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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-51139119 First time I've seen this sort of damage being caused to a unit there.
  2. I think they may have come from repair, as the unloading doors on the first wagon are at the tractor end.
  3. When they were loaded at Coedbach and Onllwyn, I'm pretty certain it was under the screens.
  4. Presflos (prototype 1954, production runs from a couple of years later Conflat L, with three small containers. Cemflo? There would still be a lot of bagged cement, loaded into 12t Vanfits.
  5. Not that much before. IIRC, the M1 BG arrrived from 1956 onwards, whilst I have seen photos of BRUTEs dating from 1961/2
  6. Bear in mind that the differing hardnesses of pencil are due to different quantities of an inert filler (a clay of some description). It would be interesting to know which grades of pencil have the least, to mimimise surface contamination.
  7. When building or rebuilding stock, I rub a pencil over the bearings, and/or axle-ends to improver ollability.
  8. Dexion is a doddle to dissemble , move and reassemble; I've done several tens of thousands of square metres, ranging from a few tens of square metres at home, via the ex-RAF stuff (10 000+ m) to heavy-duty pallet racking. Don't skimp on the corner pieces; they make the difference between something you can move easily, and something that'll take your finger-tips off. Also check all nuts and bolts are the right size, and that tools are the correct size for the fixings. Treat it as an exercise in Meccano for grown-ups, and enjoy yourself...
  9. Wasn't there also a 60' steel carrier prototype (BLA) trialled at about the same time?
  10. The 'Barrowmere' site, with weight diagrams, is probably the best source: I did start looking in there (Book 300, I think).
  11. I've done abouut 20 MDOs using modified Chivers' bodies. Rather than hack-up their underframes, and try to get rid of the SAB lever, I used the relevant Parkside chassis. I also fitted a couple with ex-LNER 21t hopper underframes; some of the rebuilt wagons used these chassis. The 'spare' underfames can find use under scratch-built stock, such as Coil A and B, and 21t Shockhoods.
  12. Maybe they are still sterile, but it would cost a great deal to check; they'll probably go into a trade auction for use by car-body sprayers, plumbers, and whoever else might use them.
  13. Baz, The NCB certainly used wagon tipplers to empty both hopper and flat-bottomed wagons: see Paul Bartlett's site. British Steel Landore used to have a tippler that dealt with incoming coke; it was a crafty design where wagons could either be inverted to empty them, or they could simply open the bottom doors and drop the load like that. Llanwern used to take coking coal in a mixture of MDVs and HTVs from various sites, such as Silverdale; I'd be very surprised if they split the rake to keep like with like.
  14. You might enjoy looking at some examples here:- https://ccmv.aecsouthall.co.uk/f234139984
  15. The large piece of machinery looks like a compactor, used to consolidate material in embankments.
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