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  1. I have just read through my copy or NBL Class 22's for the third time. There is so much detailed information packed into this publication that it took me all this time to digest. It is certainly a book that you can't leave alone if you have an interest in the Class 22. Anthony Sayer is quite a master of presenting his research into a thoroughly readable format enabling the reader to identify each locomotives history and eventual downfall right through to withdrawal. It seems such a shame that BR didn't pursue NBL's shortcomings a bit earlier as Swindon could have made these locomotives far better than than the way they turned out. It appears to me that NBL's workforce knew the writing was on the wall for them and had lost the will to deliver a superior product. Had NBL used the Maybach product the engine issues would have also been far less of an issue with more interchangeability of spares within the grasp of Swindon. I look forward to the second volume and any further work that Anthony puts before us. As British locomotive building is all but dead it is still a fine tribute to Scottish industry who were probably dealt a bad hand by MAN as they appeared to be taking work away from their native country. Thoroughly recommended!
  2. Here is my image of 31418 taken at Norwich in 1981. It does not have the high intensity headlamp and these weren't added until the buffer beam shrouds had been removed upon its Extra Heavy Overhaul as part of its life extension refurb later on.
  3. A pub that I now enjoy when in London, The Southampton Arms, is not actually at a station but a five minute walk from Gospel Oak Station. Turn left outside the station and head up to the traffic lights, turn right on to Highgate Road and the Southampton Arms is on the right just before the railway overbridge. In fact the Gospel Oak to Barking line almost go's over the top of it. A good 'spit and sawdust' real ale pub with normally 8 or 9 beers, plus unusual ciders all from independent breweries. Basic pork and hot cheese rolls are a speciality and occasionally someone walks in and 'tinkles the ivory's'. Good bus connections from Euston Road or West Hampstead.
  4. I was first introduced to railways at a very early stage when my mother used to take me along the path that leads from West End Lane to Finchley road, along side Finchley and Frognal Station in North West London. We lived for five years until 1955 in a maisonette in Rosemont Road , off the Finchley Road and we had a back yard which had a wall leading to the embankment alongside the Midland Main Line just north of Haverstock Hill tunnels where I would stand a gaze at everything that went past. In the distance you could also see trains alighting the tunnel from Marylebone at Finchley Road as well as Bakerloo and Metropoiltan trains on a constant stream to and from Uxbridge, Amersham and Stanmore. If I craned my neck over the wall to the right I could also see freights and the regular Broad Street to Richmond electric Oerlikon units. My paternal grandfather was a staunch railwayman having started as an errand boy at Marylebone Goods Yard working for the GC, later as a goods guard. He did take me on a few visits, notably to the Exhibition of Locomotives & Rolling Stock at Willesden roundhouse in May 1954................I still have the programme and that was my introduction to BR diesels as a four year old............and the Fell!! He also took me to the new Cricklewood East diesel depot in 1962 where I was introduced to Alec Swain and Brian Haresnape which started my interest in railway photography. After we had been around the depot we were given a lift back to West Hampstead Midland station in almost brand new BRC&W/Sulzer type 2 D5403................a trip that I very much cherish.................hence Heljan's OO reincarnation of it a few years ago! We moved to Oxford in 1955 where my father's work allowed me to enjoy casual trainspotting along the main Oxford to Banbury and Oxford to Bletchley line which were about half a mile away and Dad and I would cycle to. I was also interested in buses and City of Oxford's livery became my iconic magnet which eventually led me to a 41 year career on the buses! I would often go back to London in the early 1960's to visit all my relatives and that's when I first started to write down the numbers but only on diesels. Later visits to Oxford Station when steam was nearly at an end would see me banished to the other end of the platforms as I sought to cop my beloved diesels!..........and I am not joking, the ex.GWR steam enthusiasts took their loss very hard and gave me a hard time as well. I took up colour slide photography in early 1964 and spent all my pocket money on film but I think it was worthwhile judging from some of the complimentary comments I receive from my Brush Veteran flickr site. My enthusiasm and respect for