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  1. Isn't the flattest marked (with a post) gradient somewhere near Hull 1 in 10364 (or something near that) ??
  2. Having looked after Clapham & Woking PW section back in the day - scrap is easily managed if you are prepared to put in the effort and work and change the culture ......................... the difficult part was ensuring that visiting projects do the same The current state of the section from Worting Jn right up to Berrylands and from Clapham Junction into Waterloo makes me want to weep .................................................. track, vegetation and scrap
  3. That is an embarrassment to the PW section looking after it .................
  4. Now claimed Hi All, I have 10 sets of Genesis PCV axlebox castings (from a now abandoned PCV project) that I'd prefer see go to a good home rather than just chuck out - please PM me if you want them - no cost.
  5. Following my post above - I've had a good think and have produced the below as a war story to add some colour - the times when ........................................ 1) 1981 - Being on the other end of a long steel bar which my fellow apprentice tucked under a train to manovere it around the corner of the training school en route to the store - Colleague's error 2) 1982 - Swanscombe tunnel - caught between refuges during a track walk - my more experienced colleagues advice was "against the wall Son" ............................ 3) 1986 - Stonegate - during an electrification snagging walkover - group told to step out of the Down Line by the Lookout as a Hastings unit was about to pass on the opposite line - we would never have hear the 4-CEP electric test train going in the opposite direction that would have wiped us out ........................................ circumstance. 4) 1989 - Farringdon Substation - making an error with a 750v DC busbar isolation that resulted in 3 people being exposed to a live 750v DC busbar ......................... my error. 5) 2002 - Near miss on the Up Slow at Putney after a colleague opened up a blocked line without authority next to failed train & no refuges .............................. that was a interesting conversation subsequently when I read him his fortune. 6) 2003 - almost getting electrocuted removing a short-circuiting bar at Barnes (after a suicide) - the conductor rail was still live due to major unrelated cable fire at the adjacent Point Pleasant Substation. ..................... simple bad luck. 7) 2004 - Waterloo throat - Getting disorientated during a partial possession on Sunday AM and as I bent down to eye-up a dipped rail joint on a common crossing, had the very unnerving experience of a set of shogear passing within 2ft of my right ear as a 455 crossed over from the D.Slow to D.Fast ................................ my error. 8) 2004 - Waterloo throat - getting lost in the thickwork out to West Crossings during a single line T2 possession of the Up Main Relief - being blown up from behind by a very slow moving train approaching on the UF as I was merrily marching back to Waterloo in the wrong line (one line over) - cue humble apologies to the driver ............................................ my error. 9) 2005 - Barnes (again) - Having to step "in front" of an approaching train on the Down Fast because trains on the Up Slow & Up Fast and limited Up cess all combined to put me in shiit creek. Managed to make it look as I had planned to do it. .................... My error. Whist the above sounds a bit like Dangerous Dan - the errors were mistakes not negligence and they served to reduce one's creeping complacency that can develop when working in intensive trafficked area's. That's also ignoring the few times I've managed to step on the conductor rail by accident. Then the Rules changed in 2007 (RIMINI) forcing us to think about what we were doing .....................
  6. So true - I consider myself very "trackwise" BUT I reckon I have escaped death or serious injury due to error, changing circumstances or sheer bad luck on at least 6 occasions spread over 39 years ..................... The thing that makes this event seem so tragic is that it is thankfully simply such an infrequent occurrence with track staff these days .............
  7. Just to clarify r/b fitted OOV's DEFINATELY made it to Kent in the early 80's (interspersed with 10ft r/b fitted OWV's).
  8. Strood in Kent was a destination for these in the early 80's
  9. Just for some flavour ................................................... Whatley Quarry sidings from 500ft ish.
  10. Course there's always the very obvious - Horsted Keynes where the electrified branch from Haywards Heath terminated adjacent to the steam services on the through route .............................
  11. At Mitre Bridge Junction just off the WCML on the WLL to Kensington just before the NLL joins. Same location for the return.
  12. Agreed - some may remember the HOOPS that the original Junipers had to get through to get operational certification on the SWML in the mad, mad, days of the early re-privatised railway ..........................................
  13. In London - particularly on the east end of the Jubilee & the DLR it matters not a jot how wide the doors are - everyone piles on & off at the same time gazing intently at their damn phones regardless because everyone is so blo*ody rude ........................... Anyway nice to see some heritage traction back in service regardless of it's suitability ................
  14. Jib extended above maximum permitted height judging by the low-flying Vulcan in the background ..................................... ?! Sorry just noticed about a month late with that hilarious witty observation
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