Well I have fond memories of HST's, 313's and the Flying Scotsman but never got to see an A4 (not Gresley because of the lack of valences). I just love those massive GCR loco's not too long before grouping, a bit like the NE ones but IMO more elegant.
Sorry, not sure what you mean by 'not Gresley'. Many, and possibly all of the Gresley A4s were built with valences, but these were later removed, presumably to ease maintenance and servicing.
My last posting before I retired from the RAF after 39 years was to Northolt. There is a set of traffic lights on West End Road which, if I recall correctly, were activated by Air Traffic Control. Certainly an unusual occurrence although not unique (I think also at RAF Gibraltar). I also recall back in the 50s that the A30 was regularly closed at Blackbushe so that planes could be towed from one side of the airport to the other.
Can you confirm that in the 60s a 707 landed there by mistake? I seem to recall they had to strip it out, chopped down some of the trees in West End Road,lined it up at the extreme end of the runway with just enough fuel to reach LHR. Can't remember if it was Pan Am or PIA
Yes, it did happen. I'm not sure about the trees, but it was stripped out! Part of the problem was that there was a grey gasholder on the Northolt approach, and a similar one on the flightpath that they used to use towards Heathrow in wet and windy weather. I spent some time in Perivale Park watching planes fly in. The runway is no longer in use. They put lettering on the gasholders to indicate which approach the plane was on. I seem to remember seeing the Heathrow one fairly recently with lettering still in situ.
Why is London so bad at this? Some cities have virtually regular heritage events!
I went to New York last year, and I have recently been going down Memory Lane by watching some Youtube videos. What has amazed me is the number of different types of heritage units that appear in various locations and run railtours. These all seem to be owned by New York Transit. I just wonder why they can afford to maintain so much stock in operational condition, and London has hardly any!
As a matter of interest, of trains leaving Central London westbound during the middle of the day, how many per hour run to Rayner's Lane per hour, how many via Terminal 4, and how many direct to Terminals 1-3?
I assume that you are suggesting that all trains would go Terminal 4, Terminal 5, then Terminal 1-3 (or whatever the original central area is called now). As far as I know, a large proportion of train passengers, whether air travellers or staff, will be travelling to Terminals 1-3, a further large proportion to Terminal 5, and a smaller proption to terminal 4. It will also mean all passengers for Terminals 1-3 having to wait whilst the train reverses at Terminal 5. The way it is arranged at present, all travellers can get a fairly direct service to their terminal without a layover.
Sorry to go a bit off topic. In the Austrian Tyrol, there is a tourist attraction which is an upside-down house. Not only is it upside-down, but it is also at an angle. When I came out of that I felt really peculiar, and that feeling, including slight nausea, lasted a couple of hours.
Interesting that one is called 'Kendal Green Crash' rather than Kensal Green, and also appears to show D stock!
There is a Kendal Green station, but it's in Massachusetts and isn't a terminus. The crash seen in the video above happened at Richmond in west London.
I've been to Massachusetts three times, and strangely, just over 2 years ago we stayed in 'Historic Concord', which is the next stop along the line. So I have actually travelled through Kendal Green on the MTBA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.)
333O Mk1 72TS was also fitted with disc brakes,they were a pig to change the pads and everyone hated them.The conventional brake blocks are dead easy to change.
The current problem with discs on cars is that the discs themselves wear at approximately the same rate as the friction material. I would imagine that it would cost a fortune to change the discs and pads on a train!