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    Split ticket - Connecting train delayed - Court action

    I am pleased to hear my logic was faulty, and that, indeed, the OP had a valid ticket from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester Piccadilly for the route taken, and wish him all the best. My apologies to the OP if my post caused added stress. Should I have not posted? I believe the outcome gives him a...
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    Split ticket - Connecting train delayed - Court action

    My motivation is that I don't want the Op to be defending his position in court if there is a hole in his defence. I am not a legal person, or a railway expert. I do not intend to make any further comments on this, other than urge the Op to take you up on your offer.
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    Split ticket - Connecting train delayed - Court action

    From what I can see (using a M-F date in January), the OP was intending to catch the following trains: Sowerby Bridge dep 06:06 (2I80 0519 Leeds-Wigan Wallgate. UID Y57319) Manchester Victoria arr 06:53 Salford Crescent arr 07:00 Salford Crescent dep 07:06 (1Y53 0556 Blackpool North-Manchester...
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    Uncomfortable trains of old

    I am in my sixties, but most of my Mark I journeys were in the seventies, aged 14-23 - earlier on loco-hauled trains and 304 emu's; later on Southern emu's (VEPS, CIGS, CEPS etc). I have loved travelling by train my whole life and still get a thrill catching them now. Except for extremely cold...
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    Loco hauled trains into and out of Glasgow Central 1976-1981

    Was the layout at Glasgow Central changed just prior to these derailments? 'Peaks' had been operating into Glasgow Central on the Nottingham's predecessor 'The Thames-Clyde Express' since the mid-sixties, presumably without incident.
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    Uncomfortable trains of old

    I don't think so. I would always choose a compartment over an open saloon if there was a choice. It was just a personal choice. Dirty and overheated, along with broken springs could apply to 'open' seats too so wouldn't they be just as grim? Perhaps you just prefer open stock.
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    Uncomfortable trains of old

    I think you were unlucky. I never had a ride in a Mark I compartment that was grim. Alright, it may have been a bouncy ride and occasionally too hot, but I never got backache and you could open the window or door, or even stand next to an open droplight. I made plenty of 5-hour plus journeys in...
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    Gbrf class 50 true identity enquiry

    As 50007 and 50049 are now GBRF locos alluded to by the OP, here is a picture of them from a couple of years ago with changed identities. Sun 5 Aug 2018 at 16:56. EE Class 50s Nos 50049 DEFIANCE and 50007 HERCULES (in disguise as 50011 and 50046) at Longbridge with 1Z50 the 12:14 Birmingham...
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    Where is this old photo - West Yorkshire?

    Thanks to the OP for posting the two Halifax photos taken by his friend, and to Welshman for his detailed and fascinating replies to my queries.
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    Where is this old photo - West Yorkshire?

    This is really great information. I never realised the steam service from Halifax to Leeds and Bradford involved portion working. I presume the Leeds bit went via the Bowling Jct-Laisterdyke line. How did portion-working work the other way without a reversing movement to join the two together...
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    Where is this old photo - West Yorkshire?

    Interesting that at that time Platform 3 was used by trains towards Bradford. By the time I started catching trains in 1967 I wasn't aware of through trains to Harrogate, and have it in the back of my mind that for a while trains to Bradford went from Platform 4. I've got no evidence of that...
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    Where is this old photo - West Yorkshire?

    A lovely shot of Halifax. The Class 110 'Calder Valley' dmu's were introduced in 1961 so this is a typical mid-60's shot. I can't read the destination blind, but I suspect the train is a Leeds-Manchester Victoria (or even Exchange) service. For a while Platforms 3 and 4 were the main platforms...
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    Weird Happenings During Railtours

    I followed Deltic D9009 Alycidon when it passed through the West Midlands hauling 'The Welsh Central Liner' railtour in 2017. It was meant to drop-off passengers at Northfield then carry on along the Camp Hill line for stops at Tamworth and finally Burton. I went along to get a photo of it at...
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    Where is this old photo - West Yorkshire?

    This is definitely Halifax, where I was born and bred. Having being given a Kodak Instamatic, this was my third picture taken when I was 12. The Ops picture is earlier as the gas lamps had been removed from the lampposts by the time I took my photo. Aug 1968. Platforms 6, 5 and 4 at Halifax. A...
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    Why were headcode boxes discontinued?

    Actually from the beginning of 1976. The headcode boxes then displayed 0000 or sometimes an indication of the loco's number until the boxes were removed, or, in the case of the 'Westerns', withdrawn. Oddly, for those locos that didn't have headcode boxes but disks quite a few continued to show...

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