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  1. However that only brings the total to three including the Road Van and that is clearly inadequate for a Brakevan tour. So obviously you have a need to buy more so you clearly need to place appropriate vote TODAY in the mini-poll on the Nod to Brent thread . https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/69664-a-nod-to-brent-a-friendly-thread-filled-with-frivolity-cream-teas-and-pasties-longing-for-the-happy-days-in-the-south-hams-1947/page/1667/#comments
  2. Are you sure it was a Eurostar set because they had very limited route clearance on the SWD. (basically only North Pole - Waterloo via either the WLL, or Kew junctions for diversionary purposes). As far as I know there was only ever a single test movement via the latter and the set was hauled by 2 x Class 73.
  3. Over-age men (and occasionally women) were not uncommon on the railway in the 1960s and into the 1970s. RSJC Minute T.460 of 1961 provided for staff being retained over normal retirement age (I presume that it probably superseded an earlier agreement). When I was working with the P&E Review teams on the WR in 1967 it came to light that there was a 73 year old C&W Examiner at Reading who had originally joined the SECR before the Great War. He was still there because all the Western C&W Examiners weren't at all happy to get involved with the 3rd rail although he'd obviously been over normal retirement age before the WR had taken over the ex SR side. And there were several other instances on the London Division of over age men working in various jobs. Another one I came across in 1969 was the Leading Railman in charge at Morar on the West Highland Extension who had originally joined the NBR as an Engine Cleaner at Mallaig in 1913 and he had taken the job at Morar after he'd retired as a Driver. He had a considerable fund of stories, especially from WWII and also the working of fish trains and I got on rather well with him as on the weekend a group of us were there in the. Camping Coaches I helped him out with his accounts as he'd had a sudden rush of people (us) booking Priv Tickets. There was also a lady, 'Flossie', at Twyford on the WR who had originally joined the railway at Twyford as a Booking Clerk during WWIi but later became a Cleaner at the station and was finally reappointed in Porter's post at Twyford after she'd passed her 60th birthday. Also a relatively recent retiree from Twyford was the station Chargeman who was over 70 when he finished and whom FGW/GWR had told he could stay there in the job until he wished to retire ( I think biking 5 miles to work for early turn was finally what decided him to finish) - I'd known him (in my school days I hasten to add) as a Lad Porter when he first started and his father - who was a PerWay Ganger - had also retired a year or two after his 65th birthday. Incidentally the last person I knew who retired with 50 years service left in 1998 and he was also the, or one of the, last members of staff who had joined the GWR (in late 1947, as a Signal Box Booking Boy)
  4. I doubt it will be a spoiler - it's a very niche method of manufacture using, so i understand from the blurb, a variant on the 'normal' 3-D printing process so it is not suitable for mass market levels of production and it isn't cheap. Hence it will result in a relatively high price and an equally inevitable small market . I presume that - as previously - Dapol's involvement is simply 'assembly'. (i.e adding the wheelsets and buffer heads - and possibly the NEM pockets? - the rest is no doubt a single print) and probably painting/decoration and putting it in a box. So inevitably something like this won't be coming along at mass market prices which leaves that area open for those who wid sh to go into the tooling cosy ts and production that enable their product to sell at mass market prices.
  5. Should be with you soon if RM do their stuff - mine took under 48 hours from time of despatch to time of it arriving here with the 'morning' post.
  6. Don't worry Stu - the exercise will have been good for you (even if it only meant walking down the road from the car park ). n.b. You gat more exercise if you go to Camborne by train as the station is much further from the shop than the nearest car park
  7. Scotland (particularly remote coastal stations) is a long way from Swindon and letters get lost in the post.
  8. I can't give the exact numbers (I wonder if the original HMRS booklet quotes any 0 can't lay hands on my copy at the moment) but in BR days there were very few in traffic use and I doubt they lasted beyond the mid '50s (if that late) although i have seen a secondary source stating 1956. However they were around in goods yards being used for storage of paperwork much later and still carrying traffic numbers - I saw them at various places in the late 1960s including at least one painted in faded departmental black livery. But any around that late probably had turned a wheel for quite a long tme.
  9. Blimey, that's the same price as a bottle of rosé from our local vineyard. The Rails Mink is a 3-D print (unless something has changed in recent months as the early ones after the design had been finalised were definitely 3-D prints), same as the SECR vehicle Rails did. The NEM pockets are very obtrusive and i wonder if they are separate parts? And I'm desperately trying to work out what it has to do with Dapol (unless they did the decoration?) - Dapol aren't mentioned on the Rails web pages for these vans and they definitely had nothing whatsoever to do with the research which was done by folk working on behalf of Rails. Being GW the Iron Minks suffered from typical GW 'standardisation' which meant there were various combinations of basic chassis/axleboxes (4 variants), 8 different bodies including 6 different versions of the two 'standard' bodies; and at least 9 different body/chassis/brake variants - all of these variations taking account changes over a period of time between 1888 and as running into early BR days. And there were of course the various changes made to teh brake gear after 1918.
  10. Rapido SECR open wagons RRP £32,95. Rails GWR Mink van RRP £36.95. Both might seem pricey but it depends what you compare them with and, above all, there is something none of us should overlook. - purchase of these items is not compulsory. So the price is irrelevant if you do not wish to purchase them and presumably it is acceptable if you do decide to purchase them.
  11. We're still waiting = so are those poor punters who appear to be glued to the spot in anticipation of a train actually arriving
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