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    YO8 post code, in the Lower Derwent Valley.
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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. An interesting photo Trevor, thanks for sharing. Looking at the track that disappears out-of-shot in the bottom left-hand corner is what I presume is a rail expansion joint. Don't think I've seen one like this before. Presumably the 'normal' traffic flow on this line would be "right to left" as looking at the photo. There appears to be something (3 of) clamped/bolted to the rails/expansion switches - anyone know what these are?
  2. According to BRDatabase it was an Eastfield engine all its working life. Wonder how it found itself working to Brid?
  3. Thanks Mick. A shortage of money has scuppered quite a few elegant plans.
  4. An interesting layout Mick. Not sure what the priorities were back then, Goods or Passenger? The layout seems to be a compromise all round - quite possibly the result of a "committee's deliberations"!
  5. The low profile NRN antennas were located at the rear of the head code box. If you have a look at Class "31s".... Photos.... thread for June 4th, Montyburns56 posted a photo of the "Last Train from Corkickle Sidings 1994" (sorry, can't post a link from my mobile) and zoom in, it shows the antenna very well.
  6. AIUI it is to do with brake force. I think light engines are restricted to 75mph max. The trailing load will improve the overall braking, allowing for increased speed. Sorry, but I don't know how it is calculated or how the required number of vehicles is determined. Will be interesting to find out and I'm sure someone with the relevant knowledge will be along soon to inform us.
  7. I can't remember who it was now, but recently I read that one company is buying (or at least leasing) a fleet of smaller vans that doesn't require an HGV licence to drive, so can employ more non-HGV drivers to overcome the "shortage". The obvious downside will be more vehicles on the roads.
  8. Very nice photo, thanks for sharing. Small turntable far right, was it just for turning wagons or were they only small engines that worked this line - anyone know?
  9. Although my copy is not immediately to hand at the moment, try getting hold of a copy of East Croydon to Three Bridges (Middleton Press). I recall some useful maps and photos that may help you. May be out of print now but I'm sure you could find a copy on 'tinterweb somewhere.
  10. No loco on the other end. Filming at York usually took place in the 'Scarborough' bay platforms. The 08 would have drawn the stock out of the bay platform and on to Scarborough bridge, then propelled the stock, as seen in the photo, through the station and will be heading for Holgate sidings - on the right under the bridge.
  11. Levers for Wicket gates (where provided) were/are also painted brown.
  12. With the HSDR soon to be superseded, perhaps not too surprisingly, by VHSDR - Very High Speed Data Ring.
  13. I remember in the late 70s/early 80s attending a line fault in the Doncaster Decoy TOPS office. At one end of the office they had MUFAX/NEFAX machines, and at the other end of the office, what was then the latest in printer technology, the Philips Copy 80 printer. Such a wonderful mix of technologies on the BR(E) Telecoms network at that time, from open-wired pole routes still on some areas, to fibre-optic cables and digital transmission systems being installed on other areas - and technology-wise, everything else in between these two extremes keeping the railway running on a daily basis. Happy times.
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