DonB wrote:Hi Gavin,
I hope you are now feeling much better.
Thanks for the additional photos - I always drop by and see what's new on Starlingford, whether it is on the rails, in the air, or on the water!Pedanticmongrel wrote:...all I see is a Black 5, 'one of Stanier's mediocre creations' would be a more accurate description, a no frills machine that hardly pushed the boundaries of his talent, don't you think?
"No frills" and "mediocre" maybe, but there were over 800 of the little (?) beauties, so something about them must have been "just right."
Having worked on one I'm telling you there is nothing that special about them, they are very basic untilitarian machines, that is why huge numbers were built, but they do make a nice noise.
DonB wrote:Pedanticmongrel wrote:I don't see any 60xx (Kings) in this photo... ...so what do you mean about 'Stanier's finest' ?
Not sure what you mean either, PM - Surely the 60xx "Kings" were designed by C B Collett?
C B Collett got the credit as the CME but as his understudy at the time Stanier did most of the work, just like how Gresley got the credit for the A4 but as his understudy Oliver Bulleid did most of the work, the CME's in both of these cases looked at the plans and went, we'll just alter this and that and slap my name on it and it will do.