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  1. I would argue that it is equally irrelevant as too many external variances will affect the objectivity of any testing for a situation which will always be open to subjectivity because no two events with two different people can ever be the same or exactly repeated.
  2. Having been subject to psychometric testing during a career that a great many people would find stressful to the point of frightening, I would suggest it's not very effective. Despite the testing being carried out by some very experienced people with well funded scientific support from a Govt agency, most of us were intelligent enough to work out the answers required rather than giving the 'reaction' sought. Some of us passed then displayed,regularly, the attributes the testing was supposed to weed out. Some of us placed other people in danger (more danger, it was a dangerous si
  3. We always used to load 'doors inward' on standard end-door containers for explosives if we had a lifter... often not an option and often we used our own (RCTU or RLCU) full side openers, loaded while on flats. I'm not sure we even have MoD owned containers anymore The incident you note above was a number of anti-tank mines that were stolen from a VKA when stopped at a signal near Arpley. It wasn't discovered until Didcot but we did get them all back in the end... I was on duty for that incident!
  4. I bought a Rocket, and I have ordered an APT... I was 10 when we went to the Rainhill cavalcade and these were stars amongst many, so i wanted to relive a memory. Similarly, my father worked for LT for 32 years and I remember watching red trains with Grandpa while Grandma and Mum went shopping in Barnet, so im ordering an Efe 38 stock train. I live in Canada and have Gauge 1 for the garden and a small CP plank in the cellar so none of those are going to get run, but I will display them; the memories are priceless and the modern models are a fantastic sight.
  5. In my area (admittedly a VERY different pitch to UK) there were already worries about city centre office revenue. That trend looks to be cemented by the current Covid restrictions. Despite the comparatively low rate of infection, the office workforce seems petrified of even leaving home. Retail numbers are down and online purchases are significantly up, but the commute here is completely different. Out here on the Prairies we don't have any passenger trains, and in Calgary there is limited tram availability and a very suburban bus service. Lessons around the world nee
  6. I think there a restriction on them going west over the Rockies at the moment. A trainmaster at Lethbridge told me he is not allowed to put them on westbound traffic, only north or eastbound. I saw a very clean one leading a very strange consist northbound at Red Deer AB today. It was leading two GEs, a SD60 in SOO white and three GPs in various CP reds and a fairly short mixed train of mostly hoppers but a few find. I'm guessing it was a stock move from works various.
  7. After a brief internet search I couldn't find anything about the Hyson company (or the Desilux of London company). Were they a licensee of the Airchime name from the Nathan company, and its predecessors, in the US and Canada?
  8. Far too tidy, no litter and the windows are obviously printed acetate stuck to the Bilteze office model: https://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=598813
  9. UPS will invoice you for import taxes like FedEx did. UPS have also recently upped their prices to match Fedex, so your market is being squeezed further. Purolator use DHL as the Euro delivery agent, so they might be worth a look. USPS and Canada Post are just public corporation expensive. They are no different from the semi-private Royal Mail in their outlook, cost and capability.
  10. I always thought the RNADs would be interesting to work in. I only worked Army ordnance depots... Big and modern with only rail loading in and out not to the sheds. Nesscliff and Upnor were interesting, too
  11. ... And above that 86250 seems to have no arrows at all and is missing a swallow in its slightly strange looking Inter-city livery. The flat yellow ends look a strange variation.
  12. I'm not sure if it's been covered (I posted it i the Garden railways section too, please delete the thread if it has) but Kalmbach publishing will no longer be producing Garden Railways (GR) magazine in the US. GR was a very good copy that split from Model Railroader in the 80s under the editorship of Marc Horowitz and was a really good read and companion to Garden Rail in UK. I believe Marc and the editor of Garden Rail, Tag Gorton, were close associates over the years. The magazine market has changed significantly and the GR is no longer viable, which is a shame and I shall mis
  13. I'm not sure if it's been covered (please delete the thread if it has) but Kalmbach publishing will no longer be producing Garden Railways (GR) magazine in the US. GR was a very good copy that split from Model Railroader in the 80s under the editorship of Marc Horowitz and was a really good read and companion to Garden Rail in UK. I believe Marc and the editor of Garden Rail, Tag Gorton, were close associates over the years. The magazine market has changed significantly and the GR is no longer viable, which is a shame and I shall miss it. I have emailed Kalmbach customer service
  14. I remember the CP SD40-2 that were used as B units with blanked cabs. There were a few kicking around Medicine Hat on the Lethbridge run in 99-02. Some of them have since been changed back to full control again (then refurbished into SD30 eco). Do the cow and calf units count as A & B units? Slugs have no engine so no controls are necessary. I must admit that I was initially talking about the the carboxy B units built that way rather than the hood units that were converted. I'm not sure I see the point of a cowl B unit...
  15. So it's as I guessed, in the main. It would be really awkward having a loco you couldn't move stuck in the way, so if only enough to shunt it then the controls were a sensible and likely addition. Once you moved into hood or cowl units and the need for a uniform, streamline shape is overcome by the need for efficiency and flexibility, the need for Bs is gone.
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