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    TRIVIA: Britain's most underrated visitor destinations

    The modernisation of the plant some decades ago and more recent amendments minimise the smells. I strongly recommend if you can do it on a day the Crossness Pumping Station is open, then pay a visit - a remarkable 1865 pumping station erected as part of Sir Joseph Bazalgette's drainage scheme...
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    Where was the Rillington Junction

    This picture from the level crossing is looking towards Scarborough. (Click on it to go to the original picture on the Geograph website.) Rillington Level Crossing looking eastward © Copyright Martin Dawes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. The buildings on the...
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    1P14 @ Luton 1972-73

    Thanks for the correction - looks like a mistake in transcribing from the timetable some 9 years ago. The final destination was not of great concern - it was the timing on approaching and leaving St Albans City that we were interested in!
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    1P14 @ Luton 1972-73

    Notes I have to hand regarding the BR working time-table (WTT) for 1974-5 show that 1P14 was an express to Leeds, stopping at St Albans City station at 12:50, departing there at 12:51 and arriving at Luton at 13:01.5. This information is from extracts we set up to help program the simulator at...
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    RAIB Report 03/2020: Class investigation into human performance in signalling operation

    RAIB have now issued several 'Summary of Learning' papers, including this one on User-worked crossings which seems to cover all of the discussion so far on UWCs and perhaps one or other things that have not yet been mentioned!
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    Selby to York via Closed Route

    I understand that the public timetable distances were taken to the nearest quarter-mile post, as it was these that passengers could see for themselves. The distances quoted by Bevan Price probably come from the engineering side who took measurements to the centre of each station - not something...
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    Earlestown Fire (20/05)

    The location is about halfway between the station and the viaduct. Photo taken just over 6 years ago as electrification works had just started (click on it to go to the larger original): Junction Lane bridge, Earlestown railway station © Copyright El Pollock and licensed for reuse under this...
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    Earlestown Fire (20/05)

    The photos posted by skyhigh show at least two well-scorched OLE masts, so very likely the overheads were affected. Also severe scorching on the bridge and its abutment, so that will need a close examination to confirm it's OK - or not as the case may be. There also appears to be a damaged...
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    Earlestown Fire (20/05)

    This was a major fire on an industrial estate involving plastic crates, a large building and also spread to an adjacent caravan park. Merseyside Fire Service had 20 pumps, two aerial appliances and other support at the scene. See Incident details on their website. Mentions that the adjacent...
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    Fatal Railway Accident - Manchester Oxford Road (1891)

    The link in your first post says: Clearly there was an inquest - I'm not certain if any other paper would report any more than the above.
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    Fatal Railway Accident - Manchester Oxford Road (1891)

    There seems to quite a bit of information on the link you've posted - a look at the Railway Archive website does not bring up any accident report for the accident. In that period it was not common for the Railway Inspectors to investigate such 'minor' happenings to railway employees, alas! The...
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    Leeds - bit of railway archeaology

    I suspect this feature is due more to local land ownership at the time - one of the landowners may have insisted the newer housing was built a short distance away from the existing buildings, perhaps? And if it followed old land boundaries...
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    Disused lines with cycle paths

    The current small waiting shelter at Wheathampstead is a new one. The original platform waiting rooms were in a more substantial building, partly on the area of the embankment that has been removed. Several photos at Disused stations: Wheathampstead show it very clearly. It looks as though it...
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    Disused lines with cycle paths

    The car park is on the former goods yard and according to Disused Stations: Ayot foundations of some buildings can be traced. The (mainly timber) station buildings were severely damaged by fire in 1948, never rebuilt and the station closed to passengers in September 1949.
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    Gateshead's Dunston Staiths damaged in arson attack

    Intumescent paints are available in a range of colours - we had to use them on the interior of the St Albans South signal box when we were restoring it. Not certain if a clear coat is available. Neither can I check which brand we used as I can't get to the box at present to refresh my memory...
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    Disused lines with cycle paths

    Short, but with railway interest, is the "Alban Way" between Hatfield and St Albans along much of the former GN branch linking the two.
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    Northumberland Line to be re-opened to passengers

    Are they considering running the line as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro system? With the parallel running as far as Northumberland Park before the line turns north it should be possible. I'm gently amused by the 'six new stations' - they'll have to be as all the previous stations at the same...
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    Rail Accident Investigation Board recruiting new investigators

    See this link to the RAIB website. Closing date of 5th June 2020.
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    Rowrah & Kelton Fell Railway -- atlas-featuring

    The "Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies" (C Awdry, 1990) says that the R&KF persuaded the Cleator and Worthington Junction Railway to make a branch from Disington to an end-on junction at Rowrah, opened in 1882. After 1889 the C&WJR's locos worked on the R&KF as well as their own line...