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One for the anoraks - your 5 sexiest diesel locomotives ever (partners excluded!... )

Discussion in 'Personal' started by doomzebra, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    <ol>[*]Deltic[*]Class 44 Peaks[*]Class 66[*]HS Kestrel[*]Class 20</ol>
  2. I always had a thing for 'Diesel' (the grumpy one) from Thomas the Tank Engine.
    And then there is this one...
  3. I would have to say Class 33, though I know what you mean about the Deltic

    But being a Doncaster Lass the Classes 56 and 58 have a special place in my heart
  4. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    im a steam engine man myself lol
    mallard class so sexy
    and 'city of'' class cant think of thier name
    Also like the hst of earlirt days
    dear i havent spotted trains since i was a spotty young boy hanging around the end of liverpool lime street station platform!

  5. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    That was you? I think I owe you an apology and an explanation.
  6. aren't we all (woman in my case)

    My spotting was mainly based around EMUs in the late 70s and early 80s TBH
  7. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I never meet any girls spotting when i was a boy....mind you it was a very long time ago. now they wouldnt even let you on the platform
    Ah the days of a platform ticket, a bottle of pop,sandwiches and a notebook withw spotters guide! lol
  8. There were not many girls as you say ... an added attraction tbh [​IMG]
  9. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    in my day and age we didnt discover women till we were 14........unless they played football and could leap off walls.. yo have to remember i was an innocent...stil am actually [​IMG]
    now days i am one of the many men who like to admire the shape and ride when we can!
  10. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    My favorite kettle
  11. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    actually i also like steam engines of the raod type as well.....fred dinah is to blame for that!
  12. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

  13. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    what great sight......i would be the one hanging out of the window in days of old lol
  14. The smell does it for me. Must be cos I was put in my pram in the guards van !
  15. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    This is the Night Mail crossing the border,

    Bringing the cheque and the postal order,

    Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,

    The shop at the corner and the girl next door.

    Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:

    The gradient's against her, but she's on time.

    Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder

    Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,

    Snorting noisily as she passes

    Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.

    Birds turn their heads as she approaches,

    Stare from the bushes at her blank-faced coaches.

    Sheep-dogs cannot turn her course;

    They slumber on with paws across.

    In the farm she passes no one wakes,

    But a jug in the bedroom gently shakes.

    Dawn freshens, the climb is done.

    Down towards Glasgow she descends

    Towards the steam tugs yelping down the glade of cranes,

    Towards the fields of apparatus, the furnaces

    Set on the dark plain like gigantic chessmen.

    All Scotland waits for her:

    In the dark glens, beside the pale-green sea lochs

    Men long for news.

    Letters of thanks, letters from banks,

    Letters of joy from the girl and the boy,

    Receipted bills and invitations

    To inspect new stock or visit relations,

    And applications for situations

    And timid lovers' declarations

    And gossip, gossip from all the nations,

    News circumstantial, news financial,

    Letters with holiday snaps to enlarge in,

    Letters with faces scrawled in the margin,

    Letters from uncles, cousins, and aunts,

    Letters to Scotland from the South of France,

    Letters of condolence to Highlands and Lowlands

    Notes from overseas to Hebrides

    Written on paper of every hue,

    The pink, the violet, the white and the blue,

    The chatty, the catty, the boring, adoring,

    The cold and official and the heart's outpouring,

    Clever, stupid, short and long,

    The typed and the printed and the spelt all wrong.

    Thousands are still asleep

    Dreaming of terrifying monsters,

    Or of friendly tea beside the band at Cranston's or Crawford's:

    Asleep in working Glasgow, asleep in well-set Edinburgh,

    Asleep in granite Aberdeen,

    They continue their dreams,

    And shall wake soon and long for letters,

    And none will hear the postman's knock

    Without a quickening of the heart,

    For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
  16. dusty67

    dusty67 New commenter

    Having, to my shame, raised a train spotter, I can tell you that standing on platforms to spot is still allowed. In fact, today we made the 90 mile journey over to Doncaster so Son No1 could spend hours stood on platform with video and SLR cameras.

    I spent several hours perusing the shops whilst he got on with it!

    He says best Diesels are

    2..20 class
    3.50 class
    4.47 class
    5.55 class

    I remember the conversation with his form tutor about how most 13 year olds are down loading **** form the internet, but mine is uploading montages of diesel trains sounding their horns!! He's 16 now and still going spotting strong!
  17. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Firstborn zebra is also train-mad!
  18. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    I love that poem DZ :)
    I got a train set when I was about 13 - I had a bo-bo diesel and an intercity 125.
    To please Oldsomeman though, I had a Mallard steam engine, and the coaches to match.
    I still have it somewhere.
    My eldest daughter loved trains. Her first train set was a little wooden one, where you pushed the train arund, and then she had a little Thomas The Tank one, with tracks and a little controller.
    Then she got a hornby one, but she had gone off trains by that stage a little, and spent hours parking cars in the station carp aprk instead ;)
    I am sure we still have that somewhere too. I cannot remember what type of train she got with it though :s

  19. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    My dad is, to my eternal (outward) shame, a spotter. Luckily for me, he also restores steam engines... which has a little more credibility (or so I like to think!) The smells of my childhood are Welsh steam coal and grease... and I could drive a loco before I could drive a car. Gorgeous things.

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