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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. Indeed so, and the BR transmission network considerably helped with modernising the railway in other ways also, like supporting the TOPS network and other key systems.
  2. As well as J3689 recording 47421, MkII coaching stock and the semaphore distant, it also captures another moment in history. The "dropped" telegraph pole indicating the passing of "open wire" comms infrastructure and the move to cable technology for long distance transmission systems on the railways.
  3. I would suggest 9 points "normal" position would be towards Whitehall siding, thereby providing a "trap" from the Loop. You could also provide a "yellow on black" disc signal on the approach to 9 points, thus allowing movement to Whitehall siding, but requiring both 9 points reverse and this signal cleared to allow movement towards 17 signal.
  4. Not sure if this is the correct area to post this, if it isn't let me know and I'll move it (or ask a moderator to move it). York Press have a piece on York Carriage Works containing 73 photos (some photos are just of people), and I thought it might be of interest to a wider audience. https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18469507.nostalgia-73-photos-york-carriageworks-inside/
  5. Yes indeed, the Main HQ boardroom was very imposing and I had attended a few meetings there myself. Seemed a different world altogether with all the portraits hanging on the panelled walls. Very sad to see it in the latter days of Railtrack/early days of NR when it was turned into a makeshift accounts/finance office with desks, computers, filing cabinets etc., strewn all over the place - sometimes modern life and the need "to do business" shows little or no respect for our heritage, especially so when the past efforts of those Gents whose portraits adorned the walls ultimately gave us the railways (or least part of it) we have and enjoy today. I'll get off my soapbox now.
  6. Many thanks for the link Paul, most useful. The 1858 "aerial view" has been reproduced in the Signalling Centres in the North East: No. 1 York (NERA). Fig. 45 is very interesting in that it clearly identifies the sidings etc. The two sidings that Mike (The Stationmaster) referred to, heading off along what are now Station Road and Tanners Moat (to the "south" of the Bar walls), are described as "Coal & Lime Station", but not quite reaching the river. The Coal Depot sidings (to the "north" of the Bar Walls) do reach the river, I wonder if these are the sidings that Mike referred to in his earlier post above?
  7. Just like when you get two ties for Christmas, a blue one and a red one. You get smartened up for Christmas dinner and come down wearing the blue tie, to be immediately met the question - and what's wrong with the red tie?
  8. Hi Mike, Thanks, very interesting comment regarding the two sidings running down to the river bank, presumably along what are now Station Road and Tanner Moat. Born and bred in York but never knew that detail - proves you live and learn! I'll have to do some research to see if I can find any photos and/or maps showing the detail. Yes, some nice views out of most of the railway offices in York. I've mentioned elsewhere on RMweb that at one time or another I've worked in most of the office buildings: Main HQ, West Offices, Hudson House, Holgate Villa (briefly), but perhaps the most enjoyable (for a host of reasons) was the time I spent in the "African Village", the wooden huts that ran parallel to Tanner Row/Toft Green - do you remember those?
  9. Hi St Paddy9001, In response to your queries, I think 3 and 4 have been answered (and I would concur with the responses). As for 1 and 2, in 1966 Platform 1 was converted into a Motorail Loading Dock. I don't have any photos showing this I'm afraid (well, not yet anyway), but it may be of interest that I have a photo of the where the Car Loading Dock was located at the old York station. It was just behind the War Memorial. Although earlier than the above photo, this view is from the other end, as it were. from the Bar Walls looking at the station. The two rakes of carriages on the far left indicate where the loading dock is situated. As for query 2, I don't ever recall a dedicated platform (at the current station) for parcels traffic. In fact, there as well as the lifts/subway for passenger use, there used to be separate lifts/subway access to platforms for Post Office staff use so parcels (and letters) could be collected/despatched from any platform. Hope this helps.
  10. ... and here they are. Lincoln High Street SB and finally Ulceby SB.
  11. Re the toilet facilities provided at signal boxes, here are a few examples from my archive where the toilets have been provided on the same level as the operating floor. Barnsley Station Jnc SB Blankney SB and Rauceby SB A couple more examples to follow.
  12. Hi Mike, I think what you are referring to were known as "inverts" (at least that's what they were called on BR(E), presumably because they were installed "inverted" to normal cable troughing). As you say, used sometimes to cover track feed cables (or similar small diameter cables), and/or signal wires that crossed pathways/walking routes. More commonly used (again from my own personal experience on BR(E)), to protect gas pipes for points heating, later production ones (from York CCE Concrete Depot) having the word PROPANE cast into them.
  13. Hi bécasse, My apologies, perhaps my query was a little too brief. I was trying to understand pheaton's comment about the differences between the "Wills" and "Ten Commandments" troughing at OO scale. However, your 2nd paragraph explains it nicely, thanks. Yes, handled a lot of troughing in my time on the railway, and some of the original stuff was bigger than the "standard" sizes of today.
  14. Absolutely awesome! As has been said many times on this thread, the "like" button just simply doesn't do it justice.
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