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  1. Presuming that's Lincoln loco shed it's remarkable to think it still exists although much altered.
  2. From memory of a picture 60003 was given a white cab roof and quartered buffers for royal train duty by top shed
  3. Darnall may well be the best illustration of how most GC island platforms would have ended up, it must be about the last one on NR. https://www.google.com/search?q=darnall+railway+station&oq=dar&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j0l2.1485j0j7&client=ms-android-motorola-rev2&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#lkt=LocalPoiPhotos&trex=m_t:lcl_akp,rc_f:nav,rc_ludocids:10719709948152048118,rc_q:Darnall,ru_q:Darnall&viewerState=ga
  4. That something damaging the wires was a tractor going over Ranskill level crossing with the tipping trailer raised. There's CCTV of it on Twitter I believe, certainly was sent out on the LNER control app.
  5. All over my mobile, makes viewing the site almost a chore and I'm not keen on chores. I know that the site has to pay for it's upkeep but I can't help but feel too much of this stuff will be counter productive and actually drive people away. Personally I watch so little television now mostly due to the seemingly constant stream of advertising for absolutely nothing I'm interested in.
  6. That's merely for timing purposes, XC do not have any 158s, a lot of our routes are actually timed for 156s although 158s are used. Most likely an historical thing going back to when the 15x family were first introduced, after all the slight increase in top speed of a 170 over a 158 could be accounted for in the marginally slower acceleration of a 170, well they always seem a bit sluggish off the mark to me.
  7. If I remember correctly 43089 may have been the last one to still have a Valenta in when transferred to EMT (as was) from the new measurement train. EMT ran it until it packed up then put a VP185 in.
  8. Yesterday there was a dog box, sorry 153, substitute for a 4 car on the service I used from Yarmouth. The flooding on Sunday was between Brundall and Brundall Gardens according to Anglia's control log. It seems the new stuff struggles to do a full day in service
  9. Only been through there a couple of times but is it Warrington Bank Quay?
  10. It's not just 'modellers' who are becoming used to being 'spoon fed' it's a much more general thing. Hardly a day goes by when I'm not constantly amazed by how little so many people seem able to do or even think for themselves. I'm pretty much convinced that once artificial intelligence becomes clever enough it will rule the world, hopefully after I've departed for another place. On current heading I don't see a long-term future for the human race. Sorry to be so pessimistic but if you spent as much time as I do seeing people get themselves into a right old mess because their phone or computer controlled information system says so............
  11. Initially ex Anglia 156s with a few 170s from West Midlands I understand. The entire 15x fleet is to be replaced by more 'modern' units by 2022, all 170s we're told. They'll be getting on for 25 years old by then. Awaiting developments. Edit: the use of 153s was mandated in the original EMT franchise drawn up by the DFT under instructions from the government of the day. To say they were inadequate from day 1 wouldn't be unreasonable.
  12. True but they would also need fitting with universal toilets and PIS screens to become PRM compliant. All before the end of the year as well. Afraid it looks like an appointment with a gas axe before too long.
  13. C17949, 153313 now with EMR nee EMT still has that old style overhead warning flash on the second man's windscreen! Won't be with us much longer though, Abellio have said all single unit trains to be gone in the first six months of the franchise.
  14. Used on the GC northern section between Ruddington and Loughborough. If it's the same there's only a brake valve and horn, used by the guard when propelled
  15. There was a rake of HTA bogie hopper wagons assembled at Worksop in the last couple of years for scrapping bearing the cross in a circle mark. I did have a picture of one but it may have been on my old phone because I can't find it now
  16. Hope someone's told our new bosses then, according to them only a few weeks ago the HT 180s were going to undergo a thorough rework at Etches Park before replacing the ex GC HST sets........
  17. great central

    Wanted - Coal!

    Oops sorry, doesn't come up on my phone
  18. great central

    Wanted - Coal!

    And you can buy a 20kg bag from coal merchants for £7 or £8 at most. A lot of garages sell 10kg bags as do the likes of Home Bargains. Even a preserved railway would likely let you take a lump for a donation.
  19. Just to add a little more to the Bestwood junction/Bestwood Park junction information if I may. Bestwood Park junction does still kind of exist, it's a loop on the Robin Hood line used sometimes to regulate a late running service on the single line section between Bulwell and Kirkby in Ashfield. It does have one timetabled train per day as a northbound service, the 19.55 from Nottingham if memory serves, is held there awaiting the passage of a southbound one. This is to do with timetabling from Nottingham. It also serves as the junction to the mothballed, if not now officially closed, line to Calverton colliery part of the trackbed having been converted to a foot and cycle path. The line had been 'unoficially lifted' in bits over several years anyway. A little known fact about the junction I've seen in print written by one of our former club members many years ago was that between the wars there was a plan for a joint LMS/LNER line starting there and heading north through the then relatively recently developed coalfield. Intended as a relief to other north/south mainlines as it could be reached easily from both the GC and Midland mainlines as well as the east coast, all of which carried much which would have been required during a time of war. Also a friend and club member has very recently had a book covering the GN 'back line' published by Book Law, although I haven't yet seen a copy he has undertaken very thorough research into the reasons for closure and it seems that maybe Mapperley tunnel wasn't as bad as painted at the time, especially given that, at least until a short time ago, it was still open at one end and not even fenced off.
  20. There's a model railway club in the Weymouth area. Most clubs have members with various skills and someone is usually willing to help out with advice. I've attached a link to the contact page on their website. http://www.weymouthmra.org.uk/contact-us/
  21. Most of the 'oiks' trying to get to work with bikes are fine, I do my best to accommodate them, the most I can recall is 9 in a 158, officially we can turn away any more than 2. The worst ones tend to be 'leisure cyclists' who have a great sense of entitlement, one of these flatly refused to move his bike from the aisle so much so that an 'oik' type offered to get off so we could move on! Turns out said leisure type didn't even have a ticket!!! Got him off when he gave me his credit card to pay with. Walked across to the station wall, slapped his card down on it and told him to make his choice knowing he couldn't retrieve his card without getting off the train. Most annoying thing was he was only going to the next station about a mile down the line and clearly visible from where we stood.
  22. Regarding 156s, I'm given to understand they're heading to a new Abellio franchise for a while. The promise has been made that all single car trains will be finished in the first 6 months. The plan eventually is for all 15x units to be replaced with 'modern' units on the non-London services
  23. Bit of slightly relevant information. 47715 is being used at Worksop now to keep stored mk4 coaches 'warm'. It's in NSE livery but I think is probably a post preservation repaint.
  24. You're obviously not used to dealing with the great British travelling public Even with the London first, many people can't tell the difference between London Liverpool Street and Liverpool Lime Street, trains departing for both from adjacent platforms at Norwich. They run 3 minutes apart, back in Central Trains days there was even an Anglia 170 on hire so it was possible to have two trains in the same livery for the two destinations. Once I was even asked if the train was going to London Liverpool Lime Street
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