Far better than watching football! 'And so say most of us' !!!
43002 built 1975 and still in front line service in 2018. 43053 was produced at Crewe in 1977 for set 253026 and has spent time on the Western, Midland and Eastern regions of British Railways before returning to the 'Western' (with FGW) in 2009. It has carried BR Blue/Grey Yellow, Original 'Executive' & Revised Inter City 'Swallow' liveries, Midland Mainline ( two variations, Green/Tangerine, Blue & Grey) and finally GNER Blue before receiving it's current finish. Plus it has had three names bestowed, County of Humberside, Leeds United and, finally, the plates it still carries, University of Worcester.
Guy V 24.06.2018
Many thanks as usual, what a mine of information Guy is.
Guy V 24.06.2018 Many thanks GUY for your two superb pictures and accompanying text
With Four Locomotives
50049 Defiance masqueraded on one side as 50011 Centurion and50007 Hercules as 50006 Neptune
If you thought that complaints about trains and railway management was a recent phenomenon its clearly not, as this letter shows. It appeared in the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette for 24 June 1848 just 7 weeks after the South Devon Railway opened from Totnes to Plymouth and the passenger service commenced. Here it is verbatim, and the italics are not mine but original:
THE SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY INCORRIGIBLE
To the Editor of the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette
SIR, - As you take great interest in the Western Railways, I
think it right to inform you that I left the Laira Station by the
afternoon train yesterday,(with only three light carriages
and a horse box) and on arriving at the inclined plane, near
Plympton, we were brought to a stand still; and after actually
receding three times for about a mile, it was found absolutely
necessary to leave the horse box behind, when (after a full half
hour's delay) we reached the summit, but did not arrive at Totnes
until 20 minutes after four, being half an hour after its time, and
where we met the Express down train, which (if it arrived at its
appointed time) had been detained 35 minutes ! The result of such
intolerant delay was, that instead of returning to Devonport at
half past eight, I did not get home until midnight. The Directors
who are known by the cognomen of “the Western Luminaries,”
must be be highly delighted at the progress their excellent
management ensures. I am, yours,
Devonport, 20th June 1848. A CONSTANT READER
NB For those not familiar with the area the inclined plane is Hemerdon Bank.