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  1. The three blue/cream corridors went to NYMR. I rode in them there, still in DVR paintwork. They had white rose stickers over the double arrows on the carriage mirrors!
  2. Not quite. In the third series one of the characters is a fitter in the (old) shed at Aber and one or two scenes are shot in there - he's seen working on the carriages. The Devil's Bridge scenes are shot in and around the Hafod Hotel and on the road bridge (a couple of the victims get tipped over the side). The railway terminus is round the corner out of sight. Hinterland is well worth watching if you haven't seen it - very atmospheric (and not just the rain)!
  3. The Dart Valley Railway is known to have run 5 coach auto trains in the early days, with a 14xx in the middle. One wonders how the drivers got on with 3 coaches leading. In theory, with off-centre mechanical rodding working fore and aft, one would expect the regulator opening to vary when the train goes round corners. I have been assured by an SVR driver familiar with auto working that this is not in fact so, and I can only assume that this is because of the amount of slop in the system. 3 coaches leading was the maximum allowed with the SR (ex-LBSC) air control system
  4. The claim is that it's the world's first pixel mappable LED train. I don't think anyone is suggesting that it's the first ever illuminated train. I believe it's also the first time in the UK that a railway has run two illuminated trains simultaneously. I have to say that it's really rather impressive!
  5. If you'll forgive just a little more OT rambling on the subject of Philips / Mullard, the late Fritz Philips' memoir (published in English as 45 Years with Philips) includes an interesting account of Eindhoven during the War. This was published in 1978 but secondhand copies are readily available.
  6. That's a fascinating story. Mullard of course was a British company (albeit owned by Philips) so it's possible that those valves had been captured from the BEF at the time of Dunkirk. I don't know whether Philips Eindhoven manufactured valves with Mullard branding but the ones they produced for the occupying forces were allegedly designed to have a very low MTBF...
  7. Apparently, when Rev. Awdry was asked why so many churchmen are interested in railways, he replied that British railways and the Church had several things in common: they were both large organisations, subject to much criticism, and each one thought it had the best means of getting customers to their destinations. David Potter, The Talyllyn Railway (1990), p.197.
  8. In olden tymes the Mid-Hants line stations had a peculiar arrangement of advanced starters but no outer homes (down direction only at Medstead). I've never been able to find a convincing explanation for this. I can only assume that it was to facilitate shunting onto the single line in conjunction with Tyers no. 3 (non-returnable) tablet instruments - presumably the advance starter was the section signal and locked by the tablet. The present administration has installed outer homes and advanced starters at all stations except Medstead, where this is impractical due to the gradient
  9. Quite a lot to catch up on here. First, on the subject of poster headers, I drew my conclusion on the basis, first that survivals with round-ended lettering tend to be rather more faded and battered than the (very few) survivors of the pointy-ended version and, second, that the pointy-ended version (a technical term) was certainly used on posters in the 30s and 40s. There are many more survivals of the round-ended version but I put this down to their having become near-universal early on and not needing replacement until after nationalisation. If anyone can shed any more light o
  10. Good morning afternoon, campers! Seeing this topic has finally persuaded me (after a long career as a lurker) to set up a username so that I can contribute something on station signs (not loco and rolling stock insignia, about which I know very little). First, with apologies, I'm going to refer this thread to Pedant's Corner. A printer's typeface is a family of type of a particular design. In metal typesetting, a font was a particular size, weight and style of a typeface. (Thanks Mr. Google.) Over the years I've amassed quite a collection of images and dimensions of
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