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Oldddudders

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  1. Then there was the young lady announcer at Victoria - an SM's daughter, no less - who told a surprised concourse that trains were being delayed due to a fertility at Purley....
  2. Your mention of York reminds me that the BT Film 'This Is York' includes shots and many sounds of the station announcer there, who has an accent that seems quite out of place in Yorkshire. She and Angela Peberdy I mentioned earlier were chosen for the same reasons.
  3. The scope for local interpretation of names was interesting. South from Dorking North - as it then was - local trains called at Holmwood, Ockley & Capel, Warnham and Horsham. This became "'Olmwood, Hockley, Warnem an 'Orsham" to one regular broadcaster. Which reminds me of the morning SM Harry Pawsey came into the ticket office chuckling. The announcing point at Dorking North was by the ticket-collector's box. Harry had just been announcing the next trains for Waterloo and London Bridge. A woman passenger stood patiently near him while he made his announcement and then asked "Is that right?"
  4. On Southern, most stations of any importance would have a PA system, operated typically by a member of platform staff, although at major stations, e.g. East Croydon, the announcer might be in the signalbox. Small stations lacking a system might have a loudhailer for use by staff. From the mid-60s, Long-Line PA began to be introduced as a part of resignalling schemes - I think Guildford in 1966 and certainly Basingstoke in 1967 had this. This enabled a dedicated person in the box to broadcast to one or more stations - useful if a train was delayed or cancelled. This new system was typically in parallel with the local PA at each station. I'm not sure when recorded announcements first came into use, but Southern's principal supplier was Informat Services of Mitcham, and by the late '70s these systems were being rolled out to key locations. They were taped messages recorded at Informat's studio by people, sometimes railway staff, chosen for their speaking voice. A lady called Angela was a very popular choice, with a BBC accent and clear enunciation. It was usual to provide a contrasting voice for opposing platforms, thus if both systems were broadcasting at once, the two voices remained distinct, so John might be on the other side of the station from Angela.
  5. Hawkins & Reeve say no, it never was, and larger locos used a triangle.
  6. "Florence?" said Zebedee. "Yes?" said Florence. "Have you got a Giesl ejector?" asked Zebedee "Slap!"
  7. LCDR and SECR power, eh? Perhaps the pub needs to be renamed?
  8. I have not voted on here or Peterborough North. I am under the impression that, just like the full-width poll Brian kindly fronts for the Poll Team, votes are for vehicles you would seriously consider buying, thus giving a steer to manufacturers. Accordingly, I have no wish to distort apparent demand, even if there were the odd vehicle I might like. Polls of this sort I see as about quality, meaningful votes, not quantity of votes.
  9. I know I'm only an ignorant Southern cove, but I am confused. Miss Prism, whose recent return from medical supervision is a cause for rejoicing, has indicated that a Hydra was NPCCS, yet it seems to have been an open well-wagon? Clearly Swindon did things differently? Have I missed some point by quite some margin?
  10. Au contraire - it has provenance, as Kevin owned it, so is worth more!
  11. Speechless. Never met the man but as he was relatively new to RMweb watched as he made himself popular with a delightfully light style of writing and exactly the right touch. His weathering skills were well-known but he never blew his own trumpet. A huge loss, not least because when things open up again, he was one of several members I was hoping to meet at a venue here or there. The shock to his nearest and dearest must be immense. We are having a dreadful year, with some of the heaviest hitters passing away.
  12. Just now, not for the first time, hitting this button on the Unread Content page simply returned me to the top of the page. I tried it several times, and the sought extra content never appeared.
  13. I increasingly expect a new, bucolic branchline layout to appear - called High or maybe Middle Polling.
  14. In the Southern era sets were the thing. Their formations were fixed, and a vehicle defect generally sidelined the whole set. Yes, there were 'loose' vehicles, but they were much in the minority, and were used for strengthenings and things like the BCKs used to provide through seats from Waterloo to every tuppeny-halfpenny West Country terminus. That spreadsheet from phil-b259 is a wonderful resource and contains a ton of useful detail. Note that FKs were mainly used on busy commuter routes and prestige services where first class was popular, lesser routes might have a set with a CK instead. Almost every set was bookended by brake vehicles - even the 2-sets P had a brake each end.
  15. In my yoof, Spick and Span were two small-format black and white publications full of pics of smiling ladies in underwear. The film is quite different.
  16. Molotov cocktail, we called it. Milk bottle, petrol, length of parachute cord. Throw it at a wall and watch it explode!
  17. As a BR safety film put it about 50 years ago "You're wearing your last pair of eyes now!" So pleased things have gone as expected.
  18. I think much of that site beyond the rails is now under the South Devon Highway!
  19. No, that's Lotta Mud.
  20. DCC has standards for the basic things within a decoder, but manufacturers are able and entitled to add other features. So by and large, any decoder should respond equally well to any DCC system. People often develop a taste for one decoder manufacturer, and these are not often the cheapest, but brand loyalty is not needed to have a working model railway.
  21. So, not only are you out of hospital, but contributing. Splendid!
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