Hi Darren Regarding Repulse basically it had the cab ends painted dark blue as the paintwork was decideingly tattey.Laira could not simply repaint the loco in the lighter blue livery as Chris Green in July 89 insisted that all the loco's rolling stock that was due a repaint would have to be painted in the dark blue scheme.Repulse could not be spared to be removed from traffic because the supousedly more reliable 47/7 shove duffs were more unreliable than the vacs
.As NSE quickly found out that any motive power suffered on this very demanding route Fast Waterloo - Salisbury then the frequent stops Salisbury -Exeter.In the end before the 159's took over it was a chaotic mess of 47/7 shove duffs/47/4 /47/0 railfreight ones coupled with the odd crompton.This was because of the appalling reliability of the 47/7's
I will try and dig out some photos of Repulse in NSE livery circa 91 with the painted cab ends.
As regards youre favourites you have great taste as most in my Top 10 or 20.
Regarding 50007 Snotvac as it was known it was a good reliable runner but boring and never the same as when it was Hercules.I did not like the name or the livery and im not too happy that Exeter is in green
and Ark Royal in Loadhaul.
The only one left in NSE is Lion as the owners of the loco's don't seem to like NSE.This is a shame as IMHO Ark Royal realy looked fantastic in RNSE darker blue livery.As along with Furious and Glorious an Old Oak Common Vac had never looked so smart.
So i guess you will not be in a hurry to add Sir Edward Elgar to your fleet?