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  1. I'm told the EMT section pension fund is in good health and Arriva were disqualified from the bid for the same reason as Stagecoach.
  2. Yep, if you've got a decent body complete with both bogie frames still a good buy at £40. As mentioned above Brush type 2s can be had for as little as a tenner at swapmeets or shows if you're anywhere near one. Pantographs not so cheap or easy to find but you could fit Judith Edge etched ones or possibly utilise some continental ones. Marklin. I think, do one which will fit the bill with little alteration, similar to the erstwhlie Lima one fitted incorrectly to their class 87s.
  3. Manchester is now a major bottleneck, with extra trains routed through the Piccadilly-Oxford Road section without the benefit of, I understand, government promised widening to four tracks. The answer apparently is the 'digital railway' whatever that means. More government waffle? Both TPE and EMT services are delayed by all this, also caused in part by previous DaFT meddling and increased Northern services. Regarding Abellio, all I'll say as a (now) future employee, have you seen the state of a lot of the Anglia rolling stock? Not a particularly promising advert. Guess I'll be needing a new tie come August.
  4. There's enough problems caused by people booking tickets with non-existant railcards without adding Priv options into the mix. No thanks. Priv option is available, as you say, at ticket offices or on board staff where they're present. If not you should be able to buy at destination. I'm guessing you know the Priv discount? I won't mention it here but if you do you should be able to do your own comparison between Priv discount on normal tickets and bargain public fares. The Trainline often gives some rather obscure routings to get your bargain fare as well, from my experience involving 15 minute walks between stations giving no consideration to the ability of a passenger to make that walk, sometimes elderly or infirm passengers are quite upset that their bargain fare is going to cost a taxi ride between stations and one I know of doesn't have a taxi rank. It also doesn't offer group tickets and rarely cheap day returns, all of which costs the passenger dearly.
  5. I'm sure that shunting was carried out in the same way a lot of work tasks in any field are carried out, with one eye on what comes next! If there's more to be done then no incentive to hurry, perhaps it can even be spun out a bit to leave something for the next shift:-) On the other hand if it's break or home time coming up get it done ASAP!!
  6. East coast pacifics could slip furiously leaving Grantham in either direction, southbound they were starting the climb to Stoke summit, northbound they were on a curve. V2s could be even worse possibly for a similar reason to the Bulleids, powerful locos but perhaps a bit on the light side? Always got away eventually, there's some decent sound on some of Peter Handford's Transacord recordings.
  7. For what it's worth, a modern unit, well ours are all 20+ years old now, will slip and slide quite easily on a damp rail. All wheels braked with over 10 tons on each axle, even at very slow speed they can and do slide surprisingly easily. A few years ago I was working back from Matlock on one of the illumination evenings. It had been fine going up half an hour or so earlier but, cautious approach notwithstanding, we nearly overran at least one station and came to a shuddering halt with all wheels locked.
  8. Photos taken at Sheffield Victoria and Darnall respectively, the second one including an EM1:-)
  9. Indeed, although I must admit I didn't buy that much from them, last thing being a Bachmann class 85 at the Nottingham show a couple of years ago. Previous major purchase I can think of was an ABS LNER L1 kit! Must have been 25 years ago!
  10. Same thing applies to LNER B1s of similar vintage, possibly used the same wheel? Many definitely have the same problem, something to do with the lubricant in use at the time maybe attacking the plastic wheel centre?
  11. Yeah I know, just trying to inject a bit of humour into a pretty daft situation. As mentioned a couple of posts back it's Gee Dee's in Nottingham
  12. Not sure if this is allowed given the previous complaints regarding bargains available at certain west midlands retailers as it's only available to personal callers at the shop? There's a certain retailer in an East Midlands city closing down. Final day is tomorrow. I've just been in, stock is much reduced but there's still quite a number of Hornby coaches now at 50% off so around the £20 mark each. A few wagons at half price, small number of locos discounted, other bits and pieces all discounted. Couple of things caught my eye but not my wallet, Hornby Thomas range Edward at £45, no interest to me by maybe to someone, and an Adams radial, don't know if Hornby or Oxford for £50 possibly, second hand? As the saying goes please don't shoot the messenger!
  13. Shame you didn't post this query yesterday, a friend of mine is doing a lot of the paintwork on Tulyar, he could quite likely give chapter and verse. Unfortunately I won't be seeing him for a couple of weeks now, but a quick question to the DPS could well get a response.
  14. I'm guessing it's actually a loco from the Charwelton stud. Cheltenham hauled an RCTS special from Nottingham Victoria and made it's way from and back to the southern region via Charwelton. It was used on a service train to make, at least part of, it's way home. There's a photo published somewhere but darned if I can remember where.
  15. And just for good measure, use one set for a trip out to Fishguard during the day?:)) Oops, nearly forgot, there's class 50s available for that? The valley lines certainly make the 37s work. EE thunder anyone:-)
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