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  1. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    I think that at some point the third rail equipment will be pronounced life expired, something that was talked about even in this upgrade. At that point it will be worth looking at onboard batteries rather than new juice rail, so that may not...

    Nov 23, 2020 at 7:50 PM
  2. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    Yes, plenty in the station car park

    Nov 23, 2020 at 7:33 PM
  3. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    Building a new station for the steam railway was the other option - very expensive though and no obvious place to put it! I think you'd start to question the point of it at this stage though?

    Nov 23, 2020 at 12:44 PM
  4. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    I think we are making this difficult... The proposal a few years ago was for Islandline to become two long single line sections with Brading loop in the middle. A train formed of two coupled units would leave the shed in the morning, run to the...

    Nov 23, 2020 at 11:10 AM
  5. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    It was just the nearest example I could think of! It would be a real shame if we couldn't take the four wheel rake down there... Portable GSMR handsets might work, if they can do an emergency call.

    Nov 23, 2020 at 9:34 AM
  6. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    The railway is double track from Smallbrook to Ryde, so the plan was to give one line to the IWSR, along with part of the station. The track would then be two single lines in parallel like Spa Valley is down to Eridge. I think this is where the...

    Nov 23, 2020 at 9:13 AM
  7. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

    I know we are always having new members here, but we have done this subject to death in the past, probably on this very thread! For the benefit of kwrail and anyone else new, the IWSR has had a long standing ambition to extend into Ryde when it...

    Nov 22, 2020 at 12:21 PM
  8. andrewtoplis liked Matt37401's post in the thread Pink engine?!.

    I rather like it in blue, apparently it’s going to stay that way after it’s next overhaul.

    Nov 21, 2020 at 10:53 AM
  9. andrewtoplis liked huochemi's post in the thread Pink engine?!.

    [ATTACH] Just the job for HS2, a Hello Kitty Shinkansen.:eek:

    hello_kitty_shinkansen.jpg Nov 21, 2020 at 10:47 AM
  10. andrewtoplis liked Colin Allcars's post in the thread West Somerset Railway General Discussion.

    2 nice shiny loco plus 6 shiny coached at BL a moment ago. [ATTACH]

    upload_2020-11-20_12-25-42.png Nov 20, 2020 at 2:55 PM
  11. andrewtoplis liked Steve's post in the thread West Somerset Railway General Discussion.

    As you say, Tom, this suggested approach to the end goal does seem to be relatively simple to achieve. The big unanswered question for many seems to be 'why not simply use the WSRA?' My gut feeling is that there is too much bad blood and...

    Nov 19, 2020 at 7:54 PM
  12. andrewtoplis replied to the thread Kent & East Sussex Railway.

    A splendid picture indeed - but wow these cabs are 'busy' with all of the blobs and gadgets added. They sure are at the edges. Even the E1 roof is too low for me to stand straight near the cab doorway, though it is much better inside

    Nov 18, 2020 at 12:15 PM