Brush Type 2's, Class 30/31's, prompted many visits to Stratford where I was allowed to roam and photograph with much encouragement from the local depot management.............. but I think it was the Triang models that started me off on that one but look at what we are about to receive...........never had it so good! Visits to Liverpool St., Finsbury Park and Kings Cross always followed and I was never disappointed! I briefly gave up collecting numbers when the TOPs renumbering started as I really didn't want to start again but I did and got involved with monthly depot visits with the railway interest section of our work sports and social club where I would often drive the coach on part of the journey. I do not train spot any more having given that up in 2002 when the last regular class 47 duties came to an end around Oxford. My spare time includes restoring former Oxford buses...........I own six and part own a further three............ recording the Oxford Bus fleet history and also I participate in a bit of consultancy work, some with a model railway manufacturer. I have a large model railway layout in my loft with far more stock than I will ever need or use. Why do we buy so much.............and I think I know the answer to that...........and so do todays manufacturers! I can't really drum up any enthusiasm for the modern railway scene but I do respect it and travel on it when I can get a seat! I think I have diesel in my veins amongst some of the real ale! .............and yes I do have some ancient images to show you all! First Picture image me in my mothers arms copping a B1 on a North London line freight in 1952. Second image shows me a 3 years old watching the shunting by West Hampstead Midland Finchley Road signal box. Third image shows me at four years old watching a class 11? on an engineers train at the same location in 1954/5. Forth image show me with my family at Banbury Road Oxford signal box with a K1 heading towards Bletchley. Fifth image shows me at 15 striding down Oxford's down platform to photograph D5858 on a York-Bournemouth southbound working in September 1965. Sixth image shows D5502 crossing the Midland main line at West Hampstead as it proceeds to Acton along the North London line. Seventh image shows 5504 passing Finchley & Frognal signal box on a westbound North London line freight. I spent many a time in that signal box listening to the horn blasts so that the bobby knew where the train was heading! Eighth image show D5500, the pioneer, at Liverpool St. Ninth image shows D5681 outside Oxford MPD awaiting the northbound return Bournemouth-York in 1965
  5. I have also noticed that the depicted model has Mirrlees exhaust ports which are incorrect as my images show.
  6. The forthcoming model by Bachmann of D5617 would be suitable for renumbering as D5631.
  7. If I may politely inform you that it should feature a louvred engine room external access door on each side. This was modified on all the 'toffee apple' pilot scheme EE engine conversions D5500-19, including D5518 which became 31101, upon changing from Class 30 to Class 31 during 1968-9 when they also received their first rail blue repaints. I have attached images to help.
  8. As this thread has expanded somewhat I thought I would add to Stovepipe's comment regarding GFYE/BR Crest and Blue FYE cab logo's at both ends variations. These are based on my photographic evidence as originally modified but I would add that the D prefix was in most cases obliterated/painted out at an early stage. BR Green with crest FYE :- D5522; 5523; D5524-5; D5527; D5531-2; D5534; 5536; D5537; D5540; D5544; D5547; D5551-3; D5555-8; 5559; D5560-3; D5565-8; D5571-83; D5585-92; D5594; D5596-8; D5600-3; 5604-5; D5607-8; 5609; D5611-3; 5614; D5615-6; 5617; D5618; 5619; D5620; 5622; D5623-6; 5627; 5629; 5631; D5632-7; 5638; 5640; D5641-2; D5644-5; D5648; D5650-6; D5661; 5664-5; 5667; D5669-72; D5674; D5676; D5678-81; D5683-4; 5685; D5687-9; D5691-5; D5697; 5698; D5800; 5801; 5803; 5805; D5806; 5809; 5811; D5812; D5814-5; 5817; D5820; D5822; D5828-9; D5834-5; 5842; D5856; D5860. BR Blue with cab double arrow logo's each end :-5500-1; D5502; 5503-5; D5506; 5507-14; D5515; 5516-19*; 5521-2; 5525; 5528; D5529; 5530; D5531; 5532; D5533; 5535-6; D5538; 5539; D5542-5; 5546-7; 5549; D5550; 5552-5; 5558; 5560; 5563; D5564; 5568; 5570; 5572; 5574-6; D5578; 5580; 5582; 5585; 5587; 5593-5; 5597-8; D5599; 5603; 5607; 5610; D5612; 5615; 5621; 5624; D5628; D5630; 5634-5; D5636; D5639; D5641; 5642; 5646; D5649; 5650; 5652; 5654; D5658-9; D5666; D5670; 5671-6; 5675; 5679-80; 5684; 5686-7; D5696; 5697; D5804; 5817; 5825; D5830; 5831; D5832-3; D5836; 5837-8; D5839-41; D5844-5; 5846; D5847; 5848; D5849-50; 5851-2; D5853-7; 5858; D5859-62. *5519 received a partial repaint at Stratford after sideswipe collision repairs and original style serif numbers were utilised on A side. Any additions to these would be welcome.
