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  1. The laws for stations may have changed but railway vehicles on a journey (along with aircraft, hovercraft and international ships) are explicitly exempt. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/17/section/173 Any excuse to post a Tom Scott video!
  2. Kew Gardens still does. EDIT: So does Stalybridge. A well known former politician turned TV presenter featured it on one of his excursions. EDIT2: In contrast to the good old days, one of the waiting rooms at Dewsbury was converted to real ale pub in 1994. Of the big stations, add Sheffield, York and Newcastle
  3. It was clearly staged and the HST was probably in notch 3. Took under a minute to see what an HST can really do. And even on one engine seems to be able to match the GWR "test".
  4. This formed part of his home layout and could be removed for exhibitions. Here is the plan from the January 1968 RM before it was actually built.
  5. Surprisingly stayed on the track. To be fair, that one was a heat buckle rather than neglect.
  6. The new Avon River bridge at Stratford has been commissioned. The new bridge is on a slightly gentler curve allowing speeds of 90 km/h, which is a substantial improvement on the 10 km/h limit on the 1888 bridge. Services have been suspended several times in the last 30-odd years due to the condition of the old bridge and many feared this would lead to permanent closure of the line beyond Sale. Fortunately the old bridge has been heritage listed so it will not be demolished. https://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/7043957/first-train-over-the-avon-river-rail-bridge/ https://www
  7. Also very common in Australia where it is known as the "Pilbara cab", as many mining railways in the Pilbara region of Western Australia adopted the design. Not quite as attractive as the French cabs but brutishly functional in a region where 45° C is common.
  8. As well as the Australian/Spanish/Dutch/Indian style electrics, EE also built a more boxy style for export mainly to South Africa and New Zealand which look quite Swiss in origin. In fact the NZ ED class was a very Swiss 1-Do-2. Cheers David
  9. Here's a hypothetical I did for the imaginary locomotives topic. What if Derby had a go at building electric locos? Cheers David
  10. It's not hard to work out the details when the media live tweet any Royal event. Likewise it's not really a secret that 67005 and 67006 are working 1Z20 Euston to Aberdeen. Took me less than a minute to find the schedule and current position of the train on social media from the other side of the planet. I suspect any new Royal Train would be a bi-mode multiple unit and suitable for more than one use. See for example the Japanese E655, a luxury charter train owned by JR East which anybody with enough yen can hire. When required they add one extra coach to carry the Emperor and stic
  11. The pandemic has finished off an unsustainable system and replaced it with de facto nationalisation. What comes next? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/02/good-riddance-britains-franchised-railway-system-pandemic
  12. There are some incidental shots of lorries and vans in these fascinating collections. https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainsandstuff/albums/72157705343154601 https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainsandstuff/albums/72157678194168946 https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainsandstuff/albums/72157678741986928 Cheers David
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