Once Upon A Time ...
The dedicated trainspotter of yesteryear was generally equipped with pencil, notebook and his "Combine". fbb's (above) cost ten shillings and six pence, a small pocket-money fortune for the callow youth. For those unaware, the pocket-sized volume listed every British Railways locomotive arranged by marque and number. The tradition was that you underlined the number when you "copped" the engine.
And you got the "namers" as well!
... But Now:-
But today there are far fewer locos and much much more information. This book popped through the letter box at fbb mansions and fbb really doesn't know why - maybe it was an offer consequent upon taking out a new subscription for Modern Railways.D1666 was renumbered as follows:-
The loco was named:-
Odin 03/65 to 07/90
Irresistible 07/93 to 10/02
Duke of Edinburgh's Award 11/03 to 03/04
BRC - British Rail Crewe Works
03/65 to 02/94
European Metal Reprocessing, Kingsbury
Of course the "Combine" did not list deceased engines! What is quite sobering it to tot up the number of locos in each class and then look at today's much diminished railway.
You can even look up, for older locos, what its number is now and what it was before the TOPS computerised system was introduced.
fbb started his visit with lunch ...
Because not all our blog readers are convulsed with excitement about matters model railway, fbb will slip in snippets over the next few days. The aim of these mini reports will be to show things slightly out of the ordinary.
There weren't many!
Most layouts were "end to end", lacking the continuous runs of tail chasing trains familiar in fbb's youth. But there were a few like that.It was good to see trains tunning round in circles rather than waiting for the operators to send a realistic train at realistic speed some 12 feet along a layout. Sometimes realism can be a bit tedious however detailed it may be.
There was a good O gauge layout which was designed to watch the trains go by. The sound of a train clattering over the rail joints is very satisfying in the larger scale. Sadly, fbb failed to attempt a bit of video due to memory problems. The lack of memory was not on the phone but in fbb's head.
Apparently no one was injured - except perhaps the diver's pride, but the situation is a little "unfortunate".
Next Playing Catch-Up blog : Friday 1st July
Ouch! But how do you know there was a diver in the car?ReplyDelete
With 5 renumberings in 4 years, modern stock lacks the permanence of steam locos in the Combine. That's why many of us Old School Numbersnatchers gave up the habit in the diesel era.ReplyDelete
Blimey, the 'combined volume' from Ian Allen. Always a Christmas present. Then two years later it was suddenly more intersting to collect girls' numbers. Impossible to Imagine in the 1960s that Ian Allen would ever cease to exist, but they eventually did close...ReplyDelete
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