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    Mainly interested in "real" railways - locomotives and railway history, domesic and foreign. All types of traction, all gauges, main line and industrial systems. Photography.

    Recent RTR models are reviving a dormant interest, but never to be taken as seriously as before.

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  1. As has been alluded to, those tatty old catalogues have a sentimental value beyond secondhand sales - they were the stuff of dreams when growing up. For me it was the Triang-Hornby ones with their Cuneo covers - and how many of us went back over the previous editions looking for the mouse after the revelation was made when Evening Star (1970?) appeared on the cover? From then it was K’s and Wills Finecast, W&H - GEM was a single sheet iirc - before it got all too serious and the printed lists from Studiolith became the objects of desire.
  2. That's not far from the truth when it came to some of the complexities and stealth taxes introduced in the late 'nineties. For instance, when the basis for calculating CGT changed, it soon became clear only a handful of Hectors/Hectrices understood their new system and you might wait a long time to speak to either of them!
  3. As has been alluded to, surely the title “great” reflects the optimism of the Victorian age, applied to big projects that were at the forefront of “progress”. So as those Victorians gave us the Great Exhibition, wherever British companies and engineers were engaged, they took their “greatness” with them. However, many instances didn’t start off as “great”, but used the term to indicate amalgamations and expansions of smaller concerns, such as the Great Eastern, Great Central, Great Indian Peninsular, Buenos Aires Great Southern, Great Southern & Western, etc., etc. Just be thankful it was the Victorians and not our millennials - otherwise we might have the Awesome Western, the Awesome Northern and similar!
  4. Forget about speeds and air resistance, the streamline casing was counter-productive. In addition to the driver and firemen, every working B class had its full complement of "wallahs" balanced precariously on every accessible ledge of the locomotive. On this streamlined example, they'd all fall off!
  5. I was thinking of those things (“locomotive ” seems to grand a word) - reminds me of a Dave Allen sketch about a motorised coffin.
  6. How dare you! I like those designs - it was what was inside them that was ugly.
  7. That is the only class 52 in the museum at Sinsheim, but another is to be found at the sister site TM Speyer. Neither came to the collection from Germany. The one in camouflage livery has been given its original number of 52.3109. Built by Jung (11120/1943) it went to Austria after the war, and as a bar-framed example was allocated to ÖBB class 152, i.e. 52.3109. In 1968 it went to the Graz-Koflacher-Eisenbahn (GKB) retaining the same number. I'm not sure that the 'kabine' tender is appropriate to its restoration in wartime livery. At Speyer is former 52.3915 (O&K 14169/1944), taken by the Soviets and numbered TE-3915. There is another kriegslok at Speyer, of class 42. Again, this locomotive came from outside Germany, being former Plish PKP Ty43-127 (with a suggestion that it was formerly Ty3-3). It was restored as DRG 42.1504 (Esslingen 4874/1944).
  8. Rest. The soccer ain't held.
  9. Yes, the source quoted earlier notes that U.25 (absorbed by the Reichsbahn as 99 7814) was allocated to the Pinzgau region during WW2, where it remained and was used "with short interruptions" until 1962. Which may help to date the photograph. Whether it went there directly, or otherwise, "Schmalspurig durch Österreich" lists it at Garsten (Steyrtalbahn) at the beginning of 1975.
  10. If the identification of the U class as U.25 is correct (and it appears as such to my eyes), that would make it StEG 2998 of 1902, which was allocated to the Bregenzerwalbahn - where I understand it remains, operating as a museum railway. There is a monograph in the Transpress “Fahrzeugportrai” series (Reihe U, by Roland Beier), which gives a history and has a works photo of this locomotive.
  11. Superficially yes, but an altogether quite different beast - as the linked Wiki article indicates. A bit like comparing a Ford Cosworth to a standard Escort. But it was discussed and dismissed on this site around the time the project was suspended.
  12. I stand by my answer to Q1 - surely it was the kit for Rocket? That was the first (i.e. earliest) British prototype locomotive from Airfix. The “official” answer was to a different question than that asked - the British prototype first produced by Airfix.
  13. Just finished watching a Star Trek movie, to look outside and see a beautiful clear night sky. A crescent moon flanked by a super bright Venus. On a night like this, the reality is better than the fiction!
  14. Actually, big thanks to Phil and Andy for a broad and challenging quiz.
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