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  1. A little more progress as a pair of 2EPB units pass at Waddlemarsh Halt.
  2. Oh dear. There has been something of a pause in the story. It was summer after all and it was permitted to go outside and enjoy the weather after a period of restricted movement. This past week has seen a little activity on Waddlemarsh including fitting of most of the remaining conductor rail, the yard lights and placing (but not fixing) the yard buffer stops. More ground cover has gone is from time to time as well. Also now back in place is the yard crane, The con-rail is Peco code 60 on their own plastic insulator pots intentionally spaced every five sleepers
  3. Southern motormen of the 1920s and 1930s were apparently accustomed to hearing alarming electrical bangs right behind them sometimes accompanied by a flash especially as the power was shut off. That persisted into the sixties on stock dating from the 30s which had equipment cabinets right behind the driving position.
  4. I shall be making a 700-mile round trip in the next few days (Boris permitting) to enjoy Philps pasties. Any sightings of trains large or small will be purely coincidental, SWMBO is not comfortable making the trip aboard them so I get to drive the infernal combustion engine all that way and the mere detail of it being our Silver Wedding anniversary is very much overshadowed by the urgent need for quality pastification.
  5. Yes. About six hours ago Many are still very lightly loaded under the present circumstances and whilst it may not permit the one-per-seat which many now feel is the rule a 2-car train would certainly be enough. Windsor-side services were frequently a 2-EPB alone off-peak on Hounslow Loop services and sometimes to Windsor too.
  6. Excel allows for the item to be catalogued as one but individually listed in its component parts. That way you don't over-value the collection by duplicating items but neither do you overlook any inherent value in boxed sets. The bottom-line figure I used for insurance purposes on my layout (now closed) was frightening as it included all the scenic pieces and an allowance without being specific for paints, glues and other consumables which might not have all been used on the layout but were often bought for it. The rolling-stock database takes a while to set up but
  7. You would have to ask Kernow MRC. They respond quickly to emails and probably prefer those to a phone call whilst on limited staffing under present circumstances.
  8. Half a lavatory . Same as the 2-Hal units. Strictly HAalf the carriages in the unit have a Lavatory; Hap units ditto plus electro-Pneumatic brakes. A second-cousin was the SAP unit which was Second Class Only 'Alf-the-coaches-have-a-bog but all have an electro-Pneumatic brake! . Dating from the SR's fixation with toilets which ironically did not extend to the 6-Pan units (6-car unit with PANtry). Neither did the 4LAV units have four such facilities - they were four coaches long but only one offered relief from the City's Gin and Tonic on the way home!!!
  9. A two-digit headcode was occasionally shown in the NLL 2EPB units in their earlier days. IIRC it was 37 but please correct me if that's wrong. It was always the same number. There is of course a chance that when I saw that displayed it was also the same driver.
  10. 2-cars with "NO Pneumatic brake"? No wonder it was changed to 2EPB
  11. That date has also been advised to me by private email from a reliable source.
  12. No direct experience but one would need accidental damage to be included on the policy for this sort of loss to even be considered. It is a specific exclusion from many policies unless paid for as an optional add-on. Some policies also exclude or have limits on "collections" which are intended to limit their liability in the event of a (more valuable) collection of items such as a coin or antique collection being claimed for. The precise definition of a "collection" might be given in your policy or may be at the insurer's discretion. What is the policy excess? A loss estimate
  13. Cosham became a regular stop. The Brightons called only at Havant, Chichester, Barnham, Worthing and Brighton at that time. Subsequently the remaining (now GWR) service along the Sussex coast has had stops at Hove and Shoreham added as much for pathing as passenger traffic as the trains are timed very closely behind others and invariably close up to red signals even with the extra stops. For a number of years the Brighton service ran via Portsmouth (though I cannot recall whether they ran up to the Harbour) at a considerable time penalty but taking advantage of the then multipl
  14. Possibly once. I believe the Bakerloo Line tube trains which berthed overnight at Croxley shed also had destination boards "Croxley LMR" in case of need but as with 2EPB units I cannot definitively trace their use on the route in service. The 1938 tube stock showed "Watford LMR" and previously "Watford LMS" rather than "Watford Junction". 2EPB units incidentally had their narrow roller-blinds above the two-character headcode equipped with destinations for the NLL service. The original purpose of those narrow blinds was to display bars or dots above the headcode which modified
  15. I believe the issue related to having seating adjacent to droplight windows in the electric units. Mk1 coaching stock only had toplight sliders above the seats; full-drop door lights were confined to the vestibules which lessened the risk - apparently - of heads-out in the tunnels. 3D units were Restriction 1 and therefore slightly narrower than a Mk1 thus not requiring window bars.
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