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  1. Belmond British Pullman in the Surrey Hills In normal times this luxury day excursion train is often hauled by Merchant Navy class engine "Clan Line", lovingly polished into gleaming condition. During periods of high fire risk, most of the tractive effort is provided by a Class 67 diesel running as the train engine, with the Bulleid sauntering along as pilot with little effort. These photos were taken near Dorking on one such trip, although no-one attached the headboard that day. Northdown Junction Running along the Downs
  2. Virgin Trains When Virgin Trains used Pendolino electric units for their West Coast Main Line franchise they also had a full rake of MK3 coaches including DVT as a standby set (known as WB64). In 2011 Virgin Trains started hauling this set with Class 90 locomotives hired in from Freightliner, and this arrangement lasted until the operations ceased in late 2014. More details here: http://www.class90electriclocogroup.co.uk/virgin_trains.html This is what it looked like (you have to imagine the OHL equipment):
  3. South West Trains These Siemens Desiro Class 450 units have been a mainstay of medium distance suburban services on the third rail electrified routes out of Waterloo since 2003 and are familiar to thousands of people who in days gone by were commuters. The livery started to change after SWT lost the operating franchise in 2017. This one is on an Up Waterloo service: Rear view on Foxdale Bank Rural Hampshire perhaps Still heading for Waterloo
  4. Modern railways Goodness! More than a month with no pictures. So it was jolly good that Geoff and Josh came over yesterday for a suitably distanced running session and brought lots of exciting rolling stock to add new liveries to the normal DGR diet of steam age British Railways. The photos will be posted in installments, starting with "Lady Penelope". Lady P. is number 57307, re-engined from a Class 47 and, at the time shown, owned by Virgin Trains primarily as a rescue engine for Pendolino electric units and other trains in trouble, such rescue locos commonly being known as thun
  5. I fully endorse Mick's second and third paras above. After eight years of sterling service my creocoated timber track base is starting to show its age, suffering from rot in some places where it's been resting on the earth and warping on some curves where it wasn't adequately braced. I shall replace it on the same basis. Treated timber is by far the simplest medium to use and I prefer its weathered appearance to that of uniform grey roofing felt. It has good qualities in service and, if it lasts for 8-10 years, offers a reasonable lifespan.
  6. All looks promising, Barry. A couple of thoughts. The temporary can tend to become permanent, so you might want to make some allowance for that from the outset rather than committing to replace everything as part of the plan. The sidings at your terminus don't look as long as the passing loop. If there was scope to have the station parallel to the front edge of the decking you might have more length available. If you could get the line to run behind that variegated green patch so that the curve starts from up against the boundary, there might be more length available for the main
  7. A 1.5 minute video of the King
  8. Piling on the coal again Here's the BR Standard 4MT waiting at Throstlebeck for departure with a coal train, alongside one of the recently arrived and very elegant ground signals which really improve the general appearance. and later caught (from a drone) passing Black Ghyll:
  9. Great Western delight What a pleasure to have the first visiting locos of the year, especially Julian's finely wrought models. And some visiting lower quadrant signals too. King William IV enjoying the sunshine: Earl of Mount Edgcumbe pauses near a shunting signal: Details of the Earl's cab and tender: A small Prairie drifts down Bamboo Curtain Straight: and Resolven Grange heads home with a coal train with a glimpse of the driver, eager for supper:
  10. Hello, Noel, it's this: Mind-your-own-business or baby’s tears, Soleirolia soleirolii (syn. Helxine soleirolii) is a creeping perennial with tiny rounded leaves. Despite looking pretty in cracks in paving, it re-grows from the smallest stem sections and can soon get out of control. It is especially difficult to control in the lawn. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=348 But I may have let it get too dried out (or a spark from a passing train may have started a fire, as you can see if you scroll up).
  11. Just a few pics from today's 1950s running session Nothing too unusual in the locomotive department: this Black 5 on Foxdale Bank and here on Bamboo Curtain Straight And a couple of shots of the 9F on a coal train at Throstlebeck I've just noticed one of those junction signals is facing the wrong way. Wonder how that happened!
  12. That looks incredible, Thomas. How long is it?
  13. Great to see that 11-car train. Well done.
  14. Great to see a train running. And the cats will probably appreciate the right of way as well.
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