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Western workings - D1026 (July 1971)

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A bit of a long shot this one, but miracles do sometimes occur in RMWeb land.

 

Thanks to the recent rash of sale price Westerns, Father Christmas will be bringing me D1026 'Western Centurion'. A bit early for my normal era but it looks such a lovely model it was too good to resist at those recent prices, what I would really like to do is put an authentic head code on but not just any old head code!

What I would like is to find a headcode from a service that D1026 worked (if any) on the 31st July 1971 (my birthday).

 

Has anybody got the relevant info or could point me in the right direction please?

 

I did say it was a long shot!!!

 

Failing that, if anybody has a WTT for the summer of 1971, any headcode for a service that was Western worked and in the Oxford / Didcot / Reading area would be appreciated.

 

Kind Regards

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A bit of a long shot this one, but miracles do sometimes occur in RMWeb land.

 

Thanks to the recent rash of sale price Westerns, Father Christmas will be bringing me D1026 'Western Centurion'. A bit early for my normal era but it looks such a lovely model it was too good to resist at those recent prices, what I would really like to do is put an authentic head code on but not just any old head code!

What I would like is to find a headcode from a service that D1026 worked (if any) on the 31st July 1971 (my birthday).

 

Has anybody got the relevant info or could point me in the right direction please?

 

I did say it was a long shot!!!

 

Failing that, if anybody has a WTT for the summer of 1971, any headcode for a service that was Western worked and in the Oxford / Didcot / Reading area would be appreciated.

 

Kind Regards

 

Hi Dougie,

 

According to "Westerns" Vol. 1 D1000-D1029,by a well-known journalist,if I'm reading right,Centurion was in Swindon Works from 26 7 71 to 29 10 71,undergoing what seems to be a collision damage repair,and various other repairs.

 

HTH

 

Neil

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Hi Dougie,

 

According to "Westerns" Vol. 1 D1000-D1029,by a well-known journalist,if I'm reading right,Centurion was in Swindon Works from 26 7 71 to 29 10 71,undergoing what seems to be a collision damage repair,and various other repairs.

 

HTH

 

Neil

Thanks for the replies Neil, looks like that idea is scuppered! Oh well, looks like it's a trawl through Flickr & Google to find D1026 and an appropriate headcode.

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Hi Dougie

This is the only pic  have of D1026 which shows a headcode. Might this do for your model?

 

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D1026 eastbound at Plymouth on 30th May 1974

 

Cheers

Trevor

 

 

 

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Thanks for taking the time to post that Trevor, I think it would be rude not to have that for one end :D.

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My notes show I saw Centurion on the following dates in 1971

08/04/1971 Cardiff General
14/04/1971 Cardiff General
29/05/1971 Cardiff General
24/12/1971 Cardiff General

With the gap from the end of May until Christmas Eve part of which was due to it's visit to Swindon Works.

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Brian R

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Excellent stuff Trev... the China Clay shot from '74 is Lostwithiel, on the up main.

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Excellent stuff Trev... the China Clay shot from '74 is Lostwithiel, on the up main.

I think the credit for that post should go to Gareth (TEDDY BEAR D9521)

 

Trevor

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D1026 had a history of being one of those Westerns that Maroon and BR blue livery ran around with itsRH nameplate missing and also for a while after a repaint into blue it had it’s BR arrow missing on one end under the second mans window.

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Here is a list of Westerns working through Exeter on 31st July 1971 which was a Saturday, between 08.30 and 23.00 :-

 

1044 on shed off 6V78; then off shed 10.10 to replace failed 42 on 1E20 08.40 Paignton - Newcastle

1064 1M87 08.00 Paignton - Liverpool

1071 6V86 21.10 FO Burton-on-Trent - Plymouth Friary

1002 1B04 08.15 Bristol - Penzance

1049 1A84 10.30 Kingswear - Paddington

1057 1B34 09.45 Cardiff - Penzance

1036 1A01 08.45 Penzance - Paddington

1058 1V46 08.30 Kensington Olympia - Paignton motorail

1045 1A05 12.00 Paignton - Paddington

1054 1B65 10.30 Paddington - Penzance

1007 + 7042 1B58 10.15 Paddington - Paignton (1007 was on one engine)

1056 1A25 10.50 Penzance - Paddington

1013 1A35 11.05 Penzance - Paddington

1018 1A45 12.18 Penzance - Paddington

1016 1B25 13.30 Paddington - Paignton

1050 1B35 14.30 Paddington - Penzance

1064 1V87 11.35 Manchester - Penzance

1000 1C96 13.45 Penzance - Cardiff

1044 4B10 15.58 Bristol - Plymouth parcels

1066 1A85 15.55 Penzance - Paddington

1028 6M11 14.40 St Erth - Kensington Olympia milk (12 tanks)

1006 1B58 16.30 Paddington - Penzance

1059 6V05 15.00 Kensington Olympia - Plymouth milk empties (8 tanks)

1069 1B98 18.30 Paddington - Plymouth

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A quick update:

 

With Geoff pointing out Dapol’s model has headboard clips but the prototype D1026 didn’t and Mark providing that excellent list of Westerns working on the 31/07/71, I started to work through the list using Flickr to identify a decent match to the model.

 

I finally settled on D1016 Western Gladiator (hopefully it’s not too far out) and an order was made with Railtec Transfers.

 

All I need now is to make or procure the head code blinds for 1B25 and it will be complete.

 

I must say I really do like the 3D printed nameplates from Railtec:

 

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Finally got round to adding the head codes to D1016:

 

1B25 13:30 Paddington - Paignton

 

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At the other end I’ve just opted for a simple 0Z00:

 

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