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  1. Below is a fairly heavily blown-up scan of part of the 1949 aerial photo of Lampeter which appears in Holden's The Manchester and Milford Railway, cropped to show just the goods sidings: (Note that you can view the scan at its original blown-up size by right-clicking on the photo and viewing it in a new tab. I believe this use of the photo is OK under fair use/research rules, but if anyone disagrees please let me know.) My observations - feel free to correct/expand as you see fit: 1) There are fairly clearly a number of cattle wagons in the up siding.
  2. A rocket-powered self-ejection system must surely be the only practical solution. Or maybe airbags? Yes, that's it: much safer to have them bouncing around the interior of a coach inside a soft bouncy inflated sphere. In reality, though, I would refer people to the answer my learned friend PatB gave earlier:
  3. I made the mistake of starting to watch the YouTube clip in Steamport Southport's post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzmIAF4xjFo (not recommended for those of a nervous disposition).
  4. Oh dear god, not another American actor wheeling out an utterly cringe-making faux Scottish accent. See also: Robin Williams and Mike Myers for starters.
  5. Pretty sure I've seen footage of a successful ejection from an aircraft on the ground, though I can well believe that the mechanism in question was not your bog standard ejection seat. I met an RAF type way back in my university years who had had to eject from his aircraft (in flight). He did speak about the risk of spinal injury, and my recollection is that he said the standard rule was that you were basically grounded for health reasons if you had to eject a second time (subject to medical evaluation etc etc). I think he also said that every ejection/loss of an aircraft incide
  6. Are you sure you're not getting confused with the Holy Stone of Clonrichert? Repeat after me: "That would be an ecumenical matter".
  7. The polarity switch mechanism on the Seep PM1 is fairly notorious for being a rather poor design (probably to keep costs down) and can not infrequently become unreliable. You might be able to fettle the sliding contacts for the polarity switch so that it works again - for a while. Another option would be to swap the PM1 out for another one; again that might not be a permanent solution. Alternatively you could leave the original PM1 in place to operate the turnout, but achieve frog polarity switching another way e.g. using a microswitch, or a latching relay connected in parallel w
  8. This web site has a discussion about the origins of the term "gricer". The consensus seems to be that it is to do with grouse, but not in the sense of the trainspotters/railway enthusiasts being like grouse themselves, rather that their interest in 'bagging' locomotives was analogous to huntin', shootin' and fishin' types 'bagging' quantities of the bird in question. One suggestion is that it originated as long ago as pre-WWII within the membership of the Manchester Locomotive Society, although a later citation dates it to the 1950s. The discussion includes a reference to page 27
  9. Can anyone with a DCC Concepts rolling road tell me how high above the railhead they support the loco? This is with reference to OO gauge track. Ta muchly.
  10. Also occasionally found in the UK, e.g. here in the City of London. (You can see the countdown display in action in this Streetview shot.) They do seem to be angled away from vehicles at the stop line, but it's quite a wide crossing so I suspect that canny drivers could see the timer by looking across to the other side (though of course they should really be concentrating on what's happening in front of them).
  11. Waverley is commonly referred to as "Edinburgh Waverley", despite the fact that Princes Street station disappeared decades ago. There was a fair amount of discontent amongst locals when it was realised that it was referred to officially as just "Edinburgh" (e.g. on the National Rail Enquiries web site) but AFAIK that's still the case.
  12. Panda crossings had two amber phases: the one before the red light "pulsated", and there was a flashing amber phase after the red light similar to what pelican crossings have. They were devised as an alternative to zebra crossings for busy roads, partly because it was felt that allowing pedestrians to cross whenever they liked would "delay traffic" - heaven forfend. The idea that drivers would be able to distinguish between "pulsating" and flashing, and thus know whether they should be prepared to stop, or could proceed with caution, was homicidally idiotic - especially when the system was e
  13. Which blind people can still easily distinguished from the amber-before-red phase because it's flashing.
  14. Peco's 00 gauge Setrack range includes the 11.25° ST238 "special curve" which has a radius of 859.6mm (a tad under 3ft), which could be used as the first element of a Setrack "transition curve". (AFAICS it's basically there to complement the Setrack Y point, allowing the cliched "single track splitting symmetrically around an island platform" - which reeks of 'train set' - to be constructed.) Hornby's equivalent is the 852mm radius R628.
  15. According to the Forth Rivers Trust (who one might reasonably safely assume should know about such things) the Firth starts at the tidal limit of the river. According to the OS 1:50,000 map, that's at a point to the east of the M9 just north of J10: (The tidal zone of a river that flows in to the sea is outlined with a black line; the non-tidal zone is outlined with a blue line.) So I count two rail bridges over the tidal river at Stirling, one right next to t'other, the no longer extant one at Alloa, and The Forth Bridge. The "nominal start" o
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