I have been searching for pictures of the Knightwing diesel on the net but
couldn't find any. Does anybody know of anywhere such things exist, or
alternatively does anybody have any pictures they could email me?
Thanks in advance
Type in "Rolls Royce Sentinel" in Google and you might get a couple of
sites. There are a few pics of the 4 wheel versions out there, also a couple
of 6 wheel pics (just like the Knightwing model)
I've built both the 4w and 6w versions from Judith Edge kits and they're
currently running this weekend a Skipton Exhibition. I'll try and phot them
later and post a couple of pics.
I've just bought a Bachmann MDT Plymouth 6 wheel switcher. It looks like a
nice little runner. I'm considering putting it under my as yet unbuilt
Knightwing (Heljan.....IIRC) kit. However, the split chassi of the Plymouth
is going to need a serious bit of thinning down!
A little-known amphibious design, using parts recovered from Sherman DD
tanks abandoned on D-Day, or more prosaically by ship. There was a shunter
in one of the Humberside refineries that also resembled this style, built by
either Ruston & Hornsby or Hudswell-Clarke.
Thou kiddest? The 66's didn't get to Britain through the Chunnel, unless
there is a little-known spur to the North Americas!
And a rail-ferry was in regular cross-channel service for (?how many) years
prior to the opening of the Eurotunnel. The Night Ferry was a sleeper train
of French rolling stock that used to run through to Victoria via the ferry.
Originally you could sleep on the train right through the crossing, but in
recent years Health & Safety etc etc meant that passengers had to disembark
before the train could be moved on or off the ferry.
I saw the ferry at sea one night. It had open sides, and it was all lit up
like a travelling model railway showcase. Quite a strange sight.
The roll-on-roll-off services for lorries are a relatively recent
development. Before that, cross-channel freight had to be transhipped on and
off ordinary freight ships, or carried by air, or brought into England by
continental rail wagons on the ferry.
All those massively complex, labour-intensive, and downright interesting
operations, which seemed so commonplace when I was young, have been swept
away by roro and the Tunnel.