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  1. Unchanged. The construction employment and general economic benefits are now needed more than ever.
  2. It rather depends on the exact date but "late 60s" BR Blue at Stewarts Lane would certainly feature the SR indigenous types 33, 71, 73 and 74 plus probably 70 as you note. I don't think anyone would quibble at a blue warship or 47 and it wouldn't be too much of a stretch imo to have visitors from WR, LMR and ER London area depots so that potentially opens up the odd 25, 31, 35, 37 or maybe 45 and 52 for example.
  3. Hmm. With the exception of the Scottish PP 47/7 in very specifically defined situations, class 47s have never been authorised to travel over 95mph. Yes in the old days there were plenty of reports of this speed being exceeded particularly on the ECML with the 8 coach formations on falling gradients but this was exuberance from some drivers in pursuit of making up lost time and not officially sanctioned. The plan AIUI is for 100 or 110 mph paths on the southern WCML and nobody is going to think that is a suitable job for a class 47. Even if they did today's drivers are brought up with a very different mindset to say an ECML top link veteran circa 1975 so any ideas that a driver today would wind it up and "have a go" like some did in the old days is fanciful. Also unlike the old days OTMR means someone is always watching. Allowing for all of that, even if you limited the electric to 95mph it would still beat a 47 to Rugby from Euston by a country mile given its much higher power and the gradient profile.
  4. There are two separate situations here. a. Where a R/Y/G colour light has replaced the home signal and a R/G colour light has replaced the starter in a traditional setup. You have full braking distance from the distant to the home and the home can only be cleared with the starter at danger when a train has slowed right down ready to stop at it. Then you don't need full braking distance from home to starter. b. In every other situation you need full braking distance between each pair of signals in a Y/G, R/Y/G, R/G set up
  5. The post electrification/pre 1980s remodelling signalling at Crewe had similar "off" and route stencils to those pictured provided mid platform. A down direction route for the main line towards Weaver Jn would result in "P" "OFF" being displayed which always used to amuse us as puerile teenagers in the early 1970s.
  6. I see it the other way round. I see not having a commitment to HS3 (or whatever it is called now) as political suicide. However it is politically smart to do both because it brings tangible benefits sooner. I suspect someone in Government has probably also realised that partial electrification is politically dangerous too. Most of the cost for only a fraction of the benefit.
  7. However the press release states that full electrification is being considered. Whilst that is obviously nothing like a confirmation it is going ahead it does strike me as significant given that the DfT was implacably imposed to it previously. The anti-electrification triumvirate of Grayling/Carne/Rutnam have all gone and lo and behold there are the first tentative signs of a change of policy. If Shapps had anything to do with that and it leads somewhere then he will deserve some credit. As such I am cutting him some slack for the moment.
  8. Run rounds did occur at places like New St and Oxley (for the Wolverhampton terminators) but the normal practice at Euston, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow was to provide a fresh engine. My overriding memories of Euston in the 1970s and early 1980s are the lines of electric locomotives stabled in the inter-platform sidings on the west side of the station and the almost constant coming and going of light engines.
  9. I'm only aware of one such GN case and it was southbound. https://orr.gov.uk/news-and-blogs/press-releases/2014/train-driver-receives-prison-sentence-for-ignoring-safety-systems
  10. Fantastic. Particularly enjoyed the two 47 powered van trains going up towards Red Bank. Counted 19 GUVs on the nearer one and the far one storming up towards a red in the days before defensive driving.
  11. <Pedant Mode> The HST was coming off the Badminton line at Wootton Bassett so at the time was a 70mph HST rather than a 125mph HST. It was a GN driver driving a southbound train from Cambridge. </Pedant Mode>
  12. Iirc there is a steep-ish climb from Carstairs to Carluke but then the line falls to Law Jn and after a short rise falls again from Wishaw to the Mossend junctions. There's a neutral section on the Wishaw road right after Law Jn. Even with two locomotives the climb from Carstairs would be laboured on diesel with that load so my guess is that some drivers probably change over when they've crested the summit at Carluke and got the flashing double yellows for Law Jn. With a clear road they are going to be coasting from Carluke to the Mossend junctions anyway apart from the rise from Law Jn towards Wishaw. Getting on diesel early also takes the neutral section out of the equation so my guess is that some drivers prefer that whilst others prefer to change over later. By contrast if they get checked at Law Jn then getting going again and clear of the main line would be quicker on electric, the OHNS notwithstanding. As has been mentioned, when working the Heysham flasks 88s have been using almost every foot of ole available (literally) on the short run between Hest Bank and Carnforth so I don't think there is a general reluctance to use electric mode where it is available.
  13. 345s are running daily to Reading so one presumes they are doing so with approval. An 87 also went to Didcot a while back.
  14. Someone drove it forward and, unless there was a technical glitch causing it to reset by itself, someone in the cab of the Chiltern unit reset the trip cock before it was driven forward. We don't know how many people were in the cab but you can understand why people are jumping to the most obvious conclusion. Obviously the RAIB report will set out the precise series of events and sometimes this turns out to be not at all what you expected. Sometimes however it turns out to be exactly what you expected.
  15. If you let me have your address I'll arrange for the police to come round and deal with the person forcing you to read it.
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