ahead through the junction, 15 mph to the right). Nowadays their counterparts (Purfleet FY/Dagenham Dock ARC - Acton TC) carry straight on over the GOBLIN route, joining the NLL at Gospel Oak - except when the GOBLIN is closed, when they revert to the former routing.
  16. I’m afraid I’m not an expert on wagons, and didn’t make records of the workings then - though I may have an old Freightmaster (can’t remember when they first came out). All I can say is that it was a Thursday (24th April - two days before the Chernobyl disaster).
  17. This thread brings back some half-forgotten memories. Here is 6318 approaching Canonbury in April 1986. Huge changes to the station since then, particularly with enlargement for the services to South London from Highbury & Islington. Back in 1986 there were just the two platforms, but with avoiding freight loops "round the back" (just visible under the bridges). Not that all freights used the loop lines. On the same day, 47 310 passes through Canonbury on a stone train.
  18. From what I remember, Foyles (Charing Cross Road) carry a reasonable selection of railway books - but nowhere near the range of a specialist shop.
  19. Yes, I saw copies in Smith’s and couldn’t resist - particularly as the yellow trains have provided something of a diversion during present restrictions. It may not go into masses of technical detail, but an excellent summary of how testing developed, and then from 1960 onwards, what there was, is and what is does. Although much of the text and many photographs are the work of Anthony Christie, who has made this subject a specialism, once again the breadth of coverage provided by Colin Marsden himself is impressive.
  20. That’s a great pity. Good place to check new titles, and often find some tempting discounts. I need to check what’s accumulated on my loyalty cards!
  21. Sorry for Sorry for any confusion, for some reason I thought you were referring to the recent posting of a WAGR X class in a similar location posted in Wheeltappers. My apologies.
  22. No, as Lovemymodelling suggests, it’s a class 46 electric for the New South Wales Government Railways.
  23. I’m guessing that the photos date from the 1960s, as both the 735 and 851 classes barely survived into the ‘seventies. Apart from some 735s sold into industrial service, the last use of the class by FS seems to have been based on Rimini, and from there to Ravenna. From what I remember, examples of the 735 played a starring role in “Von Ryan’s Express”, outshining that well-known railway modeller, Frank Sinatra.
  24. Not really. CC21001-4 were bi-current versions of the CC6500 class, built 1969-74, that were absorbed into the CC6500 series with the removal of their a.c. equipment in 1995-97. There was some testing - apart from the adventure in the USA, they were used on high speed trials on the new TGV routes - but they also performed regular and mundane duties. Unlike the CC6500, which were based at Paris Sud-Ouest and Lyon-Mouche (solid d.c. territory), their allocation to Dijon meant access to both a.c. and d.c. routes.
  25. The asymmetric displacement of the grilles was to the right - the same on both sides. After its masquerade as Amtrak X996 was returned to France, where it went back to being plain old CC21003 again. It was restored to its original form - including the grille shapes I described earlier. I have photos of both sides of the loco from 1979.
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