I gave up train spotting at the age of 13 ... I think I had, by then, almost discovered that half the population were a different shape to me and I slowly, very very slowly started to investigate this new form of the human species ... It was quite fun but also nerve racking at times. However a residual interest in these steaming, idiosyncratic, temperamental, noisy, dirty, metal beasts has remained. My days of clutching a pencil and notebook from Woolworths and wearing a balaclava to keep my ears warm on those winter days back in the late 50's are well over. But for those who are still infatuated with these delightful and dynamic monsters here is something for you.
The quiz, and I absolutely hate creating quizes to provide certain ''ego's'' the chance of excessively inflating them with ''I know I know'', .... is just for you to tell me what you know about the engines in this posting. Big clue ... one is special for a specific reason.
Serious warning to Brian Walby ... You are not allowed to comment until the end of the day .
Just out of interest ... I just wonder what you train buffs, or anyone else for that matter, thinks of my shooting angles and crops.
PS (suppliment) There are only two different engines here.
UPDATE 7.00pm. These two engines are based at Loughborough and have been lovingly restored/ revamped/ repaired by numerous railway enthusiasts who work and help run the old GCR line betweeen Loughborough and Rothley in Leics.
The Black engine 78019 is a BR Standard 2 designed by RA Riddle and built in 1954.
The green engine is a Britannia class engine 70013 ''Oliver Cromwell.'' It is special in that it was one of the l;ast four steam engines to run a BR mainline service in 1968 before a steam ban was inforced.
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