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  1. My first port of call for CWPs is usually Robert Carroll's e-group. He has a truly remarkable collection of these elusive documents. Chris
  2. Route 639 was a trolleybus route, rather out of period for Copenhagen Fields! Chris
  3. In the summer service of 1961 there was a 20.55 Birkenhead to Padddington which arrived at Paddington at 05.20. It had rather a lot of vans in the formation: Brake Van, Birkenhead to Paddington. I'm guessing a full brake of some description Siphon G 1002 or 1349, Birkenhead to Paddington Brake Van, Aberystwyth to Paddington. Another full brake, I suppose Siphon G, Chester to Paddington Van, Birkenhead to Paddington Van, as required, Birkenhead to Reading Brake Van, 28 or 161, Wolverhampton to Basingstoke, Saturdays only The two "Vans" co
  4. This is a question that has baffled me for years. It appears to me that if the expressions "Van" or "Large Van" are used it could be anything. Where somethng more specific is used, eg "Full Brake", "Siphon G", "Siphon J", "Fruit D" or "GUV", there is an operational reason for specifying that particular type of van. Then there are some baffling expressions. What, for example, is a "News Van"? Smart-alec answer: a van large enough to carry lots of newspapers. There used to be a couple of full brakes branded to work between Paddington and Paignton. Their numbers were, I think, quoted in th
  5. Rich, thank you for illustrating your build of the O33. I have an O62 kit in my 'one day when I have the courage' pile. Dare I say it, I am encouraged by the sight of your Siphon emerging from the fret. Chris
  6. Sorry, not a response to Jack's question but a matter arising from earlier in the thread. The Railway Observer of June 1959 reported that a LSWR SL, 253, turned up at Exeter in May 1959 after being freshly revarnished. What colour the paint was underneath the varnish is, sadly, not reported. Neither is it known how long the coach stayed around Exeter but I believe, subject to checking, that it ended up in the Lancing Belle. Chris
  7. I won't take away the undoubted pleasure that you will derive from reading through my 116 thread so here is the short version. 116s appeared on peak services from the Midland and were based on Cricklewood. Formations of three power cars and one trailer were used. Cricklewood depot was not noted for keeping sets in formation. Chris
  8. The Barry Raiiway coaches had been built with electric lighting in 1921 and were converted to gas lighting in 1950. When their time was finally up and the two Thompson coaches arrived, an additional charging point was installed at Tiverton Junction. In addition, each of the Thompsons was attached to another train from time to time and taken at speed to Paignton and back purely to charge its batteries. It is perhaps just as well that the Hemyock service only lasted another year or so. Chris
  9. Food for thought there, Neil - thank you. My starting point would be the new Bachmann 117 in lined dark green as running in 1961. It's a costly bit of kit, like everything else these days! Chris
  10. This is something that I want to do but, as in so many things, courage deserts me. The essential difference between 117 and 118 is the shape of the headcode box: flat top on 117, curved on 118. It should be a simple re-profiling job ... Chris
  11. I use any seasonal greetings cards I receive as decorations. No holly, paper chains or tree for me. Chris
  12. Postie was a bit slow with my subscription copy but it arrived today. I liked Michael Russell's graffiti article and in particular the way he made the coach look so dowdy. Chris
  13. This is very sad news. I never met Stuart but I came to be very familiar with his rail atlas. In that fine work, his name will live on. Chris
  14. I was fortunate to ride the Vennbahn at about this time. A friend and I were touring Belgium for a week After spending the night on a stabled train at Welkenraedt we made our way to Eupen, where breakfast proved elusive, and travelled behind steam to Trois Ponts. This is of course "Three Bridges" and the contrast could not have been greater. Imagine a Kriegslok on the main line at our Three Bridges! As I recall, on our journey the loco did little more than cough politely for most of the trip. I have a souvenir of the trip in the form of a Vennbahn T shirt. Chris
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