I came across your web site by chance the other day and thought you might be interested in these two photos I took when I was a young lad on holiday in Cornwall.
I can only guess at the date at around 1961 as on the photo with the Warships locos, you can just see the rear wheel of my father's Wolseley 1500 parked at the kerb side which he owned at that time.
I'm also assuming the photo of Kneller Hall was taken on the same holiday.
Best regards, Steve Richards. Bristol.
Pictures such as these taken many years ago are much appreciated. Thank you.
I saw Steve Richards’ excellent photo of two Warships over the wall at Penzance in 1961, and I can narrow down the identities – the short handrails in front of the windscreens were only fitted to D800-2 (they were later modified to the standard long handrails). Close examination of nameplate widths suggests that the far one is D800 Sir Brian Robertson, in which case the nearest one will be either D801 Vanguard or D802 Formidable.
Points to note in this relatively uncommon roof view are the Maybach engines’ in-line exhaust ports (NBL’s MAN-powered D833-65 had diagonally offset exhausts, as did the unique Paxman-powered D830) and the large central circular vent panel over the train heating boiler, with trademark blistered paint around the edge – this feature was restricted to D800-12 and Swindon’s final five D866-70, all others having an extra louvre cut into the cantrail above the nameplate on one side only instead.
Best regards, Neil Phillips Many thanks Neil
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