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  1. This is the 'East Midlander no 5' at York on 13th May 1962. The tour ran from Nottingham Victoria to Darlington; out via Darnall and back via Newark and Bottesford. The locos here are 30925 and 40646. 90348 shunted the train in the Darlington area.
  2. It has been suggested elsewhere that this is the LNWR approach to Sandy before closure, but I would love to have confirmation of this. Does anyone know that area well?
  3. Does anyone know where this might be? Granted it is not good quality, but seems to be a fair sized station although even the tracks in the foreground look slightly rusty on top. However, it may have been taken over the Christmas holidays.
  4. Presumably, the staff made full use of all the catering facilities? Starters, Fish course, Meat course, Desserts, Cheese Boards all prepared in individual TRUKs?
  5. Do you have mostly green diesels on your layout, but fancy a brand new shiny blue brake tender? No problem if the location is York.....
  6. Thanks Paul. Yes I thought it was too wide a layout for Gateshead, but the other photos had all been at York and I was therefore looking for somewhere on the NE region of BR. But Kingmoor does seem a very good shout.
  7. Where is this please? The lines of withdrawn steam locos were commonplace at sheds in 1968, but my first thought of Holbeck is tempered by the fact there are multiple Claytons on view, and I don't remember any being allocated there. Could it be Gateshead which did have a class 17 allocation for a while?
  8. I'm not well versed in Isle Of Man railways, but this appears to be a steam loco on the electric mountain railway.
  9. I'm not sure about that one, as there are rumours in published articles which suggest the exchanges were just a publicity stunt, and the die was already cast. Personally, I think a golden opportunity was lost in that 10000 was not used extensively in the trials. Even though the idea of dieselisation was anathema for various well known reasons, the comparison might have thrown up some useful information when judged against steam locos with an equivalent power output.
  10. Let's light the blue touch paper and rule out 10000, as it was in service a few weeks before BR was created. I may have to add the emergence of 60526 'Sugar Palm' as it was BR's first loco - although my inaccuracy might be due to bias.
  11. It's not a Cardiff to Portsmouth in the Mk1 era is it? They were often made up like that due to the variations in platform lengths on the route. Dilton Marsh Halt was/is particularly short.
  12. It was quite a few years back, because my daughter was at university at the time. She will be 40 next birthday.
  13. As have most animals, which is why they are virtually tasteless. I gather that certain supermarkets add chemicals to their meat which were originally only preservatives, but now include flavours.
  14. Well probably, but I imagine the milk they had 100 years ago was a different colour to these days. I remember my grandma eating butter she bought from a farming relative in the 1950s and it was a bright rich yellow, not the pale colour of today.
  15. My problem with plum and spilt milk is that neither colours appear to be relevant to the description in real life. Looking at the NRM restored livery, the 'plum' looks quite brown and I most UK plums tend to have a more red hue (or at least mine do - they are much lighter, even the Victoria's). I don't know what spilt or split milk looks like, but their version seems to be cream to me. I know I am committing heresy, but brown and pale cream seems more appropriate.
  16. Thanks for posting this photo, it reminded me of one I took at Stirling in 1985. 47523 leaves the station with an array of different coaching stock; and if you only have a couple each of Mk1s, Mk2a, Mk2d, Mk3, just lash them together and run your service anyway.
  17. Cardiff must have been getting rather adventurous with its Brush 4 allocation by 1968, if 1592 got as far west as Truro. I saw 1597 at Exeter on Aug 17th 1968, and 1598 (again at Exeter) on Aug 23rd. Or maybe Bath Road was borrowing them for SW duties, whenever they turned up on shed from Wales?
  18. I make no apologies here for thread drift, as I find the green TOPS debate over shadows the pre-TOPS numbered locos in 1974. However, on transcribing spotting notes for my website (url at the bottom of posts), I was sent observations from August 1974, and became somewhat surprised at the number of locos with their pre-TOPS identities (not including hydraulics). Peaks seem to be high on the list (although that might simply be because a lot of the observations were from the Midland main line). Still running pre-TOPS in August 74 were - 27, 30, 37, 39, 41, 45
  19. I was on that trip as well. 8th May 1976. I didn't take many photos that day, and this was from the train at Carnforth I think. Not the best of shots
  20. If Boris has anything to do with a link to N Ireland, wouldn't it be a cable car?
  21. For any 'sloppy' rail joiners I just give them a tweak with a pair of pliers, but doing this probably makes them impossible to remove again and so needs to be an almost permanent join.
  22. I don't think the iron ore locos were any more powerful, they did have strengthened couplings to cope with the extra loadings.
  23. I'm still trying to get through all the layout features, which is difficult when there are so many great photos to drool at. I have seen some before, but never really discovered 'Dent' and 'Horfield' until now. I could look at the photos for hours. Thanks everyone. It makes the lockdown restrictions seem bearable for a few hours.
  24. The earliest one I have found in spotting notes so far, is M50472 at Derby station on 27th March 1960. Excellent. I might invest in the early green one myself.
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