Pedanticmongrel wrote: Black-Marlin wrote:
Gavin, just a note to help you run your layout more realisitically, the 6 wheel milk tanks were classified as a passenger vehicle, being numbered as such and fitted, so they would only run attached to passenger trains on in fitted trains with vans, siphons, CCTs etc, running them as part of an unfitted goods looks incorrect. It's a mistake I used to make to a degree, I used to have a milk train with a brake van on the end, a pointless addition.
It's rare that I have the opportunity to do this, but... although the rake above is unusual, for precisely the reasons you outline, it is by no means unprecedented. There were certainly mixed trains of fitted/unfitted stock, and, like the above example, these tended to have the fitted wagons coupled to the locomotive, to be followed by the unfitted ones and finally their associated brake van. As a further note: goods trains made up of fitted vehicles were also
tailed with a brake van - this only changed with the introduction of fully air-braked (as opposed to vacuum-braked) trains in the 1970s, when the guard (if still present) remained in the rear cab of the diesel hauling the train. I believe trains of dangerous chemicals are to this day still required to have a brake van containing the guard (so that in the event of a derailment he is not required to run down the length of the train to place detonators on the track). Your milk trains, if they were made up of vacuum-fitted stock, should have had some kind of guards van on the end
Oh, and since it's a new page: new pics....