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  1. My wife's being doing some work on trespass; I'll ask if she knows where to find comparative figures from other European countries. I saw some a couple of years ago that suggested that the incidence of non-suicide fatalities was much higher in mainland Europe. It's not true that European railways have no fences; SNCF install them wherever there's a perceived problem, and have been doing so for at least a decade.
  2. I can think of one or two breweries who produced something akin to vinegar...
  3. My friends in Beaujolais still use their grey Fergie; it's one built under licence by Hotchkiss, more usually known for Jeeps and guns. built in the late 1950s, it's their second tractor. Their workhorse is a 1961 Fordson....
  4. Whether it's a reflection on their reliabilty, but many of the RM Centaurs seem to have only made it a little distance inland after the landings; there are several in the middle of roundabouts around Ouisterham as memorials.
  5. The Landore wagons retained side chains in the 1970s- one still had its jacks.
  6. Wines in bulk were conveyed in casks, including such delights as 'Australian Ruby Port', and 'South African Burgundy'. I remember an aunt telling me about selling the former from the barrel pre-WW2. Non-Colonial wines of the cheaper sorts probably didn't enter commerce until the 50s; even in my student days (early-mid 1970s) the range was not huge. The more 'classy' wines would have been shipped in bottle, packed in wooden cases, much as they are today. There wouldn't have been rail tankers of lesser wines, as the train ferries didn't start until after WW1.
  7. Butter would have been carried in small wooden barrels; I remember the 'Five Roads' stall at Llanelli market was still using these in the early 1970s
  8. They built lots of 16t mineral wagons, amongst other types.
  9. It probably was the late 60s/ early 1970s; if so. then the relevant copy of Modeller was probably thrown out after I'd left for college.
  10. Roger Allam as Fred Colon; did anyone see the episode of 'Endeavour' with the bank robbery? Just after the first shooting, 'Fred Thursday' gives a packet of cigarettes to a shocked WPC, saying (approximately) 'Have these, they'll calm you down; it's an old trick I learnt from my first guv'nor, Sam Vimes at Cable Street nick'
  11. Thanks; I wasn't sure about that. Presumably main-line trains would have carried on westwards? I had heard that High Street's platforms were quite short .
  12. Relcos are usefull in dissuading wild-life from touching the tracks...
  13. Would Swansea High Street, before the West Loop was built, fit the concept. There was no direct route for trains too and from West Wales; any such had to reverse at Landore station, between the viaduct and the entrance to the shed. When the west loop was built, it had a fierce gradient and curvature and, as it was followed by the steep bank to Cockett tunnel, heavier trains required a second loco as pilot.
  14. To further muddy the waters, it would appear that some locos were built, using spares brought from the US military, by a firm called Coferma. This is a link to Wiki (I know..):- https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemins_de_fer_de_l'Hérault#Locomotives_BB_Diesel-électriques_Coferna_série_DE-1_à_6
  15. PMA; both the lower-sided ones with full-length bodies, and the higher-sided ones with the short body, were coded PMA, after air-brakes had been fitted.
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