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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #315 on: August 17, 2019, 09:49:54 AM »
My 1:1 railway duties have given me little time for Poppingham this summer.  I was in Dunbar this week.



The works in the background are to do with the new down platform at present under construction.  This will save down trains with a Dunbar stop having to cross the up line twice, in order to use the present single platform face.  For a long time Dunbar shared with Lockerbie the distinction of being operated by ScotRail without a ScotRail service.  But now the excellent EMUs get an occasional trip to Dunbar in their diagrams.  The service is hourly-ish with one stop only, at Musselburgh.

I think the present-day passenger railway in Scotland is excellent.  The years of decline and make, do and mend appear to be over.  I hope this positive state of affairs continues.

Here's a little anecdote to help demonstrate my point.  I was discussing the new electric traction with a driver and she was ever so enthusiastic.  She mentioned with a certain degree of pride that she now had to be acutely aware of the 60mph speed restriction at the top of Cowlairs incline!

Dunbar is a nice town with a working harbour and the ruins of what would have been an impressive castle.  It has been much fought over, that castle.  It's peaceful now and I sincerely hope it remains that way.  King Edward II of England took shelter in Dunbar castle on his way south, after things did not work out entirely to his advantage.  Dunbar, like almost all of East Lothian, is well worth a visit.

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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #316 on: August 17, 2019, 10:00:04 AM »
Will keep that in mind for my next Bealman adventure!  :beers:

I love the livery on that train!
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #317 on: August 17, 2019, 10:05:31 AM »
Thanks John,

I know the area as my cousins live in North Berwick. I've only been back once recently (must go again) but we used to go every Summer (just light rain  :D) when I was a wee boy for about 10 years running as they owned a caravan park.

My dad used to take me to Drem to watch the trains speed by.

Great days and memories.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #318 on: August 17, 2019, 08:12:16 PM »
Nice photo, John! I'll make it a point to visit Dunbar next summer.

I used the rails a fair number of times in the 1970s and was never disappointed. For a couple of months in 1974 I used the commuter train between Edinburgh and South Queensferry where I was a teacher. So, I'm unsure when the decline started (and ended). I've used the train between Edinburgh and Glasgow, a couple of Highland trips, and the Borders line in recent years and was very pleased with the service.

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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #319 on: Yesterday at 09:17:40 AM »
Here's another photograph of Dunbar.  This is an up Cross Country train leaving the platform loop.



The signal is off and can be seen above the rear cab of the train.  The signal to the right, between the OLE masts, is for the up main line and is, of course, on.  Bidirectional working on the platform loop means that the yard points are in the facing direction for up trains.

Although my present modelling activity is firmly in the steam era, there is much of interest about the contemporary railway.  I could, perhaps, be tempted.  And, without a doubt, British 'N' gauge is absolutely ideal for modelling this type of scene.

Best wishes.

John
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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #320 on: Yesterday at 09:22:37 AM »
The overhead wires would be a real challenge John.
I wish you well with that venture.  :D
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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #321 on: Yesterday at 06:54:28 PM »
The overhead wires would be a real challenge John.

I agree, Martin.  Perhaps I had better stick to lovely steam locomotives.

All best wishes.

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Re: Train Waiting's Trains Waiting (and, occasionally, moving)
« Reply #322 on: Yesterday at 11:18:08 PM »
To paraphrase David Bowie, "Diamond Dogs Poppingham rules the world OK"  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

 

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