Where's the turntable at Scarborough?
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The ones I know in my neck of the woods are Neville Hill depot (Leeds) and York( next to the slow lines near the old York works & the freightliner wagon repair shed.
Is this it on Google earth?
No, it stayed there disconnected, but I'm sure that it's physically gone now (unless it's just overgrown and concealed by weeds). There's been a track maintenance train obscuring the view almost permanently for the last few months.
The one installed at York came from elsewhere to replace the triangle that was used to turn engines caused by the building of the ROC as this removed the triangle railway layout.
Presumably for the mail bag exchange apparatus to be on the correct side/direction?
Bounds Green I believe - The puffer buffer wailing and gnashing of teeth when the engineers triangle was removed was embarrassing.
The exchange apparatus was on one side of the vehicle only, but normally two were marshalled together in the rake, one the opposite way round to the other, to handle travel in both directions. Only one vehicle in the train did the exchange but multiple vehicles were needed for sorting and stowage.I know its going back a while but i always thought the bag catcher/retriever vehiclels could do it from both sides.
The exchange apparatus was on one side of the vehicle only, but normally two were marshalled together in the rake, one the opposite way round to the other, to handle travel in both directions. Only one vehicle in the train did the exchange but multiple vehicles were needed for sorting and stowage.
The offset side corridors were a GWR feature from the earliest days of corridor trains (they aligned with the side corridors in the carriages) but most BR vehicles had centre connections as normal (a few had offset corridors to match ex-GW vehicles before they were withdrawn).
Having to use a turntable for postal vehicles would be a rare event, it was more easily achieved by using a convenient triangle or loop. Stock at Paddington was traditionally run round the West Ealing-Greenford loop to get turned.