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  1. Ooh, I had a very similar set, I think with the same loco but with grey plastic track. I also had a couple of Lesney Matchbox push-along train sets, including one with a coal conveyor and tippler wagons. The coal was little lumps of shiny black plastic, I think probably 1mm round rod that had been chopped up, and it got absolutely everywhere. My first "proper train set" was Hornby R597, the "Super Sound Freight Set" with a sound generator which you wired up to the controller, so that its rate of chuff would match the track voltage.
  2. I rather liked the way they CGI'd in some wild-looking hilly landscapes in the background of Kidderminster, to hide the car park and the diesel shed. It was pleasing to see that much of the on-train footage was actually shot from a moving train in the AY-HY section, going by the views out of the window. Overheard some random people in the street talking about how good the film was yesterday, so I was tempted to interject with "apparently, you can even go and ride on the train they used to film it!!!" and see if I could reel some potential passengers in...
  3. Yes; sorry, I wasn't clear, I meant specifically the AD&R from Bassaleg to the docks
  4. I assumed the AD&R would have been likely to use permissive block, given they operated a heavily-trafficked freight-only route. I did indeed find that photo collection, once I'd worked out that a lot of the good stuff on that site isn't geotagged very well! Indeed, a couple of the pictures are linked to in my first post. I'm slowly collating a list of B&M-related photos in the various online archives - Amgueddfa Cymru have some nice photos of B&M locos digitised but most of their relevant holdings seem to have an online catalogue entry but no digital version as yet.
  5. My assumption from the SRS diagram of Bassaleg Jn was that they didn't double the whole of that single-line stretch - instead they put in a double junction between the AD&R line and the B&M line at Bassaleg Jn, and the former AD&R single line became a loop or refuge (the Bassaleg Jn diagram doesn't show a loop entry, and the SRS don't seem to have a diagram at all for Bassaleg South, the first ex-B&M box). There's also no connection between the AD&R and the Western Valley shown on the RCH diagram for the period - it implies that pre-grouping traffic fr
  6. I'd always thought that the single-lead junction was a modern innovation, or at least, a post-1960 innovation along with TCB and suchlike. However, recently I was looking at some South Wales lines on old OS maps and came across an interesting layout at Bassaleg Jn. Firstly, if you don't know the area, here's the RCH diagram of the area from 1914. We have the Great Western (yellow), the Brecon & Merthyr (blue), and the Alexandra Docks & Railway (purple). Note that in 1914 there is no connection shown from the GWR to the AD&R. Now, here's that repr
  7. Network Rail are currently saying the bridge move will be in 5 to 7 weeks from now, from October 24th to November 7th. https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/south-gloucestershire/
  8. Bristol City Council has announced that the oldest buildings at Barton Hill shed will be added to its Local List of buildings that are not formally listed but whose heritage deserves recognition in the planning system. The press release is at https://news.bristol.gov.uk/news/historic-industrial-buildings-have-their-moment-in-the-spotlight-in-bristols-local-list You can see the entry for Barton Hill by going to https://maps.bristol.gov.uk/kyp/?edition=bristol&layer=Community layer&x=360468.4&y=172854.85&extent=167.18# and clicking on the arrow in the top-
  9. I don't think it's possible on a regular basis although there might be a few oddities, like the morning Cardiff-Manchester that goes via Temple Meads, but that would be a very long way round anyway! It uses to be the case that one of the first TM-Cardiff slow trains of the day went via Parkway but that disappeared in the last timetable change.
  10. The closure between Kidder and Highley has been advertised for about a month or so, I think, so hopefully not too many people who booked further ahead will have been affected.
  11. The reason it was described as a local was because of the restricted amount of seating space, compared to a full-length set. It was belled as a Class A Express Passenger, however, as it didn't stop everywhere.
  12. When I first saw it in reality, the bottom of the ramp looked so close to the platform end that I wondered how easy it would actually be to turn around a large pushchair or wheelchair in the space available
  13. Didn't "Designing A Layout" by Barry Norman feature a Lyonesse-based design? Or am I thinking of something by Iain Rice?
  14. I mentioned New Clee yard above. It had two main purposes - one was marshalling fish trains from Grimsby Fish Docks and the corresponding empty wagons, and the other was delivering coal to trawlers; the third, on summer Saturdays, was acting as overflow carriage sidings for Cleethorpes excursion trains. It's hard to find photos of it online - if you go to http://www.davesrailpics.bravehost.com/JohnWillerton/Cleethorpes2.htm and head down to the bottom, the penultimate picture, taken from Fuller St footbridge, is as good a shot as you are likely to find anywhere. The sidings to the right
  15. O Gauge sounds about right. I do remember it was one of the places at which Rail Riders members could claim a sticker to add to their wall frieze! I think the sticker showed a hand holding a model loco
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