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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. Good point. I don't think I do, in fact I'm certain I don't - not advertised as "with copyright" on ebay.
  2. Many thanks Jason and David for your detective work - brilliant!
  3. Thanks Jason, I did have a look at BR Database and checked the locos depot details. Based on this I assumed the train originated in the West Riding somewhere (although I appreciate there could have been an engine change, say at Leeds).
  4. Thanks Mick, that narrows down the timeframe a bit.
  5. Good afternoon All, I recently purchased another slide on ebay, the main reason was the quite spectacular water spray on taking water from the troughs (wonder how wet the crew got, and if there were any open windows in the first coach?). Then I got to wondering what service it was. Not much in the way of details other than the loco number (61856) and the location Clegg Hall. The troughs are (were) between Smithy Bridge and Rochdale. From the picture I deduce the train is heading towards Rochdale. What I assume is the pump-house for the troughs is on the right, and further right (out of shot) will be the Rochdale Canal (the water source). Given the shadow cast from the loco, the sun must also be to the right of the camera, confirming the trains direction (east to west). The head code (1X37) is obviously a special - but from where and to? As 61856 was withdrawn in December 1962, I put the date somewhere between 1959 and 1962 (I have no idea if 1959 is early enough, but thought it might not be much earlier than this given it is a colour slide - when did colour slides become available, and affordable?). I've looked through the "Six Bells" website but no luck identifying the service (so far). It looks a nice day, not much cloud, bit of sunshine, so I guess it is somewhere between April-September (but accept it could be earlier or a bit later). Lots of specials ran in this period and it could be anything from a Footex, a day trip to the seaside (Blackpool, North Wales coast, etc.), the Southport Flower Show (is this still an annual event?), or possibly a Race Special (Grand National?). Would anyone out there be able to provide details or confirmation of the special, or point me to another source (similar to Six Bells) that might have details? Any way, to the photo.........
  6. Originally steam locos didn't have speedometers fitted (until much later in life, and even then not all locos were so fitted), and it was the drivers responsibility to "judge" the correct speed - by whatever means possible (i.e., timing the spacing of telegraph poles, lengths of jointed rail, mileposts etc.). However, these might not be available or difficult to judge for certain "slow speed" movements. My understanding is that the driver "related" slower speeds to something tangible, e.g. a trotting horse moves at more or less 8 mph. Given that up to the early '60s (and probably a bit beyond), there were still quite a few horse-drawn vehicles in use up and down the country, a driver could feasibly judge the speed of his engine/train by relating to the speed of a trotting horse. There may of course be a more scientific or documented reason why "8mph" was chosen (rather than 5mph or 10mph), and I shall watch with interest for other responses as I have often found myself asking the same question, but hadn't asked others for their opinions.
  7. What was probably a fairly regular sight for others at one time, of a 73 on a coal train, this photo is a first for me. 73108 near Basing in August 1980 with a consist of fully fitted 16t.
  8. Try running that consist at a show and see what reaction you get.
  9. Cracking photos yet again Dave, thanks for sharing. J1127 reminds me of a story I was told many years ago when a certain member of the S&T staff who was working at Thirsk at the time (and who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) decided to make the Wickham trolley in use at the time, shall we say, a little more authentic when running along the line by nailing an old paint tin to the roof containing an old oily rag and putting a match to it. The rag smouldered nicely whilst stationary giving off a moderate whiff of smoke. Then he and his mate climbed aboard and set off down the line. After 10 minutes or so, due to the draft, the rag started to really burn giving off thicker and blacker smoke. Great! they thought. After another few minutes they realised that something wasn't quite right as the smoke got thicker and they were coughing a bit from the oil/paint fumes. Looking up they realised that the paint tin had become so hot it had set fire to the roof of the trolley which was wooden slats covered in roofing felt. Needless to say by the time he had brought the trolley to a halt the roof was well alight and was totally consumed by the flames. Not sure how he explained away the damage to the trolley when challenged by 'management', but it didn't seem to affect his career which was long in the S&T, and whom I had the pleasure (I'm sure that's the right word) of working with a few times. Many other stories of equal hilarity and danger surround this person (and I can personally vouch for a couple of them myself). I wonder if the trolley in J1127 is the actual one that suffered the fire damage?
  10. That's right. A "feather" is a colloquial term (five white lights, although early versions only had three white lights), now referred to as "junction indicators" but when I was a trainee they were always referred to as "PLJI" (Position Light Junction Indicators).
  11. Apologies for being pedantic, but the signals such as 103, 105, 112 etc., are drawn with "junction" indicators not "route" indicators (sorry, but this was drummed into me when I was a trainee with the S&T way back when).
  12. Absolutely, the traction motors also being "isolated". I was just wondering if one of the retired 91s had been modified in this way to act as a load bank, although I seem to recall that not too long ago a SNCF load bank was brought through the channel tunnel to conduct load bank tests.
  13. Thanks. If it is with a set of mk3s, that rather infers it will be operating as a loco under power rather than as a load bank.
  14. Do you know if the 91 will be operating under its own power (i.e. as a loco) or hauled by diesel as a "load bank"?
  15. For the Down Loop to be considered a "Loop", shouldn't it be capable of a direct route back to the Down Main? Also, should trap points be provided ahead of signal 112?
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