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  1. Thanks for those Charles - good catch was the headcode winder digit changer which I would have completely omitted since I had no idea where it was. A couple things - what exactly did the "inspection lamp socket" do, and was it the bright orange button (if anyone remembers)? What purpose or practical use did the "vacuum chamber release push button" have? Did the AC electrics not have the DSD floor pedal? I believe that windscreen washer switches were only fitted later to the early class - I had been sent photos of the Class 83 driver and secondman side desks by a member of the AC Loco Group, and it looks very much like the Class 86 cabs, and nothing like the original English Electric stock photo featured below - which does not have the windscreen washer switch. Also a different-looking wiper speed control valve design. Regarding annotated cab photos there is this: http://www.dawlishtrains.com/driving-cabs-electric-loco.html The AL3 cab on this site was thought to be an AL1 cab in some publications (Modern Locomotives Illustrated at least) but the giveaway is the 'EE' emblem on the power controller panel.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYzdert7TMI This video shows off a JV16 and it looks quite similar to the V12 we can see in the startup video, apart from the addition of 2 pairs of cylinders obviously . Assuming that similar engine product lines shared similar build and casing apart from the number of cylinders (V12 vs V16 vs V8, etc) I think that the startup video actually does showcase a JV12, or maybe a JVS12T. I have no idea what the engines originally looked like but one difference is that the JVS12T was turbocharged I believe? I do wonder what the extra 'S' and 'T' stand for. EDIT: Apparently not - a quick search for the Battery Point power station reveals that it is actually a Mirrlees KVSS12, attached to Brush alternators.
  3. WTO, that's a fascinating bit of info there. Speaking of a JV12, could this be one of those examples? Stated to be a 50-year-old (so late 50s-early 60s) Mirrlees, so might be a JV12, or even a JVS12T? I can't find anymore identifying info on it.
  4. Latest work. Does anyone know what might be on the secondman side of the cab on the early AC locos? I know there was another horn control lever, but what else? Fire alarm test? AL3 by Ron Hessar, on Flickr AL3 1960s cab by Ron Hessar, on Flickr
  5. That’s a nice bit of film. Interesting that the vans were pasted with “lea valley” posters but considering the makeup of the train I don’t think they would have stuck and stayed in the consist for long!
  6. That’s a nice bit of film. Interesting that the vans were pasted with “lea valley” posters but considering the makeup of the train I don’t think they would have stuck and stayed in the consist for long!
  7. Very likely that it was a one-off. Another shot here https://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8621
  8. on the topic... Kings Cross Freighter
  9. Yes indeed. One of my favorite clips. The loco change from 40 to AL1 and the speed at which it took place is also remarkable.
  10. That might be it. But I thought it was after a number of incidents that the speed limit on those vans were really cut down. Maybe mid 1960s? These 1/221 vans came out around 1960 or 1961.
  11. In the excellent video below around 8:30 an AL1 comes along with the 4M18 Ford parts to Halewood, interestingly there are a few things: 1. Most of the 30+ wagon consist is made up of ex-Izal vans, at the front primarily 2. The short wheelbase palvans retained their Izal green, although in very tatty condition 3. Some vans got a Ford branding sticker over the door inset that originally had the “IZAL products” emblem, while other didn’t And a question that I hope someone more versed with train classification would be able to answer. I’ve been able to put together that the Izal vans had two sets of branding, one reading “RETURN TO CHAPELTOWN ER” on the left-center door, and another set of branding on the rightmost door reading “TO RUN ON C-D TRAINS WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS” ... I’m only assuming that “C and D” refers to train class, as in Class C goods? Why would this wagon specifically need such a note, unlike others? Would it be down to the large Izal branding making people think they were to only run in block company trains? Happy to be corrected.
  12. https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brfordpalvan/h1629c9f2 Looking closer at this pic of the Ford train it appears the last ex-Izal van (short wheelbase) had some white marking or branding filling the door panel that used to bear the Izal logo. Could this mean that some ex-Izal palvans got marked with the Ford branding similar to the earlier style used on the long wheelbase vans? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dw0qu3tWoAEV0h-.jpg
  13. www.leightonlogs.org/Watfordcollision230175.htm “6M50 consisted of 17 pallet vans electrically hauled from Willesden by 85017 6M50 runs daily conveying car part in pallets or specially designed steel stillages loaded by fork lift truck into the wagons at Dagenham, after which the wagons are closed and sealed by company staff.” Interestingly the review mentions the wagons being sealed by wire at Ford Dagenham although I think this was a guideline doubt that it was followed in practice. The accident report concludes the same.
  14. I’m not sure exactly but I know at least one of the trains switched off to AC traction upon reaching power. The Ford train involved in the Watford crash (I think a class 6) was hauled by an 85. There was 4M18 which ran through the WCML: https://flic.kr/p/qsKedV https://flic.kr/p/bXSHRo
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