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  1. The similarity is no coincidence, they were built by Pressed Steel Car Co. in Pittsburgh - the same builder as the YVRR cars. Cheers NB
  2. Tortosa - La Cava was one of the last meter-gauge railways to be built in Spain. The line to San Carles was graded but rails were never laid on it... something which could come handy for freelancing. http://www.docutren.com/HistoriaFerroviaria/Gijon2003/pdf/td7.pdf Cheers NB
  3. This might be of help, even if it's dated 1948. Notice the thin lines denoting projected lines (which were never built) and the white lines which denoted lines under construction (some of which were never finished). Cheers NB
  4. These were brake vans. The Kiso coaches were normal-sized. Cheers NB
  5. Alcoy, before it was rationalized to near-death? San Juan de las Abadessas? Ayamonte? Muskiz? Vigo? There are a few choices... Cheers NB
  6. Unsurprising, RENFE pulled the plug off the wagonload network about 20 years ago or so. If you want wagonload freight activity you'll have to turn the clock back to the 1980's or earlier, when there was still such activity. Cheers NB
  7. Hello, Has anyone modified the Bachmann turntable to make it look better and has pictures of the result? Cheers Nicholas
  8. Quite to the contrary, outbound pulpwood for the paper industry too. N&W's West Jefferson Branch (the "Virginia Creeper") originated quite a few carloads of the stuff, and it was billed as pulpwood for papermaking and not as pit props. So did several of the mine-run branches in the Appalachians where the railroads were not adverse to earning a few extra bucks by tagging an empty gondola or bulkhead flatcar onto a mine run. Having mentioned pit props, another inbound load would be steel props and segments, used to line mine tunnels in fault or soft rock areas. From what I understand by the 1960's a good number of mines in Va. and WVa. had at least their main haulage tunnels lined with steel rather than wood. Maybe but not often, that stuff lasted decades. Enough to justify one or two car cards in the deck... I forgot about the freight house in the layout - add a boxcar of LCL to the mix. Another possible load would be cars of non-coal minerals. The Yancey RR in North Carolina originated mica in boxcars, for instance. (The YRR was not a coal carrier and was outside Appalachian coal country, but it did interchange with the Clinchfield who was definitively very much coal carrier). Cheers NB
  9. Using MR's Virginian as a guide, other traffic can be: Inbound covered hoppers full of lime powder for dusting mine tunnels, to prevent explosions; Outbound gondolas and bulkhead flatcars of pulpwood, loaded by local loggers; Inbound heavy machinery in flatcars or gondolas (a good excuse to have a whole flatcar load of Roco HOe mine tubs...) Inbound Boxcars of explosives, handled as a separate train; Outbound boxcars of furniture, from the furniture factory; Cheers NB
  10. If you are still a bit lost, buy the Steam Powered Video Atlas of North American Railroads. I can't overstate how handy they are. Cheers NB
  11. There were quite a few exceptions though - the Kankakee & Seneca Railroad was a branch line jointly controlled by the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific and the New York Central (or rather its subsidiary, the Chicago Cleveland Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad, better known as the “Big Four”). It ran (open Google Earth...) between the Big Four at Kankakee, Ill. and the CRI&P at Seneca, Ill.. It was used by the two railroads to allow them to connect to each other directly and thus bypass congestion in the Chicago area. AFAIK NYC maintained the branch but CRI&P used to run run-through trains to and from Kankakee handling east-west traffic. Another oddball branch (or rather system of branches) was the Camas Prairie Railway in Idaho and Washington states. The company was jointly owned by the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads who supplied locomotives and rolling stock. The railway had its own staff (drivers, firemen, conductors, etc...) but management personnel was rotated between each of the owners every few years or so. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camas_Prairie_Railroad Cheers Nicholas
  12. Morrison's (used to be Sainsbury's) occupied the site of the GWR station at Clevedon. And there is a Tesco Superstore south of the centre which is right next to the former trackbed... a good excuse to reopen the line. One flow which caught my attention was the Tesco (?) swap bodies to Wick in Scotland. A good idea, however the execution was a bit absurd - a 66 for two container flats, very much an overkill. I always thought that it would have been better to, say, try and involve ScotRail somehow in the affair. Modify the flats with passenger compatible brakes, then run them north of Inverness attached to a loco-hauled passenger train - a smaller diesel (say a 73), one 2nd class coach and the two flats tagged onto the back with the train doing the regular all stops run from Inverness. Either EW&S would provide the diesel and ScotRail the coach, or ScotRail would provide both with EW&S just tagging the flats behind at Inverness. Just daydreaming... Cheers NB
  13. My father was dispatched to a boarding school (Rossall near Blackpool) at age 12. From then until he went off to Uni at age 18 he used to travel unaccompanied every holiday back home, first to Leeds and later to Portishead. I don't remember the details, but I think that the school used to take students down to Blackpool Central by bus, then place them on trains to their destinations. One detail that I do remember him telling was that he was given an envelope, hung on his neck, with the tickets and contact details, and that he was "passed down the line" by guards and porters. Again, I can't remember the routing, but I think it was Blackpool - B'ham - Bristol TM. At Blackpool, a school rep would likely hand him (and probably other students also) to the guard, who would install them in a compartment where he could keep an eye on them. At Birmingham he would be handed to a platform porter who would then shepherd him to the right platform and hand him to another porter who would make sure he got on to the right train. My grandmother would then collect him at Bristol TM for the last leg - usually by bus (heresy! But it was more convenient given the fact that they lived in the Redcliffe Bay area, away from the station) but occasionally by train. Cheers NB
  14. The BMR has two locos, one is a 4-6-2 from a cement mill in South Africa, and the other is a 2-6-2 rebuilt from a 2-6-0 which was supplied originally to the Mogiana Railway in Brazil and which later passed into sugar mill service. Cheers NB
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