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  1. Sun Chariot

    Train liveries: When Paint + Rail = Epic Fail

    Intended as a light hearted thread to find those liveries or brandings which missed the "hmmm, are you sure?" sense check. Here's my starter: 47163 and 47164: when Stratford depot's Silver Jubilee gesture involved a Union Flag with completely the wrong dimensions. Maroon 47, 97561: when...
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    What happened to 34007 Wadebridge 7th/8th June?

    Hello all. Hoping a knowledgeable Watercress Line soul can shed light on this: I stopped by the Mid Hants, between Medstead and Ropley, to see the action from the nearby fields. Saturday morning, I saw 34007 Wadebride complete one out 'n' back and then it was replaced with 50027 Lion. Just...
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    You wait for a supercar, then 3 come along...

    Clearly I'm in the wrong profession. Having moved to sleepy 'Ampshire last year, I'm far more used to seeing tractors than supercars. But it seems the neighbours have traded in their Nectar Points. In the past few days, my local roads have been privy to 2 McLaren MP4-12Cs and a Bugatti...
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    Modelling Rio Grande / Southern Pacific merger

    OK, I know this is a UK rail forum but it would be good to hear from any member who models the D&RGW and SP. I was smitten after a steam-hauled trip across the 10,015ft Cumbres Pass a few years ago. I just wish I'd experienced Tennessee Pass before it was mothballed. If you do model the...
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    'Big Four' steam in TOC liveries

    No, this isn't a gauntlet laid down to the railway preservation movement, nor to the model manufactures - but a whimsical "what if today's franchises were around at the time of the Big Four railway companies". Such as: Gresley P2 2-8-2 in 'Grand Central' black/orange, complete with chrome...
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    info request: photos of NCV newspaper vans?

    If you were taking photos of BR's newspaper traffic in the late '80s (I was too busy snapping what was on the front!), I'm hoping you might be able to assist me... I'm looking for good prototype photos of Old Oak Common's NCV vans (BG conversions), 1987-1990. Paul Bartlett's and Martin...
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    Creative excuses: "I was late because..."

    Apologies if this has been covered before - but this made me smile this morning: A mountain of a man was on his phone, on my train to work, explaining why he would be late into the office. "My dog" he started, "it headbutted me and knocked me out cold, so I missed my usual train". Was...
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    The last Peaks in 1988

    Evenin' all. Anyone out there got a copy of Platform Five's Summer 1988 Locos? Would a kind soul please tell me the numbers, names (official and unofficial too) and depot-allocations of the remaining class 45's in operation during early-1988. My 1980's photos are in storage in another...
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    Gran Turismo (a real-life road trip)

    Here's a sample of photos from our recent "Gran Turismo" from London to Korcula (south Croatian island). Eurostar, car, boat. 17 days, 7 countries, about 3500km. There aren't any rail-related photos on this but hopefully it'll put you in a holiday mood...
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    The one that got away - what's yours?

    OK, so we indulge in a pastime that comes with a healthy dollop of teeth gnashing frustration at times. Be it track bashing, train chasing, photography or modelling, we know the "ARGH!!" factor is part of the package. So this thread is: what incident sticks out most in your mind? For me...
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    Croatian "Riversdale" mystery locos

    Attached are a couple of pics at Rijeka (Croatia) harbour last Monday. I'm in the dark and nothing came up on t'interweb - I hope we have a forum expert! The red loco, running along the quayside, is a 2132 class. Nothing unusual about that one. The mystery is the other shot... A pair of...
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    BR Mk2d FK info request (WR allocations, 1988)

    I'd appreciate assistance from a kind soul with a copy of the summer 1988 Platform 5 coaching stock book. I've been unable to source one from eBay, Amazon or Transport Diversions. BR Mk2d first corridor (FK) coaches, WR-allocated in the first half of 1988? "Network Southeast" celebrity...
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    8X09 Ashfordby-Amersham LU S-stock still running?

    I've been a bit behind the times on this... The 8X23 Old Dalby to Litchurch Lane and the 8X09 Ashfordby to Amersham LU 'S' stock moves - are these movements still taking place? If so, please would a kind soul tell me of any known 8X09 pathing dates & times, over the coming few weeks. I feel...
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    info request: 6E32 Preston Docks - Lindsey

    Hoping for guidance from a wise soul here. End of Feb, I want to photograph 6E32 Preston Docks - Lindsey bitumen tanks. I failed to phot it when I lived in Preston 20-odd years ago (got shots of the Deepdale coal service, though, so I can be grateful for that). I think it runs TThO but I...
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    Info request: WR allocated mk3 sleepers, 1988

    Calling owners of Platform 5 coaching stock, summer 1988 edition (coz my copy was binned years ago and I've not found one on the Bay...). I'm trying to ascertain if the Night Riviera of the time included Mk3 SLE as well as SLEP. My memory suggests it was SLEP only; whenever I used it in '88...
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    7mm JLTRT loco-kits: LMS 10000, 10001

    Happened to be looking for something completely different and caught sight of these little beauties. :p 7mm kit for each of LMS 10000 and 10001, in their original workshop condition...
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    HMS St Albans in London Docklands

    The rather impressive and imposing frigate HMS St Albans has visited my local turf this weekend. Bit more info about the event at these links: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/threecounties/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9162000/9162118.stm...
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    size IS important...

    Noticed an article in today's business papers, that a German company has just acquired two strangely-related brands: Durex and Scholl Shoes. And then the marketing potential struck me: "Fitting you perfectly every time - from five inches to a foot"...
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    A brace of Britannias, 22nd Dec?

    I've noticed that Weds 22nd December's Cathedrals Express jaunts are marked on UK Steam Info as hauled by 70000 Britannia PLUS 70013 Oliver Cromwell. However Steam Dreams website shows only 70000 as confirmed motive power. Are any of you able to say which is true?
  20. Sun Chariot

    ASBO animals and furry trepassers

    No, it's not a new show on CBBC. As my London-bound train departed Virginia Water this evening, three unperturbed foxes lay across the rails of a disused siding, nonchalantly watching the trains pass. I wonder if they leave fox-graffiti-tags on rolling stock, whilst the rest of us sleep...

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