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  1. Fig.221 of the RCTS 'green series', Part 2A, shows A2/1 No. 3698 displaying hinged discs. Three of the class were fitted with them originally. Thompson apparently took exception (he took exception to many things!) to the way enginemen badly treated loco lamps, and the discs were (one supposes) a reaction to this; less likely to be damaged. However, the hinged discs got bashed even more because they were permanently in place, and were then replaced by plain discs, which were then eventually discarded. I believe it was an LMS signalman (in the Leeds area? I can't recall where I've read this) who refused to let an A2/1 run past his 'box because the loco was not displaying correct lamps (LNER locos having running rights), only discs. Nobody in authority had informed the LMS about this. Regards, Tony.
  2. It could well be Steve, I assume it was confined to those locos fitted with electric lighting. I can't find any shots (immediately) showing Gresley Pacifics carrying discs immediately post-War. I'll look more closely. Regards, Tony.
  3. Interestingly, the apple green B1 pictured earlier carries no lamp, but a disc. Much more of a GE-section thing, yet it's deep in NE territory. It was never shedded anywhere but Hull, so is unlikely to be bound (eventually) for East Anglia. It's in forward gear and I imagine it's on a shunting move within station limits, so as long as lamps/discs were displayed at front and rear then it was accepted. Thompson certainly favoured discs (though the LMS lines on which some of his locos ran did not), and the B1 has electric lighting. I don't think I've seen discs on locos before at York, but I'll have a look through my photos.
  4. A rather nice post-War apple green B1 (in B&W, naturally). 61160 at York in 1950. This would have been a repaint, after the loco first appeared in black. Would anyone adorn a B1 model like this? Does anyone know the occasion, please? Or where? The electric warning flashes suggest post-'61. Please observe copyright restrictions. I'm going to have fun writing the books!
  5. Thanks Trevor, You're right about most of the photographers no longer being with us. That said, I've fallen too many times into the trap of believing what's in a caption attached to a picture/transparency, written by the picture-taker (often now deceased), which is a work of total fiction. Keith Pirt, though a brilliant photographer, was among the worst. I stupidly just copied and pasted a caption to a picture of his in a book I wrote recently for Booklaw, which had the date out by two years! What was more irritating was that I should have known this - late at night, meeting a deadline, excuses, excuses, excuses....................... Regards, Tony.
  6. Excellent pictures, Thank you. Having been commissioned to write the Books of the B1s (at least two) for Irwell, I've started my research. As usual, the works of the RCTS and Yeadon are being consulted. Unfortunately, neither lists the dates of livery variations for the individual B1s (which would be far more useful to modellers than boiler numbers), but it's clear that many B1s were turned out in apple green, brand new, post-War, including batches built for BR from 1948 onward (the last-mentioned with 'British Railways' on their tenders). Some had just their LNER numbers (1274-1287) some had an 'E' prefix to their LNER number (E1288-E1303) and some had their full BR number (61304-61339, the last built in September 1948). Later ones were turned out in black and the last ones in full BR lined black. How long any B1s remained in apple green post-Nationalisation is something I've got to research. Earlier-built locos also received apple green at their first repaint. What's the painting time regime for a loco. Three years? Four years? More? I'm certain it's the early '50s before the last B1s went into black (hence my childhood memories of seeing them in green), though does anyone know which was the last one? Changing the subject, it's one of my roles these days to write the book reviews for BRM. What's surprising (or is it?) is the number of B&W pictorial volumes which are being produced, mostly showing the BR steam period. A few are in colour (occasionally indifferent) but the vast majority is in monochrome (some also indifferent). What concerns me is the 'accuracy' or otherwise of several of the captions. Dates clearly wrong, locations clearly wrong, locos/stock identifications clearly wrong, directions clearly wrong (for instance, how can the Harwich-Liverpool boat train, heading westwards across the flat crossing at Retford towards Sheffield be going to Hull?) and so on. Have so many mistakes always been there in railway books? Grammatical proof-reading won't correct these sort of things, though SIR RALPH WEDGEWOOD (note the superfluous 'E') should have been intercepted. What's also disappointing, is that in some cases (very few to be fair) publishers, on seeing my 'corrections', either refuse to send new books for review or threaten to pull their advertising. Most, thankfully, are quite pleased with what I write - I try to be positive. I accept that everything I've ever written probably has a blooper or two in it, and are my reviews always accurate? However, with much 'incorrect' material out there (along with much which is excellent, to be fair) what hope is there for future historical 'accuracy' in our modelling? Regards, Tony.
