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Last month Pen & Sword published my book "The Metropolitan-Vickers Type 2 Co-Bo Diesel-Electric Locomotives" (Anthony P. Sayer). This is far from being a picture book, although it does contain over 180 images within its 272 pages; rather it is an in-depth history of the class, derived from various archive sources and personal information, with considerable quantities of previously unpublished material (particularly surrounding external design (including those very strange windows), Works visits, problems in traffic, the Dukinfield rehabilitation process, and the scheme to re-engine the 20 Metrovicks with an alternative engine (English Electric or Sulzer)) as well as extensive details covering liveries, storage, disposal, etc. Many old myths are debunked (notably the infamous Barrow depot fire) and new insights are provided.

 

Hopefully it might be of interest to some, following in the footsteps of my earlier book "The NBL Type 2 Bo-Bo Diesel-Electric Locomotives Class 21 & 29", which seems to have been well received (and indeed commented upon elsewhere here in this Forum).

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Yes and I echo what has been said. I've never seen so much information and dated detail for such a small class of locomotives. 

It seems that they were loved by their adopted final depot in the end but unfortunately the writing was already on the wall for such a non-standard class as they had very little in common with anything else.

Tony Sayer has performed a magnificent job in collating a fine array of photographs most of which I'd never seen before. Highly recommended.

Well done.

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I received my copy on Tuesday and have had a quick look through and very comprehensive the book it is. I was wondering whether there would be any mention of the locomotives usage on the Tunstead to Northwich I.C.I. hopper traffic, on which the Metro-Vicks were trialled in 1963 and 1964. We have both used the same photo of D5714 at Northenden Jnc. on empty hoppers in our books. I managed to source two more photos including a double-header at Altrincham and from personal observations of a Manchester Locomotive Society member confirmed that 9 of the 20 locomotives were known to have been used on the hoppers. My new book The Hoppers was published in July.

 

Regards Paul

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Thanks for the info about the book.  I’ve ordered a copy from my local bookshop in Carnforth - I like to support my local shops.  Will call in at Carnforth Models too when I collect the book .

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There is a lot of very interesting information in the book but also a lot in charts and graphs

Both the books are very good but not as readable as the Clayton book by a different author 

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I bought the book and enjoyed reading it. I was surprised to learn that BR authorised the replacement of the troublesome Crossley engines with EE ones as fitted to the class 20.  However, this never actually happened (you’ll have to read the book to find out why).

 

i like to co-bo locos and decided to model one assuming they had been fitted with the EE engine and hence continued in service for many more years.  I managed to obtain a weathered green one, modified the ends (using parts left over from my 40062 project)m repainted and weathered it. This is the result...

 

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All that is left to do is fit sound to it.

 

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4 hours ago, Joseph_Pestell said:

I like Regional Railways livery but it seems improbable for this class of loco. One of the freight sub-sectors seems more likely.

As I travelled behind these on passenger trains (including one on the Lakeside branch) on services which later became part of Regional Railways fiefdom it might not be as unbelievable as it at first appears.  But it needs aged Stanier stock in RR colours to go with it ;)

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