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    Near the 15" gauge and the 5"gauge, far from standard gauge, but 25 miles from Calais.
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    BR to 1990ish; old buses. DB era 4. Originator and builder of New Annington; Tidmouth Junction and Rath Ost (DB).

    Hate DCC control, far too complicated. Give me a box of relays any day.

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  1. At Harrow-on-the Hill where the Met (4 rail i know) diverges from the Chiltern ex GC line to Marylebone, there's a train stop that ought to stop Met trains trying to get to Marylebone. I know someone who tried it with an A stock, there's a thread about it on District Dave's site. I used to drive the Elmers End-Sanderstead line, there was nothing to stop us going beyond the third rail. I don't know how far a train would roll in the Oxted direction, never tried it.
  2. roythebus

    New Hornby Rocket

    Surely it should be a loud hailer in the leading coach?
  3. Pity he didn't include the other unfinished bit, Finsbury Park to AllyPally and Finchley to link the Northern City Line to the Northern Heights. that was actually electrified but never saw an electric train except when stock was being transferred and being hauled by battery locos.
  4. Some interesting comments there. Having been in the bus industry since BR got rid of me in 1988, I'm amazed that no matter how much training is given to drivers, they manage to hit low bridges. At my company we must have lost at least 5 roofs in 8 years. One was a young driver who only the previous day had undergone the company's introductory training, including the bit about low bridges. What happened the very next day he done wedding job in south east London, an area he knew well, his mum lived there. He asked if he could call in there on the way back to collect his AtoZ of London, before the advent of twatnavs. His mum lived by the low bridge off Southend Lane Catford. He found it the hard way. Another driver on rail replacement had been doing the same job Saturday and Sunday, approach the low bridge at South Ruislip, turn before it into the station forecourt, turn round and go back. His 3rd trip on Sunday he was on auto pilot. Similar thing at Norwood Junction acouple of years later. Double deck buses are normally 14'6 high, lorries can vary in height, so it is difficult for a lorry driver to know the exact height of his lorry. TfL buses all have a built-in bridge warning in their tracking and Centrecomm radio, but still buses go under low bridges, n matter how much training and how many warnings are given. All low bridges are marked in imperial and metric so there's no excuse for foreign lorry drivers misunderstanding and road signs are much the same all over Europe.
  5. The expression "modern image" was coined by the late Cyril Freezer, editor of the Railway Modeller in June 1962 if my memory serves me correctly. the Modeller for the month had one of the new AC electric locos on the front and pictures of the new modern station vuildings at Macclesfield and a junction station, again the name escapes me. The headline in a circle on the front cover read "Modelling the Modern Image". The term modern image has stuck ever since for anything diesel or electric. I may still have a copy of that issue lying around somewhere. So the term "modern image" dates back almost 60 years!
  6. The original Triang Brush Type 2 had nylon, not plastic, drive axles and gears, as did the EM2, Hymek and a lot of other things. The knurled wheels are sintered iron and almost impossible to machine down. I tried turning the serrated wheels many years ago using my Unimat 3. My lathe tools suddenly went very blunt.
  7. The new Luxembourg tram system used overhead outside the city and battery power in the central area. Batteries are roof-mounted we were lucky to be in Lux during the pre-opening "open day" at the depot with circular tours of the depot, control centre, the lot. A superb day out.
  8. I've been a regular visitor to the Kings Cross area most of my life, having been a regular at the MRC since 1964, then working in the model shop in 68/69; hen a secondman at KX 76-78, whilst till being a regular at the MRC until about 1992. Never seen any trouble there part from the odd drunks, never been threatened at any time of day or night around there.
  9. Regarding semaphore signals, Hastings has recently been re-signalled with new semaphore signals in places, the reason being the line capacity, overlaps and other considerations made sense to keep the semaphores. colour light signals neede a longer overlap, diffreent interlocking and the like. so there's no problem with the ORR and semaphore signalling. there's still a lot of it about. Another aspect is the crashworthiness of older stock. Whilst crashes are fortunately extremely rare on all railways, they do happen. When the IWSR was considering the future of the Ryde Pier Tram, a thorough investigation had to be made as to the compatibility of an ancient lightweight tramcar coming into an equally ancient and heavy steam loco. It was found that the regulation provide for joint running as in the west Midlands running next to NR track. Providing it was impossible for the two to never meet on a passenger line, it was ok. It was decided that the IWSR block system met those criteria. Hence the Ryde Pier Tram project proceeds steadily.
  10. Re the pantograph, the original Trix panto was a good representation of the Stone-Faively one. Sommerfeldt do a good one as well. We used some of them on the New Annington electric locos back in the 1980s. Do any of the Manchester Pullman coaches survive? I'm still trying to find time to complete my Kitmaster Pullman set anyway!
  11. Try the colonel Stevens museum at Tenterden or the KESR offices.
  12. Sometimes the Redhill would turn up with an ED (73). That really would struggle up the incline even with the 350 as a banker.
  13. The Up Avoiding Line at FP was known as "the creep up". I secondmanned a Bletchley drive into KX goods when I was 2ndman at Rugby in 1975, 2x25s on a brick train. In December 75 I moved to KX. At that time there were 3 08s in the goods yard. My Christmas Present was to be booked on with another 2ndman and 2 drivers to start all the 08s and run them up the yard. we trie to but all "had flat batteries". Same boxing day. There was a regular Southern turn from Redhiil IIRC to KX, usually 2x33s and sand or gravel hoppers. It was common for one loco to "be required back at Redhill" a bit sharpish leaving the other to take the empties back alone. this was ok providing the other loco was a good un. Several times I witnessed this happen with the Southern men having several goes at getting up the incline, then the 08 or a passing 31 was found to push them up the bank.
  14. They pulled the train into the tunnel, reversed into the goods yard and ran round. Depart via propelling into the tunnel and made a run for the North London Incline.
  15. According to some, before it was a model shop it was a shop for "models" nudge nudge say no more. It may have been used as "both sorts" of model shop with the upper floors being "private by appointment only" for a while until the Keith Dann emporium took it all over. I heard a lot about the Peter Elmslie meetings at Sutherland Avenue. Being a new young member of the MRC at the time I didn't get invited there, but heard a lot about his layout "Uckett Junction". Sadly Peter passed away about 5 years ago, and considering his lifestyle of smoking about 50 a day and having a succession of lady friends didn't do too bad. Known affectionately to those on the Tallylyn as Ben, bloody Elmslie nuisance, at the MRC he would always tell us to "go to Towyn BOY". On of his lasting memories was naming the through station on the MRC's New Annington layout as Sandalmouth, as Peter always wore sandals and was quite vocal. Happy days.
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