  7. I do, Richard, It would be at Kiveton Park in about 1950/'51, sitting on the 'box steps while my granddad chatted to his neighbour, the signalman. It must have been a B1 in apple green or even a B17, but I was only four or five, so I don't know. A first railway memory? It's definitely there. The family went over Woodhead before my dad got a car and before electrification. The loco hauling us was black, so I assume it was another B1, or even a V2. Regards, Tony.
  8. Is there anyone in the world less-likely to take a selfie than me? Stick or not? I thought your boys knew me. Regards, Tony.
  9. It was great to see you as well, Jesse. I'm glad you've got that B16 running well on Brighton Junction now. Please don't forget to post the moving images you took on LB on Wright Writes. I'm looking forward to seeing them. From a good mate, Tony.
  10. After adjustment of the couplings, Andy, They ran fine. Lovely work by the way. Regards, Tony.
  11. Great stuff! Merry Christmas! Regards, Tony.
  12. Thanks Tony, I assume that's a lot? The reason I ask is that some years ago on here there was a 'dispute' (if I recall correctly) between two threads about which layout was the 'most-popular', resulting in the 'loser' taking no further part in posting about what he'd made/was making. I thought it rather petty at the time, and still do. Is it that important? I think what is important is how this particular thread (which is not 'mine' by the way) is frequented by so many actual modellers. I've learned so much from it, so my thanks to all who've contributed (and contribute still). And, yes, in typical Wright hypocrisy-mode, I did 'celebrate' 1,600 pages! Regards, Tony.
  13. 'Mallard in Blue .. the flying scotsman in Green ... not to mention the glorious LMS in Crimson Lake ... Surely you don't remember those Halcyon days in black and white ? however nostalgic the photos might be'. Of course not, Tim, I'n not that old! Though I do have childhood memories of locos in BR blue. And, yes, I saw BR steam in glorious polychrome (one can't be an art teacher if one is colour blind), though BR 'standard grime', which was very common, would hardly exploit the spectrum. It's just that, as mentioned, in my 'formative' years it was (to quote Irwell) 'You'll remember those black and white days', which I do. Regards, Tony.
  14. Thanks Tim, But, as mentioned, it's only a few who are given the dispensation to place their cameras on such hallowed ground! Of course I remember my trainspotting days in B&W. I started trainspotting (proper) in 1956, and Trains Illustrated (which was avidly read at the time) was always monochrome. Even when it grew up into Modern Railways (still having steam images on its cover from time to time) it was mainly B&W, as was the contemporary Railway World (which was also read from cover to cover at the time). The main photographic contributors' work of the day was always in B&W - Eric Treacy, Colin Walker, etc. It was as late as 1964 before I took my first colour images (at aged 18), and a few of my subsequent efforts have now been published. Student poverty, not-so-good cameras (it was at least a decade later before my Nikon F) and ignorance of the process meant many were indifferent. Perhaps not as indifferent as my very first pictures I took of railways............................ These have probably appeared before, but with 1,600 pages now, a long way back. 45502 ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION at Chester in 1957. Behind is part of the (long demolished) City Hospital where I was born, 11 years previously. Was it preordained I'd be gripped by railways? Also taken in 1957, at Botany Bay, just north of Retford. Class A2/2 WOLF OF BADENOCH heads a Down special. Nobody told me that a Brownie 127's shutter speed would not be adequate to 'freeze' a fast-moving train! Ah, those B&W days........................... Regards, Tony.
  15. 'Please can we not turn this into a debate as why I find some well made layouts not of my liking.' I don't think we are, Clive.................... Regards, Tony.
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