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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: When was this timetable current? [DotD 25.4.2020] on: April 25, 2020, 02:38:53 pm
No 3  1967  British Rail London Midland Region Timetable ? Smiley
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Your least used possession at present? [DotD 11.4.2020] on: April 25, 2020, 01:36:56 pm
What's an iron ? Roll Eyes

Irons are used by golfers (going rusty at present)  Grin Grin
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Across England and Wales - the Railfuture list of supported projects on: April 22, 2020, 08:36:42 pm
Whilst Railfuture is a well meaning lot, they as a National Society are really missing a POWERFUL trick.

Each Area of Railfuture is campaigning to their local MP's for improvements, example the South West Branch would be supporting the Bere Alston-Tavistock-Okehampton- Exeter reopening.

But which knocks down a door fastest, a 1 lb hammer or a 14 lb hammer?

If Railfuture worked as one body and decided which, (by holding a national vote) was the most important line to reopen then badgering ALL the MPs about say reopening Colne to Skipton, it would have far greater chance of being Authorised.

I'd be very happy to badger my south West MP with Emails supporting this North West reopening.
And when the Government approves this reopening then as a society they move on to project number 2, that HAS to be in another Railfuture area, that could be reopening Leicester to Burton-on-Trent.
I'd then badger my MP about the Leicester Burton line.

The BIGGER the hammer the faster the work is done. Cheesy
4  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: New life for mature train - where is she now? on: April 22, 2020, 03:40:41 pm
I'm taking a stab at Whitchurch
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT trains in the West / Re: Monumental Lockdown: A period of Rejuvenation for Stonehenge on: April 20, 2020, 07:46:23 pm
I think the whole area of Stonehenge would look far better if somebody got rid of those massive great rocks that seem to be huddled together:  Grin Grin Grin

Smokey's now going into hiding and arranging a new ID Roll Eyes
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Has the British commuter railway been left to rot in private control? on: April 20, 2020, 07:37:24 pm
There is absolutely no reason for the toilets to smell so bad on Voyager units.
Whilst it might be that the toilets should be drained down more often, but when they are emptied the toilet should be given a measured dose of Thetford Aqua Kem Blue a strong odour destroyer.

More to the point how come the voyager fleet have been running around for the best part of 20 years without a proper refit, time that most coaches were rebuilt with smaller toilet units and additional seating.

7  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: New life for mature train - where is she now? on: April 20, 2020, 07:04:11 pm
Craven Arms by any chance? Wink
8  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: From Bradshaw (book, not member !), January 1960 on: April 20, 2020, 06:56:26 pm
The time table shown is the Western region service, there won't be many if any London to Weymouth through trains.

London Waterloo to Weymouth is a Southern region service, and I'm sure there were plenty of trains Waterloo to Weymouth and a few to Weymouth Quay.

As built Dorchester South was a terminal station and when the Southern line from Dorchester to Weymouth opened trains from London arrived in Dorchester South then reversed out before going on to Weymouth, Trains from Weymouth to London passed Dorchester South and then reversed into the platforms before going on to London.

I believe there was a new platform built on the Weymouth bound (Down) line years before the up side platform was built, so for years only up services reversed to call at Dorchester South.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Steepest Gradient on GWR? on: April 18, 2020, 01:33:49 pm
In the early 1970's, I'd guess 1974 I was on a Peak hauled Train, load 13 MK1 coaches and Passenger full Brakes (BG), that came to a stand halfway up the Lickey incline, (I seem to remember at a Red signal, fantastic place to put a Home signal) I thought this could be interesting as I didn't think the loco could start such a Heavy load Around 440 tons without Loco weight on the gradient.
It did mange to get moving but I think we got no faster than 15mph by the top.
And I don't recall if it was a Crompton Parkinson Peak or a Brush Peak.
On another occasion a shorter Train about 9 MK1 coaches, I was surprised to find the Train got banked, by the Licky Bankers, very strange to have engines to come up behind a MOVING Train and give a shove.
Something else Mr 'Elf and Safety couldn't enjoy doing, so Mr Elf has outlawed it. Tongue
10  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Things that need to change: 'Beg buttons' on: April 18, 2020, 12:58:42 pm
What's the difference between a Puffin and Pelican Crossing?

Regardless of Puffin or Pelican crossing whom has noticed that these Crossings NO LONGER had audible Beeps whilst the Green Man shows.

2 reasons for this the Audible Beeps had to be silenced between 23:30 and 07:00 and were of no use to those who are Deaf and the beeps were replaced by a rotating Knob underneath essential for the Blind.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Steepest Gradient on GWR? on: April 11, 2020, 02:18:16 pm
Somebody will know the answer, not GWR territory, but whats the ruling gradient of the SMR (both of them)? Cheesy

Snaefell  Mountain Railway  Grin

Snowdon Mountain Railway  Grin

12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Your least used possession at present? [DotD 11.4.2020] on: April 11, 2020, 02:09:39 pm
My Local Cinema discount card!
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Emma Joan and the light at the end of the Box tunnel on: April 10, 2020, 03:55:03 pm
Beware of the light at the end of the Tunnel It could be a train coming! Grin
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: April 10, 2020, 03:53:26 pm
No 9    Middlesbrough  in July  Smiley
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: TVMs at very small stations [DotD - 20.3.2020] on: April 10, 2020, 03:47:02 pm
I just wonder if Denton or Reddish South stations have TVMs.  Cheesy

A Cashless Society, might be the aim of the banks, but in the case of War, a cashless society would likely collapse.  Huh
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