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    Anything railways, with a slight bias towards infrastructure. A passing interest in other transport modes such as aircraft and shipping. Still a licensed Radio Amateur, but not done much in this field for a few years. Oh, and of course the family!

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  1. Thanks Wheatley. Perhaps another "reason" lost in the mists of time.
  2. A follow-up question if I may. When coupling a loco to a coach/van/wagon it always seems to be (to me at least) that the loco's coupling is used to "attach" to the coach/van/wagon and never(?) using the coach/van/wagon coupling to attach to the loco, why? I assume it is for a very good reason, but the reason escapes me. Thanks in advance.
  3. Ah, sorry Derek, I misunderstood your query. I know there are two or three "videos" on YouTube (although I think one is just a series of "stills"). Just search "railway Whitby", or similar, and see what comes up - there may be something on these that might help you.
  4. Derek, try BR Steam Motive Power Depots (Paul Bolger ISBN 0-7110-1362-4) on page 26 there is a track diagram of the depot area circa 1928 that may help.
  5. Beast66606 did say yesterday that the 47 ran back to Norwich.... maybe you missed his post.
  6. I think we may be slightly at cross purposes. With a hollow sleeper, the cables enter/exit at the ends of the sleepers, therefore the cables are physically kept clear of the tamper "tines."
  7. Because you can't then tamp the track, well you can, but the tamper will cut the cables.
  8. Plus about another 40 signal boxes beginning with "S".
  9. A couple more photos showing the internal gubbins, both are stamped "British Railways (Southern Region) Public Relations and Publicity Department, Waterloo Station. SE1., and dated 17th April 1961. Another "Human side of the Railway" qualifier (G/Harris/NI/Spray Train/E), quite probably one of the most important jobs (if not the most important job?) on the train - preparing a meal in the mess coach. Not a few "ready meals in a microwave" like it would be today, but a proper roast joint!
  10. Another "official" Chipman Chemical Co. Ltd. photo (L56891). The details on the back read "The twin spray system on the new Chipman Chemical Co., weedkiller spray train ensures that a full dosage of solution is delivered through to the the outer nozzles when the train is travelling at reduced speed. At speeds of less than 10 miles/hour only one set of nozzles is operated." The next two photos could easily have been posted in the "Human side of the Railway" thread. Both have a copyright stamp on the back "Star Copyright Central 5000 12, 22, Bouverie Street, EC4." The first of these is referenced G/Harris/N1/Spray Train/B. And the second one is referenced G/Harris/N1/Spray Train/F. I think this chap also appears in a photo posted on April 2nd.
  11. Whilst looking for other info, found this on YouTube that may be of interest.
  12. Some more photos, this time of what is described on the back of the photo "E.R. TYPE WEEDKILLER SPRAYING TROLLEY. Side view featuring rail guard." This info is typed on an official Chipman Chemical Co. Ltd label - Photograph No. 283613, and I assume the photography was sub-contracted out as there is also a clear rubber stamp stating "L.F. Asbury, Springfield Studio, 27 North Street, Horsham". So I'm guessing these photos are taken somewhere at Horsham. I'm sorry I don't know that area at all and I'm assuming it is perhaps in the Civil Engineers yard or maybe the loco shed? Anyway, here are the photos. Interesting in the second photo the spray-lance on quite a length of flexible hose for obviously spraying in areas other than the immediate track area of the trolley.
  13. Ah, could be. Hard to judge just from the photo, but would the "pivoted poles" be out of gauge when raised? Would need to check on dimensions of the trollies (or similar trollies). From memory the (current) height limit above rail is about 4.3 metres - so might be just within gauge. But for what use I've still no idea.
  14. That attitude (of the staff member, not you) somewhat destroys the "See It, Say It, Sort It" messages that are broadcast to the public on trains and stations.
  15. I've been fortunate enough to find yet more Weed Killing photos on eBay, which seem to be additional photos to the series I posted back in April. On April 3rd I posted a photo of what was described as "British Railways (Western Region) Civil Engineers Office Photographic Dept. Negative No. C13646. Negative taken 14 NOV 1955", with a handwritten note "Weed killing apparatus on gang trolley - Kingham". The following photo shows the trolley (or should that be trollies?) in much more detail, complete with head and tail lamps. From what I can make out the info on the side of B-237 reads "British Railways Engineering Department Western Region" followed by "Wolverhampton District". The notes on the back say British Railways (Western Region) Civil Engineers Office Photographic Dept. Negative No. C13651 Negative taken 14 Nov 1955, with a handwritten note "Weed killing apparatus on gang trolley - Kingham". Interesting that B-237 is fitted with a corrugated iron sheet roof, not sure if the other trolley roof is sheet metal or maybe roofing felt or indeed some other material. Would anyone happen to know, or hazard a guess, as to what the "gismos" are on the trolley roofs? I have a few more photos of the Southern Region spray trains, and some of an Eastern Region spray trolley. I'll post them when I've managed to scan them.
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