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  1. I know there are more episodes to come on subject of the Underground, I was thinking more of the next series. Steve
  2. Hopefully Tim and the team are already planning/working on their next project. I was wondering what I would choose next, so far we have had architecture (not something I would have thought of but great) and the Underground (ditto). Being an engineer I would love something on the evolution of locomotives but I accept that will probably not appeal to the wider audience. Any thoughts? Steve
  3. I watched my recording of the episode last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a little bit worried about the subject matter as despite being a Londoner, I have never been that keen on the Underground, probably because my Dad worked on the "real" railway at Stratford. I needn't have worried as the presenters Siddy and Tim did a great job of pulling me in with their knowledge and enthusiasm. I also felt a surprising amount of nostalgia as since moving out of London I have not used the Underground that much and the rolling stock shown is how I remember it (I didn't know the Aldwych branch had closed!!). Thanks again to the team making the programme and I look forward to seeing the rest. Steve
  4. Just watched this programme (recorded) and bearing in mind Chris's (dibber25) comments paid particular attention to the raising of the Royal Albert Bridge section. It was the Operations Manager of Network Rail who stated that " the books say they were winched into place with huge chains" . Presumably the producers of the programme assumed he knew what he was talking about! Nevertheless I enjoyed the programme immensely and as I said last week it is a pleasure to have something to watch that takes your mind off your daily woes for an hour or so. As a subscriber to Model Rail I have a great respect for Chris's knowledge and experience but I did find his condemnation of an entire programme that he had not seen a bit disappointing.
  5. Just watched tonight's episode (I recorded it so watched it slightly delayed to cut out the adverts) . Really enjoyed it , I have been suffering from cancer for the last seven months so to watch something that really took my mind of my everyday issues was a real treat, thank you Tim and your team.
  6. Thanks again for the replies, I have got it now! I should have read up on the history of the rebuilds before asking obvious questions. Steve
  7. Thank you for your replies, I feel that I should know this stuff but I don't. However if the pacifics were successful on the route it makes me wonder why the P2s were built in the first place as the A1/A3s pre date them.
  8. The P2s were built specifically for the Edinburgh to Aberdeen route to overcome the need for double heading. After they were withdrawn and rebuilt by Thompson what happened on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen route? Did they go back to double heading?
  9. A number of posts have said that it is hard to believe that Hornby would tool up for a double chimney version as it only ran in that condition for 2weeks. Given that they are bringing our versions (nameplates, LNER green) that never ran at all I don't find it so surprising!
  10. I agree that the A2/2 locomotives were not part of the standardisation plan but they did in effect become the prototypes for the A2/3s which presumably were? I also agree that the wisdom of the rebuild is another debate entirely! However I never intended my comment to be anything deep and meaningful, it is just that I find the fact that in the (mostly) war years between 1941and 1946 Thompson built or rebuilt a total of 26 Pacific type locos using 4 different designs, with numerous detail variations somewhat ironic given his standardisation policy. Steve
  11. I have been following the discussions on the numerous difference between individual engines that have been pointed out by the well informed members together with Hornby's Engine Shed article and it still makes me smile to think that one of Thompson's main objectives when he took over as CME was standardisation!
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    New Hornby Rocket

    Just received my R3810 set through the post (thank you Rails) and despite everything I have read and all the pictures I have looked at I was still surprised at how small it is! Amazing little model.
  13. I have a pretty good idea what the respirators would have been having worked with breathing apparatus for over 30 years. If you can imagine a gas mask only instead of a filter there is a long rubber tube, this tube is led to somewhere where the air quality is better, in this case as near to track level as possible. The wearer basically sucks (relatively) clean air through the tube with exhaled air going our through a one way exhaust valve on the mask. Again using the LNER Encyclopedia as reference apparently the crews objected to sharing the equipment and their use was discontinued. Given what the conditions in the tunnel must have been like I am not sure what was the lesser of two evils.
  14. I have just re-read the LNER encyclopedia entry on the U1, and it would appear that it wasn't over popular at "home" either! Perhaps it was simply that back in the day the LNER crews had no choice but to get on with it but the ex LMS guys on the Lickey wanted no part of it.
  15. Thanks for the replies, but the cynic in me is still not convinced. Surely all the problems would have equally have applied on it's home turf? and yet it worked there for 20+ years.
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