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Ian Hargrave

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  1. Priceless. Brideshead Revisited for the fairer sex.Incredible production & great soundtrack.On a note of pure nostalgia,the last surviving Mitford girl was the much loved Debo, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, who died only a few years ago.
  2. I have the previous release fitted with the said Brassmasters kit.I certainly wouldn’t want to replicate the part in question in plasticard. I suppose omitting that hideous front coupling to allow a prototypical appearance would arouse howls of protest and designing and producing for inclusion an accurate alternative would result in the inevitable shock/horror price gripe. A pity as it appears apart from that to be nicely rendered.
  3. Well....nearly there anyway.Presumably in order to incorporate the front coupling socket,the signature front end of the 6959 class ....and by that I mean the front of the frame underneath the buffer beam.....isn’t included. Well,I notice it anyway.Maybe it’s absence doesn’t bother others.But sorry that spoils a good model for me.
  4. It is indeed and likewise I’m going to catch up.Looks good.
  5. In contrast,the 14:00 KX -Aberdeen is for 800109 throughout
  6. The 12:00 KX -Inverness isn’t quite what it seems. 800112 to Edinburgh and800107 onwards. Repositioning move or being cautious ?
  7. From tomorrow,LNER reconnects with both Aberdeen and Inverness...obviously on bi mode. What excellent news just in time for the tourist season...COVID-19 permitting. Bravo to all who made this possible.
  8. Redeemed in later incarnation when one of Landore’s best Castles...complete with Mr.White’s silvered buffers
  9. There are a number of through Paddington-Plymouth direct services using IET units today btw, The South Wales mainline has a much improved service using them too. RTT also shows the service extended to PZ .
  10. GCHQ/ CIA monitoring for security clearance .Mine is in process. Actually,we really have had a good deal of informative and authoritative posts on this forum tbh...for which as a complete engineering dummy I thank individual rail professionals/veterans for shining light on a difficult and complex subject area. I struggle to keep up but I’m slowly getting there. Knowledge,as is said,is power.Many thanks,each and all.
  11. Yet TPE 802’s seemingly unaffected. They are however relatively new units
  12. Short answer....no. I would think TOC’s /Hitachi would treat that as classified information. Note the press release was short on details but rather better on optimism.
  13. LNER have ECML online timetables for today & tomorrow. The situation appears much improved .No service as yet to Aberdeen or Inverness though. The bi mode Azuma seems a rare bird.Presumably they are a more complex unit to access for examination and possible repair.The inference one might take from this and the situation on the GWR is that the faults are mainly with those units bi modally configured but there is little hard evidence as yet to support this.Full marks to LNER for the way it’s providing up to date information on its website
  14. Doctor Pangloss...”All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds”. ( Voltaire “Candide” )
  15. No actually not .Short distance through the Rhondda Tunnel to what in those days was known as Aberavon,now better known as Port Talbot and a mere few miles to Neath and onwards in Welsh clumsy rail links via the Neath & Brecon line which is...excuse the indulgence...within my withered memory towards the Mid Wales railway spine that ran ( If you were ever lucky enough to actually to visual proof of its existence) from Three Cocks junction via,Rhayader) to Moat Lane on the Cambrian main line.All downhill from there. You have to ask yourself why bother ? Spend your holiday recovering from
  16. It would be an uplift for the Scottish tourist industry just emerging from lockdown around the Highland Mainline if they could get the service restored ASAP. Scot rail struggles to cope with overcrowding on its mainline timetable.What a shame..one of the great rail experiences denied the travelling public...who come from all over the world.Maybe not now for overseas tourists but an opportunity for UK staycation rail enthusiasts .
  17. Positive.. TPE 802 operating on diesel between York & Liverpool but apparently no LNER Azuma doing likewise
  18. The routing of this train in its early stages had me scratching my cranium for a bit.....but I think it would be via the tunnel & R&SB to the S W mainline thence to Neath to connect with the branch to Brecon & onwards via Three Cocks to Moat Lane. .?
  19. There appear not to be any LNER bi mode Azumas in service atm. ?
  20. Notice that the 9 car units are now working to both Glasgow and Stirling. But still nothing to either Inverness or Aberdeen which of course need bimode.Hang on though ,is Stirling under the wires then ? Edit : yes it is !
  21. Quite a number 9 car units northbound out of KX over the next couple of hours but information on LNER 5 car bi modes is scarce.
  22. LNER does have 9 car sets running btw. 1S23 15:30 KX-Glasgow is 801216 ( source RTT )
  23. The mainstream press doesn’t seem particularly interested in it atm. Wait a while for things to fester and things might change. Caution with it though because the article contains some potentially libellous text which it is unwise to repeat however strongly feelings are running and however much one is in tune with it.
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