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Simon Lee

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  1. Was through there last Wednesday, the connection is normally ok, but if you want to go into the main station or domestic train services normally Customs channel you through a barrier, and let the dog have a quick sniff of your bags. It only adds about 2 to 3 minutes as the take to one side anyone of interest that Rover doesn't indicate. The immigration procedures at Pancras cover all passport checks for mainland Europe.
  2. Get hold of these DVDs and this book, before you go any further. As the Station Master says you need to decide on area, traffic flows (real or imagined) before you move forward with any layout. There is a lot of knowledge on this site who can offer good advice, the official documents, WTTs, Sectional Appendices, and route learning guides will all help when you give us an idea of what your hoping to achieve. https://www.telerail.co.uk/railway-dvds-telerail-titles/rail-freight-today-boxed-sets/rail-freight-today-box-set-1-volumes-1-5 https://www.amazon.com/British-Rail-Freight-Today-Tomorrow/dp/0710603126
  3. I worked at Dover in my career, with many staff who had been guards from the 30s until the advent of DOO(F) The Queen Mary's were the vehicle of choice, especially once drivers had become aware of the power of the E5000's and accompanying speeds attained.
  4. The key word is "inspiration", (I cant see any mention of copy) in much the same way as the OP has "inspired" me to get my stash of van kits out. I will construct them to the best of my ability, be it worse, as good as or better as the OP, ( the former being more likely) inspired by this topic, the EM70s websire, Mr Bartletts website, my own memories and various other sources, and the products, ie kits and transfers etc available to me. As Mr Isherwood says there is a wealth of information available to all of us to attain our desired standard. Perhaps as you have noted there are erroneous models on the EM70 site, and as this forum is a good place to share knowledge and tips for improving skills, you can share the errors with us ? As everyone can learn from others views, I presume you have pointed the errors out to the site owners, so they too can improve their skills, rather than just leaving cryptic statements here ?
  5. You may be "don't buy it" but a lot of the Southern Royal workings often involved just the use of an ordinary SR unit just specially cleaned. During my time on the South Eastern twice her maj came to Kent in 4 CEP, once as part of a service train with the unit locked off at the corridor connection. There is documentary in magazines with written and photographic evidence, of BEP and REP units being used on the other divisions. The main clue that a royal was travelling was the appearance of the "screen train", bogie bolsters with upright fixed plywood sheets in a platform normally at Victoria, next to a shiny CEP or BEP. Word at the time was that Charles and Di didn't want too much pomp once the had left London, hence the use of 975025, private, secure, with a pantry and a dedicated steward well used to dealing with bigwigs and gentry, plus the kitchen/pantry area, acted as a privacy screen between the couple and the security bods. The other two coaches a Mk2 FK and BCK conveyed the accompanying staff from the household. The arrangements were made and approved through the normal channels of Waterloo HQ and Buckingham Palace, so one can only assume that the customer was happy with the arrangements made and the resultant moves on the day. Certainly none of the senior SR board or officers were hauled off the the tower or left to pursue other interests. If you search for royal moves to Tattenham corner for the Derby, quite often only one Royal saloon is in the formation the full Royal turnout is only normally used for overnight moves.
  6. Nice work there, having spent a good part of my early railway career unloading and later shunting parcels vans, they have a special place in my memories, which your efforts have stirred and inspired me to get the unbuilt kit box out. Just one observation, a few chalked destination and comments would set the job off to perfection.
  7. Quite often the ships would be loaded to full depending in the mix of traffic available. During the 80s the 1100 service ex Dunkerque tended to be full of Transfesa/Interfrigo traffic, as it was the first departure after arrival of the train from the Spanish border. Certain sailings were always heavily loaded, when the export Polybulks ran they took up virtually a full ship (2330 sailing) on 2 consecutive days. The period upto Christmas was naturally 90% perishable traffic import and a consequent rush on export empties for Transfesa.
  8. Assuming you mean the Interfrigo type van, then an average of 20/23 wagons of these or the Transfesa Blues or combination would be a train load for say Paddock Wood. This would then tend to be a full ship load for the St Germain or St Eloi returning to Dunkerque. The 40 wagon capacity was based on the shorter wagon builds from the start of the Trainferry era.
  9. Yes, usually medical Isotopes, before the M62 eastern end opened, we would regularly recieve them via Red Star at Hull Paragon for the Royal Infirmary from the Leeds hospitals. The TransPennines also regularly carried blood for transfusion from the blood bank at Leeds, if per chance both were presented for the same train, then the blood was stowed in the brake where the guard was riding, and the Isotopes in the second brake compartment.
  10. Excellent news, though my wallet just screamed :) out of interest who is / will be your courier for such parcels ?
  11. Not necessarily as goods guards could work passenger and parcels trains, but not the other way round.
  12. I was wondering the same for shipment to Germany, and on investigating, Transport Treasury, the publishers of Southern Times offer postage to Europe on their website and via their Amazon store page.
  13. Book seems to be out "earlier than expected "according to the newsletter from MDS books I received on Friday. Hopefully Mr Strathwood will be receiving a delivery soon and advise when hes ready lighten your wallet.
  14. Came across Monty's Models last autumn, (named after the owners dog apparently) Then was selling only secondhand railways and some diecast, started as the owners collection plus a relatives collection, some of his prices were a bit optimistic but was open to offers. Seems to be aimed at the non enthusiast market.
