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Thanks Phil, and thanks for coming all the way to Bristol and the present. it was a complete surprise to me, my lovely wife had informed me that we were attending a fireworks display at our local rugby club with our grandsons. Somehow though, information regarding the cake decoration was  inaccurate! It was thought my favourite loco was the class 47, and having spent much of the last month building replica D1001 name and numberplates, the clues were there. 

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Probably best not to mention that if you ever want another cake!!!! :D

 

Despite our best efforts to educate our lady folk it’s still a train. Could have been worse …. Thomas the tank engine cake :lol:

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2 hours ago, Phil Bullock said:

Probably best not to mention that if you ever want another cake!!!! :D

 

Despite our best efforts to educate our lady folk it’s still a train. Could have been worse …. Thomas the tank engine cake :lol:

 

Best be careful there Phil.

 

Some years ago when DRS ran, for a short time, trains of spoil (?) from Teeside to Grain, they came down the MML, and as they usually had a pair of 37's a cast of thousands turned out to see. I was standing on a road bridge in Barrow on Soar, just south of Loughborough, and a middle aged lady with shopping bags stopped to ask me what was coming. It isn't steam I said, having had someone insist it was Tornado some minutes earlier, just a pair of old diesels on a freight train. Oh, she said, what sort of engines, to which I replied a pair of 37's. A pair of 37's she replied, delight on her face, I'll wait with you then!

 

John.

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1 hour ago, John Tomlinson said:

 

Best be careful there Phil.

 

Some years ago when DRS ran, for a short time, trains of spoil (?) from Teeside to Grain, they came down the MML, and as they usually had a pair of 37's a cast of thousands turned out to see. I was standing on a road bridge in Barrow on Soar, just south of Loughborough, and a middle aged lady with shopping bags stopped to ask me what was coming. It isn't steam I said, having had someone insist it was Tornado some minutes earlier, just a pair of old diesels on a freight train. Oh, she said, what sort of engines, to which I replied a pair of 37's. A pair of 37's she replied, delight on her face, I'll wait with you then!

 

John.


Good for her ! Nice yarn John….

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Progress on the Lima remotoring projects. 4x47 and 1x31 with a few more to do. Test fitted the butchered bogie frames to the locos yesterday, a few adjustments needed but all now fit as sweet as a glove. All have Lima tanks/battery boxes removed (except the 31) and Bachmann spares added.  The spare Hornby body fits superbly onto the Lima chassis. All class 66 bogies (each loco will have two of them) are ready to be wired, wire has arrived and DCC sockets arrived too. All the bogies fit snugly into their new cradles Hopefully test running within a week or two. Some preliminary work on the bodies has taken place, carving off the cab front handrails ready for wire replacements, one has been renumbered 47 499. Orientation of the bodies with respect to the new tank assemblies yet to be worked out!  Still a lot of detailing to be done.

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On 11/11/2021 at 14:14, Staffordshire said:

  Having read through this very interesting thread, I hope no one objects to these photos of D9 ....., 

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That last picture is exceptional. Brilliant! Only the PECO code 100 track gives it away that it's not the real thing. One of the best detailed diesels I've seen in a while.

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