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  1. I think it might be 'Chalk' from the Tring area to some works near Southam.
  2. Was the 'specialist plant' Poclain 360 degree wheeled excavators? These seem to have been used in a lot of locations
  3. Aaron, I had a look around my R A Cooke volume on Llanelly (until 1966)/ Llanelli (post 1966). I can't find a site marked for GRC&W or Wagon Repairs, but did find references for the following:- Burry Port Docks:- Marcroft not shown in pre 1960 plans, then shown initially just as three sidings, becoming five. Closed 1985 Sandy Jct:- Two works:- Hall, Lewis, adjacent to Sandy Road. Became Cambrian Wagon Works Ltd (11/6/1937), then Cambrian Wagon and Engineering (31/7/52) and Powell Duffryn Engineering (29/7/59). It closed around 1965. Amalgamated Anthracite (on the o
  4. I lived near Narroways Jct from 1973 to 75, and saw both Class 45 and 50 on freights to Avonmouth.
  5. By chance, this appeared in the local paper today:- https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/how-one-man-built-a-travel-empire-243059/
  6. The wagon with the 'letterboxes' is a 16t Minfit, which, when loaded to the gunwhales would hold about 30t of spoil. This is rather more than the bearings would support, hence the slots. When the same wagons were used in the early 1970s as fitted heads on stone trains from the Peak District and the Mendips, they had '3/4' painted on the side panels, to remind the loaders not to overload them.
  7. The SAGA trains weren't for day trippers. A Folkestone hotelier by name of De Haan had noticed that bookings at his , and other, hotels were falling as families were taking holidays abroad. Meanwhile, there was little provision for older people. He realised that BR had spare coaching stock available mid-week. He came up with a mid-week to mid-week 'package', with through trains from the North that avoided the need to drag luggage across London. Hence the once-a-week working from Newcastle to Margate. Saga is still around, though nowadays dealing mainly in foreign holidays, insurance
  8. They're straight-forward TOPS CARKNDS; N is the general class of vehicle, in this case non-passenger-carrying coaching stock A is a Full Brake. This letter would change for different sub-types, and things like permitted maximum speeds; NNV for a Newspaper Packing Van V/A/B and X indicate the brake type fitted. These replaced the old BG/CCT/GUV type codes, which were not always consistent (CCT and GUV seemed to be almost interchangeable).
  9. In my student days, back in the mid 1970s. my first landlady's eldest son was a packer on the Paddington- Bristol 'Papers'. He used to leave home in Bristol at about 17:00, then pass to London. The stock was stabled at Malago Vale during the day, I believe. He'd get back in around 04:00 the next day.
  10. The 'Passenger, Papers and Parcels' working is probably a solitary coach, with a variable number of vans (to a total load of 350 tons, hence the three digits after the ED). There are documents called 'Carriage Working Notices' which show what vehicles are planned (diagrammed) for a given working.
  11. As the Johnster says, the smell was not one you'd like to encounter twice. We used spoilt milk to age new blockwork in an National Park. You simply brush it all over; the trick is to get someone else to do it just before you clock off for the weekend...
  12. What I remember of the time was that most Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire dairy farms still loaded churns, rather than bulk tanks. To speed up turnaround, farmers were encouraged to build transit platforms at the junction with the main road, obviating the need to take a large vehicle into the constraints of the farm yard. Sadly, this cut down the opportunities for tea and gossip....
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