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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. Having spent years in my display case in it's original form as 10001 a rainy day saw it 'updated' into a new guise as 34001. The story goes that the Research Department at Derby rescued it and have now used it as a testbed for Traction Motor research. Seen leaving Watford heading a southbound Parcels service. Looking south through Harrow as a 47 hauls a northbound freight through on the Down Slow Line. A pair of 501s head off for Watford. Heading north out of the tunnels at Linslade. An Express overtakes the North Wembley to Widnes BOC tanks. Heading south out of Harrow. A Willesden bound Freightliner passed by an Express for Euston, and a pair of 501s clatter off all stations for Euston. Traffic is at a standstill on the road bridge ! 47164 heads a northbound Freightliner past the Sports Ground at Headstone Lane as an 87 heads for London on a service from Wolverhampton. The Stirling to Kensington Olympia Motorail service swings round the curve on the approach to the tunnels at Linslade.
  2. Don't know if you have come across this website ? www.watfordlocoshed.co.uk/index.html Loads of information on Watford through the ages, including the Loco Allocations up to closure in Diesel days. If you look at the latest update pages for 2020/2021 there are some photos of the suburban workings with steam and diesel. Only wish I had found this when I was building my Model based on Watford, very useful on all the buildings, loads of photos that would have been better than relying on my own memory !
  3. Continuity error as the 0700 from Tring turns up running a bit late ! Watford overview looking north. Southbound at Harrow. The Fort William portion of 1M16 running late, the Inverness portion of 8 vehicles has run up on its own on time. Looking south from the Depot at Watford. Northbound through Watford. Passing some time at Harrow.
  4. The old station remained for sometime as this shows, Gatwick and its Stations (sremg.org.uk), not finally disappearing until the late 1970s when the Slow Lines were 'straightened out' for junctions to be installed at Tinsley Green. The buildings disappeared soon after the filming of Hard Days night. For some reason the link to the Southern Railway e-mail group article won't post ?
  5. 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. Another fairly recent clip of video from the layout. West Coast Main Line N Gauge Layout (Part 18) - YouTube
  6. 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 BR Inspector even though they didn't travel over the main line as such.
  7. 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 ???
  8. 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
  9. 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. Passengers await the arrival of the first northbound service at Platform 5 Harrow.
  10. 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 Marylebone 115 and the occasional 116.
  11. 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. A class 25 heads an Inspection Saloon through Linslade. A Research Department Special heads south through Harrow with the prototype HST Power Cars. Northbound at Linslade. Passing Harrow.
  12. I'm not sure now, the pictures I took were around 15 years ago during a routine UAT Exam for the Ploughs.
  13. 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.
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