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six made from two (whatever that means)

 

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.

six made from two (whatever that means)

 

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.

comments (19)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 18 Jun 2008, 02:10
I wish I were enough of a buff to say "I know, I know!" But I'm not, Richard. However, I can see why these behemoths are a delight to kids of all ages!
Richard Trim: ''behemoths '' ?
I think it's much a boy thing Ginnie but possibly not quite exclusively. thanks richard
One looks like a Standard 5, another a Black 5, another an Ivatt 2-6-0. Maybe the Black 5 is the one with Stephensons Link valve gear - or maybe the Ivatt was the last to be built by the LMS?

PS I love trains
Richard Trim: These technical words in your comment don't seem to fit with the technio jargon I have in front of me about these two Chris ... but I love your enthusiasm. You are top of the list of ''memorable failures'' at the moment.
All will be revealed later today. cheers richard
I haven't got a clue Richard, but I really like this collage! Have a nice day. Richard
Richard Trim: If I hadn't got all the techno gobbeldygook of the web nor would I. cheers richard
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 18 Jun 2008, 08:11
I said that Tiff would likle this, Richard.
Richard Trim: Why Chad ... do you know his inner most deepest-rooted interests. ;-) ;-) Of course you do. richard
I still love trains but I am not clever enough to recognise these. The bottom right looks like a Stanier black 5 but I have no idea what the green one is.
Richard Trim: It's not about being clever Bill ... just knowledgeable. But I know what you mean exactly ... and am not trying to be pedantic. cheers richard
Oh by the way I like the collage.
Richard Trim: It's the simplest and easiest callage to create ... a mattter of less than a minute. richard
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jun 2008, 09:49
As you might imagine Richard, what I know about steam trains could be written on a stamp, although my Grandad was an engine driver on the Great Western. Lol at Chris - Mr Know-it-all! I like the one of the gold-looking wheel top right - I think if you really cropped it tight it would make a good abstract.
Ingrid
Richard Trim: Nice bit of vision there Ingrid ... but of course you must have picked up a million and one great ideas for photographs from your course. Thanks richard.
I have been enjoying very much your pics; I like your point of view.It is very original...
A hug and have a good day.smile
Richard Trim: Many thanks. richard
  • Sheila
  • Spain mostly, England a little
  • 18 Jun 2008, 09:59
I also like steam trains, but have absolutely no knowledge about any of them. I simply like the look, sound and smell of them.
I also like your pictures, which may be improved by a narrow white border around each one., to accentuate each engine photo and make it all a little less "busy".
Richard Trim: You are absolutely right Sheila ... maybe next time. Thanks richard
  • Aussie
  • night shift and sleep deprived
  • 18 Jun 2008, 10:38
Nice collage Richard. My knowledge of trains would fit on a pin head, but only if in large print.
Richard Trim: Don't worry ... thanks richard
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jun 2008, 12:32
nice collage to view many angles
Richard Trim: Thanks Chantal ... and with only parts of trsins being shown ... In order to create a little mystery. richard
  • FLOOG
  • A Green and pleasant land
  • 18 Jun 2008, 13:55
I know nothing, other than that I love steam trains, and these photographs are fabulous.

Could the famous one be Ivor the tank engine?

I'll get my coat!
Richard Trim: LOl at least you didn't say ''Thomas the tank engine''... but that may be because you have some affinity with Wales ... er maybe. ;-) richard
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 18 Jun 2008, 15:01
This must be a train enthusiast's dream. Especially the one in the upper right captured my attention. Nice!
Richard Trim: Thanks Martin ... Yes, I think that one has the most potential to become abstract. cheers richard
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Jun 2008, 19:12
It is a Uintah No. 51, which was famous for running around on narrow gauge rails. The other is a Dampflokomotiv Jugoslaviens CS-1 which ran on standard gauge in Serbia before 1900.

I will tell you a secret - these behemoths are just like american cars (another type of behemoth) to me, in that they all look the same as far as I am concerned.

Although I believe I am 100% wrong with identifying the 2 engines, not all that I have written is larrie.

All nonsense aside. It is a great collage and there definitely are some abstracts to be made. Since I am not a train buff I can't help with the compositions - they all look good to me smile
Richard Trim: Very good Louis ... I nearly believed you for about half a second smile cheers richard
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 18 Jun 2008, 19:24
Good composition, Richard. I like these engins. My grandfather was drive these engins in France, there's a long long time ago !
There are powers monsters !!
Richard Trim: Many thanks Fabrice ...smile richard
I don't know what makes you think I am that much of an expert Richard but here goes anyway.
The pictures are taken at the GCR at Loughborough down near the bridge by the locoshed, I know not when.
I reckon, not coming from Midland Railway territory that the bottom set might be a Stanier Class 5 (Black 5) or a Stanier Class 8F(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LMS_Stanier_Class_8F).
The top set is of a "proper" loco that ran on the Great Northern Railway, where the best people come from, and is, I think, Flying Scotsman (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Scotsman).
Whether I am right or wrong thanks for giving us all some fun and I do really think you have made an excellent job of this collage.
Richard Trim: Ha Brian ... I have seen your train pictures over time and thought you would might have seen thse two engibnes running on the GCR.
...Read my 7.00 pm update under the image ... It's in bright yellow. richard
You had me fooled Richard, the Standard Class 2 was there when I went some time ago but the last time I saw Oliver Cromwell, when I took the pictures for my collage of 10th.April, it was painted black not green before they took it to pieces to refurbish it. I still haven't been down to see it back in use again.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 18 Jun 2008, 22:26
fabulous collection of photo's Richard and a good idea to put them together, they do have that element of beauty that are so called modern trains sadly lack nice one mateysmile
  • Alan
  • Southampton.. sunny south coast of England
  • 19 Jun 2008, 18:24
I missed taking part in the quiz (I would have been rubbish, anyway!) However, I do like looking at these fine machines and your montage shows them to good effect.

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