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  1. I seem to recall that (possibly) in the period 1982-1985 (ish...) seeing a single DMU 'Bubblecar' (class 121 or 122?) in plain dark BR/DMU blue livery working over the line presumably on a Huddersfield-Wakefield or Leeds service? I also seem to recall that I might have only seen this on weekends. Anyone else seen one passing HL? I know one or two of these classes ended up as driver training / route familiarisation units for the likes of EW&S. There is a model kit of either a 121 or 122 in O gauge - which I have - but so long ago I can't remember which it is. Must dig it out one day.
  2. Simon - if you're modelling pre 1984 you'd need a Trans-Pennine class 124 set. Never seen a 7mm model of one, although I have a Trix HO version. The 124's were joined by the Reading based 123's in later life, then withdrawn in 1984 and all sadly scrapped. I seem to recall travelling to college on their replacement, which for a short while was a class 31 loco with only 4 coaches. I finished college in Leeds in September 1985, so I've no idea how long that lasted. In winter I do recall on several occasions seeing clouds of steam from the heating, so must have been some of the HM based 31/1's. Perhaps someone can enlighten me?
  3. Ditto - I cant get anything until end February... :-(
  4. And I for one couldn't agree more. This area was a formative part of my teens and I'd hate to see some of the heritage lost for the sake of saving a few minutes on a journey. Thankfully - it's thanks to models of this sort and calibre (and attention to minute detail) help preserve those memories.
  5. Not listed - I just checked. They've already had local consultation meetings and intend to submit a Transport and Works Act order in Autumn 2020. I understand from another source that the work is expected to last until end of 2024 with around 156 weeks of line closure out of the total 208 week project. All details and all the other connecting maps here: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/railway-upgrade-plan/key-projects/transpennine-route-upgrade/huddersfield-to-westtown-dewsbury/
  6. Using part of the old Midland Railway Huddersfield (Newtown Goods) branch formation by the look of things. I assume, in the absence of available information from NR that the overall radius of the curve from / to Huddersfield for the new 'fast' lines is to be eased to allow higher speed running - hence the demolition of the houses and use of the disused MR track formation. Anyone out there from NR know??
  7. 1_Colne_Bridge_and_BattyefordV2_FINAL.pdf I assume you've seen the Network Rail plans for the scheme? - see attached. 1_Colne_Bridge_and_BattyefordV2_FINAL.pdf
  8. That means losing a good slice of Ravensthorpe & Thornhill Lees.......... some might consider that a good result!
  9. In the late 70's it was exceptionally rare (in fact I can't actually remember a single one), to ever see a freight heading East, coming from Huddersfield to use the tunnel / duck-under line. Freights always used the 'old' route to come round the corner. That all changed presumably when they lifted one of the pair of lines leaving only the Westbound one. Similarly - very rare to ever see a passenger train use the 'old' route - perhaps (if my recollection is right) the odd FootEx special - the only reason I can offer is that they used to come round slower, then halt, awaiting a faster (regularly scheduled) train to come under the tunnel route, rejoin the main line and carry on its way. Also - passenger trains other than specials and empty stock workings were never seen using the Calder Valley line. Not sure when that changed - I'd moved on by then, but I'm guessing when Brighouse station was re-opened? Perhaps someone knows.
  10. Looking at that last photo - I remember that odd signal on the Westbound line before the tunnel. We never knew why such a signal was required there or why it was that type. It was illuminated internally at night. Can anyone familiar with signalling (a subject I'm not that well versed in) tell me about it? Thanks.
  11. It's 212m from West face of footbridge to East face of tunnel portal...... trust me and don't ask any questions !
  12. I can confirm that the remains of the signal box base were certainly visible in the winter months in the late 70's. In summer they were covered by weed growth. Talking of weeds - the thing that sticks in my mind was the amount of Rose Bay Willow Herb that used to grow in and around the whole of the lineside areas. Flowers June-September, but its Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaenerion_angustifolium) has an interesting note : 'The plant's rise from local rarity to widespread abundance seems to have occurred at the same time as the expansion of the railway network and the associated soil disturbance'. I understand the model is represented as being outside these months, so the brick base would certainly be visible.
  13. Fabulous - and as SHMD said - highly informative. You were hanging around Heaton Lodge about three / four years after I'd moved on to other things (girlfriends, motorbikes etc!), but nothing much has changed really, and it honestly looks like the real location - and as you pointed out, as for yourself, as well as me, seeing the video really takes me back to the late 70's (early 80's in your case). On another note - I'm still curious when the footpath tunnel leading from the footbridge was lined with profiled steel. It certainly wasn't lined in my day, it was simply wet slimy stonework in there - and at the top of the wall, there were dark recesses formed between each steel 'roof' girder. One time we noticed something sticking out of one of those recesses - turned out to be an air rifle someone had stashed there - it wasn't in great condition, but we did hand it in to the police (PC Diggins as I remember!).
  14. It'd be interesting to know when the regulations changed for hi-viz clothing from the universal BR 'donkey jacket' with a hi-viz orange shoulder patch to the full hi-viz jacket and pants. Also when hard-hats became mandatory. I'm modelling Horton In Ribblesdale station in 4mm to represent the late 1970' / early 1980's and although I'm a long way off placing figures on the layout, it would be good to know.
  15. From old photos and maps, I knew there were some sidings between the LNWR Huddersfield-Leeds line and the Leeds 'new' Line, as well as a few nearer to the houses at Heaton Lodge itself, but on all the photos I've ever seen - they were empty. Anyone know what their purpose was? I do know that roughly where the arrow-head on the above map is on the RH side after the word 'Leeds' - there was a very small drift mine (actually a bit nearer the (blue) running lines. Might have been something to do with that perhaps?
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