Also in Midland Record 17 is a second article on recollections of Birmingham Central by a former fireman and signalman at the depot. Tales of mishaps stemming from the steep failing gradient into the depot make some shunting operations I've seen at model railway exhibitions seem perfectly reasonable and prototypical. Derailments due to poor track work being very common along with engines running out of braking power and crashing through the depot wall onto the busy main road. But my favourite is derailing a bogie parcels coach in the approach tunnel which became wedged in stopping all movements in and out of the depot seem all too familiar, I'm sure I've seen this at a show!! I hope to emulate this with my cameo layout!!!