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  1. Luckily the later standard is simpler, red ends for automatic brake pipe, yellow for main reservoir pipe. Except LT who used red for brk pipe and blue for min res. The difference is also in the pipe coupling heads. The brake pipe has a hole, the main res has a star valve. It the train breaks away, you want the brake to apply, so air vents to atmosphere. On the main res pipe, the star valve closes with air pressure behind it to prevent the main res pipe leaking. Westinghouse fitted steam locos operated on the single pipe system. There's only a couple of heritage railways that use Westinghouse, the notable example being the IWSR.
  2. Surely all the Swiss lines are "high" speed at the sort of altitudes they run at.
  3. I may have mentioned it on here before, the first secondman job in 1974I done at Rugby was a parcel train to Crewe. a class 83 9I think) and a single SR utility van.
  4. Sad to announce the passing of Richard Reidy, (Dick) of The Model Railway Club in the early hours of this morning 20th July 2021. Dick was a member of The Model Railway Club from the early 1960s, taking an active part in organising the exhibitions at Central Hall, the Horticultural halls and Wembley. He became Exhibition Manager in the early 1980s and was vice-president of the Model Railway Club. He was Borough Surveyor for the London Borough of Islington and had his own private survey practice. He was also a member of the Tallyllyn Railway from the early years.
  5. The IWSR is probably THE major tourist attraction on the island. The IWSR owns all its property, land, buildings, rolling stock, the lot. I doubt if there's anywhere on the island that could accommodate what is now at Havenstreet without major demolition and cost. They've just had £x million in grants for the new workshops, Train Story and the museum, as well as rolling stock restoration. there's also the recent rebuilding of Wootton Station. There's simply nowhere for a NR connection to go.
  6. Remember Playcraft made a very good kit for the modern modeller in the form of Macclesfield Station. I used to have one many years ago, I don't know what happened to it.
  7. The "old route" to Newport happens to be occupied by the steam railway. there is the famous landslip at Wootton to deal with at vast expense plus a new route into Newport. Not forgetting recompense to the steam railway for loss of their trackbed and income. The IWSR has made several studies into the feasibility of running into Newport, none of which make business sense.
  8. Recently mentioned on another group maybe on here was the GWR through service from Staines West to the city. This was not apparently well patronised and was abandoned during WW2. There's been a number of discussions on the District Dave website on goods workings on the Widened Lines and on the FB Metropolitan Railway past and present group. the eastbound Widened Line was electrified on 4 rails for relatively short period.
  9. There was no such thing as a DMBSO. The guard rode in the leading cab of the last car in the train. I drove them at Waterloo from 1980-1988 so know a bit about them.
  10. Yes, that loco/TC/VEP etc working was rather mixed and has been well discussed on here before. The loco could be at the front, middle or back! Remember too the "prototype" 6TC converted from Nelson stock was used on the Kenny Belle in the early days of 1968. The times I saw it at Olympia it was loco hauled by a 33 as I was told the push-pull stuff didn't work. For the Yeovil service with 33/TC/BG, the BG must have been air braked. Did the Southern have any?
  11. Collective memory fade is a wonderful thing. We used to go to Manchester every Christmas for the exhibition and being youthful and interested in trains at the time I used to notice odd details like this. To answer others, I don't see why the AL6s were out of service in 1967, after all they'd only been in service a year or so. I'm aware of the problems with axle hung traction motors, have you ever tried pouring from a tea can into a cup at 100 mph on one? The old system at Aachen has now I believe reached the end of its life and is DB ac on one side and NMBS/NS electric the other side. Through trains drop the pan and coast into the platform where the loco is uncoupled and taken away by diesel shunter. The departing loco is backed on with pan up and after the brake test and other station duties, leaves on the other voltage. I was told of a through freight that had the Belgian loco back on and the DB diesel would shove the train up the steep bank. The DB driver thought the Belgian wasn't working that had and at the top of the bank he dropped back and the train carried on. The problem being there was no Belgian loco on the front! The train is reportedly being stopped after a couple of seesaw movements and the air in the brake pipe being lost. But I digress...
  12. I'm certain you're right there Keith. I worked int Manchester Piccadilly when I was 2ndman at Rugby in 1974. Only a few times mind, but ISTR seeing the contact wire insulators between the 2 systems. there was also some discussion about this matter at the MRC in the late 1960s when someone (Bill Gardiner I think or maybe Roger Stone) said that if a DC loco went on the AC, the lightning detector on the loco would think "oh, I've been hit by lightning" and a circuit breaker would open. It makes sense to have the double isolating sections in the contact wire as the danger of 25kv and 1500 mixing would be very real, even from induced current. The last thing anyone would want was an extensive dewirement in the area. At least a dead loco could be easily rescued in those heady days.
  13. I got am M7 when they first came out and later converted it to a Met Railway 0-4-4T, late 1960s! It was quite passable for the Met loco, I had to shorten the bogie and build a new bunker.
  14. The grinding noise of the knurled wheels...don't try to turn them in a lathe!
  15. For the of you trying to fit Kadees to the wrong height Baccy boxes, I use the round edge of a hot soldering iron tip to bend a Z shape on the Kadee coupling tail. first upwards, then a second bit downwards. Just make sure you don't twist the tail out of line with the coupler head.
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