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    Your experiences of having contact with the police.

    Have you had good or bad experiences? Mine have generally been pretty good although I may just have been lucky as I’ve not found myself on the wrong side of the law too often. I’ve started this up to open the discussion out further from this thread...
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    Triple grey Railfreight introduction.

    Afternoon everyone. A rather nice thing has come into my possession courtesy of my cousin Chris. I’m posting this in the history section rather than media because I’d be interested in other peoples memories of the introduction of the triple grey Railfreight design in the late 1980s. I believe...
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    Trainline railcard advice?

    Hello everyone. One of our girls is finding it impossible to get her rail card to work on her phone and can’t find a way of contacting them. This is what she just sent me: She said that even the ticket man on the train couldn’t get it to work, yet we’ve got the discount card number. Do any of...
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    Comedic “Things you like” (i.e things that please you in a lighthearted way)

    Go on then. ;) As alternative version of this thread… https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/comedic-things-you-would-ban-i-e-minor-things-that-annoy-you-in-a-lighthearted-way.219994/ Leaving work an hour early when you weren’t expecting it.
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    Some iPhone advice please!

    Evening everyone. :) Mrs C has purchased herself a new (second hand) iPhone XR 64GB. This being an upgrade from an iPhone 7 128GB. The problem is that despite getting rid of various apps/photos/messages etc and getting the GB storage on the old phone down to supposedly 22.4 GB: It still...
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    Aer Lingus booking problem.

    Afternoon everyone. My other half has just booked a return trip from Exeter to Belfast in August which was £81 each way (so £162 all in). Unfortunately for some reason Aer Lingus have taken a double payment (£344) by mistake and are being fairly unhelpful about refunding half of it. She’s been...
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    Railway modelling magazines. Which do you prefer?

    Actually thinking about this, do you still buy magazines these days even..? I bought a copy of Model Rail last month and was pretty disappointed with the quality of the paper and the quality of the magazine in general actually. Up to around five years ago I probably bought at least three...
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    A couple of questions about steam era water towers…

    Well knowledgeable type people. This is actually for a friend who’s modelling a fictional small ex GWR terminus along the lines of Hemyock in Devon in the early 1970s: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/hemyock/ Would anyone know of any places where water towers/cranes hung around on the...
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    How are bogies attached to bodyshells/locomotives etc?

    I feel like I should know this really but what needs to be released apart from ancillaries like brake equipment, traction motor cables etc to lift a coach or multiple unit body off its bogies? Are there release pins/bolts etc, and how are they actually accessed? Also would the process differ...
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    Covid restrictions extended to 19/7/2021. Your views on how this will pan out.

    As it says in the title really. This is a slightly overdue replacement for this thread: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/should-restrictions-be-eased-fully-if-indian-variant-case-rates-do-not-decline-before-june-21st.218104/
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    Dominic Cummings gets to have his say on the Covid crisis...

    I suppose that we probably need to discuss this at some point so here goes. A dedicated thread: Dominic Cummings has served his particular slice of ice cold (although not that cold) revenge up at the joint technology, science and health committee meeting in the most blistering, “this’ll...
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    Vale of Rheidol Railway

    Afternoon folks. We’re hoping to have a ride on the line tomorrow afternoon and I was wondering if any of you had any advice on looking around the falls at Devils Bridge? Basically the afternoon train gives you an hour and fifteen minutes between arriving and returning. Here’s the times: I...
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    Ideas for future model railways that you’ve had and would like to make.

    Hello all. Here’s my list in no particular order: 1) A closed station a la Seaton Junction in Devon. We actually made a couple of field visits to the place to have a look around and it’s an interesting old place, originally there were two loop lines for the platform and a couple of concrete...
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    A quick poll about taking the vaccine.

    This is just a poll to find out what opinion you have on all of this and the results are confidential so that you can state how you feel with impunity... I’m neutral in all of this but I’m interested in seeing what your opinions are. Feel free to think of more options if I’ve missed any and I’ll...
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    Martock station. Yeovil to Taunton line.

    Evening everyone. I’m wondering if someone can help me with something. Looking at some photos and paintings of Martock station it looks like it was painted in Southern Region green colours despite being on an ex GWR line? I’ve also seen SR moguls pictured at the station as well as ex GWR tanks...
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    Deltics on the ECML

    Moderator note: split from this thread (1) W.O.E loco hauled era(NSE) | RailUK Forums (railforums.co.uk) Ok I’m quite surprised by that. I’d assume that Deltics weren’t particularly economical either?
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    Interesting rarities that made it into BR blue?

    Paint wibble alert! Sort of related to the photo of the Metro-Vic Co-bo in BR blue in this thread: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/class-28-%E2%80%9Cloaf%E2%80%9D-metro-vick-type-2-co-bo.213986/ I’m interested in locos or rolling stock that were painted in corporate blue/blue and grey...
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    Your favourite loco(s) aka Your Machine.

    Following on from this thread really: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/what-train-encapulates-your-childhood.213464/ Did you (or do you have now maybe) a particular favourite loco? Maybe more than one of a certain class even? As a starter for ten my favourite locos of certain classes were...
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    The News, and who decides what we should know in the world?

    This is just something I’ve been wondering about recently. I’m really not into conspiracy theories whatsoever because they’re generally a load of ridiculous nonsense. But this is something that’s played on my mind for a while now and although I’ve done a little digging into it I’d be curious to...
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    Railway Technical Centre (RTC) locos and stock over the years

    Afternoon everyone. I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with the rolling stock and locos that have been on the books at the RTC Derby over the years. They have at different points had (I think) the last mainline active remaining members of classes 17, 23, 24, 28 and 46 plus the prototype HST...

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