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Old 12-07-2018, 12:09 AM   #1
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Smile Mixed Trains: How Common were they on British irons?

Okay, so it's been ages since I've been on here, but I'm preparing for a trip to take care of my Grandpa (while mum's in Hospital- recovering from a 7th Back Surgery!). I'm getting all my British Stock together for the Trip Back, and I can't find my Brake Van. How common were Mixed Trains (Passenger and Goods- hauled in the same train), on British irons?

I have an LNER coach to do this with, a bunch of wagons, and I'm desperate to find out how common it was.
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:49 AM   #2
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Not sure how common it was in this country but I think one of the last places was in Scotland. I remember travelling from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh in 1970 behind a Class 26. When we left Inverness there was 2 vans and an oil tanker between the loco and coaches. We stopped at two stations during the journey where the wagons were detached and if my memory serves me rightly we attached another van before arriving at The Kyle.
Milk tanks were also attached to branch passenger trains in the West Country I seem to remember
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:25 AM   #3
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I did read only recently of milk tankers and fish waggons being mixed in with LNER passenger stock. Apparently it was common with perishibles but not other goods.
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How about parcels or newspaper vans?
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Mixing trains in old day was very common because the railways was going back to Victorian days and early 20th century the only useful way to move goods around. Everything from Papers to Strawberries went by train.
Branch line would not have been able to work at all with out mixing rolling stock. One example would have been carriage of perishables such as dairy products and farm produce being attached to fast passenger trains for long distance from one end of the country to the other. Often starting off on a small branch line somewhere, and being transferred to an Express train on the main lines. In fact branch lines would not have been able to handle goods traffic with out mixed traffic.
Does all that make sense. ....John
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:15 AM   #6
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Very common on branch lines.
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It was done in the 1980's where a fish van would be coupled to a DMU and towed from Milford Haven and dropped off at Carmarthen.
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