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  1. Justin Smith

    Class 40 hauling ETH (air con) stock ? ! ?

    In one of my books about the ECML there is a picture of 40 117 hauling a 10 coach train (the 08.05 from York to KX) south through Grantham. It was on the 24 May 1980, and the fact it was Summer is relevant because the train is made up of MkII air con stock. But I didn't think class 40s were ever...
  2. Justin Smith

    How low would the (average) death rate for Covid have to fall for us to totally get back to normal ?

    How low would the (average) death rate for Covid have to fall for us to totally get back to normal ? Nobody actually knows what the death rate for those exposed to Covid is in this country, it's probably between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000. What we do know is that treatment for Covid side effects is...
  3. Justin Smith

    Government is totally inconsistent on Covid.

    The government's attitude to Covid is obviously now completely inconsistent. On the one hand they're telling us Covid is so dangerous we have to quarantine people coming back into this country and everyone has to wear masks indoors. On the other they've reopened pubs, they're threatening to...
  4. Justin Smith

    Covid : Infection rates v death rates and a possible second wave

    I've said all along there will be no "second wave" (as defined by as spike more or less as high as the first) in any similar country to the UK with a death rate above (pref well above) 500 per million. Note I am not saying there will not be bumps and dips in the graph curves. Anyway, nothing has...
  5. Justin Smith

    When did the fly ash trains to Fletton cease ?

    Does anyone know when the fly ash trains to Fletton ceased ? A previous thread on here many years ago revealed that the pointwork was removed in 2009, but when did the trains actually stop running ?
  6. Justin Smith

    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    This graph is very significant : Remember, Sweden has had no significant lockdown (BBC News link). It certainly make me even more sure we (and most of the world) have gone down the wrong path...... I have always thought this lockdown and social distancing (they're two sides of the same coin...
  7. Justin Smith

    Should even printers be closed in the lockdown ?

    Moderator note: Split from “Rail Atlas Great Britain & Ireland (15th Edition)” I've just phoned up the publishers (I assume Crecy are the publishers ? ) and a helpful lady there told me the edition is all set to go but printing of it is being delayed by this Coronavirus shutdown. Why the...
  8. Justin Smith

    Most expensive loco nameplates

    Is there a site listing the prices of all loco nameplates sold ? Or if not all of the them possible just the top dozen most expensive steam and diesel/electric ? I did a bit of trawling around the net to check on the price of some A4 plates, and, somewhat surprisingly, I couldn't find much. I...
  9. Justin Smith

    Class 86 traction motor mounting on Flexicoil bogies

    Can anyone help me with this rather esoteric question ? ! ? I keep reading contradictory information about whether the class 86s which were upgraded with Flexicoil bogies had frame mounted traction motors or persisted with their original fitment nose suspended ones. This matters (a bit....) for...
  10. Justin Smith

    Are Heritage railways trying to have it both ways ?

    It cannot have escaped the notice of enthusiasts that more and more heritage lines are becoming more like businesses. Not just in their revenue generation but, less understandably, in their attitudes to the very enthusiasts who support them, and, without whom, they`d never have gotten off the...
  11. Justin Smith

    Railway Magazine subscribers : no access to the online index, annoying.....

    Am I the only subscriber to the Railway Magazine who feels annoyed that they don`t get access to the RM`s online index ? I have an (almost ! ) complete collection of bound RM`s going back to 1940, but, if one wants to find an article on a particular subject, how does one find it ? Each year has...
  12. Justin Smith

    Short notice APEX tickets : why do they have to include a seat reservation ?

    Short notice APEX tickets : why do they have to include a seat reservation ? I know Cross Country trains short notice seat reservations have been discussed to death, but I was thinking about the problem just the other day. Most people agree that the possibility someone can reserve a seat after...
  13. Justin Smith

    Railcard up to 30 years old, is it only available on a smart phone ?

    Did I hear right that this new railcard (for people up to the age of 30) will only be available on a smartphone ? That is to say people without a smartphone will not be able to have one ? If that`s right that`s an absolute disgrace. We must remember we`re effectively talking a semi nationalised...
  14. Justin Smith

    Tram trains and voltage changeover procedures.

    I was travelling between Rotherham and Doncaster yesterday and noticed all the electrification masts going in for the (severely delayed) tram train to Parkgate. The new tram trains appear to be dual voltage 25kV ac and 750 dc, is that correct ? If it is how do they change over ? On Thameslink...
  15. Justin Smith

    "Do not go on the track" : is this all going too far.......

    I was at Doncaster station with my three year old yesterday and he threw my phone on the track. Very annoying, but it was what happened after that which was potentially more worrying. I was tempted to just jump down and get it, it`d only have taken about 5 to 10 seconds, but I was concerned...
  16. Justin Smith

    Settle to Carlisle closed : is a NE Rover then valid via the WCML ?

    I`m thinking of getting a North East Rover in June but the Settle Carlisle is still closed. Does that mean I can use an alternative route (on the NE Rover) via Manchester and the WCML when travelling from Sheffield to Carlisle ?
  17. Justin Smith

    Printed copy of the full British Rail timetable

    Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere. I have been buying the Middleton Press printed UK rail timetable for years now but they`ve stopped doing it now. They just do a Great Britain section of the European timetable instead. This is of some value but not really suitable for when one is...
  18. Justin Smith

    How to find timings of excursions using Realtime trains

    Could anyone help me with this ! A couple of days ago SamGeorge helped me out with the timings for the York Yuletide Express with a link to its schedule on Realtime Trains. There area few other steam tours coming up the ECML in the next week or so and I thought I`d try and find the timings...
  19. Justin Smith

    York Yuletide Express (and other) steam excursion timings

    Sorry if this has been asked before, but where can one get the timings of steam excursions ? In particular I`m thinking of taking our three year old to the ECML tomorrow and would like him (and me ! ) to see the York Yuletide Express. The Railway Touring Company reports that it eaves...
  20. Justin Smith

    London Marylebone : passenger numbers 1980s to now

    Does anyone know what the passenger numbers using Marylebone station were at its nadir in the mid 1980s ? According to the ORR they were 15.5 million in 2013/14 and I`d be interested to compare the two. I think this comparison is particularly interesting the light of the infamous Serpell report...

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