  15. At Hull Paragon, we had a rubbish wagon, used to sit on the stops of the short bay platform 10. Iirc, there were 2 wagons of the 5 plank variety working between Paragon and Barlow tip CCE tip near Selby. It was filled with refuse from sweeping the station, and by the labours of the carriage cleaners, plus any old and broken office furniture etc. One of the local trips was booked to collect the loaded wagon and return the empty, on a weekly basis. The wagon transited via Doncaster to connect into a DCE working to Barlow.
  16. It's rare, from a former Controllers point if view we would never phone a driver when his train was reasonably expected to be moving, but send a text requesting "phone Control when safe to do so" Likewise if a driver rang and it was obvious he was moving,, he would be told "ring back when your stationary" and the call terminated. Obviously you can never legislate for friends and family, but normally the professionalism of the driver would influence his behaviour. Your comment about road users made me realise, that, since moving to Germany, l can not actually remember the last time l saw anyone using a handheld mobile whilst driving, maybe a cultural thing or that there are generally more police about and the penalties are more severe ?
  17. Looks like Jack Slee the Hull traction inspector leaning out of the secondmans window, and John Tait, Paragon shunter calling the loco onto the train.
  18. Rob/Mick, Can narrow it down l think to summer 1962. The V2 was reallocated to Doncaster March 1962 (from New England) and withdrawn at Doncaster 1st October 1962. Quite a lucky catch and possibly the last photo of the loco.
  19. And Bachmann no longer supplying them with new releases........
  20. The Train ferries were the last civilised way to cross the channel once the mad hubbub of the Calais route I the 80s took off. The St Germain and St Eloi retained a large passenger certificate until 1984 iirc, to cater for the remnants of the Night Ferry service the 2330 ex Dover sailing connected with a 12 car EMU from Victoria. This with the help of the French seamans union ensured a full complement of catering crew on both ships. We would often have a staff non lander both for Duty free and to meet socially with the ferry crew we only saw briefly at each turn round. The St Germain built 1951, was like a mini liner, teak decks, wood paneling in the accomodation, deep leather arm chairs and settees in the lounges. Waiter service in the restaurant. The St Eloi though of more 70s interior, still had a relaxed classy feel to her. The NPC shown in the photos was a further step forward and as noted provided some excellent food both in choice and quality. Though we could have got away without paying, it was a point of principal to make a donation to the French equivalent of the RNLI. She was certainly popular with the lorry drivers, for the relaxed crossing fixing them a break in excess of the tacho requirements, though quite often they would park up at Dover I'd the made too much use of the included help yourself wine and beer bar ! The French end often shunted with the Baldwin A1A A1A 62000 class locos, including 62001 the designated preserved loco which l had the chance to shunt the ferry with. Happy memories of a unique operation l am proud to have been part of.
  21. Harwich International has an evening arrival at 2056 Liverpool Street depart 1932 and morning departure at 0715 Liverpool Street 0845 that are the only through services onto the branch as noted by Stationmaster, after Manningtree the morning departure effectively becomes just another commuter service to town. At the other end of the journey at Hoek van Holland there is no longer a heavy rail connection the line has become part of the extended Rotterdam Metro. The last time I used the service as a foot passenger (2017)there were maximum 30 foot pax, in 1990 when I travelled the boat train as was, had 350 foot pax and a relief was running 20 mins behind us. The DFDS Newcastle - Ijmuiden service is primarily aimed at car and coach traffic, along with the "booze cruise" round trippers, useful revenue during quiet times, as that market has been decimated by Covid there would be little point in running an empty coach from Newcastle to Shields. The same has happened at Hull the dedicated ferry bus from town to the port is cancelled, the mini cruises are only now advertised to start next month. I cant recall any of the Portsmouth Harbour service ever been regarded as boat trains, likewise the Cleethorpes - New Holland Pier services were never regarded as boat trains. The market for cross channel non car passengers has changed out of all recognition in the last 30 years, the advent of the tunnel, low cost airlines and the changing habits of the public at large who now prefer to travel in their own vehicles rather than with large numbers of strangers on a train or transfer bus.
  22. Just shows the extent of effectiveness of the mechanical washing plants, that were designed for coaching stock and therefore missed the bits on locos that curved inwards from the standard Mk1 profile. Sat in the right hand seat, the fitness of the inner mechanicals were of more importance than beake dust, especially the boiler which looks to be in fine order. A former colleague once went to check the boiler on a 55 when a fault light came up, he just got past the engine when it threw a piston, the driver had eased off counted to 30 then to give Paul chance to pass the engine (not that it made much difference you still got deafened regardless) then opened up and bang. Driver stopped in a heap convinced that Paul would be seriously injured or worse fortunately only a change of trousers were required.
  23. Dart Castings/MJT is your friend https://www.dartcastings.co.uk/mjt/1112.php
  24. Anyone else remember "How" on the opposition (ITV) ? They had a section called Rubbish Workshop, cant remember if it was Jack Hargreaves or Fred Dineage who did this section. I was taken with a a working tramway street scene using a matchbox, string, two pencils, a paperclip, and " any long thin box" l was quite proud of my achievement, though the parents were bemused by the the pile of matches on the mantlepiece, and the sudden lack of pencils in the house.
  25. Suggest a Google search should lead you to the Bluebell Railway site, which as a page describing coach seat moquette colours, for LHCS. As stated on the Railcar site, the units were finished with contemporary LHCS material. I believe the Bluebell site is divided into decades, referencing the 60s section should provide you with the information you require.
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