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  1. Really? While what happened in East London and many other places was tragic, in my opinion Oradour and Lidice were something worse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane_massacre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice_massacre
  2. Another from Mike Danneman: https://www.railpictures.net/photo/784812/
  3. Actually, you don’t need to be very legal in your search terms. A search of “BNSF CN merger” will get you plenty of information.
  4. Several were allocated to Staveley Barrow Hill shed. One worked at Hemelite of Harpenden, a cement works, after being sold out of BR service. I’m sure others on here can give you much more detailed information.
  5. I can offer a later one, but with no claim for it to be the last. Jubilee 45562 worked the Royal Train around Harrogate in May 1967. There is a picture of it at Wormald Green on May 30. I believe it was stabled overnight on the Pateley Bridge branch. Again, that could have been ‘one of the last’ express workings of a Five, but it certainly wasn’t the last. 45318 worked the Liverpool section of a Glasgow to Liverpool/Manchester express from Preston on the last night of BR ‘regular’ steam - August 3 1968. Fives had worked that train quite often in the months before that. Reckoned to be the last but one time passengers moved behind BR ‘regular’ steam - the final move was a shunt at Preston later that night.
  6. Did you know? The Canadian Pacific P2 class was also a 2-8-2 (mixed traffic): http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/photos/cpr_steam/P2.htm (Sorry for the OT diversion - I just noticed the coincidence.)
  7. Alternatively, because they are road crossings of railway grades. Edit, having thought further - also, the road crossing is ‘at grade’, rather than ‘above grade’ (road overbridge) or ‘below grade’ (railroad overbridge). This is Transport Canada’s definition: What is a grade crossing? A grade crossing is an intersection where a road, sidewalk, path or trail crosses railway tracks. Grade crossings are also known as level crossings, railway crossings or train crossings.
  8. The problem has been recognized and studied: https://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/trr/1991/1327/1327-005.pdf Many (most, in rural areas?) of these crossings were made when the vehicles crossing them were high-clearance horse-drawn carts. The fact that the crossings were hump-backed (for drainage and/or avoidance of snow drifting) didn’t matter. But now, with long, low articulated vehicles crossing, the risk of a ‘hang up’ are far higher. The cost of modifying all the crossings which need it in the USA would be massive. (Typing while the previous two replies were being posted.)
  9. More than ‘in pretty poor condition’, by which I’m assuming you mean ‘run down’. There was actual damage to the buffer beam and front of the frames.
  10. That is the history of that particular J D Heiskell #1886. But there were/are(?) several of them. The ‘1886’ is almost part of the colour scheme - apparently it’s the year the company was formed and is applied to quite a few of their locos. Most of them (like this one) keep an earlier number in the number boards, but just to confuse things further, some carry ‘1886’ in the number boards as well. Here is a selection of pictures of J D Heiskell locos showing the variations: http://rrpicturearchives.net/modelListRR.aspx?id=JDHX
  11. Not quite definitive. UP had some ex-MKT (another flatland railroad) GP38-2s without dynamic brakes. For example: https://www.railpictures.net/photo/708010/ - ex MKT #308 https://www.railpictures.net/photo/389497/ - ex MKT #315
  12. No pictures of the ‘heavyweight’ tender, though. In fact, the illustrations don’t all seem to match with the proposed liveries
  13. Do a Google image search. Searching for ‘conductor caboose’ retrieves pictures which should give you some ideas. Edit to add - a search for ‘brakeman caboose’ would also be useful. The rear end brakeman on a freight would also travel on the caboose.
  14. Horwich Works narrow gauge locomotives: Wren, Robin, Fly, Wasp, Mouse, Bee.
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