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2750Papyrus

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  1. Has to be Winston Churchill. What would have happened without him? And conversely, would he be remembered if WW2 had never occurred? I watched the funeral on television and will never forget the way the Thameside cranes dipped their jibs in tribute.
  2. A difficult choice, this one. I do like the idea of a locomotive name containing an exclamation mark. but personal memories take me in different directions. I watched the 1966 World Cup Final at a camp site in Bude, and have happy memories of holidays at Torrington. However, Dartmoor is a frequent destination when not in lockdown, so that will be my nomination.
  3. I can't see anything relating to this announcement on the East-West website, which I might have expected for an announcement regarding significant new investment.
  4. Is that the correct plural or should it be "Battles of Britain" (like "Courts Martial")?
  5. When I was in the Senior Scouts, patrols were named after British heroes, presumably to inspire us. My patrol was named after Sir Francis Drake. Our shoulder patches were red and gold (for blood and treasure) and we kept our possessions in a locked box with a fretwork representation of the Golden Hind on the lid. Our rivals were named after Reginald Mitchell. Though Drake had many faults and there may be current doubts regarding his suitability as a role model, I still find his exploits such as the circumnavigation and Cadiz to be remarkable. So for me it has to be F
  6. My credit card is relieved that there is nothing LNER related!
  7. How about a poll for names which could have been carried by a genuine locomotive class? (There was something like this for Westerns some time ago.) Incorrigible could have been a Jubilee or Warship. In my head there lurks a Southern layout. Obviously, the Southern would have built more large express locos so my top link would be Lord Hornblower, Sir Richard Bolitho, Lord Ramage, Aubrey-Maturin and (mixing genres), Sir Hubert Guest.
  8. More than 50 years ago, I went out and corresponded with a girl who attended a prestigious ladies college. So for me, Cheltenham brings back fond memories.
  9. I have always thought Excalibur somehow captured the romance and excitement of the Arthurian legend.
  10. I have always thought Excalibur somehow captured the romance and excitement of the Arthurian legend.
  11. My LNER 4 wheel brake coach from Derails cleared house quarantine this morning and looks good. An excellent rendition of teak; the lining is neat and the fact that it does not follow the panelling in not too obvious from normal viewing distance. I have assembled kits of several GN coaches from 3D, Mousa etc and an ECJS clerestory dining car. They are good models of authentic prototypes, but take me a long time to build and my painting and lining is clumsy and tar-brush compared with Hornby. I have watched several videos of the 6 wheelers but none have really tested their runni
  12. City of Salford, where I gained my degree in a converted Brylcreem factory.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. Not a great fan of the Jubilees but will vote for Udaipur as I doubt anyone else will!
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Thanks very much for those pictures, which help in understanding the construction and operation of the layout.
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