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  1. This isn't totally accurate. The Great Central has been mentioned already, and has three different authorised speed limits - 25mph in normal service, 45mph for non-passenger-carrying services, with restrictions (can be mixed in with 25mph passenger services operating at the same time) and 60mph with restrictions - no other trains operating and no passengers carried. The 45mph operation in practice is only on the up line through Quorn Station, requires the foot crossing between the car park and the island platform at Quorn to be manned and closed, and is used at special events to demonstrate TPO mail pickup and set down. Preceding and succeeding trains can be passenger carrying and will run at 25mph.
  2. As far as I know, Wolverhampton was also considered a main works and did overhauls and full repaints as necessary.
  3. No, DCC ready doesn't only mean 8-pin sockets with Hornby. Smaller models, such as the two different Pecketts and the Ruston, have 6 pin sockets. But I'm struggling to think of a 21-pin socketed Hornby model.
  4. I've decided to upgrade my RMWEB membership to Gold. However either I've totally failed to understand the signup procedure, or there's a bug. As an existing RMWEB member, when I'm ready to check out and pay, I need to login as a member to link the payment to the existing account, even though I'm already logged in? If so, the system doesn't recognise my email address and password (and yes it is the correct password, as I'm logged into the forum now). Nor will it send a password reset email. So - am I doing this wrong or is there a fault? Andy
  5. The Warships appeared on the Exeter line trains after the end of steam, but not on the Bournemouth line, which went directly from steam (helped by a few Class 47s at the end) to electric. There were certainly catering cars on the steam hauled Bournemouth trains, with the red band at cantrail level as well as lettering on the side. Of course not every train had one, just as after electrification you could be unlucky enough to find a train made up of 4-VEPs instead of the 4-REP+4TC+4TC formation.
  6. But was it normally inaccessible? When I lived in Leeds after the concentration of train services on what was effectively Leeds New in the late 1960s, although the modern main concourse was the other side of the railway-owned Queens Hotel block, the Wellington concourse still existed as a passageway from the then low numbered platforms to City Square which anyone could use, and lots did. All the facilities of Wellington had been closed and shuttered up, but the concourse itself remained as effectively a pedestrian tunnel under the Queens Hotel, with occasional glimpses of parcels vans in the old Wellington platforms through grimy part-glazed doors. Of course it wasn't really a tunnel as it was all on one level and that was the same as street level outside. There were odd signs to barbers shop, left luggage etc though these only pointed to locked doors. Now what I never found out was where the ticket office had been. Maybe that was what the conservation officer had access to.
  7. Just to clarify, anyone reading this thread and thinking that the transformation of AutoLoco into Smiths Models, Sheringham is complete and the new owners are trading from the premises, they aren't. I walked past it yesterday and the windows were still whitewashed over. Occasional imperfections in the whitewash reveal that the interior is far from complete, let alone stocked up ready for business.
  8. Then there was Taunton, where the Minehead and Barnstaple branches joined the main line at Norton Fitzwarren, which was 4 tracked from there to and through Taunton. Branch passenger trains used a pair of bays at the west end of Taunton station, and I've certainly been on branch trains that ran directly into a bay or directly out of one. What I can't remember is whether there were any runround facilities or whether another loco was required. As Taunton had a significant loco depot on site, this wouldn't have been too much of a problem. But Taunton was remodelled in the 1930s, I believe, by which time facing points were much less feared.
  9. Railcars 1-17 had no capability for hauling anything, and to confirm this, they didn't even have buffers. This includes parcels car 17 Railcar 18 was intended to haul a short tail load, and was the last of the "streamlined " design body style to be built. It had buffers. 19-38, with the more angular design bodies, had buffers and could pull a tail load. However some cars were single ended and could only work in pairs (intentionally) or with a specially adapted loco hauled coach inserted between the two powered vehicles. The haulage capacity would be different if running as a 2-car or 3 car formation, and the single units were different again. Personally I never saw one hauling anything bigger than a Pasfruit D van, but I've also never seen the actual loading table, which I suspect varied by route to some extent.
  10. You would want to avoid parking anything other than the station pilot in the shunt neck because this was also used for transferring stock between platforms - most commonly vans being removed from the back of a train that has just arrived and placed in a different platform for unloading, but dmus for example were assembled from different arrivals to make up a longer train - sometimes then heading off to Newton Heath or Allerton ecs, though I also saw on odd occasions units being pinched from 2+2 formations to strengthen a weekend or Bank Holiday service to Blackpool when demand exceeded supply and there was nothing that could be extracted from Allerton in time. To this day, although the shunt neck has long gone, as have parcels vans, units are transferred between platforms by shunting out onto running lines that have limit of shunt indicators and position light signals for the purpose, usually only when something has gone wrong
  11. The line between Stafford and Wellington closed to passengers in 1964, so not much in the way of diesel loco hauled passenger trains ever happened - in my memory 2-6-4 tanks were the favourite passenger power up to the end for those trains that went through to Shrewsbury. Now Wellington to Shrewsbury was and is a very different matter. Because up to 1967 this was part of the Paddington-Birkenhead main line which was late in the dieselisation queue, you'd see first Westerns, and then Class 47s on passenger turns, although many services were steam hauled north of Wolverhampton, initially with assorted GW 4-6-0s, and later with Black 5s, and the services that didn't work to or from Paddington were mostly DMU. Turning to freight, the line from Stafford to Wellington closed to through freights in 1966 as the section at the Stafford end closed completely. Again, that meant there was little diesel freight in the days of a through service as steam was still used, what there was would probably have seen Class 24s and 25s. Once the route became a freight branch, worked from the Wellington end, and progressively cut back nearer and nearer to Wellington, Bescot area allocated 24s and 25s would again have been the power after steam ended. The Wellington to Shrewsbury section saw these too, of course, but also 40s and 47s. Really these classes were all that were allocated in the area and all that drivers were trained on in your era, apart possibly from Class 20s. During the period before Shrewsbury to Wellington passed to LMR control Hymeks worked some through freights on that section, and I've seen a picture of a Warship on one too.
  12. I can certainly remember COND on wagons in the '60s, I never saw it on coaches, but that's not to say it was never used - there were so very many more wagons around compared to coaching stock. You would also see an X inside a circle, both painted in white, usually at the other end of the wagon to the COND, but this wasn't universal
  13. That's confusing. If he means some kind of event at the Great Central Railway in the UK, like the annual Model Event held in June, it's news to me that there is anything more than a normal running weekend on those dates in October, and I work there! Of course it could refer to some other event somewhere else and he's got the name mixed up, or the dates mixed up. Now the weekend before is the Autumn Steam Gala at the Great Central - lots of visitors and lots of stands.
  14. Any chance of changing the thread title and contents to reflect that the model involved is the N class 2-6-0? Sounds pedantic, but Hornby have a model of an N2 (in this case a GNR/LNER origin 0-6-2T) and it certainly confused me at first reading.
  15. Include me as well, please. Trying to recreate an unexpected trip I had in Wren when it appeared propelled by a 64xx, substituting for a failed DMU.
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