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QUOTE (Bear 1923 @ 26 Jul 2020, 11:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>faded and even a bit out of focus doesn't matter at all when it is historical evidence.


It would be great if you could explain the signals a bit... like the stripy thing in the latest shot... Would I be right in thinking it's a position light ground/shunt signal?

One thing that occurs to me as interesting - is that what I take to be the "Signalbox"/tower has a clock on it - which our signalboxes didn't do... Which goes with the fact that our footplate crew didn't carry company watches. In fact they resisted their introduction (ASLEF initially refused the Timex watches IIRC). The argument was that the guards were in charge of trains and they had company pocket watches.
Then my brain trundles on and thinks... "so how did light engine crews know when to set off - e.g. to collect an ECS... ?



Perhaps the Signaller, had a clock in his Box??


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HI john, What an interesting and varied collection and history you have been showing us, most enjoyable.

I have a question, which you could possibly be able to answer and may even have some relevant pictures, too.

I used to send packs of Canon Palmer School kids down Vicarage Lane, Ilford, which had a set of railway offices, near to the School end. I seem to remember that you may have worked from those premises at one time? Previously I had an RAF posting to Berlin and have just seen this new pack, from Arnold. { HN4297 Arnold The Berliner Royal Corps of Transport 4 Coach Pack (kernowmodelrailcentre.com) } Clearly those are a clear "must!" Travelled on it, was Train Duty Officer several times, on it and escorted the first ever WRAF Train Duty Officer, on it - not that the young lady needed any escorting, in the slightest, but someone upstairs thought - "just in case there was an adverse reaction from the Russians", how wrong they were.

My question is about the likely motive power for the Berliner Train 1980 - 83, for the Berlin end and the journey through East Germany. Some information about the train is there, but a little sparse and even less about the locos. Conveniently, I have a spare bit of Ply / insulation foam board, which it seems might make a suitable place for a poor replica of the Marienborn pantomime and maybe an excuse for loads of dannert wire. It would be nice to have the loco exchange as well as the document check, on scene. Would you have any information which may be of assistance to the general plot idea?

Best wishes and thank you for anything you may be able to reveal.
Julian
 
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