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  1. At a rough estimate based on my favourite inflation indicator, beer prices, the Hellcat is approximately twice the price in real terms, but there are probably much more details and small parts in the modern kit.
  2. That opening sequence wasn't filmed at Rugby though, but in the Great Hall of my Alma Mater, Bedford, before it was unfortunately gutted by fire.
  3. Now on loan to the Swanage Railway and on display at Corfe Castle Goods Shed: https://locoyard.com/2013/05/25/secundus/ and in 2010:
  4. I was impressed by the video on facebook of the helper loco still defiantly and loudly chugging away, presumably on one cylinder, and blowing smoke rings.
  5. Several numbers from the concert are on YouTube, easy to find.
  6. The coach has no brake pipe, no steam pipe and no coupling; the safety chains (?) were presumably an addition. The state of the 2-10-0 suggests war damage, so I would suggest this is a late war photo probably taken on the Eastern Front. The lettering on the coach end is similar to lettering on some German military equipment/vehicles. I still reckon the only way such a coach could be in DR service at that time would be as a 1940 captured vehicle. Some Period 1 stock was all steel and flush sided but my book on LMS coaches isn't clear as to whether any were converted for ambulance trains.
  7. Is there a date on the photo? I merely speculate, but as several British ambulance trains were captured by the Germans in 1940, it is possible that they were pressed into service by the Reichsbahn and used on the Eastern Front on the lines converted to standard gauge, or even re-wheeled to Russian gauge..
  8. Didn't recognise it but Google did, it's Brighton, 1935 https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11799495.16_classic_images_of_railway_life_in_Sussex/
  9. The Northam scrapyard at that time was primarily a ship breakers' yard (Pollock & Brown). Although it had a rail connection dating back to when it was a ship builder's (Northam Iron Works) I've never come across a reference to locos being scrapped there in the 60s. They did break one loco, in 1935, SR No. 408, a Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST formerly from Southampton Docks. http://www.railuk.info/steam/getsteam.php?row_id=31178
  10. Also a candidate for "When the real thing looks like a model".
  11. It's a two-horse bus, the feet of the other horse are just visible, so that load wouldn't be too much. I see no sign of ropes or straps, so the boys must be there to hold it all on.
  12. The The 2' 6" gauge strategic reserve at Dean Hill? I know they said it was all removed.....
  13. Later versions carried the rifle at less extreme angles, culminating in this https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=british+army+bicycle+ww2&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi7vaT4vLPfAhWESxUIHcttAk4QsAR6BAgAEAE&biw=1462&bih=721#imgrc=7K_1htmQTleP7M:&spf=1545483123161 The rifle carrying clips were available in surplus stores in the 50s/60s, Dad bought me a set to carry my fishing rod with. I could have done with them in more recent years when I was sometimes required to carry two 2m long ranging poles to jobs. The front lamp with blackout hood in the picture was also a cheap item, we had several, with matching rear lamps.
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