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Old 31-10-2017, 01:56 AM   #1
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from your American Cousin. I am watching The "Seven Ages of Britain" right now. I wish I could jump into that magnificent, cloud shrouded landscape. If I did, I think I might not come back. To my desert baked eyes, it is incomparably
beautiful.

Anyways, as a young fellow in 1976, the state of U.S. railways, particularly
that of passenger service, was in a downward spiral. The GG1, built in the mid
1930's was pressed into service by the newly formed Amtrak in 1976, along with
just about anything else that possessed working brakes and would roll- including rail diesel cars clapped into passenger consists- which were considerably shorter
than usual. I confess a rather grim fascination with this peculiar era of
American railroading.

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Haha! If the airbrakes won't release, the same would happen to the shunter loco. The common practice is to use two locos to try to generate enough air to release the brakes and then take the coach off the formation. (That's what we do in the UK!) If that fails the fitter is called, though he be called anyway!
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What an interesting layout you have.
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Hahahahaa....... hah! I hope those airbrakes release



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Haha! If the airbrakes won't release, the same would happen to the shunter loco. The common practice is to use two locos to try to generate enough air to release the brakes and then take the coach off the formation. (That's what we do in the UK!) If that fails the fitter is called, though he be called anyway!
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Well, to be fair, I have heard tell of crews, working against the clock,
have on occasion mercilessly dragged entire lots of wagons screeching
out of the way, brakes solid on. Creates flat spots, so I am told.

Quickly, I must hasten to repeat the layout is a Club layout, the odd
collection of things with wheels is my own. They let me use it, with
grinding teeth.
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I never forget hearing about a unit that had broken down. The company was Wales and West Passenger Trains Limited. It took place either just before I started working for them, or it took place while I was training, so I missed the event. W&W had at the time, classes 143, 150, 153 and 158 as they all had the same BSI couplings and so were compatible. The first unit broke down in West Wales somewhere west of Carmarthen. A second unit was sent out to rescue it and clean the line, but the fault transferred to the second unit also. (Some sort of electrical fault). As the rescue attempt ended up into the early hours, they had quite a few units at the depot at Carmarthen, which were also sent to the rescue. I believe they either ended up with 12 or 14 units stranded!
It reminded me of a time when I worked one train, and I was heading back to Carmarthen with two pairs of traveling train crew. I finished the tickets, went in the back cab to find the four of them squeezed in the cab. As I went in they seemed to be shouting "Woah" and all seemed to be in some sort of panic. Puzzled, I shut the cab door behind me to find out why. The handle had broken on the door and now I was victim number five!

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Remarkable story!
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A video set to music as various Tyco components struggling over
1.5% grades at the local model train club.
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