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  1. The Mid Calder Jn - Carstairs East Jn section of the Edinburgh - Carstrairs line is still, AFAIK, 2 aspect signaling. At least it was when I last worked that route, at the time when East Coast IC services to Glasgow Central were transfered to Cross Country, and I'm not aware of it having been changed since.
  2. Could that be a modification post them being allocated to NR for the NMT, as they could be included in a train with conventional stock there? Transit moves perhaps. I don't see any need for that modification when in service and '123 doesn't appear to have them in the pics I posted on here earlier. Which brings me back to just what was going on there... Yes, it's a pair of buffer fitted 43s back to back being used to loco haul a Mk4 set, Newcastle - York - Edinburgh - Heaton, and with the PCs being run-round the train at both York and Edinburgh. The Mk4 set was without the
  3. It's been going on a lot longer than that, the East Coast sleepers succumbed to that back in the '80s
  4. I certainly never saw LH Mk3s on cross-country services from Newcastle, they went straight from Mk2s to HST. By the time that surplus LH Mk3s were available from the WCML cross country wouid have already been HSTs or even Voyagers
  5. From 'LNER Coaches' (Michael Harris) E143 was a Corridor Composite. However, I recall seeing somewhere that a complete set was done in this livery for one of the named expresses, just can't find the reference to it at present. Also, as that's a design sketch you're referencing to, I'd be be cautious in assuming that's actually one of the coaches so painted. The above book has an ex-works photo of Corridor Brake Third E1942 in 'Plum & Spilt Milk', but it differs from the sketch in the number's placed centrally, not at the end of the vehicle
  6. Even without knowing the height with whatever vehicle's loaded at the time (which he's responsible for anyway) it should be blindingly obvious that with any vehicle on the back there's no way he's going to get under a 6'6" bridge. I doubt he would have even got through there empty
  7. How about this? Newcastle-York-Edinburgh-Heaton (including running-round at York and Edinburgh)
  8. Regarding this clause, unfitted wagons generally didn't have lamp brackets, however the handle of BR tail lamps was designed to hang it on the coupling hook. Presumably the same method would be used here
  9. Railway Liveries BR Steam 1948-1968 (Haresnape / Boocock) describes it as Bodysides carmine red, with cream upper panels lined gold and black The 1956 livery's stated as maroon with yellow and black lining Unfortunately the colour of the numbers / lettering doesn't seem to get a mention, I'd expect it to be to match the lining
  10. Hi Russ, Up till, I'd say, the early 80s - not sure when it closed, ballast wagons from the Tyneside area ran to Belford quarry for loading
  11. I believe that up to around this period, withdrawn passenger stock (in engineer's black) were used in p.way trains to transport staff to relaying sites.
  12. Also according to that article; "the largest locomotive built in the UK in over 20 years." Erm, no, that was Tornado
  13. The issue with starting 08s, common to most 1st Gen. locos /DMUs, was the HP7 battery used. Plus, in the case of shunters, often being outstationed at yards, they were remote from chargers / replacements if they failed to start. The manual pump in the cab was the fuel transfer pump (main tank to header tank above it, which then gravity fed the engine) but IIRC, there was also another manual pump behind the front engine bay door for lub. oil priming
  14. Yes, I remember working that service (Newcastle / Finsbury Park / return) There was generally more staff than passengers on it!
  15. The Q1 I believe's just an 0-6-0 The problem with kits, of any make, is generally with longer wheelbase locos, and particularly with outside cylinder clearance on locos with front pony / bogie wheels - as the kits are all metal they just have to touch to cause a short. I've a DJH B16 which can negotiate 30", but half the front cylinder covers were removed
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