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  1. Reading General replied to the thread Pre grouping loco workings.

    I think I read in an Adrian Vaughan book of regular GC engines working to Swindon (of all places) not sure this would be pre-grouping though

    Mar 23, 2017 at 6:41 PM
  2. Reading General replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    I recall the sense of shock when I read that right up to the sixties freight trains were trundling around with almost no brakes , reliant on their really slow speeds to stop more than anything. The Railways were really neglecting their services...

    Mar 23, 2017 at 2:09 PM
  3. Reading General replied to the thread Pre grouping loco workings.

    I think they would have just swapped crews, a pilotman would be wasteful. Quite common for WR and SR crews to swap footplates so probably the same applied with other companies. Locomen were expected to climb aboard anything and drive it with no...

    Mar 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM
  4. Reading General replied to the thread Can anyone help with some Re Skins.

    if I knew what they were, I'd help if I could....

    Mar 22, 2017 at 7:28 PM
  5. Reading General replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    yes the Hall was a hybrid, for pure Churchward you had to wait a while for the Grange to be built. Churchward's famous composite diagram detailed a 5'8" 4-6-0 but it was the Hall that got built instead. Won't be long before the Saint and the...

    Mar 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM
  6. Reading General liked Cartman's post in the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    The Hall was a derivative of the Saint, with smaller wheels, for a mixed traffic role. Both good locos

    Mar 22, 2017 at 3:19 PM
  7. Reading General replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    Your perception of what a Saint and a Hall were built to do is awry. It's not a case of one being better than the other.

    Mar 22, 2017 at 3:02 PM
  8. Reading General replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    yes, in just the same way as a steam loco pulled or propelled it's tender.

    Mar 22, 2017 at 2:19 PM
  9. Reading General replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    I don't buy the extra shunting bit, for the reasons given in an earlier post, with photos.

    Mar 22, 2017 at 1:25 PM
  10. Reading General replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    I;ve edited my post, I didn't intend to infer what you read into it. It was a genuine ask as to how many of us saw them in service (I didn't)

    Mar 22, 2017 at 12:57 PM
  11. Reading General replied to the thread Pre grouping loco workings.

    As regards Oxford, I'd suggest that LSWR and SECR locos might work in via their respective lines to Reading and Great Central locos via their connection to Banbury, plus LNWR locos via their Oxford Rewley Rd branch. Probably others too such as...

    Mar 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM