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  1. Each to their own! I think it looks like the best thing I've seen since an ex-works green Class 40, and it gave me a chuckle!
  2. Thank You! As succinct an explanation as you could hope for as to why public transport infrastructure needs to be in public ownership, for the benefit of citizens, not shareholders.
  3. Happened regularly with trains reversing in the loop next to Skelton Junction, South Manchester
  4. Thanks - I looked up Mentor, but it appears to date from 1973. I'm sure I saw a film of a very similar coach being used on the wcml earlier than that. I could be wrong!
  5. Used to monitor pantograph wear from a window on the roof - presumably rendered obsolete by video recording? And was it ever used on 1500v dc overhead equipment, as well as the 25 kv?
  6. Thanks for all the responses! So in answer to my original question, an 86 and a 90 were never possible in multiple, controlled from one cab, but lots of other possibilities existed, and happened. Thanks!
  7. Sorry, I realise this must have been asked before - can all 25kv AC electrics operate in multiple if needed, eg 86+90? Thanks
  8. There's a loco in the sidings I think - the bottom of your photo faces east (did you turn it 90 degrees?), and there is what looks like a loco in the sidings on the way to the station
  9. Sorry if it's a silly question, but Class 08, 09 etc have a load of metal boxes / doors to cubby holes on them, and Class 03 generally seem to have none. What do they contain? Thanks!
  10. Basically as I understand it, notwithstanding the aspiration to save fuel on the poster above, when locos couldn't be trusted to restart (I'm sure I remember 47s having crap battery problems), they would be left running. So a universal policy wasn't possible.
  11. The most incredible thing about the 50s is the proportion of them that have survived, despite their apparent many technical problems
  12. Ah yes, how trains in the 70s were enlivened by the presence of our cousins in the football fraternity. And how many similar tales could I tell....
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