Monday, 9 July 2012

4472's next few months

There's an NRM update on where 4472 Flying Scotsman goes in the coming months and the work left to do .

Sunday, 8 July 2012

NRM official line on the Mallard 75th record anniversary

From Twitter brand new on NRM press site, the A4 story
great spectacle, a few RNF raised eyebrows, "35 A4s were built, but only six survive". 6/35ths of the class? How many more is there room for? How about an entire new build one with which to break Mallard's record?

Friday, 6 July 2012

Canadian perspective on the A4 move to Britain

Really interesting to see the Canadian angle on the A4 move. Of course when they say the British museum is funding the move, that is slightly elided. The shippers involved are paying all the fees as a sponsorship deal for the museum. .

Note the Canadians suggesting one could be used to break the speed record !!!!!!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Six A4s in a line: Railway Magazine August 2012

Just now I am clipping in an interesting discussion from my Facebook arising from reading Steve Davies' leading feature in the August 2012 Railway Magazine. I am torn in knowing what to make of it although I am sure it is a remarkable piece of writing.

The discussion from this morning:

Will the thought of seeing six A4s in a line rather than four during 2013 change how you spend your money? (Railway Magazine August 2012 feature).
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    • William Snook ill certainly be going to see that spectacle. Really looking forward to it! Hope the two returnees are in steam!
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    • Robert Forsythe according to the feature, the two returnees are not in steam but will have quite a lot of attention, one with valences and bell and LNER garter blue
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    • William Snook One of the two is in a very poor state, which one is it?
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    • Jonathan Clay Simple answer. No!
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    • Frank Richards · Friends with Steve Robb and 68 others
      They'll be 3 static (Mallard & 2 visiting ones) and 3 in steam (Bittern, Sir Nig & South africa)
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    • William Snook Robert, its 60010 Dominion of Canada that is in a bad way. 60008 DDE is in a fairly ok state for its length of static display
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    • Alex Betteney Would love to go and see them, but why the money issue? Unless of course the nrm are going to charge £50 entry fee?
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    • David Brown ‎60010 has had cosmetic attention recently but at least was kept indoors while many of Canada's own heritage locos sat rusting in the rain. Of course, if it hadn't gone to Canada it would have been scrapped here as it had been badly robbed after storage by BR. It would need a lot to make it a runner again.
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    • Brian Elliott Nope, probably saw them at Haymarket in the late fifties

    • Robert Forsythe where has the £50 entry fee come from Alex? that was not in Rly Mag. it is very pertinent. as you can see my question is about audience testing which in the light of Railfest visitor numbers is relevant. From the Rly Mag article there is little evidence that the decision to do all this is based on an "evidenced study" of likely numbers or that it is how it appears to me. It looks as if the director faced with a perceived need to celebrate the 75th anniversary "spectacularly" came up with the project very swifty. The article opens "Soon after arriving at the NRM..... action would need to be taken quickly". It is a hugely clever wheese but with 4472 not yet in action my prayer is that this will be shown to be exactly the right thing for a public funded museum to do at this moment. Your reactions and those of more folk are very interesting (to me anyway). Will I turn out? To Shildon if it is free, yes. To anywhere if I have to pay "Railfest" level prices? Shake shoulders, I was not at Railfest and my enthusiasm is hard to beat.
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