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    Motor/Alternator

    In simple terms, the air conditioning requires a 3 phase AC supply which the loco cannot provide. The MG set converts the DC or single phase AC supply into the 3 phase AC plus lower voltage AC for lighting etc. The use of a MG set also supplies a constant power output (in most cases). As...
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    Corridor Tenders - Any use overseas?

    Remember this was done because it had never been done before. Yes they could stop at York but the train wouldn't be non stop. Sadly few people now have the drive of the past. The "bigger, faster, further“ generation seems to have died in the late 70s.
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    EWS Class 20s

    Transrail/EWS never owned any working 20s from what I can recall. They operated 6 or 7 on behalf of BRT & Central Services (later Serco) but often used them on local freight trip workings around Bescot. When those 2 were privatised, most locos were sold to DRS and ended up as 20/3.
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    Class 90/91 - Coupler? Buffer?

    I am not sure as they are built differently although the figures quoted here by coppercapped are for the end loadings on the underframe/body not components like buffers or couplings. While Buckeyes and AAR couplers look similar and compatible, they are very different. Broken knuckles are a...
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    Class 90/91 - Coupler? Buffer?

    The locking pin. I cant recall the exact reason but I seem to remember that it has to do with the way the back of the jaw is shaped. Also the drag/draft box may suffer damage from compression also.
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    Class 90/91 - Coupler? Buffer?

    Sorry, they can't. It's why there in the need for a rubbing plate. It's nothing to do with component damage etc. When a buckeye fitted loco is pushing, it's the rubbing plate taking the strain not the coupler head. Various non-gangwayed Mk1 EMU & DMU classes had fixed buckeyes and rubbing plates...
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    31x and 32x multiple working

    I believe prior to privatisation, classes 313-323 & 210 DEMU could multi. I think things got complicated when TOCs started to mod their units and that might prevent some classes from working together now.
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    Stonehaven derailment

    Did you ever see the leading power car from Ladbroke Grove after the crash? There is a picture online somewhere of it at Crewe works. It was blackened/burnt but almost intact. It kept its structural form.
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    Stonehaven derailment

    One of the things mentioned after the Ufton accident was that First had removed the central partitions during refurbishment. There was speculation that this had made GW Mk3s more likely to fold in half during a accident. They were made of metal and welded in as part of the body for a reason.
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    Stonehaven derailment

    Going by the pictures of the scene, it must have been heading north going by where the sun is hitting/shadows etc.
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    Stonehaven derailment

    It looks to me like part of the skirting from a Mk3. The wire fence over the bridge is damaged also.
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    Questions on Irish Mark 3s

    Off topic slightly, @hexagon789 I have the following to hand. - A class - Maybe a C class (too big to open but it's a Met-Vic anyway) - 141/181 - A few 071 drawings - AEC 2600 railcar driving brake - Original LHB DART - New 2600/2800 railcar (A & B vehicles) - A structural drawing of the body...
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    Mk1 Sleeping Cars

    Just checked there. It was SLC 2423, the second sleeper at Taunton.
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    Mk1 Sleeping Cars

    There is a pic on Flickr of a ScotRail Mk3 in the West Country on a XC service. I always found it interesting that the last Mk1 sleeper in service (on Scottish internal services) was one of the coaches damaged in the Taunton fire.
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    Questions on Irish Mark 3s

    On the next dry, calm day here I will open those bogie plans up on the lawn and take a pic. There is not a room in the place big enough to do it! The book "Irish Railway Rambler" by Michael McMahon (ISBN 978-1-78073-075-2) has some great interior shots of the Mk3 "Firsts" and subsequent...
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    Did any stock survive in the pre-sectorisation liveries until privatisation?

    I think the last item of stock to be repainted in BR blue during normal repairs/overhaul (rather than as a special livery) was one of the class 20s overhauled at Doncaster for BRT about 1994ish. This was before the grey with green flashes livery was adopted.
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    Questions on Irish Mark 3s

    You're welcome. I think they may be in the loft of the house I rent out so it will be a while before I can look. I have a few other plans of other Irish stuff. The biggest is drawings of a class 201 bogie. They have only been opened twice out in the garden as it takes about an hour to fold them...
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    Questions on Irish Mark 3s

    I have most but only 2 or 3 are to hand just now. I got them direct from the Inchicore drawing office. Pics not the best as I had to use my phone and the drawings are quite large. Mk3 EGV Mk3 TSO International TSO
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    Questions on Irish Mark 3s

    Here is the drawing for the control cars. (sorry its in 2 pictures). That will give you an idea of the layout of them. The interior was much the same as a mainline Mk3 but the floors were lino until about 2003/2004 when carpets were fitted. Edited to get pics the right way up!
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    Post Privatisation Station Signage

    Flickr would be a good start. Pick a station and look at pictures from different years. There should be pictures with the sign visible in the background. In the early privatisation years, most NSE & RR signs just had a sticker put over the lower branding.

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