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PhilipInCoventry
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1 of 894  Fri 4th Nov 2011 8:13pm  
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An embarrassing accident took place at Coventry railway station during a shunting operation many years ago. A coach managed to split pointwork so that the coach tried to travel along two lines at the same time. Whether the point was changed whilst the manoeuvre was taking place or the shunting engine had not positioned the coach correctly I do not know. I am hoping that someone on here has access to the picture & can post it on here, please. I know that the picture is on the wall in the 'Wallace Pub' & I have it somewhere. Wave
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dutchman
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2 of 894  Fri 4th Nov 2011 8:23pm  
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This happened with monotonous regularity due to the points in the station area facing against the direction of travel of the main line:
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PhilipInCoventry
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3 of 894  Fri 4th Nov 2011 8:26pm  
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I would be grateful for opinions from the interested railway people on here, regards the installation of facing points on fast running lines, as I believe that twice in recent times, tragedies have occurred where such pointwork has failed. Today's publication into the West Coast Mainline tragedy where one elderly lady died & there were many serious injuries is a case in point. My previous post request for the Coventry mishap photo is because it demonstrates a slow motion version of what happens when facing pointwork fails for what ever reason. Sad Thank you Dutchman, I knew that you would. Wave This is no flannel Dutchman, you are a very reliable source of info & I am very grateful
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PhilipInCoventry
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4 of 894  Fri 4th Nov 2011 8:51pm  
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What for me is so frustrating, is that we witness acts of corporate management where past learning curves are ignored. I knew that before railway nationalisation, all of the railway companies avoided facing points on high speed lines & the Midland Railway boasted that it did not have any for that very serious risks that they pose. The facing crossover that was the cause of the accident on the WCM, was only ever used for maintence traffic & wrong line running where it saved a reversal manoeuvre. It seems to be a huge risk for the saving of just a few minutes, which cost a lady her life & misery & injury to many others. Sad
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Midland Red
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5 of 894  Fri 6th Jan 2012 4:52pm  
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Philip : I wasn't sure where to post this link which I'm sure you'll find interesting. Coventry-Nuneaton line Thumbs up PS You might like to copy and paste the contents of the email you sent me the other day! (or I will if you like)
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PhilipInCoventry
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6 of 894  Fri 6th Jan 2012 5:26pm  
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Thank you so much. Thumbs up I can add a couple of pics too. I will not duplicate yours. Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
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7 of 894  Fri 6th Jan 2012 5:32pm  
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This is at the end of the Prologis branch, the old Keresley colliery site. Not seen a train up there now for at least two years. Cheers
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PhilipInCoventry
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8 of 894  Fri 6th Jan 2012 5:36pm  
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Wave There were great hopes for this branch off the Cov to Nuneaton line, but when I recorded this train, the load was bottled water from France. Sad If you enjoyed your cup of chilled water from a commercial dispenser, it is most likely to have come from here! Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 894  Sun 8th Jan 2012 6:23pm  
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Hi. Wave You might enjoy this to look at, regards Coventry railway history. If you look at the pics on the above, it includes the boarded up Hawkesbury Signal Box. I include here a pic just before the box closed for ever. Wave
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Midland Red
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10 of 894  Sun 8th Jan 2012 9:09pm  
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Yes, thanks Philip - I do recall seeing this before, but it now means more to me than it did then Thumbs up
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11 of 894  Sat 14th Jan 2012 3:31pm  
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Hi Philip Wave I'm not much into trains (steam or otherwise) but there is a loco like the one in the centre pic near the top in your link, hauling the passenger service on the Mid-Norfolk Railway, except for the summer when they run steam trips. Don't know if you've seen it.
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PhilipInCoventry
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12 of 894  Sat 14th Jan 2012 3:45pm  
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Hi. Wave Do you mean the class 25? Wave
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13 of 894  Sun 15th Jan 2012 11:29am  
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Hi Philip Wave Yeah, I think it is one of those. As I said, not my scene really!
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dutchman
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14 of 894  Sun 15th Jan 2012 6:25pm  
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"A diesel is a diesel" eh, Keith? Wink Actually, the only diesel loco seen on regular passenger duty in the Coventry area was the English Electric Type 4 (or "Green Goddess") Smile Sulzers were used in pairs on unfitted coal workings with an unsightly diesel brake tender in front. Likewise the English Electric Class 3. The Brush Type 4 could pull a coal train on its own but still needed braking assistance. DMU's could be literally any first generation type. My favourite was the original Derby Lightweight with its huge windows. The parcel run between Nuneaton and Leamington was shared between a Brush Type 3 and Gloucester railcar. It wasn't unknown for a retired DMU to be used on the parcel run as well.
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PhilipInCoventry
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15 of 894  Sun 15th Jan 2012 7:04pm  
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You really know your stuff, Dutchman. Thumbs up Bachmann are introducing a Derby two car unit soon. I hope my extension to Longford park will be ready for it to enter service also. Ages ago, I was travelling to Bedford for a while, where I went via WCML & changed at Bletchley, on to a Derby light weight to travel to Bedford St.Johns. Wave
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