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  1. Courtesy Robert Carroll's BR LH-stock group: https://brcoachingstock.groups.io/g/main The formation of the train in the photo is basically as diagrammed except: The brake coaches are marshalled with the vans outwards (instead of van-to-van), The RUO/RB coaches should be marshalled RB/RUO (actually turned 180° so the RB has the Kitchen end facing South and the RUO has toilets North) Presumably there was a lot of luggage (or parcels) on this train, though why two brake coaches were used, placed in the middle, I don't know.
  2. Did the Cleethorpes service split somewhere en-route? As Rob says, the dining cars are at the back, and there are two brake vehicles in the middle.
  3. Did freight go down the NNML towards Old Oak or was it confined to the Goods lines which ran alongside the Central Line? IIRC the Goods lines went past Wood Lane and came out onto the WLL just north of Uxbridge Rd. I find this area fascinating, especially around North Acton with the lifted goods lines and rearranged platforms at the station, even more so now that the main line to Old Oak has been cut just past N. Acton. Having seen a few YouTube videos the whole area looks so rural, you'd think you were on country branch lines and not in the middle of London!
  4. The tunnels out of Glasgow Queen St. have (now bi-di) colour light signals in them, I think they are 'floor-mounted'. The Glasgow Central & Queen St. low-level (tunnel) lines have always had signals and there were some signal boxes too until late-'60s (although Central Low-level line closed in '65, eventually returning as the Argyle Line in 1979)
  5. Always nice to read the official leaflets from years ago, a small window into a different world. Everyday normal then but so interesting many years after. (Likewise the pics of course)
  6. The page for 25005 at derbysulzers had some pics and the captions refer to the changing BIS covers: https://www.derbysulzers.com/25005.html Further mention of them on the Design Changes page (scroll down): https://www.derbysulzers.com/changes.html
  7. IIRC the only difference with the B4s on NHA was an enhanced maintenance schedule.
  8. Presumably worked under special instructions as an out-of-gauge load i.e speed restriction and other line kept clear?
  9. A couple of variations: B4 disc-braked bogie. Originally for the Mk2 coaches on the cl.27 push-pull trains. The other side of the bogie does not have the pipework. B5(S) bogie, trailer bogie for SR EMUs. Note, this one has had the friction-type primary dampers replaced with hydraulic ones (either side of the primary springing). Also note the mounting points for a shoe-beam (below the primary springs): Photos (c) Brian Daniels on Flickr
  10. Some roof shots on Brian Daniels' Flickr: 25 057: https://flic.kr/p/opHjHj https://flic.kr/p/orFpKz 25 067: https://flic.kr/p/9VTPLu 25 262: https://flic.kr/p/QxQCYh 25 279: https://flic.kr/p/9VR2Er (Note the last two are locos with the revised body-style)
  11. Standard B4 bogie: B5 bogie: Both photos (c) Brian Daniels on Flickr If doing them in fairly new/clean condition, I think the primary springs are red on the B4 and blue on the B5.
  12. IIRC the WR didn't really have/use any mk1 kitchen vehicles until the propane gas fitted vehicles came in, preferring to use the ex-GW kitchens instead of the unpopular anthracite-fuelled early mk1s. The Bullion Vans (along with the TPOs) used VHF radio communications and had roof-mounted antennas
  13. Part of the Sleeper problem seems to be the desire/ perceived need to turn them into Travelodge rooms on wheels, rather than just a berth with access to a toilet. Providing all the facilities available in a hotel room means extra space, weight, expense, power requirements etc etc.
  14. Ben Brooksbank / Berwick-upon-Tweed station, commemorative plaque / CC BY-SA 2.0 Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
  15. I wondered if the recessed bit was maybe like a bus/promenade shelter? The kind where there's a bench seat around the 3 walls, with the front just open to the platform?
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