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    Class 800 pantograph operation

    Many years ago I did training in a large coal fired power station. Adjacent to it was a transformer farm and numerous switchgear to connect to the National Grid. One very windy morning I was passing when - somewhere - an earth fault occurred on a 275kv line and the breakers opened. It was the...
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    Blackpool North: The most unfriendly station in the country?

    I've a set of these security keys. Amazon...
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    Locos and units you didnt like and still dont miss

    Especially if you compare them to the Class 37!
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    Transition from steam heating to electric train heating?

    I seem to remember that the lack of, and difficulty of fitting ETH to the Westerns hastened their demise, as the Western Region needed air conditioned stock on services to the West Country to compete with the M4 motorway. The 50s which replaced the Westerns of course had ETH from new.
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    Class 800 pantograph operation

    The air blast breakers in 303s were LOUD - especially in the guards van immediately undeneath them!
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    Is the UK 'overdue' a serious rail accident?

    Modern rolling stock is much more crash resistant than in the past.
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    Transition from steam heating to electric train heating?

    The LMS design 69' 1st class 12 wheeled sleepers certainly had ETH fitted. Don't know about the 65' 2nd class sleepers.
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    Glasgow "Queen Street"

    Because Queen Street is about 200 yards south of the station?
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    Railway terminology: Carriages vs cars vs coaches

    Indeed, and BR inherited quite a number of ex-Caledonian 6 wheeled coached from the LMS at nationalisation.
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    Fire Systems on Rolling Stock HELP!

    As mentioned above by John Webb, there were a number of serious train fires in the late 1940s/early 1950s due to the use of highly flammable nitrocellulose lacquer - check Beattock 8th June 1950, Penmanshiel Tunnel 23rd June 1949 and Huntingdon 4th July 1951.
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    Track Circuits and Mansell Wheels

    I suppose it is possible that old wheels were used, but the bogies were certainly standard LMS.
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    Track Circuits and Mansell Wheels

    Don't think the second last sentence can be correct - the LMS used Mansell wheels on many of their sleeping cars, and the last sleeping cars to an LMS design were built in 1951/52. The 12 wheeled 1st class sleepers certainly had Mansell wheels.
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    Carriage type identifiers (or whatever they're called)

    Here's a page from Wikilpedia which might help: Carriage codes
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    Junctions in Tunnels

    There are two.
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    Junctions in Tunnels

    Bad accident there in 1939 - 1 dead, 161 injured. See the Railway Archive Stobcross West
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    Scottish Electrification updates & discussion

    Plans for a bridge were abandoned.
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    Blackpool North: The most unfriendly station in the country?

    Excellent example! The attitude of all the staff shown does credit to them and their employers.
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    Scottish Electrification updates & discussion

    NR are starting work between Stirling and Dunblane on 20th July, with work due to carry on until July 2021. I suspect a lot of it will be involved in the modernisation of Cornton level crossing. A works compound is to be set up beside the crossing in the land formerly occupied by the Stirling...
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    BR’s most successful DMU?

    Really? The Leyland O680 was a very long lived engine which was developed into the TL11. It was used in many applications apart from rail. No sure about the AEC A220.

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