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Andy Kirkham

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  1. Battery-electric loco at Guardbridge Paper Factory, Fife, Scotland December 1968
  2. Roger Joanes has recently posted more from his seemingly inexhaustible archive of superb captures. You get the impression that he must have spent all his money and free time travelling about by train. How often did Southern locos reach Bodmin Road? The EE Type 3 looks as if it might be nearly new. I think they only started appearing in Wales in 1963.
  3. I believe Churchward continued to live in Newburn in his retirement until his tragic death in December 1933.
  4. The statistic that patronage doubled after privatisation is often quoted by its supporters. But what I've not heard them say is what exactly it was that the privatised railway did that was so much better than BR. One trend of the privatised era was more frequent but shorter trains; however that was started by BR. Can it be argued that the doubling would have happened anyway if BR had continued?
  5. I don't think there's a thread on this topic yet. Any thoughts on Labour's plans to take over all passenger franchises? https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2024/apr/24/labour-promises-rail-nationalisation-within-five-years-of-coming-to-power The Telegraph naturally homes in on the negative "Labour refuses to guarantee lower train fares under potential government" One benefit that occurs to me is that it would stop TOC's poaching drivers from other TOCs, removing a disincentive to train more drivers. In a way I'm surprised that ASLEF are in favour of the plan since privatisation has surely driven up their salaries. And it might improve reliability by increasing the pool of staff who can step in and substitute for staff who're off sick.
  6. Are you sure about the Brown Windsor? According to this account https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/victorian-brown-windsor-soup it is a myth, with no authenticated appearences on menus.
  7. I was watching a video about the Singer works at Clydebank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLcG7UrW8lE and towards the end there a shot of a shunting locomotive which appears to be a Peckett (the short handrail on the saddle tank is a reliable diagnostic). This made me realise that I don't think I've ever previously seen a picture of a Peckett on an industrial site in Scotland, Barclays having a near-monopoly. Are there any other examples?
  8. Three views on the former Caledonian system that duplicated the North Brirish line between Glasgow and Dumbarton Crossing the River Kelvin at Partick Central. The flour mills on each bank both once had their own sidings. Glasgow University in the distance. Meadowside Granary, built between 1911 and 1967 and said to be the largest brick-built structure in Europe. Scotstoun West, with Albion lorry factory beyond
  9. On the Cavan & Leitrim. Is this an enthusiast or a local? and the County Donegal
  10. I have the vague memory I might have posted this before, but I think it's worth a second look.
  11. Isn't Russell too big to run all the way to Blaenau? (which is why it butchered in the 1920s) Or was it only the now-bypassed Moelwyn tunnel that imposed the restriction?
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