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  1. The red panels on D1733 were made of paper and on 1st July 1964 they were peeling off when noted on Oxford shed.
  2. I have in my collection a photo of 18000 at Oxford, l.e., and as a rare location it could be the same event.
  3. I would like to draw attention to a superb book I have received today covering the history of the North British Type 2 diesel electric locomotives, D6100-57, that spent most of their entire careers on the Scottish Region. Consisting of some 292 pages the book is in landscape format and contains many unpublished photographs and a complete history of all 58 members of the class, including the class 29 rebuilds. I have never seen anything on this scale quite like it for such an unloved and short lived class and I would congratulate the author, Anthony Sayer, for providing such an in depth and nostalgic tribute that this book portrays. Published by the Pen & Sword Transport Books it retails at £40.00 which is good value for money for the excellent content within. With a OO model of the D6100's about to be released I would say that the publication of this book is well timed and would compliment the model for those who wish to add extra detail. I look forward to seeing more of the same theme from Anthony and again commend the standard of presentation and historical information.
  4. I can't really add much more to what has already been said other than to say it had been an honour to be welcomed into his 'modelling regime' and to listen to his forthright and expert views of his approach to life has been most entertaining. I'm sure he will be missed but very much remembered for his huge contribution into helping the serious modeller. I well remember Roy inviting my son Adam, then as a mere 11 year old, to operate a few trains around Retford on one of our initial visits..........................including a famous 'Roy bollocking' for not obeying the signals! My thoughts go to his family and all those I have met during my many visits to 'Retford'. Thank you Roy.
  5. My recollection of the late 70's early 80's was of 116's, 119's and 120's providing the all stations stopping services between Worcester and Oxford, usually terminating in one of the bays at Oxford. I have a couple of slides somewhere I'll try to dig out.
  6. I recall seeing 40106 in blue undercoat and then a decision was made to use green as the topcoat to mark the last classified overhaul of the type. Regarding D838 being outshopped in maroon FYE after D864, the reason was D838 was awaiting bogies and final drive components but the shell had been painted long before that as part of an unclassified repair. I know someone who worked at Swindon Works at that time and he mentioned that it was sometimes difficult to ascertain what was having what done due to the constant component swapping on diesel hydraulics to keep them running in the numbers required.
  7. I would have thought Class 37 glazing would be worth a try?
  8. Clive Apologies for the late comment but just to confirm that the last AEC Regent V's were withdrawn from City of Oxford by September 1971, namely 953-5 953-5AJO.
  9. I assume that is X Certificate!.................................................sorry couldn't resist!
  10. I think the programme clearly demonstrated how important the recognition of staff loyalty was. Simon has obviously had a huge impact on staff morale and that it just what it needs to get Hornby back up against its competitors. Other than that there wasn't a clear explanation as to why Hornby had got in the state that it had and there wouldn't of been any need to mention names. We all assume that investing in the Olympics may have been a bad move but Hornby have been owned by a few large groups and it's not always clear who is financing who. Hopefully part two may give a clearer picture as to how Hornby see there way forward in what was portrayed as an 'old mans hobby'!
  11. Yes I would clarify that I meant the grilles in the bodyside doors. D5507 did receive a grille in its 'A' side engineroom door from approx 1962 whilst it carried the later green livery with half yellow panels and no grey relief around the cab windows. It had by then also had the cab front footsteps added by then. These were added quite early on in the loco's life, possibly 1960-1. To answers Ravensers question then Hornby's latest release could be made into D5507 by adding the end footsteps and filling in 'B' side grilles. You would also need to add the extra cabside numbers that were added after about a year in service. What I was trying to point out in my original post is that the original Hornby release of 2003 (R2420) was more accurate than the latest release. D5500 was a bit of an oddball in that it never received the cab end footsteps at all, nor the windscreen washer covers/'ears'. It did receive the engineroom bodyside door grilles but only when it was re-engined and painted into blue livery. I've attached my photo of D5509 taken in 1967 illustrating the differences. Hope this all helps!
  12. It really depends on how many trips were made from the coalfields per week. I certainly don't think it was daily and the hoppers weren't used anywhere else as far as I'm aware. I have an article somewhere about the power station I'll try and dig it out.
  13. My understanding that this was an 'in house' working from Toton to Brent sidings mainly to serve the ex.LMS Stonebridge Park Power Station which fed the Euston-Watford; Broad St.-Richmond and LT lines in the specially constructed 40ton side discharge hoppers. I was also told that loco coal was transported in the consist prior to the end of steam bound for Willesden, Camden and Cricklewood, Kentish Town. The consist would be split at Brent sidings and tripped to the main users. I only saw these hopper wagons briefly in the three of four years they were diesel hauled prior to the closure of Stonebridge Park and they were the only wagon type in the consist at that time. My Aunt & Uncle resided in Wembley during that time so my visits were fairly frequent and I always chose the long walk from Stonebridge Park to Scarle Road.
  14. It appears to me that Hornby have made a tooling error with this bodyshell by including the engineroom bodyside grilles which only appeared on the re-engined examples of 31/0's from the mid sixties. However D5504, D5515 and D5519 did have these fitted beforehand to 'B' side whilst D5507 and D5517 had them on 'A' side, but only whilst they had the footsteps in the nose ends. The original tooling for this version R2420 & R2420A had the correct plain doors, so someone has clearly altered the tooling without checking the era. What a shame!
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