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  1. The Hornby doors do look black but also having looked at lots of images think they are grey. Either way they look black so if Hornby do the doors black I won't loose too much sleep over it.
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    I thought it was around the time of the Falklands. I saw them as they flew over my nanas house in Withington on way home from school (Old Moat). I was terrified as I thought we were still at war with the Germany and my mum probably thought WW3 had started. Someone has done a rather decent painting of the event. Says it was around 81/82 : https://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/topic/manchester-misshap-w-i-p/
  3. ... and a Class 303 and 304 and you’d have the whole WCML covered.
  4. Thanks 37 142 received F exam at Laira between December 1989 - February 1990 according to https://www.class37.co.uk/
  5. Does anyone know when 37 142 went grey?
  6. There was also to be a junction with the as-then planned Manchester South District Railway (MSDR) at Alderley Edge to and from the Macclesfield direction . This would have gone north via Styal, Northenden and Didsbury before joining the as built portion of the MSDR in the vicinity of Withington and West Didsbury station, providing an alternative route to Manchester. Another ‘might have been’...
  7. One of my earliest memories is from a friends further down the line at East Didsbury, their house backed onto the line and even had a gate from their back garden it still looked like a railway albeit without track. It didn’t flood like around West Didsbury. It would’ve been about 1980.
  8. I was born and bred in West Didsbury having been born in Withington Hospital. Used to play down the ‘old railway’ as we called as a kid in the 80s. Withington & West Didsbury was already heavily overgrown by then.
  9. What time period are these latest wagons good for?
  10. One of the best Traction I have read in recent times. The quality has been really good recently and coincided with me recently cancelling my subscription to Rail Express which has sadly gone downhill.
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    OO gauge Turbot

    Hi Paul, thanks for the link. I actually meant the end step and handrail which were added in the 1990s as per some of the previous versions of the model. Cheers, Jim
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    OO gauge Turbot

    Does anyone know whether the Dutch ones are the 1980s or 90s versions?
  13. Great photographs John, I had seen them before and already 'faved'.
  14. I started this thread to ask what would've happened if Woodhead hadn't closed when it did as I am interested in real railways and their histories together with the imaginary world of model railways. I've had a look at your website and you make some interesting points. I like your monorails models. It seems to have gone massively off topic! As you said above can we get back to Woodhead please?!
  15. I understand there was an agreement in place with the union(s) that a single track would be left in place for 5 years.
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    Class 142

    Hi Charlie, that's great news though thought you were going to be doing Chocolate & Cream and original GMPTE in addition to Provincial? Still will probably put in an order for at least one Provincial.
  17. True, though you could apply the same logic to the Class 156 and the 142 Realtrack are now doing plus doubt any Hornby version would be as high a specification.
  18. @charliepetty The Class 142 looks great - though still think you should do a Class 155 next
  19. Fair enough - I just think that councils going about trying to entrap Ian Allen booksellers is a bit extreme and would be better focusing their resources elsewhere. Ian Allan seem like an easy target. My point was the type of person intent on stabbing someone is hardly going to go to an Ian Allan bookshop to buy a craft kit to obtain a knife. It might make more sense to target the local B&Q or hardware store.
  20. Really? What a terrible thing to do by the council. As if any youth intent on stabbing someone would go to the bother of going to Ian Allan to buy a model kit containing presumably a craft knife. It is more like the council wanting to force them out. Such a pity the Ian Allan bookshops in Birmingham and Manchester have closed - they were both excellent and well located shops.
  21. I have seen various pictures of both bogie bolsters and BBA steel carrying wagons loaded with what looks like steel bars or rolled slabs westbound over the Woodhead route. Does anyone know what they were and where would have they been heading from / to together with how long this flow lasted for?
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