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  1. Recommended as a standard defence move, or else a handful of pennies with some projecting between the fingers - a cheap knuckleduster. (Though I’m sure that would have done just as much damage to the hand.) Drivers would bring the fire extinguisher if needed. I never needed to do anything like that, but I knew crew who did.
  2. Polmadie got its Clans in late 1951/early 1952. It got its Britannias in 1954. The Clans were in regular use for some time after the arrival of the Brits and were still there after all the Brits had been transferred away. I don’t think the presence of the Brits had much effect on Polmadie’s use of its Clans. I agree Haymarket and St Margaret’s didn’t seem too keen on keeping the Clans that Polmadie (and Kingmoor) sent them. But it’s been recorded, and mentioned a couple of times in this topic, that Kingmoor tried to have the Polmadie engines transferred there rather than have them wi
  3. Bristol Lodekka FLF - 70 seated, 8 standing. At pub closing time on a Friday night, the two crew could be the only reliably sober people on the bus, and the poor conductor/conductress was in the middle of it. The driver at least was in an isolated cab (though expected to provide aid if required).
  4. I have had those notebooks in my hands, and have seen the page where Darwin first mentions what became his theory of evolution. (Before anyone starts calling the authorities, it was 40 years ago, it was in a secure room in Cambridge University Library, and I was employed there at the time!) It’s not impossible that they could turn up within the library. Mis-shelving is a real problem in libraries, and there are over 130 miles of shelving in that library. In another large library I worked in, there were regular checks for that. Usually, a book would be a few inches out of place, som
  5. Earlier discussion of duties for the whole class: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/23890-standard-class-6-clans-operations/ Basically, the Polmadie engines were used on Manchester and Liverpool trains. Once those were dieselised, there wasn’t much work for them, though one regular duty was the daily pickup goods on the Gourock line until they were withdrawn at the end of 1962.
  6. Yes, what you’re saying applies pretty much nowadays. But I think the era and location (era especially) will have a big influence on what could be modelled - in general, the earlier the era, the more industry to be modelled. There is still lumber traffic originating from various place in the mountains of BC (and there are many more mountain ranges than the Rockies) . And there has been, and can sometimes still be, mining of metal ores , coal mining, smelting of ores, farming (cattle, fruit and wheat in different places), even ice harvesting(!). I can’t think of any remaining rail-co
  7. I can’t even get foam earplugs to stay in my ears.
  8. l remember seeing a picture of the bunk cars used on construction trains on the Canadian Pacific mainline across the Prairies in the 1880s - they were three storeys high. I thought “How did they get those under bridges? Oh, wait ...”. A couple of decades later, the Grand Trunk Pacific mainline (now Canadian National) was built across the Prairies further north. They had a standard plan for laying out new settlements on the line - same number of streets, same street names, same orientation with respect to the prevailing winds etc. They could do that because they were building on un
  9. I won’t quote posts, just reply to some points I’ve read over the previous pages. - walking on rail lines. It wasn’t too unusual here when we first came to Canada nearly 40 years ago. The lines weren’t fenced and the traffic was generally slow, noisy freights. There was plenty of warning of approaching trains. Even railway employees weren’t too worried about it. I was out for a walk one night with one of my sons, who was about 6-7 at the time. We stopped to look at a train which was sitting at the exit from a local industry, with the crew getting off and crossing the track
  10. Standard position for the sand dome on North American steam locomotives: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/314266880230844273/ It seem to make sense: - easier and quicker to fill single large container than several small ones (see picture in link) - storage over a heat source is likely to keep the sand drier, and freer-running - depends on size of dome, but potential to hold more sand in total than in several small sandboxes
  11. Previous versions of this forum used to number posts within a topic. It was easy to say “Already discussed - see post#xxx above”. You can see that in some older posts in long-running topics, but without post numbers, the information is now useless. (Not a criticism. just an observation.)
  12. ‘British Railways Illustrated’ did a two-part article in January/February 2006 on ‘The Perth Black 5s’ (there was a maximum of 75 shedded there, at the end of 1950). The February part contains a photograph which I think is relevant. It shows the 9AM Perth-Euston on the climb to Beattock, headed by two Stanier 5s, with 44924 of Perth as the pilot. The caption says that this train was usually powered by two Carstairs 5s. However, if either the down train carrying newspapers from Manchester, or the down West Coast Postal was late into Perth (which implies those were powered by the Carstai
  13. It’s a collection of spotters’ notes from shed visits. Here’s the home page: http://shedbashuk.blogspot.com/ And here’s the information for Perth(South) shed, which was the only Perth shed at the time you’re interested in: http://shedbashuk.blogspot.com/2016/01/perth-south-1938-1967.html
  14. I thought the Royal Highlander was worked by a Crewe North Duchess and crew from Crewe to Perth. It would appear to have been in the 1950s, but looking at the “shed bash” website, it seems only Kingmoor Duchesses were making it regularly to Perth in your timescale.
  15. My son, who is a mining engineer, says he’s ridden on a mine train at 1800 metres below surface in a gold mine in Northern Ontario.
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