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    Fire at 'privately held carriage', Carnforth

    A lot of towns and cities for many years had fire brigades run by the police. These were terminated during WW2 by the formation of the National Fire Service (NFS), and the Fire Services Act of 1947 specifically stopped Local Authorities (LAs) from reforming them as the NFS was disbanded and fire...
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    Fire at 'privately held carriage', Carnforth

    PDA= "Pre-Determined Attendance" as mentioned by bazzoh in his post #6. OIC= "Officer in Charge".
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    Fire at 'privately held carriage', Carnforth

    If BA (Breathing Apparatus) is used, it is also usual to have two crews attend as a minimum so that the BA wearers from one crew can be backed up by the second crew, and if a protracted incident where crews need to be rotated, more appliances would be called in. (BA sets usually have a designed...
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    NYMR Winter work 2019 - 2020

    Many thanks!
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    NYMR Winter work 2019 - 2020

    It would be nice to see a concluding blog entry on the 2019-2020 Winter work - the last one is from March 10th before work was completed on Bridge 27 at Goathland. I appreciate there was much happening shortly after that date, but could someone spare an hour or so, now that trains are running...
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    Fatal accident on GW line late 50's - early 60's - information wanted

    Unlikely to have been investigated by the Railway Inspectorate as cause fairly obvious. Coroner's report or Registrar's records of Deaths, perhaps? Or local or British Transport Police records?
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    Eden Valley Railway - Appleby?

    See Eden Valley Railway website for information on their intentions.
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    Siding/yard off the WAML at Duxford

    Baker's Rail Atlas (12th Edition, 2010) mentions these as being "Ciba-Geigy (Disused)" so they've been out of use for some time.
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    Track Circuits and Mansell Wheels

    I am informed that even modern track circuits may be divided into 'sub-circuits' although to the signaller they may be presented as just one track circuit. Again, referring to St Albans South, the two down lines each had a 'single' track circuit for some IBS (Intermediate Block Signals - colour...
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    Railway terminology: Carriages vs cars vs coaches

    'Coach' seems to be the oldest term, derived of course from 'stage-coach' as the earliest form of railway carriage was basically a stage-coach body on a railway chassis. I'm not so certain about 'carriage' - it seems to have followed soon after 'coach', and may be a reference to the practice of...
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    Track Circuits and Mansell Wheels

    Strictly speaking the 'zinc-carbon' drycell is the successor to the Leclanche cell - the alkaline dry cell is a different chemistry. Plungers on the block shelf were far more widespread across BR - we've plenty of them at St Albans South: Some are the large all-brass plungers, others bear a...
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    Track Circuits and Mansell Wheels

    I'm not certain when St Albans got mains power, but I expect the original source would have primary cells, quite likely of the Leclanche 'wet cell' type; these had a capacity of around 25 to 50 Watt-hours. These cells needed maintenance in keeping the 'Sal Ammoniac' liquid topped up and...
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    Ticket gates, station pubs and cafes

    Whatever happened to platform tickets...….?
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    Fire Systems on Rolling Stock HELP!

    I'd forgotten the GWR railcars. I'm not certain, but I think it unlikely. I think it was BR's 1st generation DMUs that were first fitted with extinguishing systems. Reference 4 in the Wikipedia article you linked to would probably tell us!
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    Fire Systems on Rolling Stock HELP!

    To the best of my knowledge locos were fitted with fire suppression systems from the start (not certain about the smaller shunting locos). I think the same applied to the DMUs; I assume it was realised that with the engine(s) and fuel underneath occupied carriages it was sensible to control the...

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