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  1. I think one of the high-profile overruns a few years ago was because they were one driver short at the start, so borrowed the driver off the next train, and so on until they ended up with no driver for the last one.
  2. It's an O gauge 33 someone has left on a 00 layout.
  3. I guess the 31 was summoned to assist when one of the locos had failed. Probably the 25, as it's already been said this train was too heavy for two 25s and I guess a 25+31 wouldn't have been much better.
  4. Essentially a glorified guided bus. The people behind the Coventry project went for a railed solution because of reasons such as lower energy consumption (steel wheels being more efficient than rubber tyres).
  5. There are a couple of reports on maib.gov.uk where container stacks have toppled on (or off) ships, and these go into quite a lot of detail about how the containers were loaded or should have been. I think one had some 45s on the top of a stack that was taller than the ones fore and aft, so it could overhang either end, and there was something about containers that didn't meet international structural requirements having to be at the top of a stack as well.
  6. I make it about 580m from Great Bowdon road to the footbridge, so a passenger train could reverse there without the wires having to continue under the footbridge. Or are there shunt signals at the crossovers that would allow the reversal without going behind the main signal?
  7. The realignment for the platform remodeling went quite a long way north of the platforms, and as electrification was envisaged when this was designed it would have taken that into account. In particular the Great Bowdon Road overbridge, with two arches that used to span the Midland to the east and the Joint line to the west, now has one track through the centre of each arch and the parapets look to have been raised. The next bridge is a footbridge which I don't think has been replaced so may not have enough clearance. I can't see the Up directions signals protecting the crossovers on aerial
  8. I read somewhere the plan would be to continue a bit beyond the station so that electric trains could reverse via the crossovers at the north end of the platforms. That way, if there were engineering works further north EMR could run a London-MH shuttle using the 360s while the bi-mode units served points north via Corby.
  9. That probably explains it then. Anyone know the standard for wiring on things like lamps with fused plugs in the UK?
  10. A partial short in a low-current appliance causing it to draw 19A could still cause a lightweight cable to catch fire.
  11. I would guess the sleeving on the live and neutral pins is long enough that the metal part of the pin has disappeared into the socket before it makes electrical contact inside. So even someone pushing a knife between an almost-inserted plug and its socket should be safe. But I don't know this for certain, so don't try this at home folks...
  12. But even if you have a separate feed to each socket, that would have to be capable of supplying enough current for a kettle or fan heater, so risks burning out the sort of flex that would be used for a table lamp. So I think you still need the fuse. The alternative is separate high and low current sockets, as we used to have with the old round pin ones that came in small and large sizes.
  13. Yes, as I tried to explain to my mother-in-law a few years back after I discovered she'd put 13 amp fuses in table lamps etc because if there was a fault it was easier to reset a tripped breaker in the "fusebox" than to replace a fuse in a plug.
  14. And another one a few years ago at Wimbledon where neither organisation was maintaining the crossover linking LU and NR infrastructure. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-digest-012018-wimbledon/derailment-of-a-passenger-train-near-wimbledon-south-west-london-6-november-2017
  15. There are three types, all of which have two normal LEDs of different colours in the same package. One type has two wires, and the two LEDs are connected in inverse polarity. If the current is reversed the LEDs change colour. That might be useful for DC but difficult to do with DCC. The second and third types have three wires, and the two LEDs are connected common cathode and common anode respectively. Common anode is the best type for DCC as the common terminal can connect to the decoder common (blue wire) and the other two to function wires (such as yellow and
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