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  1. So today I received a photo of 37004 showing bolt holes, proving it carried a plate, but there remains no contemporary photo of the plate when it was fitted. The search continues...
  2. My current line of research within the C37LG suggests D6704 was intended for naming but may not have even carried a nameplate. I'm trying to find some proof either way, be it personal testimony or a photo showing a plate or bolt holes.
  3. I don't suppose you can remember which one you sneaked a look at?
  4. R.e the three East Anglian namers: Our own loco, D6703, carried the name "The 1st. East Anglian Regiment", with the plates being fitted in April 1963 and thought to have been removed during September the same year. During this time they were covered by a plank of unpainted wood, cut to the shape of the plates. This is how the loco was seen when viewed at Wymondham that summer: A photo of the nameplate does exist and shows it to have a black background with "The 1st." on the top row and "East Anglian Regiment" below. The original bodyside holes were rediscovered during early preservation bodywork repairs in the late 1990's, so the size of the nameplate is also known. No photo of D6704 carrying it's plate has ever come to light as far as we are aware. Equally, I am currently trying to source a photo of the loco in the mid-60's to check for bodyside holes/bolts to ascertain if it even carried a name at all, as my current line of research brings this into question. D6707 did carry a nameplate and the bolts for this were left in situ for many years; there are photos of the loco in the mid-70's with all seven bolts protruding from the bodyside! Whether or not the wooden cover for this was painted black or left unpainted is unknown. I hope this helps answer some of the questions raised. Kind regards James C37LG
  5. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    For what it is worth, the preserved J15 was painted in GER grey during the 1980's and it wasn't too far off the colour of the N7; perhaps a shade darker but nowhere near GWR grey! The shade has always been described as "French Grey" and was previously used by the GER as an undercoat until 1915.
  6. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    No.1002 now fitted with etched number plates, courtesy of Narrow Planet - And very nice they are too!
  7. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    I hadn't considered the guard rails and when put like that, you make a very good point!
  8. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    I agree that it would have been nice to see 1002 with GER lettering and maybe a future release with Train Control numbering. However, given that 1002 was built in 1921 and Train Control was implemented the same year, I doubt the GER lettering stayed long and thus the version of 1002 modelled covers a wider time window (year and a half vs a few months). Intrigued that Oxford's website suggests other versions may be tooled in the future (probably depending on the success of these initial releases) - perhaps a chance then to see 1001 in GER blue, if the correct cab is modelled?
  9. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    It will be a shame if they are, as it discourages other manufacturers to model pre-grouping liveried locos. In that regard it is unfortunate that only one example ever carried the more popular blue livery and that it's detail differences mean Oxford are unlikely to ever produce it.
  10. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    I should have one by the weekend...
  11. Alas, no; 37012 appears to be modelled in it's 1985 guise. Although a minor quirk, the extended yellow stripe along the cantrail is pleasing on the eye! Definitely on my watch list...
  12. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    Brass kits for GER four wheelers can be found on this thread: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/131442-eveleigh-creations-great-eastern-4-6-wheel-coaches/page-1 (And very nice they are too!)
  13. jamesC37LG

    Oxford N7

    Not wartime; The numbers were a feature of the GER's 'Train Control System' which came into use in 1921.
  14. Old tooling on the Coronation coaches.
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