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  1. I said when I dug out my copy of Logging by Rail: The British Columbia Story by Robert D Turner, that I might be able to identify the loco. I have finally gone through the boxes and found the book but not the photo! The similar picture I was referring to (in post nearly 2 years ago) in the book is a different loco. Who knows? I may even have been looking at the same photo as pH when I said it was familiar. I suspect it may have been a Baldwin as suggested as they were commonly used in the area and would have been passed down to logging companies as the mainline work and even shunting became too heavy. Two documented examples that are similar and had a mainline past were Comox Logging Nos 7 & 16, both dating from 1910 and both starting with the Pacific Great Eastern before being transferred to logging subsidiary and sold to Comox in 1920. Both were initially preserved on static display but have now been either broken or moved in pieces.
  2. Slightly off topic as we have led that way already... The Canadian National wet noodle is one of the greatest railway symbols/logos ever. It says everything and hasn't changed in around 55 years. Soo Line had a splendid livery around the same time, bold, novel, clear, it was a classic in design terms. They gave it up in the 90s for a dull, insipid plain red with modern lettering and then just faded into the CP pot. Another example of a long standing logo must be the London Transport roundel nearly 100 years of use and instantly recognisable despite the various political attempts to undermine it. I don't really see how the EWS livery can be described as a failure, it's simple, it's recognisable, it didn't get fussed with too much, and it's still there. The Railfreight grey was a nothing, and was soundly irrelevant as the sector system died a death. Loadhaul was much better. G & W is typically American, just garish and fussy but they want their corporate image to replace the bold Freightliner brand... They have paid for it!
  3. I know it's off topic, but with your reasoning, I don't think the Humber Bridge would ever have been built... it's a huge road bridge from one dying industrial area to another dying industrial area and incomplete links at both ends. I agree with the rest of the post entirely!
  4. If you used the ebay link to track it, it is next to useless. I ordered an item from Nevada which was tracked as far as Vancouver BC on 4 July where it apparently scanned 4 times. It hasn't changed since. I checked on the USPS site and on a third party tracking site called Hot-tracking.com and not only was it in Vancouver a day earlier, it moved to Calgary on 4 July and is listed for delivery tomorrow or Wednesday. Still hasn't moved according to ebay. I too despair of the ebay fleecing over shipping and have complained to them directly. That was a waste of time as you will well imagine. Some dealers specifically say they will not help with the shipping/customs charges as it is against ebay policy, but some will respond to an email. I had excellent dealing with a number of sellers where they agreed to take it directly to a shipper as a 'collected' item. I paid only US$18 to ship 6 HO hoppers from NYC to Alberta where as I have seen figures of over US$60 to ship one hopper from other ebay sites. Choose well and try to circumnavigate ebay!
  5. But that is a regulation change, not an engineering change. They could be crew-less, or if we must have personnel, they could be on the station. Without stating current regs and thinking, why could train not be automated if the technology permits it. The ASLEF arguement in the article is flawed as it would be new project money that paid for re-signalling, not maintenance or current capital expenditure budgets. It may be purely provocative, but he is not wrong about being held to ransom. He is s Conservative, after all, so baiting and reducing union influence is a key policy.
  6. All this talk of red is very useful as I'm just painting 1/29th scale RS3 into multimark and action red. As was said earlier and has been said previously, Action Red faded very badly and in many cases looks orange or pink. There are now three CP reds (plus tuscan if you count the maroon shade as red): Action Red, 16 July 68 - around 1998 (including all marking variants from Multimark 'Packman' until 1987, the plain old CPRail throughout the action red period, 1991 CP Rail System (with all the arguments about defacing the flags - probably the US flag as the maple leaf was still only 27 years old, which is funny because Americans will put their flag on anything, including their bodies so it must just be that a Canadian did it!) and few other specials. Candy Apple Red was the Soo and the St Lawrence and Hudson colour (later Soo, the all over colour not the 60's one end colour with white) but again varied with supply dates and areas. I can't find a definite date that this started to be applied, but almost all the GE AC4400 and variants (except the GEXC blue ones) seem to have arrived in it. This was used in the 'golden beaver' livery, which was soon dropped as it was a very expensive decal (almost as much as gold!). The type-face for Canadian Pacific changed at the same time as Candy Apple Red came in and can be seen in gold, shaded gold, yellow and white. Most recently (2015 onwards) the newly outshopped refurbs (excluding the specials on SD70M refurbs of the SD90MACs) have been in the newest red, which I suspect is very similar to what Action Red looked like at first. It is 'redder' than Action Red looks in publicity photos, but we all know the variations in colour rendering of slide film. The type-face is the same as CAR and the lettering is now white. I have a few friends that work for CPRail, I'll see if I can get the colour codes for the new colour. It should be noted there are still SD40-2 ad SD60s running in Action Red that have clearly never been painted. That makes the job of matching very difficult after near 40 years. CPR does not seem to like washing their fleet and even those in areas with carriage washers don't get clean if they are hood units, consequently after the sun fades them, the dirt darkens them... and in the GEs, the flames blacken and strip any paint. If we add size colour scaling to the equation, a bit of primer variation (over red oxide or grey), and personal colour vision variation, it could be any red we like! Good luck, lol
  7. A Mk1 FK that reminds me of trips Euston to Liverpool as a child in the early 70s... big, bouncy, horse hair stuffed moquette seats, but only a very small area for tea cups. Or a loco hauled Mk3 FO next to the restaurant car. I'm not sure we've improved upon the early Mk3 FO with orange seats.
