In message , John Turner
So how am I going to buy one from you, then? I assume you'd want to test
it before you sent it to me.
If it's the right sort of EMU (like those that have been mentioned
hereabouts recently), I might want two or three. Each.
Err, no, perhaps behind a grubby 33 (they could work quite a way up
the southern end of the ECML) or a 31 - the Cig/Big's that you refer
to were built in the early '70's to replace the old central Division
Cor's etc. The Kent Coast and western section stock were built in the
Southern Regions own works shops IIRC.
Hmm, but when you consider that they were air braked and that the
33's could work well past Doncaster without the need for a 'pilot' it
seems *very* unlikely seeing that steam was also becoming rare south
of Peterbough by then - more likely that they would have been 33
hauled through out.
Also, going back to the original comment about being steam-hauled, I
don't think the WD 2-8-0's worked the southern end of the ECML
although the WD 2-10-0's did, until about early '63.
So the loco's can *work* to York, were the stock in question was
built, but you think that it's unlikely that an air brake fitted loco
would be sent to collect stock for their own region, hmmmmmm...
BTW, for those who don't know, it was one of the Cliffe to
Uddingstone cement trains that derailed and thus caused the fatal
crash in which the prototype type 4 'DP2' (that became the class
50's) was damaged beyond repair and written off.