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  1. Chas, I know nothing of vaping except thst it does not smell quite so disgusting as tobacco! Chris
  2. I understand that these things may be bought from shops catering for those who vape. Chris
  3. Many thanks, Eddie! I'm looking forward to researching 1987 with a mixture of interest and trepidation. It may have to wait, because I have been prevailed upon to unleash a presentation on a hitherto unsuspecting EM Gauge Society. Knowing my luck it will take even longer to prepare than I had foreseen. Chris
  4. 1986 This year saw the final departure of Class 116 from Stratford, with all but one of its five sets migrating to Tyseley in May. Photographs of Stratford’s 116 fleet are few and far between but on 26th February one was taken of a Stratford set led by E53898 forming a Liverpool Street – Colchester service. Little activity was reported in Scotland this year. In February sets 116387/8/9/94 were transferred from Ayr to Eastfield. It was reported that non-gangwayed 116 sets were operating the Edinburgh –Dunblane service in April. In May sets 116387/9 were transferred b
  5. The coach is a GW third of immediate pre-war vintage but I couldn't suggest a diagram number without a great deal of rummaging! Chris
  6. I think that DB came to the same conclusion. Chris
  7. 5522, now owned by Paul Willis, used to produce a kit. Might be worth asking the question ... Chris
  8. It can be no surprise that Eurostar is on its knees and has lost 99% of its business. In these troubled times overseas travel is discouraged to put it mildly. History may yet show that if something had been done earlier to curtail inward air travel there would have been many fewer Covid cases in the UK. I am no fan of flying, or of airports come to that. What can you see from an aircraft? Oh look, there's a cloud. I would far rather look out of a train window and see France whizzing by at 186 mph! I wonder whether Eurostar could ever be allowed to behave like a railway compan
  9. I don't think that's the whole story. The details varied over the years but in winter 1956-57 two M sets had turns between Neath and Treherbert, also visiting Pontypool Road, Porthcawl, Swansea and Carmarthen in the course of their two-day diagrams. Clearly the set in Mr Robinson's photo is not an M set! From 1958 dmus were used on the trips over the R&SB worked from the Treherbert end. That is how a driving motor second of what became Class 116, W50125, came to be written off in November 1959 when it was involved in a head-on collision with a pannier on a downhill coal train at Pontrh
  10. Thanks, Matt. I have no reason at all to doubt what you say! Something that I forgot was that the loaded tanks were taken to Plymouth where the milk train was remarshalled and the Saltash tanks added. Chris
  11. He must have been a very old hand. Canton had no auto work after 1953. Chris
  12. I doubt it. If an auto was required to attach tanks in the siding it would have had to shunt across from the down platform to the up. Most would have started back to Plymouth from the down platform, for which manoeuvre the signals allowed. Chris
  13. There is another reason for Eurostar's current woes. The latest issue of Modern Railways reports on changes brought about as a consequence of Brexit. The gist of it is that the EU has imposed "third country status" on all UK travellers. From 1st January all British travellers must have their passports stamped every time they cross the Schengen border. Eurostar now advise travellers to arrive 75 minutes before departure time. However, the UK Government still allows EU citizens to use automatic gates: records of entry and exit for them will continue to be recorded electronically rather than
  14. Yes. The auto is in the down platform. The milk depot post-dates the plan and is/was approximately where the dock is. A book published a few years ago suggests thst loaded milk trains from the Penzance direction picked up at Saltash. Not so: the tanks were attached to an auto, probably because a milk train would have got in the way if it stopped to attach traffic. In a 1962 issue of Modern Railways there is a pic of a pair of bubble cars hauling two tanks across the Royal Albert Bridge. Chris
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