  8. Surely Hengist, Horsa and Vortigern were on the cross channel run, not Irish Sea services.
  9. We're getting off topic again... The Rolls Royce (later Perkins) Eagle was definitely a diesel and didn't enter the market until the late 60s. It was used in the the various Foden trucks of the 70s (8x4 low mob, FH 70 6x6 tractor and limber and lastly the wrecker) and the upgraded 350 was the in The DROPS trucks. The B60 was a mis-type, I meant B80, but I'm not sure on that now. B80 was is in the Antar and later pushed into the B81 in the Stalwart and Mighty Antar. All before my time unfortunately.
  10. I didn't see any residential in the plans I quickly looked at. Is this simply a case of moving Cricklewood station north by about 2km? The area could do with a bit of a revamp and the old station is no longer in the area that needs most passenger access The Hendon/Hounslow bit is a little more involved, admittedly. I'll make sure to avoid the area... So no change from the last 50 years (with the exception of some work experience at CW in '84!).
  11. They were definitely in use in Aug 14 for the weekend of the Great British Beer Festival. They were the platforms used for the shuttle service when the complete WCML was closed from Watford Junction south and Virgin Trains were terminating at Milton Keynes. There was work done on the slow lines at Apsley to Kings Langley. Perfect example of what you describe.
  12. I happened across a couple of shots on Flikr today (property of Robert Gadsdon and H J Wayt) of the Flying Scotsman on its US tour in the early 70s: The caption/description states that there were a number of converted Mk1 carriages sent along with FS, and my questions relate to them rather than the loco. What happened to the carriages? As is well known, the FS was repatriated after the bankruptcy incident but I can't imagine anyone paying good money to recover a non-standard Mk1. What conversion work was undertaken? Was it a simple case of 'as require to be a support coach' or were there mods to allow use on the US system? My reason for asking their end is related to a thread on here some years ago about Mk1s getting everywhere on preserved lines (it wasn't a particularly productive thread - don't bother searching). Around that thread's time, I was visiting Fort Steele (http://fortsteele.ca/) in the Rocky Mountains of southern British Columbia and saw the railway attraction. The town was formerly an important river crossing point and junction on the Canadian Pacific line into BC coal country and has a loop built as part of the attraction. One of the carriages been towed around the loop was a Mk1! As the thread noted, they get out on most preserved railways but I wasn't expecting one there. I wonder if it was one of the train that arrived across the Atlantic with FS back in the 70s. I didn't get any details from BC and it was fairly incomplete as compared with a service carriage - and wearing a lot of paint. Thanks
  13. Those are early Mk1 FV430s with the petrol engine (a Rolls Royce B60, I think) in the picture. They went quickly (but I don't know how quickly) into fairly widespread use until they were turned into Mk3s with the diesel conversion. Some Mk 1s were never converted and retired from service with the petrol engines (many on the ranges in Alberta where I served last - a long time after the Mk 1s retired) Amazingly, some of them are still in service having been re-engineered in the mid 00s to a spec known as BULLDOG. New diesel, new gearbox, new brakes, new comms, add-on air-con, same steel box, same suspension, same armour and same armament mostly same interior and equipment. They were also fitted with new appliqué armour for use in Iraq but with the heat and all the extra weight, they really struggled with lack of power. Comfy... by armoured standards!
  14. I'm not sure anything would stop an out of gauge move as long as it didn't physically strike anything lineside; As long as it could be fitted into a timetable, which couldn't happen now without significant disruption; and someone was willing to pay!
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