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  1. Actually that video gives plenty of examples of the variety of paint schemes carried by the locos , so lots of choices for kits
  2. Standard on Indian Alcos - I swear they fuel them on used tractor tyres
  3. They started the OLE work to Oxford as part of the GWML scheme. Mast bases were in from Didcot as far north as Nuneham viaduct at least, and of course all of the bridges and structures had been raised in preparation. It would be a relatively quick win to wire to Oxford (and the sidings) - the semi-fasts and stoppers could then be 387s , with possibly 769s for the Banbury jobs, and IEPs run on electric to Oxford with only the Cotswalds trains needing to be diesel otherwise.
  4. Wonderful photos and memories, thanks for sharing them with us, such an interesting period. I can add a little info to the mix. The GM&O F unit seen in Chicago was likely to be working their commuter train to Joliet, known colloquially as "The Plug" https://metrarail.com/about-metra/our-history/heritage-corridor-history There was an article in the Continetal Modeller a few years ago regarding a model of the formation. Some of the GM&O F units have lasted until fairly recently , having been rebuilt as F10s with HEP for MBTA in
  5. Of course, that relies upon said gates being adequately staffed , not just left wide open as happens at New Street because the staff all go on their break at the same time......
  6. To an extent perhaps , but there is rarely if ever any outcry about the cost of works to roads , they are just accepted as part of national infrastructure. There are people who don't drive cars and I've not heard of such folk complaining about money being spent on roads , yet plenty of people profess not to use the railway but DO object to government funding of it - why is that?
  7. And for most of that period, the railway was the majority carrier of both passengers and freight with little in the way of viable alternative. Fast forward to 2021 and it's mainly a passenger carrying railway with some freight , in both cases nowhere near the levels of before, and that's without factoring in any pandemic related number reductions, and with a huge proportion of freight now transported by road because it's cheaper and more convenient for door to door service.
  8. Speaking as one of the supposed "expensive" members of staff , you have to ask how exactly they intend to reduce those costs. I fully accept that pay increases of any kind are neither practical ,feasible or indeed morally correct in the present economic climate, but by the same token I fail to see how frontline staff should be in the crosshairs for the perceived excessive costs within the industry when in many cases the real issue lies elsewhere. We seem to be tarred with the "always on strike" brush , as referred to in the report and in earlier posts , but I'd counter
  9. And I've said this for a long time. The railway is either national infrastructure and a public service , or it's a profit making entity, but it's unlikely to be both - some parts will generate more revenue than others (eg a main line to London is likely to pull in far more revenue than a branch line in the North East , but as a public service they are equally as important). Despite all the talk and hot air about green credentials , very little is actually done about encouraging the use of rail for freight by way of incentive. Even the concept of using diesel trains for hundreds of miles under
  10. I suspect that some cost cutting will come via DOO/DCO. As more new trains enter service with cameras and driver door controls , to me it's obvious what will happen. TOCs/concessions operating "legacy" rolling stock will continue with existing arrangements until such time as they get replacement trains, but in one swoop they could probably have a decent chunk of the network operated in that way, and of course that will be a condition of the concession contracts as they are let.
  11. I was thinking more of a late 1980s era with red stripe railfreight 26s , especially as Heljan have one planned. In reality for 7mm the only locos that would need major surgery would be a 37 or 2 to represent examples without bufferbeam skirts and so on , but there would also be a need for much more kit building of wagons which is probably beyond my capabilities.
  12. I like the twin spotlamps in that last photo of the 26. Seeing this layout and your previous Scottish one set me off on a tangent mulling over a similar thing in 7mm....however , I'm not sure I can quite justify buying a £600 Heljan loco to then have it chopped about and repainted to represent what I might actually need....
  13. And for all of those thing, we drivers are most grateful. Those one-shot sanders have proved their worth for me on several occasions.
  14. Having just skimmed through the report , on the face of it a lot sounds positive. Naturally having a vested interest , chapter 8 regarding staff was the bit I was looking closely at. Whilst my salary is in the public domain , I'm not necessarily happy with the concept of comparison with other sectors and labour markets - we've been down this road before with McNulty comparing train drivers to white van man. I think we can all see where this is heading....
  15. Just to add a thumbs up for Mech Models. I've been to the shop a couple of times and always found the chaps working there to be very friendly and helpful. Today has further cemented that. I had a phonecall this afternoon to tell me that two Athearn locos I had pre-ordered via Mech had arrived. I made my card payment over the phone , and then when it came to discussing post/delivery the chap mentioned that he lived not too far from me so we arranged to meet at a convenient location halfway between the two of us so I could collect my locos - I can't say fairer than that.
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