Vintage railway film - Spick and Span - 1962 British Rail...

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Ziv

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Caravanman, that video has one of my all-time favorite coaches (I think) arriving on Platform 15 at the beginning. Each compartment has its own door to the platform which is very cool! People come boiling out of the car while it is still rolling to a stop. Old fashioned, but cool! I loved those cars. They were still in use on a Southern route in the early 90's and they had these old but comfortable wing type seats with heavy old antimacassars to keep your Brylcreme from leaving a permanent mark on the head rest. ;-)
The other thing that hit me was the staff. I would have liked to sit and have a pint with them and hear their thoughts on the job, and the film. And from the older ones, if they would share, what their war had been like. When I was traveling in the UK in 90's it was far enough in the rear view that I could frequently get vets to talk about the countries they had been stationed in. We never talked about the fighting, but we did talk about heat, bugs, food, weather, sunsets, ships, trains and lorries. I met an old couple at the First In, Last Out pub in Hastings one time. They mentioned that they had met on a merchant ship in the Med in 1942 and we talked about Mediterranean sunsets, named winds (mistrals vs. siroccos), troop ship compartments, food and how long it took to get from the UK to Alexandria. Given their description, I later began to think that they might have been in the middle of Operation Pedestal, where just 5 of the 14 merchant ships made it through. And they talked about the warm windy days and cool evenings.
 

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Caravanman, that video has one of my all-time favorite coaches (I think) arriving on Platform 15 at the beginning. Each compartment has its own door to the platform which is very cool!
Indeed, those trains were very common when I worked for B.R. back in the early 1970's. We called them the "slam door" stock. Similar coaches had less doors, and the interior compartments were removed, but one could still lower windows and the doors "slammed" to close. One feature of the exterior door handles was that if a door was open, the handles stood verticaly, and closed they were horizontal. If not quite closed correctly, they stayed at 45 degrees, so station staff looked at them before giving the "right away" signal.
I liked the English Electric diesel hauled train arriving on platform 14, a type 37, which I worked on myself. Happy days, lots of cameraderie on BR in those days, and never far from an oversized kettle on the simmer for the next "cuppa tea" ;)
 

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Interesting how the US cleaners are using vaccum cleaners, and years later, that UK one above is still using mops and brushes... :D

Most famous though? I think The Flying Scotsman and Mallard the steam speed record holder would disagree! ;)
 

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Interesting that all of the coffee/tea cups were ceramic, and people just left them at their seats when finished, and then ,when cleaned up, the cups had to be returned to the canteens to be washed and reused. When did paper cups come into use?
 

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I confess to being confused by the cup business myself... Some trains had restaurant cars, and proper sit down table service, but finding ceramic cups on the coach seats is odd. I have asked the question on a different UK-centric rail forum, and will report back. ;)
 

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I asked my chums on a BR forum, and produced 25 replies! (Easy to get Brits talking about a cup of tea) :D.
Although the conversation was wide ranging, covering divers topics such as owning a B.R. teapot, green colour china cups, etc, no one had much idea about the china cups ending up on the coach seats. The consensus was that tea in china cups was supposed to be consumed in the restaurant or buffet car, not taken to a coach seat. Folk think paper or poly cups were introduced in the mid 1970's...
 

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When I was there in 2014, the National Railway Museum had a display of the interior of a 1970s British Railways snack car, complete with disposable cups.

 

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On the BR night boat First Class from Hoek van Holland to Harwich in 1970 we were served morning tea in chinaware. The service and cups were left with us. On the return trip in Second Class we were served in plastic cups with the milk and sugar already mixed in. Previously I had only come across that in the British Army's Berlin train.
 
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