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This is one for steam crane enthusiasts, but as yet I have found no more of the accident aftermath. 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Mel_H said:

I have a vague recollection that the blue BDA is an internal user wagon. If so, it's escaping!

 

Isn't it one of Balfour-Beatty's, used to carry spreader beams for cranes and suchlike? I have seen something similar outside the Crane Shop at Ashford.

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15 hours ago, jonny777 said:

 

The secret is to pay a quick visit to the buffet for a single malt nightcap (double preferably) before you turn in. And don't try and imagine where you are on the network. 

 

I awoke in the dark on a trip south from Glasgow to Euston many decades ago. The train was stationary, and I thought I could hear voices in the distance. I lay their trying to picture the scene at Preston or Crewe as station staff loaded/unloaded mailbags from the brake vehicle. I had built up a wonderfully vivid picture in my mind when suddenly a train shot by in the opposite direction doing close to 100mph (or so it seemed to me). 

 

Oh well, stuff that - back to sleep. 

 

 

Once went for an interview at Marylebone for a Student Sponsorship Position with BR.  Interview was at 10am so I got the overnight sleeper from Glasgow which was due in to Euston around 6am, so plenty of time for breakfast and a walk to the venue.  Woke up with the train stopping at a station about 5am and thought could be possibly Rugby - to my horror it was Preston!  The copper fairies had been out that night and caused major signalling problems between Carlisle and Preston so we were running about 4 hours late.  The train made up some time but it was still a sprint along Euston Road to make the interview on time, but I was ill prepared so I flunked it!

 

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11 minutes ago, luckymucklebackit said:

 

Once went for an interview at Marylebone for a Student Sponsorship Position with BR.  Interview was at 10am so I got the overnight sleeper from Glasgow which was due in to Euston around 6am, so plenty of time for breakfast and a walk to the venue.  Woke up with the train stopping at a station about 5am and thought could be possibly Rugby - to my horror it was Preston!  The copper fairies had been out that night and caused major signalling problems between Carlisle and Preston so we were running about 4 hours late.  The train made up some time but it was still a sprint along Euston Road to make the interview on time, but I was ill prepared so I flunked it!

 

Jim

 

I went on one of those, but my interview was in York. 

 

I had no problem with timing, but in the interview they  subtly worked the discussion around to railway museums. I had been a few times to the fledgling NVR and gave them an enthusiastic personal run down of how the line to Wansford would be ideal, and the location was only an hour from London and much of the West Midlands, Peterborough was a growing city, etc. etc.

 

I noticed the interviewers looking at me with a stony silence, but it wasn't until a few days after I returned home that I read an article in Railway World about BR planning to construct a railway museum at York. 

 

I didn't get one of the sponsorships, but I often wonder what these senior BR employees thought of a 17 year old giving them a detailed appraisal of a rival venue for the NRM. 

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1 hour ago, jonny777 said:

 

I went on one of those, but my interview was in York. 

 

I had no problem with timing, but in the interview they  subtly worked the discussion around to railway museums. I had been a few times to the fledgling NVR and gave them an enthusiastic personal run down of how the line to Wansford would be ideal, and the location was only an hour from London and much of the West Midlands, Peterborough was a growing city, etc. etc.

 

I noticed the interviewers looking at me with a stony silence, but it wasn't until a few days after I returned home that I read an article in Railway World about BR planning to construct a railway museum at York. 

 

I didn't get one of the sponsorships, but I often wonder what these senior BR employees thought of a 17 year old giving them a detailed appraisal of a rival venue for the NRM. 

 

Sadly around the time I was applying for jobs in the railways, that important question "Does your Father work for the Railway" still had a lot of weight behind it, and I had to honestly reply - no!

 

Jim

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If you are not very good at loco renumbering, but would like a WR Brush type 4 on your layout, you ought to choose 'City Of Truro' in its first blue incarnation. 

 

(or is it just my eyes?)

 

 

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21 hours ago, jonny777 said:

 

The secret is to pay a quick visit to the buffet for a single malt nightcap (double preferably) before you turn in. And don't try and imagine where you are on the network. 

 

I awoke in the dark on a trip south from Glasgow to Euston many decades ago. The train was stationary, and I thought I could hear voices in the distance. I lay their trying to picture the scene at Preston or Crewe as station staff loaded/unloaded mailbags from the brake vehicle. I had built up a wonderfully vivid picture in my mind when suddenly a train shot by in the opposite direction doing close to 100mph (or so it seemed to me). 

 

Oh well, stuff that - back to sleep. 

 

 

It's very deceptive in my experience.  I recall taking the sleeper from Euston to Glasgow.  We left Euston behind a class 83 and I was in the rearmost sleeping car with only vans behind.  We passed Rugby and I hadn't slept a wink and I thought this is going to be bad.  Next thing I remember was being aware of the train going slowly and negotiating point work.   Crewe maybe I thought. 

