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  1. Another WHL class 21, this came up on Facebook and is posted here with permission of the photographer Bob Faulkner. Bob recorded that the 21 in the background was D6135 at Fort William on August 2nd 1966 Jim
  2. Also slow to catch up this week but amazed that you took this photo! You must have had a bit of a safari to find it. This was part of my old stamping ground when I was young. took these views of the same location showing the shunter that was used to move the wagons between the works and the exchange sidings. Jim
  3. Nobody out yesterday for the mega length Scotrail HST? Three additional Mk3s hitched a lift in a refurbished unit heading ECS from Doncaster to Edinburgh Jim
  4. What minimal freight that went down the branch would likely have been dealt with on an as required trip basis, no shortage of time for the branch loco to nip up to the junction and collect a couple of wagons, indeed some passenger trains ran as mixed, with the odd van attached. Locomotive coal would have been the only other "regular" freight, once or twice a week perhaps? Jim
  5. Pedantic point Geoff, but I am almost certain that the Scottish based non corridor Mk1s didn't last long enough to carry blue livery, happy to be proved wrong, and of course rule 1 will apply Jim
  6. Sounds like it is the end of the line for the class 86s in normal service the last operational one was put into storage on Wednesday, following a minor compressor fault. 86632 has now been moved to the DHLT pool. Jim
  7. Very surprised to see those ones of the diversion. I was told that passenger workings were not permitted through Millerhil Yard as the points at the south end were all manually operated. There must have been special arrangements in place with the yard effectively closed to all but one route and the points locked and scotched. Jim
  8. This site https://brdiesels.livejournal.com/537.html shows that the WHL was well populated with class 29s, but as is usual there is always one exception to the rule, If you scroll down to D6137 there is a photo of this loco in its original form double heading No. 256 Glen Douglas through Tulloch Station. The caption adds that D6137 had been added to assist the train at Rannoch, replacing ex-NBR Class S (LNER Class J37) 0-6-0 No. 64632 which had failed earlier at Gorton Crossing. i am sure I have seen another photo of this pairing at Fort William. Jim
  9. Puffer on a bridge certainly breaks the cliche of the bus on the bridge! Why not - go for it! Jim
  10. I was thinking more of the type of installation the SR used in Goods yards in the early days, those were big locos working off a DC trolley wire at low speed. Jim
  11. We all know that it is pretty much improbable that there will ever be a preserved line with 25kVA overhead electrification, the cost of installation and maintenance are obviously prohibitive and safety would always be a massive concern. However the tramway museums at Crich and Beamish have fully functional tramwires and seems to be capable of keeping them safe and in good working order. This led me to pose possibly a daft question, could a BR EMU have its transformers etc altered to work off a low tramway voltage of 550V DC even at low speed and on the level? Or do they just need to much
  12. Reason I knew that shot of Aberdeen was there was I wanted to build one myself and I was pointed in the right direction by one of the members This was my effort, currently lying in a box somewhere waiting for resurrection Jim
  13. And as far as I can work out, the only location in Scotland where a four track railway crossed a four track railway! Indeed outside of London there are not many! Jim
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