Be that as it may, readers may remember fbb's unbridled excitement when chum Richard sent him a tatty old Hornby Dublo tank wagon.
As you author was browsing through the second hand lists from Hattons of Widnes ...
fbb thought it would be a nice treat for chum Richard (who is visiting soon) to see an equivalent of his elderly gift but in good nick. As a bonus it would run happily on fbb's layout whereas the original Hornby Dublo, with metal wheels, would cause a power-stopping short circuit. Hattons postage charges are punitive (at a flat rate of £4) for small orders so fbb sought another model to bulk up the package a bit.
This model ...
Prices do vary ...
The Coronation Scot express train started in 1937 and five locos and three sets of coaches were painted in a special blue and white livery, hence the model.
It ran until the start of the war in 1939 when train speeds were reduced and expresses effectively ceased to exist. It ran London Euston and Glasgow Central, stopping at Carlisle for crew change and to pick up and set down passengers to and from London only. The service was designed to compete with the rival services on the East Coast Main Line, for prestigious London to Scotland traffic.
Present-day Virgin Pendolino trains from Euston to Glasgow Central take four hours and twenty nine minutes! But they are nowhere near as luxurious!
So what's with the red and gold livery?
P.S. For Modellers
Hornby are currently advertising a pack of three Coronation (blue) coaches in their Railroad range.
Peco advertise a Royal Daylight tank wagon kit from an old range. It's a bit pricey, but fbb might be popping over to Beer to investigate.