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This photo was in Model Rail about 2009. If EWS had sold some 58’s who knows what they would have looked like if bought by Freightliner?





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37 007 Freightliner Bond. Another “What If?” Freightliner buys some 37’s. I have kept the yellow bottom stripe as seen in the Class 58 above.
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I liked the EWS livery. Older locos looked good and ready for work.
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When the Royal Train traverses branch lines Network Rail have become very focused on loco weight and so a Class 37 fits the bill when required. Needs a nameplate.
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Class 21’s were used on the Cambridge – King’s Cross trains for a while from 1958. The Hornby model is of a Class 29 as the 21’s moved to Scotland and some were re-engined. This is my attempt to back date the front ends to look like a 1958 Class 21.
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What if the prototype Deltic was given an early BR look? It has split boxes one end (as shown) and discs the other.
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If the 37’s had come out earlier they might have looked like this.
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Hornby Class 29 back dated to a Class 21 in Baby Deltic livery..
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The Deltics moved over to provide a fast service for the Royal Mail contracts.
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Network Rail 31. Airfix and you can still get the traction tyres!.
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An Anglia 31. Tri-ang. They can be found cheaply which is very “Motley”. Used at Norwich for shunting and occasional use down the Sherringham line. I wish!
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Lima Class 59 in BR Corporate Blue. A “might have been”. Looks smart..
Tri-ang Class 37 in Network Rail yellow.
Airfix Class 31 in Network Rail yellow.
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Tri-ang 31 in Engineers livery. I did this many years ago and given it was a very old model I feel it looks the part..
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Lima chassis and a Dapol plastic kit lined out by a good friend of mine.
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Older Hornby HST (Cheap). Corporate Blue would have not been very inspiring!
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Another Lima Deltic chassis with a Lima Deltic body cut about to take the DP2 overlays. Old model but good until the Haljan one came along.
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Hornby older HST in EWS Royal Train livery. You may recall that at one time there was a lot of HST sets lying around unused until they were bought up and re-engined. So “what if”, EWS who were responsible for the Royal Train, replaced the ageing Class 47’s with a pair of HST cars;125 mph Royal Train whisking her Maj to her engagements.
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Continuing the theme “what if” the diesels prototypes came out all in 1958/9 the early Class 33’s may have looked like this?.
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Not a Haljan. Produced by a firm in Scotland. Slightly under scale but at the time – some years ago; it was a good model.
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Playcraft models HO scale (French), of a Class 22 diesel. These were produce for the cheap toy market. Run well..
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When NSE was formed Cambridge had all the relieved Class 47’s on the Liverpool Street trains. County of Essex stayed in blue at this time.
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These were some of the first Motley diesels. The HST ends was the first followed by the Blue Pullman / Class 31. All on shortened older Hornby HST chassis.
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What if the later Class 31’s were updated like the Class 25’s were? An Airfix body with modified windows in a modified livery. Looks modern – less 1950’s.
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The latest 0-4-0 diesel from Hornby as of December2014. Motley number and Cockney Sparrow added and some silver highlighting..
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Picked up some DMU whisker transfers. So the early 31’s, Brush type 2’s had whiskers. Doesn’t do their image any favours!
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So if the EE Type 3’s had had a “make-over” a variationon of the Class 47 livery might have looked like this. It’s all Tri-ang..
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These are Silver Fox bodies and bogie overlays on Lima chassis. Kestrel and Lion.
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Tri-ang 0-4-0 diesel shunters painted in BR green and blue and renumbered..
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Bescot painted up this loco and the livery lasted a few hours as the yellow band higher up on the body side was chosen and the lower alternative abandoned.
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When Fastline painted up three 56’s Model Rail did an article on how to alter the Dapol body. I liked the livery.
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Did this years ago. Airfix model.
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What if the Parcels Sector had  taken on 37’s?
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All Silver Fox, not Haljan..
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Silver Fox bodies on Bachmann chassis.
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More Silver Fox bodies on Lima chassis.
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Silver Fox Baby Deltic bodies. The one on the right is on a Lima Class 20 chassis. The one on the left – I picked up the body cheaply at an Exhibition and painted it up and put it on a Hornby Class 29 chassis.
