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    Weird train-related dreams

    Had one a night before (yesterday morning in fact), I was at a pre-1977 Glasgow Subway look-a-like station, with the two-car 1977 Met-cam stock in orange livery passing through, and there was a man laying drunk on the other side of the tracks. His back was lying on a third-rail, but he was not...
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    Weird train-related dreams

    Last night I was dreaming of re-doing my railway layout in my bedroom. I was joining two railway layouts together - one from Train Simulator 2022 and another from Trainz 12. Without the computer! It was dusk outside my bedroom window, the golden moon was rising behind the hill, and ITV News at...
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    Trivia: Proposed Glasgow Subway Stock

    Cars are lifted out by an indoor crane at Broomloan depot. There were no points or sidings on the pre-1977 system. Trains did run backwards when Glasgow Subway operated a shuttle service between Govan Cross and Patrick Cross when part of the line was suspended, such as flooding, engineering...
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    Trivia: Proposed Glasgow Subway Stock

    There were a few occasions pre-modernisation that rolling stock have been proposed. Firstly, the 1948 proposed extension would see the new rolling stock, which would have been a two-car unit, and would be based on continental tram instead on the tube train already used on 1896 built original...
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    Daft school rules

    There was a team leader called Sharon Bakker at my school residence who was a very strict lady. She is heavy handed at times and she even shouted and screamed at a pupil in a middle of the night while pupils are asleep. A senior care worker in the same school residence physically forced a pupil...
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    This was tried in Austria, only to go back to full lockdown for all within days.
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    Diesel Classes on the Island of Sodor.

    Daisy the Metro-Cammell diesel single-car unit which is a recurring character. A Class 40 diesel appeared in Sodor once in ‘Bowed Out’ in both The Railway Series book (as D4711) and Thomas & Friends TV series (as D261). Another Class 40, 40125, also appeared in Sodor in BR Blue when it crashed...
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    GBRF confirms conversion of Class 56s to Class 69s

    I think this will be the standard livery for most Class 69s.
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    Earthport in 2081: The large tube trains that travels through the centre of the earth

    The large tube trains that is referred to in that book are the ones that ran on magnetic levitation, and the year 2081 is what the book had mentioned. Crossrail is a very different matter, although they can be referred to as large tube trains Although they have mentioned "possible", the author...
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    Earthport in 2081: The large tube trains that travels through the centre of the earth

    Probably not, but even so, the London Terminal could still be placed at Tonbridge :D
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    Earthport in 2081: The large tube trains that travels through the centre of the earth

    When I was at primary school as a kid, I read a book called 'The Young Engineer Book of Supertrains', and there was a page about the trains in the future, one of topics was about intercontinental vacuum tube trains that go through the centre of the Earth! This concept is called 'Earthport', set...
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    Shortest-lived rolling stock

    A Class 158 vehicle was written-off in July 1992 and had to obtain a replacement vehicle, the unit involved was 158861. 52209 (150209) and 52212 (150212), both DMSL vehicles, didn't last even long, being on separate accidents in the late 1980s. Their orphaned DMS vehicles, 57209 and 57212, were...
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    SPT Carmine/Cream livery - Introduction/Rollout

    That announcer was also known as 'Sonia'. Class 156 and 320 units also had them when first fitted with PIS. That lady sounded like she's a sad woman. That's before Fletcher Mathers took over the voice. The was a also a man who used to announce safety information, saying 'Laaaadies and...
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    SPT Carmine/Cream livery - Introduction/Rollout

    I can't remember, it might be have been both Class 156 and 318 units around the same time, but its got to be one of the classes that got that first, I think it was around 1999. They have since lost their SPT interior with their green moquettes when they received saltire interiors. The last ones...
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    SPT Carmine/Cream livery - Introduction/Rollout

    And they also had original SPT logos and old blue, red and orange swoosh ScotRail logo. Was it going to be 38 Class 334 units before getting extra two more units, or was it always going to be 40 Class 334 units but also got two SPT Class 170 units (170470 and 170471)? I remember reading in RAIL...

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