Can anyone state categorically (ideally backed up by photographic reference)
whether the original Blue Pullman train (either Midland or Western version)
carried small yellow warning panels please.
People didn't need any visual warning of approaching trains in those days.
The station announcer would come on the Tannoy and say, "Would passengers
standing on Platform 3 please stand well back from the edge as the
Birmingham express passes through."
20 seconds later, the train would whizz through - on Platform 2.
Anyone remember the performer who could simulate all this with his voice
and a special microphone?
Have had a quick look through Keith Robertson's book "Blue Pullman" (but not
the supplement, which I don't have) and all photogrpahs show the ends to be
either blue with the Pullman crest (as originally introduced) or all over
yellow; I cannot recall ever seeing a photograph of any with the small
warning panels. I accept this doesn't mean that small panels were never
carried and - as ever - am content to be proved wrong.
No, it wasn't him, although I do remember this record. Uncle Mac used to
play it on Children's Favourites, along with The Laughing Policeman and
that song about Christopher Robin and Alice visiting Buckingham Palace.
You're showing your age.
Derek MacCulloch - Uncle Mac.
I was on Regional Round when I was a kid, and this included being
shown round Broadcasting House. It was Uncle Mac's program, he was the
question master and we were introduced to him.
I liked Reginald Gardener, but couldn't stand the Laughing
policeman. "Christopher Robin went down with Alice" sounded like a
Not sure what you are getting at. It is strange that LT don't have
yellow ends or for that matter a lot of other railways around the world.
I did hear that yellow ends were added so that if the headlights failed
the train could still run in service, daylight obviously, rather than
the train being failed. Headlights are much better for track workers to
see approaching trains than yellow ends.
In steam days the people working on the track had a lookout who would
blow a horn to warn of an approaching train. There were also temporary
speed restriction signs well in advance which the train crew had been
- which would prevent them seeing or hearing approaching trains as well?
So, are you saying that in steam days there was no need for headlights
or yellow panels to give visual approach warning because track gang
working practices were safer?