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  1. I thought the cobblers worked Euston - Northampton... Gets hat and coat...
  2. Cement wagons for Northfleet would also have been stabled at Hoo Junction so once the boards were removed it would be impossible to tell visually which were due to go to/from Swanscombe or Northfleet.
  3. I have put the brake calipers onto the black one and they do need the wheelsets to go in first. I used a pair of fine nose tweezers to line them up to the insert hole at an angle and then slowly ease them into position. The vertical section at the far end of the caliper is very easy to break off but as these are hidden by the wheel or the axle guard then you can't see them anyway. I have four of them as in the photo. I would have liked one more so if you want an odd number as well I'd certainly buy one off you for half the Shapeways price.
  4. It's beginning to look like the need for signage on the wagons was unnecessary as TOPS had all the information required. I reckon I'll still choose wagons which previously had Sulfacrete boards (remove any chance of contamination) but not bother with the little boards themselves. If anyone else has more info than that would be great but in the meantime many thanks to eastwestdivide, Rivercider and SED Freightman for their help.
  5. The cementkilns site stated that Holborough closed in 1984 and that Swanscombe took over the Sulfacrete production. This may well have occurred in 1983 which would match your photograph.
  6. A bit of a long shot this one but here goes From 1984 to 1990 Swanscombe in Kent produced sulphate resisting clinker, otherwise known as Sulfacrete. Information on www.cementkilns.co.uk states that "concrete exposed to sulfate solutions would sometimes deteriorate by expansion, causing spalling of the surface, and eventually exposing the reinforcement, followed by rapid failure. Typically, this would take place in foundations exposed to sulfate-rich ground waters, or some marine structures....Specially formulated SRPC clinkers have often been used as a basis for Oilwell
  7. Certainly 6 and 17 had the plate where the headlight later was when in traffic. No. 1 and 19 are shown at Doncaster with plated holes but gained their headlights very soon after. I'm not sure about 13 but no. 47 was definitely released from Doncaster with headlights. See this photo from Stuart Jones
  8. The coaching stock numbers in Mark54's post above are for Mk2a, Mk2b and Mk2c stock which, in this case, are all air braked but with tread brakes so you don't need disc brake wheels.
  9. Some of the late build 24.5 ton hoppers had very light grey repaints from the late '70s. There's no reason why some 21 ton hoppers did not get the same treatment. From Paul Bartlett's site: https://zenfolio.page.link/NyqNn
  10. Until the 1980s many of the Western Region's services were region based. This stemmed from the services provided by the GWR with certain route shortenings due to regional boundries. In 1976 there were Paddington - Birmingham trains (1 about every 2 hours), Paddington - Worcester/Hereford (1 about every 2 hours), Paddington - Cardiff/Swansea, Paddington - Paignton/Plymouth/Penzance, Paddington - Bristol/Weston-super-Mare and local hauled commuter services to Oxford and Newbury/Westbury which were rush hour only (plus one afternoon service to Oxford). These locos stayed on their servic
  11. Red for the main springs, white for the secondary ones. By Steve Jones on Flickr
  12. Perhaps you should change the typo on the thread title One page of my notes from Scotland, July 1985.
  13. I've been thinking Basingstoke, looking East. From Ryan Hayward on Flickr
  14. The 23.30 Glasgow - Inverness had an extra sleeper which was removed at Perth and then attached to a push-pull set to work the 01.10 Perth - Aberdeen. The sleeper was detached at Aberdeen on arrival at 03.16 so the push-pull set could be cleaned and watered (and that the occupants were no woken up until 07.30). The next set to terminate at Aberdeen was the 07.25 Glasgow - Aberdeen Mk3a set so the Mk3a sleeper was attached to this, departing at 11.05, to take it back to Cowlairs ready for that evenings sleeper services. There was no Aberdeen - Glasgow sleeping car service in the timetable.
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