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  1. As mentioned above it is China Clay Slurry. I'm suprised that if it's arriving in Aberdeen by boat, why isn't it being shipped to Lynn docks for unloading?
  2. Going back to sheds with triangles, Gateshead was sat between two triangles once, and entire rakes have been sent 'the wrong way' out of Newcastle Central to get them turned round.
  3. To answer your question, HOBC is a High Output Ballast Cleaner. But don't ask me how it works, I still use soap and water to clean my ballast.
  4. I can't answer this question, but I guess what Hexagon is trying to get at is how each notch on the DBSO equalled the power crontroller position in an 86. I know the DBSOs were refurbished before they were deployed to the Anglian Main-line, dit the cabs get refitted at the same time?
  5. If I haven't been beaten to it;- 89001 was repainted from Intercity to Intercity Swallow, and Named "Avocet" at Kings Cross. The naming was to celebrate a significant anniversary for the RSPB - who use an avocet as their logo. The honourable person who performed the naming ceremony was Margret Thatcher PM, after the naming was done, the loco hauled a special formed of mk1 (landcruise) stock to Sandy. if I have been beaten to it, sorry for the duplication.
  6. Another couple of flows would be (malted) grain from East Anglia to Scotland, for whiskey, and continental freight through the Harwich train Ferry, although these flows could be conveyed on a speedlink service. Edit;- There was some vanload traffic from the Campbells factory in King's Lynn, again via speedlink, and there was Trainload freight conveying tin cans and pet foods from Metal Box, and the petfood factory (now Nestle Purina) from Wisbech to Trafford Park.
  7. Hi folks, I have got the Dapol (nee Airfix) kit of Oakham signalbox, which I am planing to use on a layout set Circa 1985-2000 ish. Can anyone guide me in the way that toilets and kitchen facilities could have been provided for the signaller? Cheers.
  8. I had to look closely at that last photo, but I don't remember owning a stripey shirt as a kid. I can't add any photos myself, but I can remember the nice warm weekends, with freight locos on depot, and the more friendly depot foreman allowing an unofficial visit round the depot. Toton, was never one of those though, but if you did it right you could 'bunk' 3/4 of the shed without even needing to get out of the car, before you parked up and looked for the shed foreman's office. Occasionally though BTP would be parked at the top of the approach road, and they'd turn you away before you'd got past the cement silos.
  9. This following post is not 100% accurate, however it is made with the knowledge of recent history, and my own current employment in agricultural transport. Historically, the maltings (malt kilns) were located close to the barley fields, certainly in East Anglia, as exampled by the Bass Maltings at Sleaford, Crisp Malting Group at Great Ryburgh (Fakenham), Muntons at Stowmarket, and the Maltings (now disused) at both Dereham and North Elmham - there will have been others that I am unaware of. regarding the transport, the harvested barley would be taken to a grain store on the farm, or directly to the maltings if not too far, by tractor and trailer. From the farm it would have then been transported by lorry to the maltings, and then the malted barley would be loaded onto a train for delivery to the brewery - all the maltings that I have mentioed above are next to a railway line. Currently, Barley Malting is done on a large scale in centralised locations, or by large companies. I have transported Barley from East Anglia - 29 tonnes on the road for less than 3 hours - to Soufflet Malt UK in Burton on Trent, I have then reloaded malted barley from there to go to Manchester or Salmesbury, again 29 tonnes on the road for less than 3 hours. Most of the small, or in the case of Bass at Sleaford not so small, maltings have been closed because they are no longer economic to operate - Crisp Maltings at Great Ryburgh have expanded their site and have three others in the UK, Muntons at Stowmarket have expanded, and are currently investing in the site, and Soufflet Malt UK is part of a multi-national group. it is a similar story for Hops.
  10. And if the merchant (buyer) says yes, the Maltsters can still say no when the barley gets delivered.
  11. I'm a lorry driver. Its a job that we have training to do, yet are considered un-skilled by most people, but when we get something horribly wrong we suddenly become "professional drivers"
  12. I can't comment on the 1960's, but I'm sure that you are aware that in the 45s twilight years, some were allocated to March, they were also regular visitors, and most seemed to wind up dumped in the old Whitemoor yard after they were switched off for the last time.
  13. I feel a little peckish, but I can't find an RFO on here.
    Help please.

  14. When the British Rail board started to separate out the passenger business units, what influenced the decisions regarding which lines and services were 'given' to which business unit? As an example, why did the London and Southeast sector get Waterloo to Exeter, when to my mind it was an Intercity route. I am not looking for specific routes, more so what criteria differenciated between an Intercity service, a long distance (Cross Country) secondary service, and a regional / provincial service. Thank you for your assistance folks.
  15. I've only just noticed this poll. I Voted for Spiralite, LEV1, and the Parry People Mover.
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