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  1. Mid-late '80s had POA (later SSA) wagons on some flows. These were high-sided box wagons painted in a deep turquoise with yellow ends. I believe the official colour was Barclays Blue. Upto 1990 (I think) they carried 'SR' branding in white as they were leased from Standard Rail. Due to the loads they carried they developed very dirty, rusty coloured bodies. Some HEA coal wagons were recoded HSA for scrap work, the hopper doors being welded shut. Bachmann have produced models of both these types of wagons over the years. Loads are easy to make from your ow
  2. I travelled in a Mk2 BFK from Inverness to Edinburgh in 1994. Dutch class 37 up front IIRC.
  3. I think no 13 is Lea Marston, North of Water Orton Regards Phil
  4. The catering cars look like miniature buffets (RMB) to me, similar to the recent Bachmann model. Regards Phil
  5. Cracking photos of a cracking line. We used to have our summer holidays in Teignmouth in the early 80s. My interest in railways started in the Summer of 1984 whilst there. One of my earliest railway memories is of large logo 50003 Temeraire coming through platform 2 full chat. Magic.
  6. Thanks for that, glad I'd not imagined/half-remembered it. I imagine in a composite coach the differences might need to be a bit more obvious to allow passengers to identify the correct class. Regards Phil
  7. As previous posters have said, there was a great variety of traction. Class 45s, 47s, 50s. Pairs of class 31s on services from the NW, very often hauling WCML sets - Mk 2 aircons with a Mk3a catering car and in later years a DVT. Network SouthEast Mk1s/2s on services from London as well as loco hauled Intercity stock. Tatty mixed rakes of Mk1s put together for Friday or Saturday Only services. Regarding freight services, off the top of my head, china clay was prevalent, the most well known service probably being the "Silver Bullets" from Burngullow to Irvine double-h
  8. Can anyone confirm the identity of the leading coach in this photo please? https://www.flickr.com/photos/33106/8157234952/in/photolist-pe9wtB-oyKTrU-dZTDE9-bD45dF-jt3S8v-Cbj14E-2dpkkZ4-dqPXKW-mmTPWT-K2edUN-JZreuo-BricG6-oAuk4z-23ZJS1N-KPi4aP-4gU9eo-cUvYcA-mmTQ72-cUwdg3-cUwqLC-cUw8uy-cUwAQ7-cUwctQ-cUwCbC-b39QrX-218h49E-b39ZzD-b39Xi8-b39Zbr-b39SDF-b39XXv-b39UYt-b39VDi-2c2K5X6-K4fqhs-wUwJdP-Aivpq3-K8U7L9-kScfzv-PKgGZP-LCBEZW-96ycEG-b39SiT-b39TAZ-zJN1B9-b39SZv-b39U6g-b39Su6-b39RSx-SCu6Cu The photo is dated 27th June 1987 and is of the 1V67 1010 Scarborough - Paignton servi
  9. Hi Ross Looks like a Mk2c BSO to me. Sure someone will be able to corroborate this (or not) shortly. Regards Phil
  10. I'm sure I remember reading in one the Marsden Recognition guides that as well as the other changes mentioned earlier, the carpets were also removed from Mk2 FKs when they were declassified to SKs. A number of Mk2f FOs were declassified to SOs (64xx) and then later converted to "high density" (my terminology) TSOs (68xx no range) around 1990 for use on commuter services on the MML to St Pancras and the ECML to Kings Cross. The latter conversion involved altering the internal layout, IIRC they had 70+ seats many in airline style configuration. Regards Phil
  11. Hi Chris Re the differences - Cumbria machine has a recessed rear cab step, also the bodywork above the lockers slopes from the rear of the cab to the back of the vehicle, on the other it runs parallel with the top of the lockers for the whole length of the vehicle. The also have different style lights and ladder arrangements. Depends how much of a compromise you are willing to make. Langley Miniature Models do a 1/76 Leyland Freighter pump, ref G185, with Lancashire markings. Far as I can see it represents one of the D-H reg machines. The vari
  12. Around 1990/91 the pale grey POAs were used on a flow of limestone from Whitwell quarry in NE Derbyshire to Witton, Birmingham. Often hauled by a large logo or Railfreight Construction liveried Class 56. Regards Phil
  13. Kingsway models do a free download of a Wilkinsons shopfront, as well as some useful high street buildings http://www.kingswaymodels.com/page27.htm Fox Transfers also supply some useful 80s-90s style fascias - PO, Rumbelows, WHSmith, Boots etc, as well as some more generic ones. Think I'm correct in saying that as time has passed the number of independents in whatever sector has diminished greatly. If you want to give a sense of place, using a local chain might work, bakeries seem to be a constant for example. Cynics like myself would say all you need for a modern day high street
  14. Hi Definitely 33050, 33207, 60001. No doubt a few more too. Regards Phil
  15. Hi Richard I am attempting to model the Derby area in late 1980s/early 90s. As you say, coal was still a major freight flow, a lot from Derbys/Notts coalfields to power stations in the Trent Valley. There was also Avenue coking plant near Chesterfield There were also flows to/from further afield. Usual motive power was 2x20s, 56s and 58s on MGR services with HAAs, also Speedlink coal services with HEAs often with Class 37 hauled. To easily add variety, MGR services from Denby opencast site just north of Derby had a brake van at each end to enable the train crew to operate the
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