Trainspotting Session


Has been inspired by this video

Prelog :-
The railways were run down after the Second World War.

1st of January 1948, 4 great railway company’s became British Railways
and everyone thought; modernise. It was going to be the start of a great new era.
A publicly owned transport system.

What the British people got was immense, the locos, the wagons, the track, the stations, and more than a million people worked on the Railways.
The steam engine had been a very successful engine for the British
Electric trains were great but expensive. Diesels were more straightforward but the first diesel trains were not reliable and breakdowns were a common event.

Diesels relied on oil but the British were not overly endowed with oil. Steam however relied on coal and England had a plentiful supply of that. So therefore we should use coal and stick with steam locomotives was the thinking. Further steam was the proven technology everyone knew how it worked and it wasn't expensive to produce the engines. So Britain was not yet ready for the expensive conversion to diesel or electric because steam power was cheap and coal was plentiful.

Britain's decision to stick with steam after World War 2 meant that new locomotives had to be built. BR decided to make a standard lot of engines, trials was set up to cherry pick the best from different engines from big 4 pre nationalised companies
Within 2 years designs had been produced for standard locomotives for the whole of the British railway system.

Over the next decade 999 standard class locomotives as well as more than 1500 non-standard (pre group designs) had been built.

This great variety of locomotives running on the lines gave rise to a cultural phenomenon That celebrated this diversity.
Young boys all over the country started appearing on railway stations in droves to catch a glimpse of the weird and wonderful locos running on Britain’s railways.
The spark that ignited the TRAINSPOTTING revolution was Ian Allen’s ABC guide Southern locomotives which was published in 1942 when he was 15.
It was a list of numbers which doesn't sound very exciting it's not even a great read but the point is that you take it out on the end of the platform and you wait to tick off the engines as they come past and it became very popular amongst teenage boys.
It was the iPod of its generation. TRAINSPOTTING in 1942 was hip. Locomotive diversity was at its peek

As time wore on it wasn't just the railway men whom had enough of the dirty Victorian technology. The general public were starting to tyre of it as well.
Many families only experience of long-distance rail travel was on summer Saturdays in dirty clapped-out coaches with trains running increasingly late and as soon as they had the opportunity to buy a family car, they just never travelled by train again

British railway ceased to be a profitable company as it was being challenged by road transport both from freight and passengers.

After the war it had not been seen as cost effective to leave steam behind as coal was still cheap and plentiful.
Within a few years coal prices were on the rise an oil prices were dropping.
The time had come to make the big switch to diesel (by the middle of the 1950’s). Also steam locos are messy things and it was becoming more and more difficult to get people to work on them.
In 1955 the British Transport Commission announced a modernisation plan. A key element of the plan was the abolition of steam locomotives. It was now felt that diesel locomotives had developed to the point where they were a viable technology. So, by the mid-1950s it was widely recognised within the industry that the future was not with steam. This being despite the fact that nearly 2000 standard and non-standard locomotives had been built. The writing was on the wall for steam power. A vast modernization plan would be carried out to the cost of more than 1500 million pounds.
The sleek new Diesel Giants began to take their place.

Quite often in the late 1950s early 1960s British Railways was faced with the unenviable sight of brand-new diesel locomotives being rescued from breakdowns by the old-fashioned steam locomotives.
However, steam was dirty noisy and impractical while diesel's were clean safe and quiet.
The modernization plan spelt the end of steam locomotives however steam locomotives carried on being built for another 5 years
The last steam engine made by British Rail “Evening Star” was commissioned in 1960 and it was out of service by 1965. Five years of service only!

Get ready to enjoy this period of time by downloading the soon to be released session TRAINSPOTTING.
I would have thought in 1942, people had larger issues to worry about... not to mention a grown man standing on the end of a platform taking down loco details would have very quickly come under police or military attention as a possible German spy.
The route is Dearnby (winter) cause it's christmas yay
This was made by neville_hill
how is that for a cool name
see neville_hill is not just a name it is also a TMD (Train Maintenance Depot) in Leeds, England
Great idea German spy added to the platform you job is to find him and find out what loco numbers he has written down
Good luck with the new session for Dearnby in Midwinter winjmoore - I'll look forward to it. As you may know, there is just such a 'Trainspotter Session' on the DLS for Dearnby & District. I find them quite relaxing when you just want to sit and watch whatever comes along.
tonight I enabled a narow gague train schedule , hid the German a bit better
here is the Trainspotting challenge
Can you SPOT these engines

Bo-Bo D7076 BR Class 35 (Hymek) Hauling Freight
2-8-0 3819 BR 2884 class Hauling Freight double header
4-4-0 BR Dukedog 3200 class Hauling Freight double header
DMU E51265 BR Class 105 DMB Green Passenger
DMU E51290 BR Class 105 DMB Green Passenger
2-8-0T 4295 BR ex GWR 4200 class Hauling Freight double header
2-8-2T 7270 BR ex GWR 7200 class Hauling Freight double header
0-6-0 2272 BR 2251 class Collett Goods Passenger
4-6-0 Scrap GWR/BR Castle class loco In a train on its way to be scrapped RIP
Bo-Bo D5100 BR Class 24 Green Hauling Freight
0-4-4-T 30193 M7 class BR ex LSWR On shed
0-4-2 1462 BR 1400 class ex GWR On shed
2-6-2T 5507 BR ex GWR 55xx On shed
2-6-2T 5154 BR ex GWR 51xx class On shed
4-4-0 478 NBR Drummond Abbotsford On shed
0-6-0 D2994 RH D2994 diesel shunter On shed
0-4-2 1450 14xx BR green Passenger autocoachs
0-6-0PT 5797 BR 57xx class Hauling Freight
W24W BR ex GWR AEC Railcar Passenger
0-6-2T 5643 BR ex GWR 56xx class lined Hauling failed D6545
Bo-Bo D6545 BR Class 33 Green Failed been rescued by 5643
2-6-2T 4552 BR 45xx ex GWR Hauling Freight
4-6-0 7821 BR ex GWR Ditcheat Manor Passenger
4-6-0 7019 BR Fowey Castle Passenger
DMU W4752 BR Class 101 Green (DMBS) Passenger
Bo-Bo D818 BR Class 42 Green Centaur Passenger
0-4-0+0-4-0T FR Merddin Emrys - 2005 Narow Gague

Print that list off and see how many you can find
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