Puzzle Picture 1
Sadly, for the enjoyment of collectors, the L N E R Dynamometer Car did not last long enough to be repainted in BR maroon. So it is part of the craze for creating OO models of stuff that never existed - of which more tomorrow. At least the manufacturers admit its falsehood.
The LMS railway had its own dynamometer car, delivered to BR after nationalisation. It was maroon and is still extant. After a massive refurb/rebuild ...
A dynamometer car used the top technology of the day to monitor and record train performance. It was all mechanical - in the case of the L N E R vehicle with an extra wheel (painted white) to drive some of the gubbins.
Puzzle Picture 2nailbeach District Railways was a British narrow gauge railway in Shropshire. It was built to carry lead ore from mines in the Stiperstones area to Pontesbury where the ore was transshipped to the Great Western Railway's Minsterley branch line.
Coal from the Pontesford coal mines travelled in the opposite direction. The line ended at Snailbeach, the location of Shropshire's largest and richest lead mine.
Lets be geographical! with Pontesbury above on the A488 from Shrewsbury. The photo below illustrates the often unusual working methods!
The above was the end of the line!
Minsterley Motors 552 service ...
fbb had never heard of Snailbeach or its railway, but it has come into prominence as Peco are now manufacturing a model of their distinctive little wagons ...
A village was built for workers at the local lead mine - Snailbeach Mine, which reputedly dates back to Roman times. Snailbeach Mine was the biggest lead mine in Shropshire and it is reputed to have yielded the greatest volume of lead per acre of any mine in Europe. Although the miners mainly extracted lead ore (galena) from the mine, smaller quantities of Barytes, Calcite, Fluorspar, Silver and Zinc were also obtained. Underground mining ceased in Snailbeach in 1955.
There is no beach!
But you would guess there were plenty of snails?
Talking of Contravision!
This may not be the most comfortable advertising scheme for those suffering from ophidophobia (look it up!) but there is also a metro train treated with a similar coach-constrictor artwork.
The prestigious Scottish Citylink service 900 between Glasgow and Edinburgh runs every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.
Well you might miss 'em if you are unfortunate enough to get a Stagecoach vehicle like this.
Don't Use Your Phones ...
Here's the password for our wifi!
More bits and pieces tomorrow.
Next Variety blog : Monday 9th May
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