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  1. City of Salford, where I gained my degree in a converted Brylcreem factory.
  2. I will choose Illustrious also. A famous warship name, I wonder why it was given to a Patriot when other warship names were bestowed on Jubilees? Was it a former Claughton name?
  3. I have to confess to owning a model of Leander, but primarily because Mrs 2750 was fed up with looking at green and black engines. Though not a Jubilee fan, I am interested in naval history and the class does commemorate some famous warships and admirals. My vote goes for Shovell (Sir Cloudesley), perhaps less well celebrated than those who fought in the Elizabethan or Napoleonic wars and now possibly best known for his loss in the Association shipwreck in the Scilly Isles.
  4. Not a great fan of the Jubilees but will vote for Udaipur as I doubt anyone else will!
  5. I think we have now run out of LNER names How about the Sentinel steam railcars? A good eclectic mix, maybe requiring a little research for some?
  6. I suspect that, in the light of favourable comment regarding the A2s, Hornby decided on an updated A1/3 ready for the upcoming centenary but have yet to finalise the specification.
  7. No problem with being whimsical today. Tempted by Wandering Willie (I have a dear old friend to whom this might apply) but I think Jingling Geordie has to take it.
  8. The Scott names are whimsical, but I have to vote for Somme, in remembrance of all who suffered and died there. May we never see the like again.
  9. I suspect many are uncomfortable with this naming theme. Personally, I understand that certain animals are pests and have to be controlled, but I would prefer that to be by the most humane means possible. On Saturday I had to remove a dead mouse from a trap and felt full of remorse, though for some time it had at night been scratching in the loft immediately above our bed. Irrespective of any such qualms, the naming of these locomotives is a historical fact and the use of similar names for warships also goes back many years. My choice of favourite name is The Pytchley, 62750, af
  10. Stoke was an excellent layout for travelling back in time and just "watching the trains go by". In doing so, it provided almost continuous movement for children and the casual visitor, and also a good mix of train types and locomotives. There are many branch line layouts which are beautifully modelled but where the daily train service could be counted on one's fingers. I can enjoy watching the fill-in shunting movements on such layouts but only if the movement is prototypical and not just moving wagons up and down for the sake of it (and the illusion is spoiled by the arrival of the great
  11. Thanks very much for those pictures, which help in understanding the construction and operation of the layout.
  12. I had hoped there might be separate votes for Footballers and famous houses! I took little interest in football till I lived in digs In Manchester. My fellow residents were nearly all footballers and fans and one night we went to a match at Maine Road. I was hooked! Good times; Charlton, Law and Best at Old Trafford and Lee, Bell and Summerbee at City, whom I supported as (initially) the underdogs. My parents were deeply involved in Scouting all their lives and therefore 2871 loses out on this occasion to 2846, Gilwell Park, which was for them and many others the
  13. I also have some reservations about voting for diseasels. However, my Dad and I used to watch out for Deltics displaying new names in the FP depot sidings or crossing the Seven Sisters Road bridge. My first serious girlfriend lived in a house backing onto FP depot, so in time I saw most of them. I prefer the names in the racehorse tradition to the regimental names, my favourite being Pinza. ( I was in a group which used to play Searchers' numbers!)
  14. Worth trying the "sliding" middle wheel solution. Wheels fitted to 2mm tube, free to move on 1mm rod as axle.
  15. I think I remember seeing and cabbing Britannia at an exhibition when she was new in 1951. Marylebone or King's Cross? So she has to be my choice, although years later I enjoyed a footplate ride on a sister loco.
  16. The illustration includes the definite article but the headline reads just Knight of Thistle.
  17. Hornby, you'll get in trouble if you don't decide between Knight of the Thistle and Knight of Thistle!
  18. Best - Tudor Minstrel. Worst 60500 - ET, for the alien operations he performed on defenceless locomotives.
  19. Thanks for posting those photos, Tony. A pleasure to see them on a gloomy day.
  20. Wolf of Badenoch is a wonderful name but I cannot support it as a favourite in rebuilt form. So my vote goes for Tudor Minstrel, a melodious sounding name.
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