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  1. The cornish flag on the 08 is going to take a lot of cleaning to keep it looking like that!
  2. I agreed with Mike Stationmaster but I was not trying to justify the drivers actions and I very much doubt Mike was either. The Stop board should be better worded, it would read much better saying 'STOP Proceed when crossing clear' , dropping the word unless and enforcing the message much more clearly. I don't know if any/many or all of the drivers on the Ffestiniog are part timers but either way I would be surprised if the training is quite as rigorous as your own was and I doubt that the consequences of passing a stop board are impressed on them as much as it is on the 'Big' railway. Although the way it is worded at present it is not actually a STOP board unless the crossing is not clear which puts doubt into drivers minds approaching it. Incidentally in regard your last sentence I say this as someone who retired in 2017 as a driver after almost 40 yrs service
  3. Slaters make one - part no X705302
  4. Which I think agrees exactly with what I said, no problem as long as a driver isn't able to identify his own incident
  5. I think I'll have to disagree with you. I know it that particular case as she's still alive it's probably trickier to describe. But I think generally when showing something like this it has just as much effect to say this is the tattered remains of an 18 year olds shirt as it does to say this is the tattered remains of Dave's shirt
  6. Speaking as an ex-driver who suffered a suicide. I would say all drivers are aware of the effects of a person being hit by a train, and many will witness or have witnessed it, especially when we used to be asked to pass the remains of such incidents at caution before they were cleaned up (though thankfully any identifiable 'bits' were usually covered over) and it was always a bit of a shock. As such I don't think showing articles of clothing will have too much effect on drivers as long as they are not identified to specific incidents, i.e. I don't think i would like to have seen items from the person i hit.
  7. This is apparently the aftermath, surprising that anyone survived
  8. At a guess I'd say that's been in scrawled in grease, probably via the glove of a shunter or guard
  9. This has mentioned on the aslef Facebook (closed) group for a few days, I dont think it should really be discussed in any detail either on here or in the media for the fear of giving more idiots ideas
  10. I agree with you, I can remember when everything we were issued with had 'Private not for publication' Printed on it and we were warned not divulge information, but now everything seems to be freely available on the internet, much of it seemingly officially. I guess freedom of information is responsible but I can see little advantage in much of it being in the public domain.
  11. I use brass angle for long tie bars, either 1x1mm or 1x1.5mm if you put the rear part of the angle at the bottom it's not visible normally, but it gives a lot more strength than flat brass strip or microstrip which always seems to bend all by itself. You will have to file off the existing tie bars and put some cosmetic bolt heads on. Edit to add just noticed the reply from Ray above and his idea to use wire through the tiebar and axleguards, combined with using brass angle would make it all pretty bombproof
  12. You're making a really good job of that, so I hope you dont take it as a criticism if point out it really should have a long tie bar between the axleguards.
  13. Yes stepbards were painted and sand was thrown on the wet paint before specialist anti slip paints were available
  14. Been a few years for me as well Jim but I'm pretty sure the 67s are the wrong way round too
  15. 101

    Grundy Street

    No they were for protection from the overhead wires. Seacows and sealions had a piece of framework in the centre about 12 inches or so above the walkway (IIRC sealions were higher maybe about 24 inches up) which acted as a step to stand on and peer into the wagon when you wanted to see the contents/if the doors had shut. As this was in the centre it put you underneath the wires, especially if you decided to climb in when having difficulty cracking the doors shut. Edit to add a link to Paul Bartletts site where you can see the 'step' https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/seacow?fpciidx=1 And you can see that some but not all sealions had a higher step https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brsealion/h1b9374e9
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