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EddieK

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  1. Many of the Tyseley fleet of Classes 101 and 116 received the white livery. Have a look at https://www.railcar.co.uk/images/advanced-search/ From the search options, for the livery select "refurbished", for the region select LM and for the area select Birmingham. That should find over 100 images.
  2. Norwich units in the latter 1970s were mostly classes 105 and 104, from memory. Neither type was destined to go through the official refurbishment with white livery. There may have been a few 101 triples but by the time they were refurbished, the livery had changed to Blue/Grey. The nearest white liveried units were the small allocation at Cambridge specifically for Royston - Cambridge and Hertford - Huntingdon(?) shuttles to fill in the gaps when GN Electrification was completed initially. Cambridge may have had visits by units on longer distance services from Doncaster. By the time there was a migration of Class 101s to East Anglia, the white livery had been repainted into Blue/Grey.
  3. "TSKL" cannot exist. K = Compartment seating layout with side corridor and toilet L = Open seating layout with toilet. 59818 was built as TCK and downgraded to TSK. As a sweeping generalisation, am I correct in assuming that Class 123 units were not usually mixed with Class 124 units until 1980 or thereabouts?
  4. Some of the Class 123 units ran as three car sets when they first arrived on the Eastern. My records show such formations in 1978 and 1979. Around April 1980 there were a few three car sets, and by that time it was more prevalent to have mixed formations of Classes 123 and 124. From 1981 (or thereabouts) there seemed to be a sort of logic to the set formations of these units, and the plan was to run them as four car sets, and this was the case until withdrawal in May 1984. One bizarre formation noted on 30th May 1979 was 52092-51972-52103, Class 123 outer vehicles, Class 124 centre car. This unit had two guards vans and all three cars powered.
  5. Correction to my post of yesterday. Does anyone have a list of dates when Class 45/0s were converted from headcode box(es) to the "two lamp" fronts?
  6. I stand corrected. To re-phrase the question, does anyone have a list of dates for when Class 45/0 were converted from having a cab front with headcode box(es) to having flush* fronts with two lamps? *As I recall, at least one conversion retained some of the nose end fittings, so was not technically "flush fronted"...
  7. Does somebody out there have the dates when each Class 45/0 was converted to sealed beam headlamps?
  8. The unit to which you refer is highly likely to be E51230-E56369 which was refurbished in March 1976, just as the refurbishment ball got rolling. I suspect that the final specification was still a moving target at that time, hence the lack of continuous gutters and the application of blue squares to the cab ends. Some unrefurbished vehicles in the later 1970s gaines refurbishment features: there were blue 101s with bean can silencers on the underframes and large silencers on the inner ends. The subsequent overhaul usually had the rest of the refurbishment undertaken.
  9. The WR suburban units were all fitted with gangways in the late 1960s to allow Paytrain operation. West Midlands local stations all had ticket offices as I recall.
  10. This is one unit, with two class 116 *vehicles* and a Class 101 vehicle.
  11. I need some of these wagons for the trip freight on my layout - any idea of the numbers of those used on the Beverley whiting traffic??
  12. I have stumbled upon a website called Rail Gen Archive, and for the Summer 1980 period that I am particularly interested in, the (incomplete) records for the 1A37 service between Brid and Scarborough show locomotives including 47405 and 45015. I am presuming that the ECS working from York to Brid via Anlaby Road curve would have used the same loco as the passenger service onwards from Brid to Scarborough, also that a different loco would take the train onwards from Scarborough to KX, where I have seen Deltics and 47/4 mentioned. Also of interest is another train, 1L11, the 11.12 KX to Scarborough via Bridlington. On the same website, the incomplete listings show 47/4s working this train. These discoveries have given me some possibilities for my layout project...
  13. Passed the site of that bridge a few times today. The right hand abutment has gone and the bank has been cut back a bit. Between the signals shown and the site of the station, a couple of wind turbines are located on the trackbed. I suspect the station itself has hardly changed since your cycle ride, but I suspect the trees and bushes around the site have grown a bit.
  14. I passed close to this location four times today, on the road into Hunmanby, driving the East Yorkshire number 12 bus. The 12 bus (and the Summer season 13) allow a view of the Holiday Camp Station from the upper deck, subject to how dense the foliage is on the surrounding trees.
  15. The SR DEMUs were not subject to the frequent reformations of some depots' allocations of mechanical units. There were deliberate reformations when Tadpole units were disbanded, for instance, but generally the allocated vehicles stayed within their units.
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