The specially built narrow width Hastings diesel electric units appeared in blue and grey livery ...
There are also narrow class 33 diesels to handle freight trains.
What I need, pronounced the general manager of the southern region, is a nice inspection saloon; so that I can tour my realm and, well, inspect it. It would be a jackpot idea to turn one of those surplus buffets into a posh single car manager's state coach.
And so they did.
Hence "Sweet Caroline", hence Neil Diamond. His song doesn't really offer itself as a possible parody although the chorus is nice.
If you are one of the first to buy, you will be entered in a prize draw to be a passenger in Caroline for a spiffing rail tour ...
That price is for an unpowered coach, and it is the same price as a typical powered locomotive!
Or you could buy a MARC Models metal kit for £75 ...
fbb will not be investing in his own model for the MD of the Peterville Quarry Railway. He (the OO scale manager, that is) can take a ride in Henrietta propelled at a gentle pace by Toby the Tram Engine.
The Three-Way Dilemma
Long term blog readers may remember that fbb installed a three-way point at the throat to Peterville Quarry station, replacing a normal turnout.
The spring for the left hand turn had dissolved away completely whilst that for the right hand turn was still strong and working well.
Assuming that it was he who had "done something wrong" fbb replaced the three-way-point, spending another £30.
Then two years later, i.e. last Wednesday, the old man was attempting to clean track and he saw that the replacement point had broken in exactly the same way, i.e. the left turn over-centre spring had rotted but that for the right turn was good and functioning well.
Co-incidence or design fault?
Both sets of points have gone off the Peco at Beer for their comments. Probably they will tactfully tell fbb that three-way points are too delicate to be used outside. That would be understandable if BOTH over-centre springs had rotted - but only one, and the same one on each set?
But fbb has something else to challenge his ever inventive mind ...
You will have to wait and see.