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John M Upton last won the day on March 24 2012

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  1. The first Class 150 has been there though on trials when it was first built and I suspect the Class 950 departmental one has been up there too at some point. Is there any reason for no 158's though?
  2. Am I correct in thinking 158's have never been regularly used if at all to Fort William and Mallaig?
  3. Just out of curiosity, which is the next exhibition in the calendar that at the moment is still on? Peterborough is my guess at the moment.
  4. The key here is not the second wave as such but more that really everyone needs to catch the bug and then get rid of it if we are to get anywhere near normal again, of course whilst the Government needs us all to contract it, no one in the population actually wants it!! Yes the infection detection rate is on the rise as expected but the death rate is flat. Those vulnerable will of course need to continue to be cautious and shield where necessary, really everyone else should exercise common sense and carry on as normal as possible.
  5. Ally Pally Model Engineering Exhibition now cancelled: https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/news/london-model-engineering-exhibition-2021-cancelled Still got my fingers crossed for Ally Pally in March but this has dented my confidence a bit...
  6. Basically it's yet another Government scribbled on the back of an old envelope without any proper thought or consultation balls up....
  7. None ever received their TOPS numbers. By the time renumbering was in full swing, all bar a couple that were used by the RTC were either dead, dying or baked bean cans.
  8. If I recall after repaint the DB painted 37's (I think there were two of them) didn't last in traffic very long.
  9. This isn't good: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54108248 Big boat show in Southampton, an outdoor exhibition all sorted out with careful preparations and ready to open shut down at the last minute by the local council. So even if exhibition organisers did go ahead and get a show up and running, there is now the risk of some local clip board waving (actually, do they still have clip boards or are they all ipads now?) official rolling up just before the doors opening telling you its all off, like it or lump it...
  10. Anything involving a Government IT project, forget it. Whatever happened to the Tracing App that was due within a fortnight since mid April for example?
  11. I believe in terms of physical external appearance, 50149's bogies were identical to the 49 others.
  12. Despite a modern tooling replacement (that is excellent by the way) I still really like the old Poole version Class 20. It's easy to repair, looks the part and with a decent paint job can still give more modern models a run for its money.
  13. Oh dear, it's those negative waves again.... Let's try and focus on the positive please. If you look around, other than mask wearing and a few shields here and there, a lot of places seem to be pretty much back to normal.
  14. Certainly on the Sussex Coast in the 1980s to 1990s they were all in multiples of 4 as all the EMUs were four car at the time. Once the three car units started turning up, the numbering started to get a bit messy. .
  15. I have seen on a track diagram, the former Platform 1 at Clapham Junction referred to as the Banana Bay? Was that because of its shape or were bananas actually loaded there once?
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