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anroar53

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    With several thousand pages of work diaries covering 40 odd years and three regions of BR, still wondering whether I ought to be writing a book about it all. Other than that like to get outdoors and some long distance walks.

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  1. Outside the Box at Watford. A southbound Freight passes a northbound Express. A Bakerloo Tube completes its journey from Elephant & Castle as it arrives in platform 5. Looking north towards Harrow, plenty of activity taking place. Thumping south at Linslade, 1005 heading for home territory. Looking north along the Harrow section of the layout, with the Watford section along the other side of the loft. Looking north along the Watford section of the layout near the Loft Access hatch. Anot
  2. Although probably not running over the main line the British Gypsum mines at Mountfield used to have its own Diesel shunting Locos (steam prior to that). They would work the empty and loaded wagons from the sidings up to the mines. The sidings had a gate across the track at Mountfield Ground Frame, and the sidings were all under BR ownership. The Loco crews employed by British Gypsum were all supplied with a BR Rule Book and associated publications. Even the weekly notices would be supplied. (I can remember taking them up there to be delivered). They were also given an Annual 'Rules Exam' by a
  3. Did Rowley Regis ever get the floral hanging baskets that used to grace some stations years back ?? Look like the brackets that were used for those ???
  4. Passing the Depot at Watford. Southern Cement passing Harrow. Southbound at Harrow. Cabview approaching Harrow on the Down Slow Line. Suburban interlude at Watford. Northbound at Headstone Lane. Latest video of the layout with non-DCC sound at
  5. A Euston bound Express passes Linslade. A diverted Midland service for Sheffield crosses from the Down Slow to Down Fast Line at the north end at Watford, after providing a connection into the St. Albans Abbey branch. Harrow. Looking south. The southern approaches, outside the Box at Watford. Waiting to leave the Reversing Sidings at Harrow after the southbound Bakerloo service has vacated Platform 2. The first glimmer of light on an overcast November Sunday morning. Pas
  6. During the 1970s there was a regular staff train at the southern end of the WCML, that was usually a Cravens 105 DMU, 0100 Watford Junction to Euston, and the 0149 Euston to Watford Junction. (This unit worked the St. Albans Branch during the day). At this time it was the only scheduled service to call at the Main Line platforms at Queens Park. If the DMU wasn't available the train would often be formed of a 501 via the DC Lines. The early hours of Sunday morning could produce an assortment of 'unusual' DMU workings to and from Bletchley, apart from the regular Cravens 105 I have noted a Maryl
  7. The Up Postal passing Harrow. The southern approaches to Watford. Harrow interlude as the Branch freight arrives from Stanmore. Looking south from the bridge at Harrow. Southbound class 3 Parcels at Linslade. The Widnes to North Wembley BOC Tankers pass Harrow. The Stanmore shuttle approaches platform 7. Northbound through Watford. The Manchester Pullman overtakes a Dagenham to Halewood working approaching Watford.
  8. I'm not sure now, the pictures I took were around 15 years ago during a routine UAT Exam for the Ploughs.
  9. Hopefully this will answer some of the questions ? The 'Essentials'. Tool Box and ladder below Air tank. Handbrake. Looking forward to the sharp end. Note the Brake Release cords leading away from the Brake Cylinder. Front cover removed from the Plough End showing the stowed Brake Pipe connection for the sharp end. Attachment of the Towing Bar at the sharp end.
  10. According to some old traffic reports I found 6981,6991,6998 and 6999 appeared regularly on freight workings out of South Wales.
  11. I can remember from the last days of Somers Town Goods Depot (St. Pancras) the old covered Milk Dock at the north end of the Depot being used by the GPO to unload/load Bulk Letter Mail and Parcels. The vans in use were almost entirely of the Vanfit/SPV variety. They would arrive in the early morning to be unloaded, as only about 8 vans would fit either side of the platform the 08 shunter would make several trips to unload everything. In the evening the Vans would be loaded up with outgoing mail and Parcels before being shunted into a longer outgoing train. You could see the operations going on
  12. Southbound Freight passes Watford on the Up Slow Line. Harrow & Wealdstone looking south. Passing the Depot at Watford. North end at Watford looking south. Northbound Sleeper service and Freight exit the tunnels at Linslade. Approaching Harrow from the south. Must be the Peak hour, as the Stanmore Branch DMU is formed by a pair of Cravens 105s. The Widnes to North Wembley BOC Tankers head through Harrow on the Up Slow Line.
  13. I can remember doing fortnightly checks on the concentration of the acid levels in our local Carriage Washer. You would draw a small measured plastic beaker full from the main tank, then add a tablet into the beaker. This would dissolve and the liquid would change colour. I can't exactly recall what the various colours were now but the results had to be entered into the Washer Log Book and arrangements made to either dilute the mix if the acid content was too high, or add more mix if it was too weak. I vaguely recall the optimum result of the test was supposed to result in the sample turning a
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