  9. D8234 was the Liverpool St. pilot and had received a green repaint FYE and logos with block numbers (as per blue locos) , along with D8213; D8229; D8235; D8236; D8240 and D8243. D8231 received logos but retained serif numbers as did D8242 but this loco also retained SYP. D8243 later became ADB968000 retaining its logo's. I understand Russell Saxton had a photo of 31294 in green livery. He and I collaborated on quite a few livery subjects and it would be shame if all of his extensive research was 'lost'. I do hope that someone may have his archive somewhere.
  10. Class 31's that received interim overhauls with the re-engine programme and received re-varnished green paintwork/full yellow ends with double arrow centrally placed logo I have recorded as follows:- D5513 (serifed numbers); D5514; D5518; D5520; 5523; D5529; D5557 (logos on cabsides); D5561 (logos on cabsides); D5573; D5592; D5600; 5605; 5610; D5612; D5617; D5618; D5621; D5623; D5624; D5630; D5634; D5637; 5638; 5643; D5647; D5660; D5663; 5665; D5668; 5677; 5685; D5690; D5691; D5692; D5693; 5694; D5698; D5699; D5801, D5803; D5806; D5808; D5810; D5811; D5812; 5813; D5814; D5815; 5816; D5817; D5818; D5819; D5820; D5821; D5822; D5823; D5824; D5826; D5827; D5828; D5829; D5842; D5843. I have photographic evidence of the majority of these. As I mentioned in a previous thread about Class 31's D5545; D5655-D5670 had 1600hp uprated Mirrlees engines and had an additional roof hatch covering a larger radiator header tank adjacent to the fan grille on A side No.1 end, which these engines carried after the equipment was removed on EE engine replacement. The panelled in additional roof hatch remained. I would also add that several of the D prefixed loco's in this list lost the prefix before blue livery was applied. At some stage I will compile a similar list from my archives showing Green livery FYE retaining the BR crest, of which there were quite a few.
  11. The following numbered Class 30/31 received the small double arrow logo in place of the original BR crest whilst in BR Green SYP. Most if not all of these logos were applied whilst the EE re-engine progamme was being undertaken with many locos with existing superior green 'paintwork merely being 'touched up and varnished. D5513, D5610, D5638, D5643, D5662, D5665, D5677, D5685, D5802, D5813, D5815, D5825, these are the only ones I have seen photographic evidence of.
  12. 332 was the first repaint into the two colour scheme in April 1970, the first vehicles actually receiving this livery fron new being the three diverted Bristol VR's from Southern Vectis also in April 1970. The first NBC poppy red repaints started in November 1972 so the two colour scheme was vert short-lived although 157 vehicles received it including five Bridgemasters. The image I previously put up of 332 was after its repaint in preservation in 1983 so I have uploaded the 1970 images of 332 and 902.
  13. A couple of Oxford's new Streetdeck Electroliners fleet. Ninety one of these will be coming in over the next year! The Stagecoach Oxford City fleet will contribute fifty five ADL Electric E40EV's in a similar livery scheme!
  14. Well if you insist Mike! A small selection of former City of Oxford buses that still exist today belonging to a small group of us known as Cherwell Bus Preservation Group. The AEC Regent V with Hants & Dorset fleetnames is in its former Provincial paint scheme and shows it back in its former home at Cowley Road bus depot upon arrival from H&D at Southampton in 1975................and it still isn't anywhere near finished yet having owned it now for almost fifty years! It was transferred to Gosport & Fareham (Provincial) in 1970. The liveries depicted show the eventual progression from the original tri-colour scheme to a short lived simplified two colour livery before NBC rec and white dominated the fleet. As a matter of interest there are still around thirty or so red buses running for Oxford Bus Company (the successor to City of Oxford Motor Services) in various permutations of red but these are due to disappear within the next few months as the all electric Streetdeck Electroliner fleet wipes out the last of the modern hybrid or plain diesel vehicles so I'm please to provide a representation of the old schemes.
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