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Victorian Railways T class were  a disparately built class of locos over a 14 year period where they were similar mechanically but 3 totally different body styles with a high nose. A high cab and a stub nose cab, Furthermore when one had to be rebuilt from what was known as  a 2nd series after an accident, it was rebuilt to outwardly resemble a 3rd series loco with the stub nose.


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ELECTRIC LOCOS LEADING TRAINS WITHOUT CATENARY
Many of us have models of Electric locos and no catenary.  Penn Central had to deviate a few trains around a derailment site using the Baltimore and Ohio. The E44 electrics had to lead because of cab signals which would only work for the Penn Central yards and mileage but as they could MU with Diesels, the crews drove the diesels from the Electrics cab.  This was for an emergency obviously and the venerable GG1’s were sidelined in that area... and yes there were a few photos!


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When I was the stores clerk in Cambridge S&T stores we had our own siding which was a back shunt off the oil siding at Coldhams Lane Diesel Depot. When our stores wagons (normally a pair of Vanfits) were being delivered and nothing was to go out the DSL (Diesel Shunting Loco) normally an 08 would fly shunt our wagons - the first we knew of their arrival was a toot toot from the DSL as it trundled back to Cambridge Yard and the wagons rolled past the window, we had to leap out to put the brakes on - if we missed they ended up in a former private siding belonging to Ridgeons the builders. 

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The old BC&DR GWR/WR branch lines had some interesting movements. Shunting the goods shed and the coal wagon siding (as well as the cattle dock) at Hook Norton involved using the first viaduct located at the goods end of the station as a head shunt, repeatedly running on and off, with the guards van usually left in the middle of the viaduct. Running around passenger carriages at Chipping Norton to go back to Kingman in the late 1950's and early 1960's required the locomotive to use the tunnel immediately after the passing loop points as the head shunt. All of the stations on the two  lines of the branch line (Banbury to Kingham and Kingham to Cheltenham) originally had station passing loops. The collapse of a cutting at Hook Norton meant passenger service from Kingham ended at Chipping Norton. No turntable at either Chipping North or Kingham at this time so the out or return was usually  cold and drafty.



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British Rail had an Electro Diesel (Class 73?) which had an Auxiliary diesel motor of relatively low power for use in non electrified areas.  I believe there are a couple of Italian examples of this type of loco with Pantographs. New Haven (The NYNH&H RR) which merged into Penn Central had a fleet of 60 FL9 locos but these locos were powered by outside third rail. A number of these survived into the 2000’s.


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TOY TRAIN TUNNELS - ON THE PROTOTYPE
There are some real examples of tunnels that look just like train set ones
While it looks toyish, I believe the following one is for protection against snow slides/avalanches etc


http://photorator.com/photos/images/a-cave-in-has-been-cleared-leaving-the-stand-alone-portal-and-a-gap-to-the-rest-of-the-rail-road-tu--20320.jpg
The following “toy train tunnel” is in Costa Rica which the photographer thinks may have been bounded by a river


http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k490/jimmol/IMG_zpsgmqi7zhd.png

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