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  1. 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 running and track-holding ability on complex trackwork.  Has anybody experience of this yet?

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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, after my Trix Twin 4-4-0 of that name. With pocket money of 6d per week, it took many weeks of saving plus birthday and Christmas money to amass the necessary £5-17-6d.  


     Aged maybe 8 or 9, I knew that BR had added 60,000 to LNER numbers and somehow dreamed it was the loco featured in 2750 Legend of a Locomotive, which I had borrowed from the library.

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  4. 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 hand from the sky to poke stalled locos and to fish for 3 link couplings!). 


    I think what I like is a combination of both, which probably means a station on a continuous main line.  This provides both (hopefully interesting) passing trains and also purposeful shunting and light engine movements.  These are probably the layouts I enjoy most at exhibitions and try to emulate at home.  A mix of nostalgia, relaxation and stimulation?


    I find the comments of use of coaches interesting.  There are many sources of information on the design, construction and operation of locomotives and an increasing number on goods vehicles.  There are some good books on coach design but very little on the "why" and "how" of passenger train and vehicle operation (Steve Banks excluded).  The operation of Carlisle will be interesting!



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  5. 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 spiritual home of the Scouting movement.

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  6. 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!) 

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  7. 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.

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  8. 2 hours ago, Tramshed said:

    Both are correct. Or rather, both were carried by the locomotive. The Hornby model depicts the earlier form of 'Knight of the Thistle' as built in August 1924 but which was an incorrect title. The error was corrected to 'Knight of Thistle' in December 1932. However, the locomotive was paired with a corridor tender in July 1928 and was not paired with a GN type tender again until June 1937. It went into wartime black in March 1944. The illustration therefore is correct for the period 8/24 until 7/28.


    The illustration includes the definite article but the headline reads just Knight of Thistle.

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