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1 hour ago, great northern said:

Carefully choosing a class that did not feature scantily or unclad persons, we move on to the Coronations.

Now yer talking!

 

That having been said, which to choose? Despite my great love for the class, I've always found the 'City of ...' names a bit ... well ... perfunctory (I think the word is? 'without real interest, feeling, or effort' <-- couldn't have put it better myself).

 

So, we move to the names of the titled ladies from which the class gets its much better enthusiast name 'Duchesses' (so far as the LMS were concerned, they were 'Princess Coronations', an improved version of the 'Princess Royals')

 

The Scottish Duchesses always sound more interesting to me: Buccleuch (surely one of the most misspelt names in railway history!); Atholl; Abercorn (the 1939 record holder) ... and that also includes 'Hamilton'.

 

The trans-atlantic wanderer, it was always a 'good 'un' (according to my Dad, who regularly saw and observed them all in the 1950s), and an integral part of the NRM for over 40 years now. Far too much personal enjoyment and admiration for that particular locomotive for it to be overlooked so, despite it being a preserved loco (again), my choice is:

 

(4)6229 - Duchess of Hamilton

 

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My photo, from 1985, with '229 in typical S&C form, roaring up the grade at 50mph with 14 coaches on the drawbar. Inspirational stuff.

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Duchess of Montrose. My early-years dream of a model loco. I did acquire Atholl secondhand circa 1956, but it lacked smoke-deflectors and looked 'wrong'. Most of the Southern locos I saw across the field from home had those, you see. It matters when you are 6 or 7. 

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3 hours ago, Clive Mortimore said:

City of London cos I had the Hornby Doublo model when I was a kid.

Still got my Hornby Dublo loco.
Romfordised, super strong motor magnet, comet detailing kit and a repaint.
Love it to bits.
Chris.

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46229 Duchess of Hamilton for the poll please Gilbert.  Selside back in the 1980s. If I close my eyes and concentrate I can still hear it.

 

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typo Selside.
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Duchess of Sutherland for me. I enjoyed the return leg of a trip behind her a few years ago.

 

The outward motive power was 60009 and as we approached York we overtook the Duchess running tender first light engine.

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Sorry for the poor pic. It's a screenshot from a video I hastily took.

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Duchess of Buccleuch 

 

Saw it often on the ex- Caley line on services between Glasgow Central Station to/from Edinburgh Caley Station and also at Dalry Road Shed where the locos turned using the Coltbridge triangle for the return journeys.

 

Could have voted for some of the other Polmadie Duchess's but this one has the Waverley Route connection as the Buccleuch's own a lot of land in the Borders! 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, LNER4479 said:

Selside, perhaps? Great atmospheric pic. From around the same time as mine, I do believe ('83 - '85)

 

Yes, Selside of course in typical misty and damp S&C weather. Early '80s but without my notes handy I can't be sure of the date although I'd guess at 1983 or 84. I lived in Hampshire at the time and none of our 'gang' lived north of Bletchley. The miles we covered to photograph and ride behind that engine don't bear thinking about.

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Duchess of Montrose for me in this poll.

Simply because there’s a photo (in Big Four in Colour) of her in 1938....Crimson, non streamlined and no smoke deflectors. Power personified! 

 

One day I’ll build one of these...........

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Duchess of Montrose for me just because of my old Hornby Dublo one converted to 2 rail by an enthusiastic but somewhat lacking in skill teenager. Still got it somewhere, the Duchess not always the enthusiasm.

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Duchess of Montrose. I have the Dublo version sitting in bits in a shoe box awaiting restoration.

She's been sitting in that box for 30 years! :(

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A very close run thing this time. Good old Duchess of Montrose 4, London and Sutherland 3.

 

Now we come to Royal Scots, and I have a problem, as I don't know all the original names. Nevertheless, we will look for the best name ever carried by a Royal Scot, and I shall enlist the support of Graham in telling me what is right and, if necessary, what isn't.

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28 minutes ago, great northern said:

Now we come to Royal Scots, and I have a problem, as I don't know all the original names. Nevertheless, we will look for the best name ever carried by a Royal Scot, and I shall enlist the support of Graham in telling me what is right and, if necessary, what isn't.

I shall consult my copy of 'The Power of the Royal Scots' [Jenkinson, 1982] should the need arise; a list of names is available at bad 'ol Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LMS_Royal_Scot_Class 
I'd forgotten that a batch of them originally carried names of early LNWR (London&Birmingham / Grand Junction Railway) locos so 98 names to go for in total (if we include 6399/6170, which is generally the done thing for this class).

 

A fascinating class and very much the LMS 'poster boy' until the Pacifics came along. You could argue that they were the contemporary of the original Gresley pacifics and almost as long lived (1927-1966). Once rebuilt with the magnificent Type 2A boiler they were highly capable machines, virtually an honorary pacific.

 

I shall remind myself of the list of names and make my choice shortly.

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