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Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2019, 10:57:05 PM »
That link didnt work for me Ash.. he may not share his BF pics publicly...
      It works for me but hes a friend on Facebook ... can someone else try link please.
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2019, 12:56:30 AM »
The link works for me.
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2019, 09:38:48 AM »
It's a no for me - I get the usual screen when someone has private stuff and I'm not allowed in...

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I can go to his photos and see a bunch that are public, but his collector images aren't there...

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Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2019, 09:40:15 AM »
I'm not an FB type person so could not view.

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Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2019, 09:53:36 AM »
Link works okay for me Ash. How did he get so talented, he worked at British Leyland. ;D
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2019, 10:14:13 AM »
Link works okay for me Ash. How did he get so talented, he worked at British Leyland. ;D

Most of his time was spent at British Rail Research... just after the tilting train project was shelved.
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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2019, 11:47:00 AM »
My dad was one of the test drivers for the tilting train, worked on BR for almost 50 years. He said it kept tilting and sometimes stayed tilted which meant closing the line it was on as it was leaning into the other tracks.

His claim to fame is to be the last driver to drive Evening Star in service, if you ever see pictures of Evening Star on it's last journey it's my dad driving it. It was hauling coal IIRC. He said every train station was packed, every bridge had loads of people all taking photos of it so there must be thousands of pics of him somewhere. He sadly died in 2010 but some of his workmates turned up at his funeral and gave me pictures of him with them working old steam locos, I was really touched that they'd done that.
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« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2019, 05:04:01 PM »
I had a pal in the TA in the 80's who had worked on the Tilting Train Project....IIRC he reckoned that they were trying to apply 'Aircraft Technology' which was never going to work on Trains, and stubbornly, they wouldn't accept defeat - until the financial plug was eventually pulled ! He also said that the rubber components used in the Tilting Hydraulics just shredded in use and when that happened 'All ist Kaput' and the whole Train had to be taken out of service with all the aggravation that entailed.
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Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2019, 05:30:07 PM »
My dad was one of the test drivers for the tilting train, worked on BR for almost 50 years. He said it kept tilting and sometimes stayed tilted which meant closing the line it was on as it was leaning into the other tracks.

His claim to fame is to be the last driver to drive Evening Star in service, if you ever see pictures of Evening Star on it's last journey it's my dad driving it. It was hauling coal IIRC. He said every train station was packed, every bridge had loads of people all taking photos of it so there must be thousands of pics of him somewhere. He sadly died in 2010 but some of his workmates turned up at his funeral and gave me pictures of him with them working old steam locos, I was really touched that they'd done that.

That's really cool,  a dad that drove that era.  My son like the diesels  :) especially the last of HST stock.  We used to sit on a little bridge over mainline through Wimbledon ( No HST but sometimes a aggregate train diesel pulled) when he was a baby and wave to the trains,  who would often toot the klaxon in response.  He just loved that and we couldn't leave if he thought he was going to miss one.

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Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2019, 05:49:11 PM »
The way treads meander off the original post, but always remain interesting, is one of the great things about this forum. Oddjob, Awesome to have your dad have such a place in history like that. I wish my father had been a train driver rather than a teacher!
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« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2019, 06:12:11 PM »
This is a true story.

I was working as a bus conductor in the early 70s, I was sat downstairs having a brew one day when my dad came down stairs and saw me, What you doing today he said. Nought I replied. Fancy coming with my from Manchester Piccadilly to Euston? you can drive the train. I had to put on my bus uniform but remove all the badges and it looked almost identical to the BR ones of the era. I hopped on the train in Stockport where we live and ended up driving it most of the way to London as my dad was a train driving instructor so was used to having novices driving. We came back passenger on another train which was great. The journey TBH was quite hard, they have no suspension and the ride was very very bumpy, couldn't have a full cup of tea or it went all over you. The loco was a electric pantechnicon one, called City of Birmingham IIRC.  We got chatting on the way down to London and he casually mentioned that 3 people had committed suicide using his train, they'd stand at the end of a tunnel and just step out as the train exited, the only way you knew they'd done it was when blood started to creep up the windscreen. Said he pulled into Crewe one day and women were fainting as there was the remains of a body embedded into the front of the train. He was a WW2 vet and he said he'd seen far worse in the war so it never bothered him but some drivers were affected very badly.

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« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2019, 10:10:48 PM »
You've lead a bit of an adventurous life Oddjob! A great couple of stories. An old school friend's dad used to drive out of Willesden on the old LNER line and he told us the same story about the jumpers, he didn't know he hit them either!
As regards the APT's, there were three of them, one was a gas turbine unit. All three were tested by BREL on a stretch of the old midland main line that was closed to traffic in 1968 but the line was retained for testing of the APT's between Melton Mowbray junc and Toddington near Nottingham. BREL left in the 90's but it was taken over and upgraded by Alsthom to test the Pendalino, the successful tilting train the APT should have been. TfL took over the now disused track in 2008, spent a fortune installing new four rail track and tested all 153 S-Stock trains there until production ended in 2018 and I retired having been the manager of the site from 2011. A lot of guys who worked there were ex NR staff who tested the APT's and had plenty of stories to tell!
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« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2019, 11:08:54 PM »
My very sad claim to fame is that I've driven all the famous steam trains.

When BR was fazing out the steamers they sent all the famous ones on a round Britain tour, they consisted of Mallard (world record speed holder for steam trains) Britannia (which is so famous that Hornby made a model railway engine of it), Sir Nigel Gresley (Sister loco of Mallard but the first of it's class and named after the designer) Flying Scotsman, Oliver Cromwell, Evening Star to name just the ones I can remember driving.

My dad was the Shop Steward at Edgeley train shed and when the tour arrived I went down to see them all, I was a bit of a train spotter when I was young, when I got there they were all steamed up as they called it, meaning they were fired up and ready to move, spotted my dad and went over to see him, he asked if I'd like to drive them and of course I said yes, I only moved each one about 50 yards but I suppose that counts.

I have very fond memories of that day, no one else got to move the trains and the only reason my dad was allowed was because he was the Shop Steward and they had great power in those days, he went on to be the National NUR rep and attended the TUC on behalf of the NUR, spent 3 years living away from home in London in order to do this. 

I've been really lucky, I've done things most people would die for, I've done some really odd jobs (hence the name) which believe it or not including being a Private Detective ( I kid you not)
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« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2019, 12:17:37 AM »
Brilliant nickname Oddjob.........nearly as good as a few that I gathered along the way.......Muscles (cos I was a beanpole when I was young)........Wizzer (after the sticker on my Toolbox for a Toronto Radio Station WIZR when I came back from living in Canada in the 70's) and probably the piece de la resistance when I was an Apprentice - Crazy Horse ! No explanation needed for that one I suppose. I think everybody working in Greater Manchester had a nickname when I started work in the 60's......if you didn't have a nickname you were a boring fart and the dafter you were, the dafter your nickname.

The all time favourite nickname I recall was a chap at Chatham Docks who had a Club Foot and was known as 'Six Inch' - cos he only had half a foot !

Priceless stuff.....what a great heritage we have, and no wonder 99% of the rest of the world thinks all Brits are crackers !
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« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2019, 07:25:07 AM »
I am feeling like I have been held up by Dick Turpin  on this post  :)
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