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    The clashing of the buffers, the clanging of the chains...and the stomp of the distant drop hammer...last heard in Shildon, the cradle of Railways.

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  1. ISTR there were some 'kept' in the harbour at a scrapyard at one of the docks on the Scottish east coast, Inverkeithing? Every time the tide came in, they went under...now if only someone has a photograph... (Edit...had a dig around and this is as good as I can find) https://www.railscot.co.uk/img/59/838/
  2. Troon 1966 from Robert Sinclair's flickr site, photograph by his late father...seeing is believing, luckily someone had the presence of mind to photograph the event! ...and this how it was done... https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishmaritimemuseum/5977724348/in/photolist-a7epbU-HdkAWY-TUbooG-GZB7QN-2eu6QzK-2jhu8rK-2g2mchh-MhRtqe-RRrMND-qBwHmV-22DSZcA-XZQt1s-X2wKcD-2gtvngF-GV9V1v-22Mtmn1-d5eKsj-LHKETL-hAyb1Q-jXpxTJ-7tBK4R-2gtvkWg-jKRePt-bABkFU-e7Z3hq-9LwVJN-rN4pic-a7ep69-9JnqqG-ypwLbh-25NbRc6-SbrYgo-gSK5K1-nZRmQd-EigxRM-2iLEAH8-RNVvzJ-RjqCjE-oQ3jpv-bsDvyV-Knpdtm-8FgKtF-Pdon3b-nGp2sn-26fShsW-4Nx7bJ-mjuwZW-XXCSqj-9XFZAG-XZQsaj
  3. Shincliffe translates as 'haunted cliff'...so Shincliffe Castle wouldn't be somewhere you'd want to linger after dark!
  4. Hi Mike How KS East was operated all depends on which period you're interested in as the traffic flows changed over time...for example the passenger service used to run from Darlington to Tebay with the Eden Valley as the branch...this was later flipped with the Tebay service as the branch and Penrith-Darlington being the main service. (BTW the branch train (when not in use) sat in the link that joins the up and down passenger lines just east of the station). On the mineral side, traffic had split at KS with traffic for West Cumberland going down the Eden valley and traffic for Millom and Barrow going via Tebay...so the goods loops had to have access to both branches. The actual who worked what and when depends on the period you're interested in...as over the years Shildon, Darlington, West Auckland, Tebay (NER) and KS sheds all had a hand in working the mineral traffic. In later years all mineral traffic went out via Tebay, which simplified the workings (a little). There were strict guidelines on the length of mineral trains over Stainmore (all dependent on the motive power available)...so it wasn't unusual for mineral trains to be re-marshaled in the goods loops with trains being joined for the onward journey westwards or split for the journey eastwards. General goods traffic wasn't huge, even though KS is/was a regional centre for the upper Eden valley. (I did once ask why there were so many PO wagons seen at KS and apparently the locals preferred Yorkshire coal to the duff that came over from Durham). The railway centre at KS have a rather interesting ledger from the mid 50s that lists all the wagons received and dispatched from KS. A lot of coal for the MPD came in, along with the usual suspects (cattle cake and building materials) and lime went out (from Merrygill?). All in all it would make a fascinating model...if you had a room big enough!
  5. The Makems go to Wembley almost every year...its a tradition now...they don't often come back with anything mind.
  6. Hi Smardale, unlike the viaducts you mention Smardale was built to take double track. When you walk down the Smardale nature trail, notice how all the structures down there are built to take 2 lines. There was a reason a second line of rails was never laid and the NER must have felt there was no profit to be gained from the expense. See link below to the Stainmore Railways facebook page... https://www.facebook.com/KirkbyStephenEast/photos/pcb.2969840233052776/2969820829721383
  7. Indeed, Sandy Bank Signalbox closed in the 1930s and the single line section was extended back to Ravenstonedale (Rassendle), so the crossing was probably put in then. The reason the single line was retained rather than doubled like the rest of the Stainmore line may have had something to do with traffic splitting at Kirkby Stephen with coking coals going to Barrow and Millom via Tebay and to Workington via Cockermouth...however the local legend was it was retained to prevent the LNWR from getting running powers of Stainmore and buying a stake hold in West Hartlepool docks!
  8. Just seen these... https://cumbrianrailways.zenfolio.com/p349676717 A couple of nice pictures of Smardale in there...
  9. Hoole says J26s were added to the list in June 1953. (The Stainmore Railway, Dalesman 1973)
  10. The J26s (and J39s) were included in the locos that were allowed over the viaducts on the Stainmore line. The odd J39 worked over but I've not seen evidence of a J26. West Auckland had a pair of J26s right up the mass withdrawal in 1962, they were regulars on the Stanhope goods into Weardale. (they also worked up to Tow Law and along to Butterknowle). It was the footplate staff at West Auckland who petitioned the NER (via their trade union) to have larger cab front spectacles fitted to these locos and some J26s and all the J27s had this feature...ironically the last J26 at West Auckland had the small round spectacles.
  11. Don't worry folks, I got a really comprehensive reply from Grainge and Hodder with dimensioned drawings.
  12. What size are the Grainge and Hodder 45degree and 90 degree baseboards folks? I'm guessing they are 400mm wide but whats the dimension along the inner edge? I don't have a lot of space and need to check they will fit! Thanks A/box
  13. Groby (Grewby) Quarry Junction Leicester 4th march 1967 from the rather nice photo collection of Nigel Tout http://www.nigeltout.com/ ...there are plenty more 16 tonners to be found in there.
  14. From memory, it was laid by the Swannington Heritage Trust who set about preserving the site of the engine house, the incline and at least one of the bridges on the incline. They did have a long term aim to rebuild the engine house and re-install the engine...but that was back in the 1990s...more info here... https://swannington-heritage.co.uk/coal-rail/incline/
  15. Workshopwise is back for 2021 Saturday 9th October, 10:30-5pm Stannington Village Hall Northumberland (just off the A1) 4 quality layouts 9 quality demonstrators covering a whole range of skills Slide show by popular author Dave Dunn (pictures from the Armstrong Trust) ...and the now legendary Stannington Bacon Butties. Entrance £3, accompanied children get in for free. In true Reiver tradition, all side arms must be left in the cloakroom PS I have no connection with the above, however I can vouch that they are a good bunch who put on a good show and, for a modest sum, will ensure you're well fed...
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