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Lima Class 26 and 27 repainted into BR green. Both types seen in Cambridge in 1958 before they left for Scotland.
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Continuing the theme of surplus HST power cars early on in the privatisation of the railway, HST power cars taking on the Pullman specials.
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Continuing the theme of surplus HST power cars early on in the privatisation of the railway, Fragonset use HST cars instead of Class 47s.
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Tri-ang Class 37 in Anglia colours. DRS to use Class 37’s in 2015.
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Lima Class 60. Freightliner bought some.
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Tri-ang 31 in Freightliner Motley livery. I ran out of the big banner ‘Freightliner’ transfer and they are expensive. Choose 501 because the number was a complete transfer which makes lining up a lot easier!
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D5553 as it was at Stratford 1967. Four Brush Type 2’s and four EE Type 3’s where fitted with front head lights that flashed alternately left then right. They were fitted in April / May 1966. Tri-ang model.
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I painted up a Tri-ang EMU in Tri-ang brown that matched the early Mk 1 non-corridor Tri-ang coaches. It was about the early suburban stock being painted into BR crimson instead of green. I was curious what a DMU would look like. Picked this one up at a Wood Green Toy Fair for £16. After a good clean it works fine. I like the Tri-ang brown! Humbrol No 73..
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At the last count I have 48 Class 31’s; most of themTri-ang. These are the earlier Tri-ang ones. By the wall the first greenversion. In the middle a blue version to celebrate when BR launched theirlivery change to blue. The nearest one was the later green version where the white or Duck Blue stripes have turned a bit grey. There was one other version before the BR corporate blue versions (see below) which was blue with white cabs but people want silly money for them considering they are well over 50 years old!
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Tri-ang BR blue 31’s. The nearest is blue plastic and the other is nearer the correct corporate colour..
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Tri-ang Hornby 37’s. The one by the wall is the standard green version. The middle is the head code version painted green as seen on shed in Cambridge 31A in early 1960’s. The nearest the camera is a ‘might have been’ as recorded in Pat Hammond’s books on the history of Tri-ang and Hornby.One was mocked-up with full yellow ends but never produced.
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Hornby-Dublo Deltics. Far too short but very powerful and have a ‘presence’. The nearest is the second version that came out. The other is the first version which came out in plain BR green and I have painted it up using Rail Match paints. They look good pulling a rake of Hornby-Dublo, Wrenn Pullman coaches.
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All had the Stratford name at some time. All Tri-ang or Tri-ang Hornby locos pained in the correct liveries..
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Tri-ang Bo-Bo. What if in despair BR turned to an American loco builder in the late 1950’s to buy something reliable.
It’s in ‘Baby Deltic’ livery. The motor has the later smooth wheels with flanges that don’t bump on the PECO 100 track sleepers. The trailing bogie has been re-wheeled and pick ups added. I cut some plastic off the bogie sides to make it less bulky. Runs well.

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What if the Brush Type 4’s were introduced in the late1950’s? They might have looked like this. It’s a Hornby loco.
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Hornby Pacer. Was in BR colours. You may have seen from other DMU’s and EMU’s, I like the idea that BR might have decided that all units should be in crimson. The Tri-ang non-corridor suburban stock is in a brownish crimson. If I clone this colour I can add them to units. The colour is Humbrol No 73. I see the Pacer as a prototype as part of the 1950’s ‘Pilot Scheme’.
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With spare HST cars in late 2017 early 2018; here is the HST 3rd Rail prototype.
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A Hornby Class 25 converted to a Class 24 in two tone green as seen at Kings +.. I mentioned this paint job in my Jan 2019 Blog. When I had finished it I thought it looked good. Once I looked at this photo I realised that it could have been better. the roof grey over the cab is a pretty poor effort. Remedial work will follow.
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Hornby 47. Not the best brushed paint job. Just curious what a Blood and Custard loco would look like.
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Lima Deltic in Blood and Custard.
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Lima Deltic named' Thunderbird'. Worked for GNER to rescue failed trains and move stock.
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Lima Western. Not my favourite loco. I was given it so as I was painting the Deltic and Class 47 in Blood & Custard, this got the same treatment.
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Needs a name. Mk II D coaches. Old Hornby HST. Paint lines helped a lot to brush paint it.
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