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  1. The 4-wheelers would have been SKAs. Besides block trains, smaller volumes used to run via 6F48 wagonload trip from Seaforth to Warrington, then 6V71 or 6V60 to Newport for a trip Panteg.
  2. It started off as export-only and it has been again for the last 15 years or more. But it wasn't always the case. Pic (not mine) of 1 such train leaving Seaforth: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8a-collection/8151850536/in/photolist-dqmnab
  3. This still runs, using the unique BVA wagons. Slabs from Tinsley to Immingham and coils returning. For a time in the mid-1990s, there was a similar flow from Tinsley to Seaforth with the coils returning from Seaforth to Panteg, but this has since reduced to a sporadic one-way flow of slabs only.
  4. It was a regular booked move for a few years. It doesn't happen these days, the vast majority of TGO moves by road now. I think only Neville Hill and Ipswich still take their fuel in by rail.
  5. The Cobra depot in Wakefield has seen most if not all of those wagon types over the years. Going back to the late 1990s, IGAs used to arrive with small diameter tube from France, BYAs with coil from South Wales and Lackenby, BZAs with coil from Lackenby, OCA/BDA with rod-in-coil or rebar from Cardiff, Cargowaggons also with long rebar from Cardiff, VGAs with mineral water from Inverness.
  6. If it can work to the West Midlands, then it can work to Scotland, London, the North East, South Wales.... Besides that, it's 'proved' the Bootle Branch for W10 gauge.
  7. About 10-12 were converted into 85/1s. However, I don't believe any of them carried anything other than BR blue while in service. I'm sure the Railfreight livery was a repaint done in preservation prior to the Doncaster works open day in 2003.
  8. Possible - yes. Has it happened - yes. Is it likely to happen again in the near future - no.
  9. Stock attached to a loco without a compatible brake would be classed as 'loose coupled'. Loose-shunted is shunting without a loco attached at all. There are countless photos out there of stock marked 'not to be loose shunted' being conveyed in unfitted trains.
  10. Because there are a number of circumstances which require the driver to legitimately isolate the TPWS
  11. Oh I completely agree, but I can also see how events could be twisted by certain parties to aid the DOO cause.
  12. [cynic mode]Dangerous folk, these Merseyrail Guards. Best hurry up and make the system DOO....[/cynic mode]
  13. AIUI - Guard closes passenger doors and checks all appears ok. Guard then closes his local door (which don't have opening windows on 507/508 stock), and bells the train away.
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