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  1. Thanks for a rapid, comprehensive response, (even if it wasn't necessarily what I was hoping to see). Oh, well...
  2. I think the early onset of snow & ice is partly responsible. When the big falls came some areas (including mine) were still operating under special Autumn Operating Instructions (IE working TCB reg 3.5, CCTV/MCB crossings in manual raise, daily jetting trains) so the MPVs would still have been configured for rail-head treatment- though in our area RHTT duties have this year been 100% 66 that were in previous years undertaken by an MPV set and a top'n'tail 66 pairing.
  3. Apologies for thread necromancy, but I think and hope this is relevant. ISTR reading of a proposed line to Ullapool, and think this would have been Cape gauge (3'6"). Wouldn't that have been quite something....
  4. It's unusual, but can happen. This spring I took my other half to the model village at Bekonscot. When we arrived, she was very reluctant to consider even one building in the garden (my line is 16mm NG outdoors), but we left with a "To build" list, in her handwriting, that covered 2 sides of notepaper. Likewise a tidy-up of a cupboard a couple of months ago led to the discovery of a Lilliput HOe train-pack (U1 class and 3 Murtalbahn coaches). These were put on display in the living room (without my intervention or suggestion, I might add) and the 'to do' list now features a Murtalbahn-inspired
  5. I dread to think how much I've spent on books over the years, but I suppose I've still got most of them. It would be difficult to pick a favourite, but my best effort at a selection would be... NOSTALGIA/"THEY WERE THE DAYS" The already-mentjoned Vaughan "Signalman's" trilogy gets a mention for helping me while away many a long nightshift. I should also mention David St J Thomas's "The Country Railway"- an excellent window into how the railway fit into the world around it. In similar vein "With the LNER in the 20s" by Humphrey Household and "Milk Churns to Merry go Round" are autobiogr
  6. Decisions, decisions........ I love Oxenholme, for its beautiful setting, architecture and sheer atmosphere- to me it still retains the timeless feel of a main line junction in the middle of nowhere, a place that only exists to allow you to change into the branch train (which, mirabile dictu, still runs). Another favourite is Knaresborough, period atmosphere in a lovely setting, complete with gates, semaphores and that unique signalbox. Beverley and Bridlington still ooze NER spirit, complete with tile maps. It's easy to mourn what's gone, but this thread shows how lucky we are there is st
  7. An 07 should be suitable (see link below). BR 07s were Ruston model LSSE, identical to the LSSH apart from the transmission system (electric instead of hydraulic). The only thing to look out for is the number of wheels. THe ruston classification took into account loco size & power and transmission system but didn't differentiate between wheel arrangements. LSSE meant Locomotive, 275hp, standard gauge, electric transmission and was available as an 040 or 060 depending on what the customer needed. http://www.silverfoxmodels.co.uk/shunters_trams/british_rail_class_07_Ruston_0-6-0_shunter.
  8. Over the last few years, we haven't had that many really snowy winters, though it feels rather ironic typing that right now. For me, the opportunity to run and take photos in the snow is a rare treat and one to be taken full advantage of. I'd always been jealous of those of my fellow 16-millers organised enough to have built working ploughs in time to use them. Last christmas I finally managed it, had tremendous fun clearing the track the old-fashioned way and look forward to doing the same again this winter (score so far, 40 yards cleared, numerous derailments and 1 broken coupling). I just w
  9. Apologies for slow response (shift change night-to-earlies over the weekend meant time and brain function were in limited supply). Taking those points in order: A short post peeping through would also be a valid alternative, if the location allowed (too far to the left and the bridge abutment would mask the arm, too far to the right fouls the structure gauge) though I wouldn't fancy being a driver on that line- place yourself on the footplate of an up goods, class J or K, and imagine having creep your way towards that signal with all that weight behind you . I hope I didn't come over too
  10. First, the good news. Even without reading your post a quick glance at the track plan told me "early west country branch with Brunellian overall roof", so you're on target for suggesting the atmosphere you want. I've read through the suggestions and agree with them, and have only 2 to add. 1) The Up home (assuming trains go down to the terminus and up to the junction) might be a bit awkward for sighting, that close to the road bridge abutments (bearing in mind the GW placed their signals assuming right-hand drive locos). 2 possible alternatives are i) Move it "outside" the bridge, which
  11. The Princetown turntable, and its twin at Yelverton (junction with the Plymouth-Tavistock-Launceston branch) were not provided for regular turning of locomotives at all, but solely to turn the snowplough when it visited the line. The Princetown branch was vulnerable to drifting snow, being high on Dartmoor, and since it served the prison of the same name (and was one of the few branchlines to be built with a government subsidy, since that was the only way to get the GW to serve the prison) it was considered particularly important to be kept running in poor weather.
  12. I can give you two examples in Lincolnshire, one urban and one rural: The Lincoln Corporation Tramway (at around 2 miles one of if not the shortest municipal electric tramway in the country) ran down the High Street, crossing two main railway lines on the level, the GCR on the approach to St Marks' station (closed 1985, station now an Argos, unusual octagonal brick single storey gate-box survives as a burger bar) and the surviving GNR line 300 yards further north. This crossing was controlled by HIgh St (GN) box (which still stands, out of use since summer 2008) and unusually controlled th
  13. Hello, one and all. I found this site last night at work, trawling on the Network Rail intranet forum and spent the rest of the quiet bits of the nightshift browsing (from which you'll have gathered that I play trains for a living- signalman for the last 19 years, mostly traditional but now computerised SSI). I'm into all aspects of railways; main line, branch, light, tram, narrow gauge or industrial, any era, any motive power, and any company or even country. I've done a fair bit of travelling in the last few years in search of narrow gauge and steam activity in Eastern Europe (though getting
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