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  1. euryalus

    Staines Moor Signal Box

    The description says "Unlike World War Two Great Western 'ARP' boxes, the cabin was glazed on all sides (offering no protection from blast). A chemical toilet was installed for the benefit of the signalman, but there were no main services – all lighting being by means of oil lamps". At best...
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    Staines Moor Signal Box

    My question was not about the rear window, as such. The reference that I have seen implies a cabin with a fully-glazed operating floor which did not conform to the usual SR design - I thought all SR boxes post 1930s were in effect 'ARP' designs of brick construction with small windows?
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    Staines Moor Signal Box

    A question has arisen regarding the wartime signal box erected at Staines Moor by the Southern Railway during World War Two. Briefly, a Ms. source refers to the box having windows on all sides, unlike a GWR 'ARP' box which would have been designed to withstand blast damage. But the SR had its...
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    Community Railways

    In December 2005 The Railway Magazine stated that the proposed "Greater Western" franchise would include "three of the new Community Railway (CR) Pilot schemes. It said that, under CR, rural lines would be "operated and managed on a different basis", the implication being that they would be run...
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    Chesterfield Central

    The 'Flying Scotsman' excursion was said to have been the last passenger train to call at Chesterfield Central - I think it ran southwards over the loop, although there was no corresponding northwards trip!
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    Chesterfield Central

    I was looking at a map of Chesterfield the other day and was quite surprised to find that there is a substantial tunnel beneath the town, which once connected the Chesterfield Central branch to the GCR main line, thereby creating the "Chesterfield Loop" between Staveley, Chesterfield and Heath...
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    "Abandoned Railways"

    Have had another look at some of the so-called "abandoned railways" explorations, and have noted that several sites have been targeted, including the Kent & East Sussex, Gloucester & Warwickshire and Swanage lines.
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    "Abandoned Railways"

    The "urban explorer" who filmed the derelict rolling stock calls himself "Seany". He is quite prolific. Most of the stock appeared to be in very poor condition - although there was also a breakdown crane which looked fairly complete (I am not sure when the filming took place).
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    "Abandoned Railways"

    I think Norden, on the Swanage line, is indeed the location. It is slightly worrying that a preserved railway could be mistaken for a "railway train graveyard".
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    "Abandoned Railways"

    I have had a quick search through the internet and think the "abandoned" rolling stock is on the Swanage line.
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    Wigan North Western Platforms

    In his excellent book 'Crewe to Carlisle' (1969) Brian Reed refers to Wigan North Western station having "two islands and one single platform". He makes no mention of any bay platforms, so does this imply that the present bay platforms were added during the 1970s reconstruction scheme?
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    "Abandoned Railways"

    I have been following some of the so-called "urban exploration" video episodes on YouTube, and came across an "abandoned train" blog (or should that be vlog?) However, the abandoned train appears to me to be parked somewhere on a preserved railway - in other words it is not abandoned at all. I...
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    Midland Railway distances

    The 128.5 miles mentioned in my initial post was of course from St Pancras to Derby (not Sheffield!) The 1947 timetable quotes the distance from London to Derby as 158.5, where the corresponding figure in the 1970 BR timetable is 164.75 miles. This must reflect the present-day route via Derby.
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    Midland Railway distances

    Sorry, my mistake; London to Sheffield is shown as 164.75 miles in the 1970 BR timetable.
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    Midland Railway distances

    I have been looking at the 1947 and 1970 LMS/LMR timetables and have noted various differences in terms of distances. For example. the distance from St Pancras and Sheffield is given as 128.5 miles in both tables, but in 1947 the distance from London to Chesterfield was said to be 146 miles, as...
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    Loughborough Derby Road

    Does anyone know what was "up" and what was "down" on the Charnwood Forest Railway between Loughborough Derby Road and Coalville? The 1889 L&NWR timetable does not say, although the 1922 timetable implies that "up" was from Loughborough towards Nuneaton.
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    Closure of Nottingham Direct Line

    Does anyone know the "official" closure date of the Nottingham direct route between Kettering and Nottingham? Rationalisation of this line had in fact commenced with the closure of Geddington, Harringworth, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree and Edwalton stations during the 1940s, followed by...
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    Falmouth Freight Traffic

    I thought the seaweed was loaded at Truro, rather than Falmouth? I seem to remember one inbound freight train carrying coal, and one outgoing working carrying scrap from shot-blasting in the dock yard. The latter ran on the night of 12 September 1996, the loaded train being so heavy that three...
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    Falmouth Freight Traffic

    Does anyone know what, if any freight traffic has been carried on the Falmouth branch in recent years. I know that, in the 1990s there were one or two freight workings, including loads of scrap from the dockyard and incoming loads of coal. There was also a limited amount of bulk traffic from...
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    2017 Predictions

    I think the present right-wing, unelected Tory government will be hostile to railway investment. I have no confidence in them whatsoever - and Labour is now totally useless.

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