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    Translator Vehicle History/Previous Life

    Steve Beck, an old colleague and friend of mine, is on twitter https://twitter.com/Charing_Steve so can be asked directly...
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    Class 365 scrap movements + preservation discussion

    The bodyshells are substantially different; post Potters Bar (and also after the Blackhorse Drove level crossing collision) it was looked at whether it was possible to use a spare 465 DMOS bodyshell to replace the damaged/written off 365 DMOS's and the structural differences were too significant...
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    Class 365 scrap movements + preservation discussion

    Hitachi undertook the re-tractioning of the 465/0&1's as an entry to market exercise for the UK. The whole exercise was made abnormally easy on the 465's because the OEM of the existing traction equipment, Brush, had no desire to compete against Hitachi and were willing to share all of the...
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    General Knowledge Quiz

    Yes Correct name, wrong application. As @DaleCooper has correctly said, "Schreage Musik" was the nickname given by the Germans to the upward firing cannon system fitted to interceptor aircraft. Over to our resident cherry pie loving member...
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    General Knowledge Quiz

    Ok, continuing the theme of the a forenamed Deighton novel.... ...why were Bomber Command air crews mortally afraid of German Jazz Music?
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    General Knowledge Quiz

    Bomber?
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    Heavy Bogies

    Is it possible that you are confusing a bogie overhaul (a C4 in old school parlance) with replacement? Bogie frames generally have a design life equal to that of the vehicle structure and only require replacement due to unplanned events such as crash damage or due to endemic/manufacturing...
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    AWS release time

    The 60 second delay on brake release after an emergency brake application was introduced on older stock when across the industry emergency brake rate was increased to 12%g and the fatigue life for the bogies was shortened by the forces involved in the higher brake rate. To avoid emergency brake...
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    Has an EMU ever run out of traction rail ?

    Many years ago I was responsible for the gapping of a 16 car Networker in Hither Green Yard trying to drag a 2 car Networker - that had come back from crash repair by road and been delivered onto the pad down the bottom of the yard - back up to the juice rail. The Hither Green Yard supervisor...
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    Midland Pullman HST - operator/maintainer

    Outstanding, many thanks.
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    Midland Pullman HST - operator/maintainer

    I'm trying to find out who the operator and maintainer of the Midland Pullman HST set is, TIA?
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    General Knowledge Quiz

    Wild Boar?
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    Failed train Twyford 2330 hrs Sunday 21st November

    The wheels are supported on the tread on a pair of curved blocks, one either side of the wheel. You can see them in the photo with the clamping bolts sticking through.
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    Failed train Twyford 2330 hrs Sunday 21st November

    The axle is lifted by jacks so that the wheels are clear of the rail and the jacks are supporting the weight of the vehicle, then the skate is assembled around the wheels and the side plates are clamped against the front and back of the wheel and then the jacks are lowered and the skate is now...
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    Failed train Twyford 2330 hrs Sunday 21st November

    At no point did I say there were 100 skate call outs, those are your words. I said there was a gang who did rerailing and skating and they were called out on average twice a week for rerailing or skating.

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