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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. Heard on the grapevine that KX North will be version 2.3.0 as per Thameslink but NCL will be done first (i.e. before KX North), so about 2025 for KX North to go live. Then all to be "uprevved" to version 3.6. Not sure if the proposed "big bang overnight change" for ECML will still happen, or if an overlay option will be introduced initially - still a long way to go yet.
  2. Thanks 45655, earlier I could only find a 2012 version of the 5 mile diagrams. Now finally found the 2017 version and it does indeed show the points as being motorised, number 5024 in fact.
  3. I think I can answer my own question. Although not stated as such in the Sectional Appendix (which is why I asked the question), a bit more digging, this time in the 5-mile diagrams, it would appear that the points in question are indeed "spring points" - set towards the Up Loop.
  4. Interesting photos Mark, thanks for sharing. Also interesting to note in your last photo that the points adjacent to the GF (on right of photo) seem to be set towards the line that 158822 is traversing. Hopefully the points (out of shot) are "spring" points and the unit isn't about to have a "run through" if they aren't. I don't know the area personally, but hopefully someone can confirm that the points (out of shot) are "spring" points and normally set to the loop on the right (as viewed).
  5. Hi Mick, The best I can find, a grainy b/w photo with an "X" aerial on the left, and a drawing, but I think you can get the gist of what the connection box looks like. Hope this helps.
  6. Hi Matt, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you, I've been looking for more photos to help answer your question. Basically, yes, it is an "I" beam sat on top of the blocks, with the rail chairs bolted to it (and the rails sat in the chairs). I couldn't find any better photos of the MFB showing this detail, however, I attach a couple of photos from the Wheel Lathe building that has the same arrangement. Hopefully these show the "I" a bit clearer.
  7. Hi Mick, On that type of aerial the coax connection would be the centre of the "cross", there would be either a square or circular box for the cable to terminate in. I'll see if I can find a picture of one for you.
  8. Hi Matt, Three more photos for you, hope they are of some use. The reason for the unterminated wires was due to the MFB still being "in the construction phase" and not yet commissioned. However, it was approximately 90% complete by the time of the photos and was available to store a unit overnight during the ELL testing phase. On the day(s) I took the photos, the unit was made available (together with a driver and driver manager) for us (Telecoms) to run over the route for GSMR testing/commissioning.
  9. Due to the intensity of the headlights, yellow panels not now deemed necessary. I'm sure someone will confirm actual dates and/or documentation confirming when the yellow panels were no longer required.
  10. Hi Matt, A few more photos for you. I don't know how useful they will be, at the time I took the photos the pits themselves weren't the main topic. This one sort of shows the three levels of access. This one is looking along the unit at "platform level". You can see how close to the unit that the platform and upper access staging is. This one shows the view out of the drivers window when entering the MFB, shows the buffer stop and access steps down to the lower level access. Reached the data limit for now, will post a coupl
  11. Hi Matt, Not sure what period you are looking to model, but here is a drawing of the Maintenance Facilities Building for the East London Line project from 2008. It is a four road shed, built to service 4-car class 378 units (although it was later extended to accommodate 5-car units). As you will see, maintenance "access" was on 3 levels. It might give you some ideas. The rails are mounted on blocks, see also attached couple of photos. NXG Board 04 - Maintenance Bld Sections.pdf I have one or two more photos if you are interested, but they
  12. Given that the first yellow distant signal (Metropolitan & District) appeared in 1907, the GCR introduced yellow lights in distant signals in 1916 (and yellow arms in 1918) and a 1925 BoT requirement for all distant signals to display yellow lights and yellow arms, but the first traffic lights (with an amber light) didn't appear until 1927, I would argue that it is "highways" that is out of step with the railways!
  13. Yep, checked yesterday on the 5 mile diagrams and it doesn't have number.
  14. Even more surprising, than the TOPS number issue, is the 37s are still brandishing NRN 'whip' antennas 7 years after the NRN was switched off. I know virtually all units still have the roof mounted low profile antennas fitted, but their removal would be more complex and expensive.
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