The Elizabethen Express

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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by StevieG » Sat May 19, 2012 12:38 pm

60027Merlin wrote:Lovely shot of Golden Plover in 1961. Here is one, in model form, of number 27 a year earlier in it's record breaking 76 appearances that year.
As well as '27', much appreciate the representations of the ground signal and a signal wire! :)
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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by 60027Merlin » Sat May 19, 2012 6:49 pm

The layout is on RMWeb "Longdrem and the Pinkhill Branch". I can't get many photos transferred into this site as they are rejected by being too big a file size. I was surprised that this no. 27 photo got through!

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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by manna » Mon May 21, 2012 10:20 pm

G'Day Gents

Nice picture there 'Merlin' very nice in fact, don't you just love em' :lol:

Boris, just been reading back on the last page, you said 'the hated 02's' I am assuming, it was the cab you did'nt like and not the engine, as a lot of GC men complained about the 'NEW' 8F's that replaced the 02's as being harsh and hard riding and not being any improvement over the smooth as silk riding 02's (there words not mine) could we/I have a first hand comparison please.

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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by Blink Bonny » Wed May 23, 2012 12:42 pm

Ay up!

I wonder if Boris is referring to the horrid task of preparing them? OK, no inside valve gear but you did have an inside con rod and slide bars plus glands. And was access to the 2 to 1 gear as easy as it might have been?

Plus when worn the 2 to 1 gear did odd things to the beat of the engine giving rise, I would have thought, to huge dead spots.
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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by FrankNi » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:23 am

Commenting on Driver Bob Marrable. I was a near neighbour to Bob in Wembley during the 1950's. I was 4 in 1953 and very keen on trains [still am], and Bob's wife treated me to going to King's Cross to meet Bob when he arrived on Leeds express. The loco was 60017, Silver Fox, and I was taken on to the footplate to meet both driver and fireman, who I am fairly certain was Roland Ruffel. I have only just learnt of Roland Ruffel's book "48 Years on The Footplate". I sat in the fireman's seat and recall clearly looking along the boiler and seeing the silver fox on the casing. Great excitement for a 4 year old. I also recall Bob had a daughter, Caroline, who was about 6 years older than I was, I started at the same grammar school as her, at the time she left. I do not know what year Bob passed away, believing that he had retired to Bournemouth. I do recall seeing Bob when passing my house on his way home from work and asking which engine he had driven today and being told "34" on more than one occasion.

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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by D.Marrable » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:45 pm

Bob Marrable
Was related to my Grandfather, Dave (David William ) - cousin, I think.

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Re: The Elizabethen Express

Post by STAFFORDA4 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:19 pm

I’m keen to know a little about the Deltic era on the Elizabethan, summer 1962 only as I understand it.
On 18th June 1962 at the commencement of that Summer Timetable, there was some special attention given to The Flying Scotsman as it had reached its centenary. D9020 Nimbus worked the down FS that day and D9021 Royal Scots Grey the up and both were immaculate judging by the photos I’ve seen.

However the Lizzie wasn’t chronicled in quite the same way. I understand D9012 Crepello had the down run but does anyone know which Deltic hauled the up, please?

Similarly might anyone know which locos hauled the very last Elizbethans at the end of the service in the September?

Many thanks

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