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  1. and I never knew that the place I grew up had an ECR role!
  2. I used to run across the bridge over Tonbridge Yard regularly; it was part of one of the regular courses we had to - out to the shallows along Haysden lane, along the Medway, over the yard and back to the school. One time I was attacked by a couple of Brookies who were hiding on the bridge. I was dressed for running away! I think that the motive power back in the day was almost solely 33s and 73s plus probably an 08. Plus DEMUs occasionally stabled.
  3. first two photos look like Weymouth to me.
  4. A book I had as a child ("Railways in the Pre-Eminence of Steam") described the Austrian 2-6-4 as Golsdorf's masterpiece. It was for many years my favourite loco. Here's a picture I was expecting to post only a link but it has embedded the picture itself; you can see the "clever engineering".
  5. Middleton's book on the Dartford Loop line has a picture of strawberries being loaded onto a train at the sidings in Bexley EDIT - the link to Strawberries on the South Eastern in Edwardian's post is a link to the same (or very similar) picture in the Bexley Borough archives
  6. Presumably the potential economy would have potentially been the lack of capital outlay; Traction motors required vs available steam locos.
  7. Hadn't the Brighton line electrified the inner suburban network with overhead electric, including to Crystal Palace, by this stage? Certainly the Railway Magazine article of ?1911 as found on SEMG suggests so: http://www.semgonline.com/RlyMag/ElectrificationLBSCRly.pdf Maybe the use of E2s was an attempt at wartime economising that didn't pay off. SEMG'S article on the E2 also confirms it was insufficient coal capacity that led to the experiment being abandoned
  8. The Rosedale branch in the North Yorkshire moors was freight only and separated from the NER system by a rope worked incline. It ran for about 10 miles and closed when the iron ore / coal workings were deemed uneconomic at the end of the 20s. I assume a few engines were dragged up the incline to work the line We once stayed at a cottage at Rosedale Abbey, which handily had a book on the line which I read. IIRC the line was completely snowed in on occasion, for weeks at a time. I was also going to mention Tovil but see that I have been beaten to it.
  9. Bromley North as originally built had a turntable. But whether what you read about applied to this branch I don't know
  10. Great pictures of London Bridge and Cannon Street. What a contrast to today, both London bridge station and the area generally. I've worked in this vicinity for the last 12 or so years and have seen some remarkable changes; I'd forgotten how far the area has come
  11. Including mentioning that the seats and aisle are larger than originally (because we're all getting bigger) with the consequence that there are now only 3 seats across the carriage width
  12. It's not correct that the Southern never built another 2-6-4T, the W Class was introduced in 1931. However, they were not generally used for passenger service (and trials showed them to be very rough riding) - source SEMG. Apparently the trials were between Tonbridge and Ashford and Victoria and Tunbridge Wells West in 1948.
  13. Yes you are quite right. I work for a group of companies and we are looking at purchasing bridging software (and some of this will be available for free). HMRC guidance seems to be summed up as yes you can use Excel but don't use "cut and paste" to transfer numbers around, because apparently that's not digital. Typing numbers into a spreadsheet, on the other hand, is OK.
  14. So far so good for me. I haven't tried to do anything clever but the formatting is nice and clear
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