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  1. Actually, having checked the dates, I was wrong: that part of the M40 opened, as an isolated section between the present J2 and J4, in March 1969, and the railway closed a little over a year later, on 4 May 1970.
  2. For a really short life, look no further than the M40 bridge over the Maidenhead - High Wycombe line, which closed before the motorway opened:
  3. In my experience the best source for details of GWR/WR diagram practice is the Signalling Record Society Signalling Paper "Signal Box Diagrams of the GWR and BR(WR)" by Alan Price, which was written in the 1980s by a Reading Works insider and is still available via the SRS website https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/pubpapers.php . He says that the first GWR illuminated diagrams were installed in 1927 as part of the Engine & Carriage lines resignalling at Paddington, and were drawn at Reading although they owed some elements of style to Westinghouse practice. Page 92 of Vaughan's Great Western Signalling has a 1932 picture of Westbourne Bridge box with such a diagram. Stuart J
  4. The current guidance/requirements document is at https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/2158/level_crossings_guidance.pdf , and the "second train coming" conditions at an AHB have not changed; see paragraph 2.80. Stuart J
  5. You are partially correct. Dealing with current practice, "Call attention" (1 beat) precedes every other signal except for "train entering section" (two beats) and the various emergency codes (which I'm assuming you aren't interested in for modelling purposes). Going back in time, the GWR and BR(WR) did not use "call attention" before "train out of section" (two pause one) until the various regional differences in bellcodes were eliminated in 1972. A further GWR variation was that the "train out of section" signal was not acknowledged. In standard working, a signalman will offer a train forward on receipt of "train entering section" from the box in rear. However, if sections are short, trains may be offered on immediately they are accepted. This will be specified, when necessary, in the special instructions for each signal box (called "footnotes" on the Western). Stuart J
  6. I've spent some time looking at those pictures in Hosegood's book, and I don't believe the date can be correct, despite being repeated several times. The staff uniforms look more like 1920s. For me the clincher is the front view of the train waiting to leave: the Castle has a small tender and the upper lamp iron on top of the smokebox, which together put it pre-1930. I respectfully suggest that the date is 1927, not 1937.
  7. I'll have to disagree with you there- that is definitely a pre-war hat. Late 40s style was for a lower crown.
  8. If they were made as per that picture, they wouldn't be much like the originals as seen here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:D1023_Western_Fusilier_in_Paddington.jpg The lettering is much too big. Still, you pays yer money...
  9. As shown by those two lovely prototype examples, it's worth cropping the picture and adjusting it so that the line the train is running on is absolutely horizontal.
  10. Pendon does not want or have space for any additional layouts, and I suspect that Didcot would not be interested, especially in a model that is not of a real place.
  11. The RCTS Green Book has a picture of Humorist in February 1948, clearly in apple green.
  12. Looks like the cover displayed above was a proof. I now have a copy of the book and the caption in question has been amended to make it clear that it is the disc signal that is being described. I can thoroughly recommend the book. Those who collect GWR eccentricities will be particularly delighted by the backing distant signal (found at Aberdare High Level in 1922) illustrated on page 58, complete with perforated fish-tailed arm.
  13. Thanks. I wondered about Clapham Yard, but I don't remember that shed well enough to be certain.
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