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  1. 7 hours ago, 5BarVT said:

    You’ve been away from Bonnie Scotland for too long.  Here in the U.K. we have different ‘state’ (devolved Parliament) and ‘federal’ (U.K. Gov) rules!


    Only if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

    For the majority of the residents in the UK, we don’t have a devolved Parliament, just the goons that operate at a “federal” level.

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  2. I think there was just a preference to having a guard at the end of a train, where possible - and generally only one coach beyond the one with the guard’s compartment, which was permitted to run with the guard’s compartment at the front (so, brake 3rd and compo, as seen on many GER branches). In any lengthy rake, where there might be reasonable parcels/smalls traffic, then a brake coach at each end sorts everything out nicely: GWR van 3rd, compo, van 3rd branchline sets are a classic example, albeit short and only 3 coaches long. A Market day 3rd could be simply added outside the set without need to remarshal the rake. The EWJR had brake 3rds with a central guard/luggage section, with a 3rd class compartment either side, and generally ran with the coach sandwiched between a third and a compo, which is why I have three such coaches and no more than that at the moment!

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  3. 9 hours ago, Ian Smith said:

    The jury is still out as to whether I bother putting in any of the brake pull rods - I'll have a look to see how naked it looks under there once the bogies are in place.

    Also, the TRG (through regulator gear). I always liked the general extra “busyness” of autocoaches and SRMs, but it’s fiddly stuff in any scale, and as you are building “layout models”, possibly of questionable visibility.

  4. On 20/05/2022 at 17:28, Nearholmer said:

    Cavaliers and Roundheads

    Not all Cavaliers were reckless, and not all Roundheads were puritanical. Many of the Lords fought on the side of Parliament, and many commoners stood for the King. Our usual attitudes are way off beam, and just stereotypes.

    When it came down to it, it was still about an affluent educated elite ruling the country, not the majority of the people. When soldiers banded together to carry things on to the logical conclusion, and to enfranchise at least half of the adult population (they were not enlightened enough to want the vote for women!) they were taken aside and shot…

    Most people just did what they were told.

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  5. On 20/05/2022 at 09:26, Compound2632 said:

    That assumes that a code of morality is an individual choice rather than an expectation of civilised society.

    ‘S why we have laws: individuals decide that the accepted norms of behaviour don’t apply to them.

    On 20/05/2022 at 10:36, Compound2632 said:

    James I & VI

    If you are going to be pedantic about regnal numbers, it starts the other way round (King of Scotland before he became King of England) and also has another I, as the Crown of England had been imposed upon Ireland.

    So, James VI, I and I…

  6. On 19/05/2022 at 21:40, Edwardian said:

    WNR railway carriage livery.

    The EWJR, when it resumed passenger services in the 1880s had a two-tone livery in the usual format, moving in the early noughties to “cream” waist panels only (about the time it became the SMJR) and then, when it supplanted its coaching stock with second hand vehicles from the Midland, went to full over crimson lake (1910).

    On 20/05/2022 at 12:19, St Enodoc said:

    That reminds me of a very politically-incorrect joke from a Leeds University Rag Mag circa 1976 (other institutions of learning are available), which I can't possibly repeat here.

    “If all the young ladies who attended the Yale promenade dance were laid end to end, no one would be the least surprised.” - Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), noted wit and feminist.

    Rag mags used to take quotes, and remove the attribution and sometimes the context, in the name of a cheap laugh, sometimes aggravating people who (without them understanding the context, either) view the remark as offensive/sexist.

    Then there are the arguments, etc, claims of picking on subgroups, insensitivity, countered by “it’s all for charity” (doesn’t excuse genuinely trying to be offensive) and failure of a sense of humour, etc.

    All this happens in ignorance, at supposed centres of learning.

    Don’t know if it’s still like that, but I remember it being like that in the 80s.



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  7. 27 minutes ago, alastairq said:

    It may be accurate to suggest most of us on here have but a tenuous grip on reality?

    True, but I think that a tenuous grip on reality is quite possibly a sign of high intelligence - and sense enough to hide here away from the “real” outside world.

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  8. 35 minutes ago, Schooner said:

    why do these things invert at random

    Are you using an iPhone?

    If so, then the orientation of the phone when taking a photo is recorded with the image file.

    To sort this out, open the photos for editing, make a minor change such as cropping or rotating the image through 4 right angles, and the photo should be automatically saved in your photo stream and be the right way round when you upload it.

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  9. 15 hours ago, Donw said:

    Edwardian I feel it is wrong of you to expect your parishioners to only post true facts

    No one here is that dim as to feel expected to do that in a thread about a fictional railway serving locations loosely based on reality. Well, I hope they aren’t.

    But I also think of this topic (and the pregrouping forum generally) as being somewhat “above” the standards of everyday social media, otherwise, why bother with RMWeb at all: we could just go over to Facebook.

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  10. 16 hours ago, billbedford said:

    To turn this around. How could a practice, like this, become almost universal without legislation of some kind? And those railways that are known to have red brake vans were not necessarily the most brilliantly profitable companies.

    Which companies with red brake van [ends] are these? How are they known?

    ”Almost universal” would suggest either a shared practice, a recommendation, or limited legislation.


    But that’s not the point: you said it was a requirement (regulatory or legal, it amounts to the same if it is to be enforceable). I am not disagreeing with you, it’s just that I hadn’t heard of this before and want to know where and when it happened, and if various clauses for smaller journeys applied, and why it appears that some railways  (not always smaller ones) didn’t do this.


    You didn’t assert about a “practice”: you asserted about something legally enforceable, so tell us where we can find this reference - not so much for you to be able to prove you are right, but so that we can digest it and improve our understanding of railway operations in the pregrouping era.

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