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    Was there a system to BR's original diesel numbering?

    The numbering system seems as arbitrary as for steam locos. Class 44/45/46 started from D1 and class 40 from D200, perhaps 45s were ordered first though 40s were delivered sooner. 31s which were also one of the earliest started from D5500. Reading older magazines it's sometimes confusing to work...
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    Severn Valley in 1961

    Just read an article in the April 1961 Trains Illustrated magazine describing the Severn Valley line. The line was still complete with a number of other branch lines coming off it back then. What a wonderful trip that would have made to travel all the way from Kidderminster to Shrewsbury! You...
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    Poor Northern excuse regarding platform length constraints delaying introduction of longer trains

    This article - says Northern claim longer platforms at Leeds has delayed them running longer trains. Now Leeds has exceedingly long through platforms which can take (I estimate) at least...
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    Heritage Rail Gala date conflict annoyance

    For the 2nd year running KWVR & ELR have decided to have their Spring Steam Gala on the same weekend (6-8 March). These are the 2 nearest large Heritage railways to me and I nearly always go to all their Galas. However I'm working on Fridays and prefer to go to Galas on Saturdays and not Sundays...
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    TPE cancellations & disruption to services through Leeds

    Lots of TPE services cancelled on the board at Leeds today. 2 reasons given - "more trains need repairing than usual at the moment" and "lack of staff". Some 185s going west out of Leeds were packed with people standing. I pity people who had to pay full fare for this poor service.
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    Class 331 tables arrangements

    Traveling home tonight on a 331, the car had tables between the facing seats. As these are (presumably) mostly commuter units this seems a little odd as it makes it harder to get in and out of seats quickly and to place bags. I've rarely traveled on 331s up until now - it seems I usually hit...
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    Are WY Train-only Day Rovers valid on GC?

    The validity section here - does not mention Grand Central but the one here does. The National Rail Train & Bus ticket does include GC -...
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    Were phones ever installed on BR trains?

    Reading a 1960 issue of Trains Illustrated, a letter makes interesting reading comparing then with now. (Perhaps in response to an article in a previous issue - but I don't have that one.) "Do you not realise that the telephone is the curse of the modern businessman's existence? Only in a...
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    Mystery train through Yorkshire

    Hi. Can anyone tell me what the purpose of this train is? It's been running nightly for the last few weeks. My flat overlooks the Shipley - Guiseley line and though it's difficult to identify as there's next to no lighting (it...