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  1. Regarding the number of spokes in a wheel, I recall from a Railway Bylines article on GER 0-6-0Ts that the number of spokes related to the material of the wheel centre, cast iron for goods and shunting versions had more spokes than steel wheel centres for the westinghouse fitted locos (iirc of course).
  2. In lieu of the Triang brake, if you have another compartment coach, you could modify the windows at one end and fit a birdcage lookout - I think SECR had some short ones - 42' or 48', like this, https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11689486743
  3. Northmoor, yes, I accept your points, particularly if someone unwitingly wanders on to the track and is impacted. Insensitive comment removed.
  4. That puts us back in the situation where nobody has to take responsibility for their own actions, however stupid. It always strikes me how many railway lines outside the UK have no fencing and in some cases run on road margins with nothing substantial to keep errant drivers off the track. On the Tyne and Wear Metro I notice that in some places the catenary support wire seems to be in effect a parallel second contact wire (e.g. along the Benton - South Gosforth stretch), I'm not sure if this is due to tight clearance, but presumably would double the current carrying capacity on that stretch?
  5. What about the 'Alimentation par sol' (if I've spelled it right), that some French trams use, only the contacts covered by the vehicle are energised as I understand it, would that comply, and could it be used in modified form for 3rd rail? I think a charging rail for the District stock battery conversion trial used something similar with a trickle charged battey bank on land to dump charge into the train battery?
  6. An interesting discussion. Could DC infill be achieved with OLE? The original SR electric locos and the E5000s had pantographs for use in wired yards, admittedly the yard wiring was only trolley wire type, and the NER also had a mix of 3rd rail and OLE DC (as did the French). I accept the DC OLE has to be heavier than AC to cope with the currents, but for relatively short distances such as to Uckfield, or across the Marsh perhaps it would be acceptable? Most Electrostars have a pan well, though I may be underestimating the work needed to fit a DC pan and connections to the exisitng traction equipment. I believe also it is no longer necessary to have separate apns for each supply type, the on board system checks the voltage / frequency before reconnecting. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If I remember correctly, the EGIP electrification had to be redesigned in places due to changes in the electricity at work regulations, and I have seen some photos of OLE masts located outside the railway boundary as a consequence, with excessive security provision to stop the terminally inclined from climbing the things.
  7. True, in my defence, I use what I've got (money not being one of them), and the old Roco chassis I had fitted the Farish coaches I'd picked up over the years. Accuracy has never been a strong point of mine. The Dapol coaches are just too nice for me to take tools too - the outcome would be debateable! The window layout in the emus (2Bils too) are not door window door window etc on the corridor side from what I can see.
  8. I had not seen those threads, so thank you for drawing my attention to them. Family walks around Maidstone in the '60s provided tantalising glimpses of narrow gauge remains, especially on the footpath through Little Switzerland to Allington. Later exploring with school mates led to remains in Bydews Wood at Tovil and bits of a skip in Allington quaries. Iirc the footpath northwards from Castle Road, parallel to the SER North Kent line, led across a ravine down to the siding later used for inward traffic by ARC, and the bridge was possibly a bailey bridge.
  9. Thanks to all for the pictures and information about the Brett gravel pit narrow gauge at Sturry. We used to look out for this when we went to Margate on holiday or day out in the '60s. I seem to remember there was also a sort of train ferry barge seen in one gravel pit, it certainly looked like a loco and a couple of wagons on a pontoon sort of thing. Lots of cranes, draglines, my other great interest as a child.
  10. Dipping into this thread at intervals (and being left handed I flip through books backwards, from end to start), I've twice made pseudo 4COR in N from the old Poole Farish mainline coaches - not accurate as they are too short, but they've got the look close enough to my eyes and recall trips from Hastings to Brighton on them in the early 70s. Posted the latest risible effort on here somewhere. One recollection was that someone had relieved the doors in the comparments of the instruction labels for opening the windows, and foreign visitors trying to open the doors from inside by waggling the little brass handle back and forth, the only result being the droplight falling open with a bang. You could flip up the rubber mat in the gangway connections to see the track rushing past below through the metal floor grid.
  11. Lorry, in outdated use, meant a horse drawn flat wagon, and was used in early days for some kinds of railway wagon too, it was also used to mean a small tramway cart for use in mines. Originally spelled lurry and derived from a word to lug or drag about. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/lorry I've seen the word rulley used for horse drawn flat wagons, the sort of thing the Scammell mechanical horse was originally developed to pull as a replacement for a horse.
  12. Ah, thank you, my German pronunciation / spelling is not that good I'm afraid. Thank you for explaining this.
  13. Thank you for that information. The 'steurung' callout is for some other signal indication?
  14. Watching an Austrian cab ride video (Semmering Bahn, very interesting), at intervals a voice announces either what sounds like 'zug beeinflussing' or 'steurung', what do these mean? Steurung means control (as in Steurwagen) so does this indicate to the driver they are coming off the zug beeinflussing (ATP?)? I've looked up LZB and PZB but technically it's a bit beyond me, and the announcements don't seem to be covered. Thanks in anticipation.
  15. A very interrsting thread, thanks to all for your knowledge. I came across this thread from a search after watching a cab ride video from Wien to Bruck and der Mur, and was surprised to see left hand running almost exclusively (admittedly all lines were bi directionally signalled) as I'd always though Austria was, like Germany, right hand running. This thread has helped to explain why, thanks again.
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