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  1. With regard to splitting the order for the 1000s JK Lewis "The Western's Hydraulics" says ; 1) Swindon was still building D800s and distribution of work minimised delivery delay and preserved employment. 2) Crewe had a solid record of delivery on time to budget. The high cost of the D800s is cited as being a special concern for the British Transport Commission. Cheers. Matt W
  2. It is said Swindon produced much tidier stressed body finishes - having had more practice with the principle on the D800s. Some colour shots of Crewe built 1000s you can see a ripple to the finish. There's one particular shot of a green D1000 somewhere near Brum where that is particularly evident. But then as XTC, the most under rated band in history said, Swindon "built the horses of the gods".* Best Regards Matt W
  3. Talking of Kings, I came across this. Haven't watched it all yet, but thought provoking. Best regards Matt W
  4. Love that place so much. Of all the places I wish I had a time machine to visit that is one. To see a 64xx or 14xx simmering quietly, or a cheerful toot on a Desilux horn as a railcar came along Monmouth or Chepstow bound. Heck, a D9500 running round a ballast from the quarry would have been good enough. My own rough attempts at recreating in N, now sadly consigned to history, are here. About 5years ago spent quite a while crashing through the undergrowth at Brockweir hoping to find an insulator with GWR on it. To match one with LNER on I found bear Ayot St Peter P
  5. Nothing to do with the front bogie but any more seditious talk about the Kings and you'll be having the spirit of my late father come pay you a visit in the small hours ! As far as he was concerned they were 'the engine'. If you look at the loads and speeds they were doing on the Inter City, (see a lovely little book called "Watching the Trains at Brill"), they must've been impressive in full flight with bloody great loads rattling through Saunderton, Risborough and Haddenham. The book has timings of King hauled trains with 14/ 15 coaches and more on.
  6. Ok - very helpful that link 2750 Papyrus, so it's a Development Consent Order process. So precise route will be necessary for the Environmental Statement, and, by the time this gets off the ground, Biodiversity Net Gain, etc, etc, ad nauseam, ad nauseam. Matt W
  7. Appreciate that Mike, but would describe that as a broad corridor, not a specific route capable of forming a Transport and Works Act order, any other legislative approach to project delivery or upon which to base impacts and mitigation. Be very interested in the alignment when it becomes clearer, and want to see it delivered in my lifetime! Best regards Matt W
  8. Agree with all the above. Given altered loadings post Covid, the proclivities of residents in Oxford and Cambridge, (and Aylesbury proclaimed itself a cycling town some years back)*, one would hope that aside from the disappointment around propulsion the rolling stock might: 1) have comfortable seats - those on the stock introduced on the Hertford loop are rock hard. Could double as ironing boards. 2) seats that line up with windows. 3) leg room 4) properly offer and support choice in sustainable transport by integrating with cycling and public transport.
  9. Thanks for the link Keith, and this link takes you to a picture showing the footbridge I was on about: https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p974673392/h4f1a659c Best Regards and I'll lose myself for a while in some of those images. Some crackers from the 70s.
  10. My Dad, whose Aunt ran a guest house in Dawlish, pre and post WW2 - he first went there circa 1932 - she ran it till the late 50s, told me the "Dawlish and Teignmouth Cliff Gang" used to use accommodation in stock stored in the siding. Couldn't be associated with that could it ? They also stored gear in the structures, ('buildings' doesn't seem the right word), built into the cliff face just beyond the coastguards footbridge heading toward the Langstone Rock. I always wonder when the small pedestrian footbridge was removed which used to provide access to the sea wall f
  11. Not so very different from the Deltic motors origins really then. Take the point about road noise in Scarborough mind. Best regards Matt W
  12. Yet road noise and the continuous roar of tyres barely get a mention. In my humble, if you move into a house next to operational railway land, you pays your money and takes your choice. Not saying modern traction shouldn't be designed to higher standards. However, we do live in a society where everything is someone else's fault. Maybe park up some Sulzer, EE, Maybach, Paxman traction for comparison. I'd be interested in genuine comparative Leq noise levels of different traction against ambient levels. Cheers Matt
  13. One diesel loco ticking over.....pheeewwww .....Should have tried Marylebone 1970 - 1992 ish - inhaling blue diesel fumes from idling 115s. 3 or 4 of em belching out blue smoke like a Trabant on speed. Always needed a couple of paracetamol by the time I got back to Aylesbury ! When men were men and diesel was an expectorant ! (I have my tongue firmly in my cheek). Cheers Matt
  14. Thank you A Sage aka Western Aviator. I think Kevin (Rivercider's) image of 50 019 Ramilles, shows just how smart and classy they looked in Rail blue when clean. I thought large logo was gaudy when it came along, so you can imagine my apoplectic reaction to some post privatisation liveries. Was the milk from St Erth the last one from Cornwall ? Cheers Matt W
  15. So, here's a question. I think the Milks from Dolcoath, St Erth, Loswithiel, Totnes, Torrington stopped in 1979 - 1980 ? So is it fair to say that it was never hauled by a refurb 50 ? Any of the sages on here know ? Best regards Matt W
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