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  1. I will continue a bit further north and suggest Cheltenham through to Stratford upon Avon - to give a full GWR connection direct from Birmingham. Another line which could also have been useful is of course from Shrewsbury through Bridgnorth to Bewdley and on to Kidderminster AND Hartlebury - the later for through workings to Worcester and points south / east. Regards Chris H
  2. The junction with the Aylesbury / Marylebone lins is now twofold: - From Oxford you turn right at Biscester just after the Big "Outlet" shopping centre - to go via Prices Risborough - which brings lots of trade from London. - Next junction is at Calvert a bit to the west of Verney Junction, where they are building a new town on the filled in brick earth pits - now filled with London rubbish - the south through Quainton Road to Aylesbury and London. I rather suspect the connection to Buckingham will be vis the X60 bus to either Winslow or Miltion Keynes. A shame that reins
  3. Another vote for Oxford - Cambridge. Hopefully I will able to go direct to Oxford by train again wihin the next five years. To Cambridge Sandy and Cambridge will takle a bit longer - but hopefully I will make that as well? Regards Chris H
  4. I too initially thought the motorcycle was missing its rear wheel. I assumed it was out having a puncture repaired? Having looked more closely at the enlarged picture uyou can just see the bottom of the rear tyre below the lower edge of the silencer. So it is just a fuel stop for a rigid rear end machine and the rider will be able to continue on his way when he has paid for the fuel. A fascinating picture. Regards Chris H
  5. A difficult choice, between Bangor - Afon Wen and Rhuabon - Barmouth, which are both gapping holes in the Welsh Railway system. On reflection my vote goes to Rhuabon - Barmouth. I'm now hoping that the Llangollen Line can get their funding problems sorted out so they can carry on running trains over the remaining standard gauge part of the route. Regards Chris H
  6. Another vote for Ambergate to Chinley through Monsal Dale - I've walked part of the route, but never went that way by train. Regards Chris H
  7. Sorry to be pedantic regarding such a lovely model van, but the "Reliant Regent" wasn't introduced till 1950 and it had a small window behind the front door - also a larger engine. The pre WW2 three wheel vans from 1935 on - the successors to the Raleigh three wheeler vans - were just the "Reliant"! My Mother's sister married (in her late 40s) a widower who owned a small shop and taxi service in Hurley (Berks - east of Henley on the South side of Thames). He had a Reliant three wheeler van of that type circa late 1950s / early 60s, which he used as a mobile shop to take
  8. My vote goes to Scarborough To Whitby and points north, via Robin Hoods Bay - closely followed by Malton to Grosmont. I suppose I should also give a mention to the "Methley Joint Railway" - as paternal Grandfather was sent by the GNR to work at Stanley on the MJR in 1912 - so Father was born a Yorkshire man. Regards Chris H
  9. My vote goes to the Stainmore route - though it was a hard choice as the coast route north from Scarborough through Robin Hoods Bay to Whitby and points north is a close second, as was the Malton to Grosmont and Whitby route - although a large part of the later is running again as the NYMR. Regards Chris H
  10. Another vote for the "Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith" route. I'm assuming there will be a "Central Northern" are which will encompass the Stainmore route across to Tebay and Penrith via Kirkby Stephen? Regards Chris H
  11. Another vote for the "Waverley" route. Regards Chris H
  12. Going back to the Loco vote, I find the rebuilt W1 tempting - as it paid for paternal Grandfather's one "Post-retirement" shift in Westwood Box (from which he retired a few months before) when it laid on its side and stopped just at the bottom of the box stairs. grandfather went to see what was going on, then took over the box and organised the working of the main-line trains through the signalled roads in New England yard - after getting medical attention for his ex colleague, who was suffering deep shock. The V4 and the P2 - a later one with Bugatti streamlined front end - are a
  13. The G16 and H16 - of 1921-22 build - were dealt with under the LSWR vote a week or so back and weren't noticeably modified during their lives. Also, the two (2) LBSCR J class 4-6-2Ts didn't get significant SR change. The "River" tanks were really a SECR design - albeit delayed by the effects of WW1. So I find myself limited in the range of qualifying (big tank) locos to the Z 0-8-0T - a very specialised beast - and the W 2-6-4T. My vote goes to the "W" 2-6-4T as I did see then occasionally and they were up to the job they were designed for. Regards Chri
  14. I can see the attraction of the LMS Beyer-Garratt 2-6-6-2 locos, but there are other Beyer-Garratts preserved in UK, albeit most are narrow-gauge and the standard gauge one(s) of the 0-4-40 type and there are better large ones preserved in Africa and Australia - see NSWGR class AD60 No.6029, watch Also I'm not convinced that the LMS types were that marvellous? - If they had been better you would have expected there to have been more built instead of the 8Fs and later the Riddles MOS 2-10-0s and the BR 9Fs? So my vote goes to the Fowler Class 4 2-6-4T - another good
  15. My vote goes to the Metropolitan Railway Class H 4-4-4Ts, a very smart loco type and a favourite of mine. From 1937 they became LNER Class H2, following transfer of the operation of the steam services north of Rickmansworth to the LNER. Regards Chris H
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