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by MisterC
Wed May 23, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New timetable
Replies: 1
Views: 5141

New timetable

Another recent thread asked how it is going. In the case of the service between Cambridge and Gatwick/Brighton, the answer is very badly. On Sunday, of 14 booked trains in each direction, only 3 ran through the core. On Monday, of 18 booked trains in each direction, only 7 ran through the core. Yest...
by MisterC
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Railtour Report
Replies: 16
Views: 26643

Re: Railtour Report

The West Norfolk Wanderer On Saturday 21st April, Bob, Ken and joined The West Norfolk Wanderer at Bromley South. At Hitchin we took the flyover and had no idea of the amount of new route there was before the original Cambridge line was joined. Then from Cambridge it was Ely and onto mostly single ...
by MisterC
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Doncaster Works lists
Replies: 26
Views: 41545

Re: Doncaster Works lists

5827/31294 had a C Exam at Old Oak that was completed on 16 February 1974. If I remember rightly the observations at Gloucester/Swindon and the photo at Bristol Parkway are on the same day, 2 March 1974. It is plausible that the loco dragged the dmu in service Gloucester-Swindon, then took the dmu e...
by MisterC
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: ECML shambles
Replies: 5
Views: 8423

Re: ECML shambles

One of the main benefits of privatisation is supposed to be transfer of risk from the taxpayer to the private sector. When Stagecoach/Virgin signed the ECML franchise contract they took on all risks except those specifically excluded in the contract. That includes the risk of Network Rail not delive...
by MisterC
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Pre-nationalisation station use
Replies: 11
Views: 17224

Re: Pre-nationalisation station use

As a local I'm annoyed that I did not think of Foxton and Harston.

But was Shepreth GN or GE? The station building is similar to Meldreth and presumably GN? And what about Shepreth signal box, which was "GE end" of the station?
by MisterC
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Class 308
Replies: 3
Views: 6972

Re: Class 308

Nine class 308/2s, originally 313-321, were constructed with a motor luggage van (MLV), for use on Tilbury boat trains. The requirement for these diminished rapidly, as sailings to/from Tilbury reduced, and 313-316 had their motor cars converted to passenger accommodation in 1971. This left 5 units ...
by MisterC
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 04/06/66 Last day Rugby-Peterborough East
Replies: 4
Views: 9830

Re: 04/06/66 Last day Rugby-Peterborough East

I now have a bit more information, particularly on the eastbound trains from Rugby, and this is a revised version. 0636 Rugby-March not known 0855 Birmingham-Ely 6 car BRCW dmu 1233 Rugby-Peterborough D5145 1347 Rugby-Peterborough D5522 1555 Birmingham-Yarmouth D5085 to Peterborough D5526 forward 17...
by MisterC
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Trent Stationn
Replies: 1
Views: 5060

Re: Trent Stationn

Thanks for sharing this. I agree that the track plan is excellent!
by MisterC
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New Books
Replies: 44
Views: 105859

Re: New Books

I have a paperback copy of "Platform Souls" which was published by Indigo in 1996. The subtitle is "The Trainspotter as Twentieth-Century Hero". I think that I picked it up second hand or as what Private Eye calls remainders of the day. I would also recommend it as a sharp contrast to most writing a...
by MisterC
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 04/06/66 Last day Rugby-Peterborough East
Replies: 4
Views: 9830

Re: 04/06/66 Last day Rugby-Peterborough East

I have now found a fot which confirms that 1224 Ely-Birmingham was a 6 car BRCW dmu on 4 June 1966, and a fot of D5036 that I'm fairly sure is 1818 Peterborough East-Rugby.
Given the information gleaned from the mystery photographs, I suspect that D5145 worked 1347 Rugby-Peterborough East.