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  1. Interesting article - I got the year wrong - appears to have been 1962. The one thing I clearly remember was the disappointment that the black and orange striped globe on the top of the posts, unlike those at zebra crossings, did not flash on and off - I don’t even recall them being illuminated (and they certainly did not appear to be in the day time). The version in the publicity leaflet looks totally different (and seems to be shown as highly conspicuous - it was not! So the Panda crossing was introduced in Marples’ time! The article on the M5 Strensham loop is also interesting (and another
  2. I’m sure I read somewhere that it (gricer) was terminology imported from the USA (one of the railway mags) - I certainly don’t remember it being used in the 60s - though I do recall all us youngsters in the W Midlands referred to the then ubiquitous locally, EE Type 4s (later 40s) as Tats….. and anything from AL1-6 as eleckies!! Neither seems to have reached the national acceptance of, for instance Rats (which I only came across as a name in the late 70s) - I blame Rail Enthusiast magazine which seemed to embrace wholeheartedly nicknames I’d never heard of before - including gricer (and choppe
  3. The amber is probably more pertinent on the close of the stage - the sequence being green, amber, red. If you cross the stop line in front of a red light you commit an offence - clearly the amber enables motorists to prepare to stop (or to travel through without committing an offence if, for various reasons it’s unsafe to stop). The amber on the start up avoids wasted green time. It’s not too long ago that two aspect signals were used for road works (as indeed the manual version, using stop/go boards still is) - and for those who are old enough to remember, panda crossings (forerunner to pelic
  4. Road traffic signals have a different process for showing aspects and in particular, show red, red and amber and green in that order from red. You can argue that red has the highest priority in that as it’s an instruction, and failure to comply has legal implications for the perpetrator as well as potential serious safety consequences for themselves and others. As you go from red to green, you could view it as on your marks, get ready, go - in that order!! It is also the case that the lower signals have a greater chance of being obscured by other traffic. The railway usage is somewha
  5. Yes - as stated by @melmerby above - though it’s not quite that straightforward - in the early 60s the new town was referred to as Dawley but became Telford a little later when it got its own ‘development corporation’ which planned the whole thing - Unlike the similar one to the south of Birmingham, Telford got a made up name whereas Redditch remained Redditch (similar development corporation). The comma in my post before Telford indicated I’d stopped referring to market towns, but I’m pretty sure Wellington was/is a market town (and retains that name) but is part of ‘Telford and Wre
  6. Blimey!! I have heard of the word Salope - but the Google translator or whatever seems to have taken a leaf out of the ‘My hovercraft is full of eels’ phrase book comedy sketch. However there’s quite a history of the county being referred to as Shropshire as well (A Shropshire Lad as an example). Im really not sure why the railways called the sheds Salop. I’m sure the town wasn’t referred to as Salop by the time the railways got there. Curiosity really - and I’ve seen people call Shrewsbury Salop on this forum as well (maybe they meant the sheds but I think not..)
  7. Interesting info - as I say - I suspect based on the paint colour of the arms which really are a shade of yellow - are railway colour light signals ever really yellow - even the most up to date LED ones (I must check on old BS colour shades - is it chrome yellow; hookes green etc etc on plans (blast from the past..)!! Seriously, railway colour lights are surely closer to orange in reality, than yellow (and thus amber) - or maybe I’m part colour blind!!! But I can see why, when running two systems on the railways (semaphore and colour light) it would make sense to perpetuate the ‘yellow’ semaph
  8. Absolutely - anyone pronouncing it shrews bury is surely wrong, and gets strange looks from locals. I think the history of the County/region being called Salop extends back a lot further than Shrewsbury as such - in more recent years the County was called Salop, only being changed to Shropshire (with some opposition in 1972) - as the administrative centre and county town is Shrewsbury, you can see why remote burocracies like railway companies might get confused - I don’t think the station’s ever been called Salop but the loco sheds were? Presumably even the railway companies realised calling t
  9. A major gripe is the tendency of some enthusiasts to call the town (and railway junction/extreme signal box and associated railway establishments) Salop - although Shrewsbury is a historic market town and also the County town, Salop is actually to the normal populace a shortened name for the County of Shropshire, which contains a further 17 market towns, far flung places like Whitchurch, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton and (though no longer in the administrative Authority area), Telford, Wellington, Ironbridge. I’m aware ex railway men have a bit of an excuse because both the LMS
  10. I’m quite surprised to see the number of D95xx there - were they a feature at most of the S Wales depots and stabling points in that era?
  11. A bit off topic but......I can’t help thinking this reason is a little odd given they would have had the same power equipment, slightly less weight and slightly lower seating capacity than the pair of 121s? Also the lack of two cabs per unit, non suburban seating arrangement and gangway connection (LMS style) would suggest that unless they were clapped out mechanically or bodywork wise, they would have been a better bet for passengers and virtually no different operationally. They certainly didn’t seem to perform any worse during their nearly 10 years around Birmingham in their ea
  12. Off topic but didn’t one of these class 37s slide a considerable way down a steep embankment in one of the Welsh Valleys, not being recovered (with some difficulty) for many months? I think it was green syp IIRC (but may have misremembered that)!!
  13. I'm pretty sure I've seen photos of at least one of the London class 121 units in blue syp (as an aside, also M55003 - that photo was in Railway Magazine on a Stratford-Leamington working). I wonder if it actually is W55034 in the Weymouth photo - seems entirely possible if Bristol was short of units and it may have been a short term loan en route back from overhaul? The Yeovil shuttles went over to single cars at the beginning of 1967 as the railbuses were transferred to Scotland. It would be great to confirm, if you do have - however those tiny numbers on the early blue
  14. From the info above, and knowledge that W55032 appeared to go directly to bfye, that car is possibly either W55033 or 55035. There were three power twin class 119s which were allocated to Bristol originally. I've seen a photo of one of them on the Clevedon branch, also green with speed whiskers.
  15. The line seems to have been worked by Bristol based single car units. As well as services around Bristol such as the Severn Beach branch, Bristol also appears to have provided cars for the Yeovil shuttles - from July 1966-January 1967 these were operated by railbuses W79975/76 but these were replaced by class 122 cars and the railbuses transferred to Scotland. According to Railcar.co.uk, the following class 122 and 121 cars were allocated to Bristol:- W55001 - Oct 67- Jun 69 (transferred to Departmental stock after this) W55013 - May 64 - May 68 W55014 - Dec 6
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