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Slim
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1156 of 1162  Tue 22nd Dec 2020 7:10pm  
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Another day, and there’s more to this story. The chairman of the Rail Freight Forum (bet you’d never heard of it either) has added his two penn’orth in a letter to one of the posh daily newspapers. Apparently: boosting rail freight and having trains half a mile long is a must; most lines are electrified, and allegedly have zero emissions (I’m not fully convinced of this by the way), but another 700 miles of track needs to be electrified, because diesels belch out pollutants by the bucket load… okay, by the chimney- or exhaust pipe-ful; my estimate of 30 lorries equalling one train has been amplified to at least 50 lorries; we need to get as many lorries off the road as possible (I could add a few other forms of transport of my own to this list!). Passenger trains get in the way of freight. Making freighters wait on a loop line at a red light increases nasty diesel pollution by 20%. This is one weapon which the pro-HS2 lobby have in their armour for justifying its construction and cost. HS2 will take passenger trains off other routes, enabling more freight trains. It may be their only justifying weapon. This boost to the rail freight industry is not going to go away.
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PeterB
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1157 of 1162  Tue 19th Jan 2021 8:14pm  
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A rare sight since Monday. Reduced timetables have been introduced due to Lockdown 3 and most passengers "Staying at Home" (and drivers etc. self isolating). Nuneaton-Coventry-Leamington Spa Hourly Replacement Bus Birmingham Locals Two trains an hour all stations. One to/from London and one to/from Northampton Avanti West Cost Alternate one or two trains an hour. Some continue north beyond Wolverhampton. Cross Country Hourly Manchester-Reading, continue to Bournemouth every other hour.
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20A-Manor House
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1158 of 1162  Tue 9th Feb 2021 11:39pm  
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On 29th Mar 2015 4:26pm, arthur p said: These photographs take me back to the early forties. My mother used to take me down to the railway crossing in Bedlam Lane to visit Billy & Dolly Rush who lived at the bungalow in the photo. Billy Rush worked the signal box, and he took me up into the box to show me all the levers for the trains plus the levers for the gate crossing. I lived in Bedlam Lane at that time.
See also post #634
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lindatee2002
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1159 of 1162  Wed 10th Feb 2021 12:07am  
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Does anyone remember catching a train from Coundon station? We went on a school trip to London - can you imagine a hoard of kids and a few teachers on that day out? The girls took their little vanity cases that were all the rage then and one of my friends dropped hers into the Thames on a boat trip.
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PeterB
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1160 of 1162  Thu 11th Feb 2021 11:02pm  
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Freightliner Class 86 passing through Canley today on driver training. Originally built for the west coast main line electrification they operated most of the Birmingham - London Euston services through Coventry until replaced by the Pendolinos. Amazingly the locomotive is 54 years old. Only 6 years younger than Evening Star.
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NeilsYard
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1161 of 1162  Fri 12th Feb 2021 9:50am  
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Nice one, Peter. The difference in appearance from steam to electric must have seemed amazing at the time. Mind you I was watching a programme last week and hadn't realised there was only 11 years between the first flights of the Avro Lancaster and Avro Vulcan!
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CKV 1D
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1162 of 1162  Sat 20th Feb 2021 3:13pm  
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The temporary Coventry Station building, as seen here circa 1960-1962? (the Jag here standing in front of it is an absolute beauty!).
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