A Thornfalcon question
Can you help?
I am hoping that you may be able to give me some advice regarding a model railway locomotive
A colleague who is about to retire is a model railway enthusiast. His retirement project is to recreate Thornfalcon station and its environs as it was in the 1930s as an N gauge model
As a retirement gift we would like to give him a model locomotive that is period correct. Some discrete questioning has revealed that he would like a tank/pannier locomotive
Looking on line there appear to be several variants of GWR 57xx 0-6-0 locomotive models
Would you be able to advise on the correct model/variant/livery for this location and period
Unusual Sight at Swindon in 1974
Roger's photos posted yesterday (22nd) showing scenes around Plymouth on Saturday 9th February 1974 reminded me that on that same day I caught a bus into Swindon in pouring rain, and it was still raining when I made my way to see what was parked on Swindon's stabling point that morning - I did not expect this! Better still, as I stood there with camera poised the cloud cover miraculously and abruptly cleared from the west and the sunshine which Roger had already enjoyed in Plymouth arrived in Swindon, right on cue!
The reason for 1200 Falcon's presence that day is unclear - I recall reading a magazine article on the unique locomotive's exploits some years later which suggested that it had stopped over here on its way back to South Wales following a visit to the Brush Works at Loughborough, where BR had allegedly sent it to act as a standby generator during that winter's power shortages, apparently without telling Brush who knew nothing about it and at the time the works had no direct rail connection anyway! However some sources claim this mysterious visit occurred in late May/early June; if so then it may simply have reached Swindon from South Wales on a freight or engineer's working. It departed for home light engine later that day, but I missed that.
Regarding Roger's two photos of Class 03s at Laira, these show the same locomotive, D2128/03128 (D2126 was withdrawn from 8F Springs Branch, Wigan in October 1971 before it could become 03126 under TOPS). D2128 was renumbered in February 1974 but, unless this actually occurred while Roger's back was turned during his visit on the 23rd, the weather conditions and leaves on the trees suggest that D2128 was photographed the previous year, or earlier. (By the way, once again I know where I was when Roger was photographing 03128 at Laira - touring Woodham's Scrapyard at Barry!)
Thames Tamar Express
Motive Power 33104 and 33106
DRS Class 37's - The end
The news article can be read on the DRS website by clicking here.
I had a quick scan through my photos to find a few of the locos in the DRS 'house colours' within our region.