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5 hours ago, 69843 said:

I wonder if a certain A3 will vote for 70022 ;) 

I was tempted!

 

Also tempted to have said loco in 4mm form for Carlisle ... (but would have to be in grubby mid-1960s condition)

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So, for this poll it’s Lightning. A great name, and it reminds me of my nickname at school for being the fastest runner in cross country running. 
 

Rob.

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3 minutes ago, great northern said:

Start the day with an Ivatt engine. Our J3 brings a trip working along the Down slow.

 

 

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I do like that Box Brownie look.

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You do like your Britannias. Lots of votes, and 12 different nominations. There was a concerted effort by our upside down friends, but one of them hedged his bet, and gave two locos half a vote each. That means that Britannia herself with four votes, edges out Anzac with three and a half.

 

Are there any really bad Brit names? I don't think so. We will therefore move on to best Deltic name.

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Royal Scots Grey. First of the class numerically, last to haul a passenger train in BR ownership, Haymarket-allocated for most of its life.

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8 minutes ago, great northern said:

We will therefore move on to best Deltic name.

Much prefer the military names to the racehorses (particularly disliking Crapello).  I'll vote for "The Black Watch". 

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11 minutes ago, great northern said:

Hmmm...yes, I'd forgotten him. Elected unopposed?

I think we should distinguish between bad names and names of bad people. I quite like Oliver Cromwell as a name for a loco. Whatever you think of him he was a key figure in English history.

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1 hour ago, 3rd Rail Exile said:

Oliver Cromwell...

He was the other one I was thinking about in the looting and pillaging category. Along with 70038.

 

I recall a fair dose of irony being remarked upon when No.70013 hauled a railtour from Network Rail onto Swanage Railway metals some years ago. Everyone was 'rejoicing' at the event, even though the picture showed the loco with the ruined remains of Corfe Castle in the background (the iconic view of the line), the caption writer noting that the loco's namesake had been responsible for 'converting' the castle into its present state!

 

I'll quietly pass on today's poll - I don't 'do' smelly boxes on wheels ... 

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I've always been impressed by the Deltic's, but am convinced that they only survived as long as they did due their concentration on three depots. They were very complicated machines and could go wrong in spectacular fashion if not carefully looked after. I used to work with a gentleman who worked for EE Co as the site engineer at Finsbury Park (I think?) when the Deltics were introduced very illuminating.

 

Also - circa 1990 - I and a colleague were asked to assess the "fitness for operation" of one of the preserved Deltics for use on LU metals at a Ruislip Depot Open Day. It was then when we were inside the engine compartment, a silly person (Owner's representative) lit up one of the engines from cold (despite our clear instructions and display of the proper "Do Not" labelling) - ! The noise was like being in a fast turning ready-mix concrete lorry drum with about a ton of loose 1" Whitworth nuts and bolts. We downed tools and ran for the exit and fresh air.

It took sometime for me to stop retching and more before my hearing recovered - following which the language was as blue as the air in the shed and the perpetrator was lucky to leave alive. The only good thing to come from that experience was a clear understanding of the origin of the term "A clean pair of heels"!

I don't recommend such experiences and am very thankful I never had to serve in the military - particularly not in Land tanks / Transport Aircraft / Submarines.

 

Coming back to the answer to the question, my choice is "Meld" the original of the Lima model that still sits in my display case.

 

Regards

Chris H

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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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14 minutes ago, 2750Papyrus said:

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!) 

:o:rolleyes:

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If steam had to go, and let's face it, it did, I always felt that the Deltics were a fitting ECML successor, because they were innovative, exuded power, and could send a shiver up the spine. Not as strong a shiver as we got from the Pacifics, but nevertheless the sight of a Deltic was completely different from that of an EE or Brush 4. Even my young children felt that.

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2 hours ago, great northern said:

We will therefore move on to best Deltic name.

 

I like 'Royal Scots Grey' but my vote is for 'Alycidon' . I find it the most memorable as well (apart from 'Needles and Pinza'...) because it seems everyone, including me, struggles to pronounce it!

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