 

Nope.  Going across the Clyde bridge and the Glasgow Central approaches.  Not only that but when I got off the 83 had changed into an 86, the whole formation was reversed so I was near the front and all bar one of the vans had gone.  A subsequent enquiry revealed the 83 had come off at Preston and we'd gone via the S&C with a 47 which was in turn replaced by the 86 at Carlisle.  And I slept through all of it!

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Not sure if this is unusual but found this in my old slides, an inspection saloon attached to a 122 (or 121). No notes so no idea where or when except it was early 80's. Not one of my regular haunts from those days.

 

UPDATE - thanks to Western Aviator (see below) for the location:

 

"It’s just to the west of Slough station. The green signal on the left of the picture is for the Windsor bay."

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This was mentioned in the Royal Train thread but worth posting here. A special short HST for the Queen's visit to Bath, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare on 8 August 1977.

 

GWR Special Royal HST 'Silver Jubilee' Tour 1977

 

And on a similar note, a different Royal Train carrying the Queen for the opening of electric services to Edinburgh on 28 June 1991.

 

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5 hours ago, ruggedpeak said:

More wonky numbers, 7 & 3 slightly bigger font than the rest.

 

 

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My Grandad used to do signwriting, by hand. Any letter or number with a curved top (or bottom) was always made marginally higher (or lower) to deceive the eye, so that the whole word/number appeared in line.

 

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6 hours ago, ruggedpeak said:

Not sure if this is unusual but found this in my old slides, an inspection saloon attached to a 122 (or 121). No notes so no idea where or when except it was early 80's. Not one of my regular haunts from those days.

 

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Looks Western Region to me, judging from the gantry in the distance. London area, perhaps?

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45 minutes ago, rodent279 said:

Looks Western Region to me, judging from the gantry in the distance. London area, perhaps?


It’s just to the west of Slough station. The green signal on the left of the picture is for the Windsor bay.

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2 hours ago, Western Aviator said:


It’s just to the west of Slough station. The green signal on the left of the picture is for the Windsor bay.

That makes sense. I used to radiate out from Reading in various directions.

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19 hours ago, DY444 said:

 

It's very deceptive in my experience.  I recall taking the sleeper from Euston to Glasgow.  We left Euston behind a class 83 and I was in the rearmost sleeping car with only vans behind.  We passed Rugby and I hadn't slept a wink and I thought this is going to be bad.  Next thing I remember was being aware of the train going slowly and negotiating point work.   Crewe maybe I thought. 

 

Nope.  Going across the Clyde bridge and the Glasgow Central approaches.  Not only that but when I got off the 83 had changed into an 86, the whole formation was reversed so I was near the front and all bar one of the vans had gone.  A subsequent enquiry revealed the 83 had come off at Preston and we'd gone via the S&C with a 47 which was in turn replaced by the 86 at Carlisle.  And I slept through all of it!

 

OTOH there are the tales of sleeper passengers who woke after a great sleep and remarked how smooth the ride had been, only to discover that their Glasgow-Euston train was still at Carstairs due to wires down or other catastrophe !

 

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2 hours ago, Wickham Green too said:

Persumably 'S' on the signals stands for 'Slough'.

 

It does.  And the train in question is right in front of Slough PSB which is largely hidden by the bridge.

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14 hours ago, ruggedpeak said:

Just stick the 31 in the Staff Car Park.....Skipton Station in the 80's

 

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What a fantastic array of classic traction.....

......& a 31 !!

 

cheers,

Phil.

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17 hours ago, DavidB-AU said:

This was mentioned in the Royal Train thread but worth posting here. A special short HST for the Queen's visit to Bath, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare on 8 August 1977.

 

GWR Special Royal HST 'Silver Jubilee' Tour 1977

 


That HST photo appeared on the front cover of a Railway Magazine at the time.

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18 hours ago, DavidB-AU said:

This was mentioned in the Royal Train thread but worth posting here. A special short HST for the Queen's visit to Bath, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare on 8 August 1977.

 

GWR Special Royal HST 'Silver Jubilee' Tour 1977

 

Has it been rather inexpertly renumbered for the occasion, with the real 253025 (presumably 43050/43051) being unavailable, a bit like 4082 Windsor Castle happening to be in Swindon Works when King George VI died, so 7013 Bristol Castle masqueraded instead on the funeral train.

 

What?!! I hear you say. HSTs were new in 1977 so how could there be one already dedicated to royal train duties? Well, 1977 was the Queen's Silver Jubilee, so 25 was something of a "royal number" that year. I wouldn't have been surprised if they'd painted the thing in silver,

 

Shame they couldn't find any matching yellow paint, though, don't you think?

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20 hours ago, ruggedpeak said:

Just stick the 31 in the Staff Car Park.....Skipton Station in the 80's

 

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Can't see a parking permit or tax disc in the window :jester:

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