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Schools Class "Cheltenham"

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by cct man, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. martin butler

    martin butler Part of the furniture

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    It will depend on funding if 850 were to get another ticket, the boiler was extensivly rebuilt so shouldnt need much work, but i would imagine that a lot of work will be needed on the mechanical side ,there was i believe a few issues that had to be sorted out at Ropley when she first arrived ,so i would imagine if she were to be overhauled then they would want to ensure that everything was done
    I dont know how much nellie would get used because with the black 5, 76017, 34007 and now 926 to choose from will they want to overhaul 850 plus by the time the ticket is up the 75xxx should be ready and 34105 not far off
     
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    There's always another option to consider. Maybe the NRM doesn't want to have 850 overhaul again and would like to display 850 at York?
     
  3. ADB968008

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    You don't need an excuse, this is a magnificent engine regardless of livery.
    I'll guess that it is the most powerful 4-6-0 regularly in use on a preserved line currently... Making it also the cheapest to ride behind regularly. (5029, 5043, 46115 not exactly predictable preserved line regulars).

    BR green would be nice, but not before a gathering of 777, 925 and 850 in southern green.
    It is regularly in use, and I stand by what I say... catch it while you can, unless your brand of tea leaves guarantees a different vision of the future ?
     
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    We've gone for the 1938 livery, which meant making a few changes to the engine as received from York. Formerly she carried post war malachite green with Sunshine lettering, yellow lining, green smoke deflectors, black steps, and a black cab front.

    The changes are:

    White Lining
    Green Cylinders
    Black Smoke Deflectors
    Green Cab Front
    Green Steps and expansion joint covers (lined)
    Green Bogie Splashers

    and the best bit....

    Gilt (Gold Leaf) letters & numerals, un-shaded

    Gerald Whittaker did the lettering today, and it looks fantastic. Pictures will appear soon on the "World Famous" Cheltenham Blog on watercressline.co.uk.

    Regards

    Chris Smith
    Project Leader 925
     
  6. Duty Druid

    Duty Druid Resident of Nat Pres

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    Very nice - looking forward to seeing that! :thumb:
     
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    mike1522 Long Time Member Friend

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    Just Stunning.
     
  8. Duty Druid

    Duty Druid Resident of Nat Pres

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  9. S.A.C. Martin

    S.A.C. Martin Part of the furniture

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    That's beautiful - well done the MHR. What a great turn around for Cheltenham it has been! :)
     
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    Cheltenham and tender left on a low loader from Eastleigh at around 12 today for the National Railway Museum, looked stunning in the sun.

    James at SVN
     
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    Beautiful! A large pat on the back to all involved with 925's return to steam.
    I think the SR livery suits them much better than the BR livery carried by 30926 (and I am a BR livery fan).
     
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    My Son saw her on the back of a loader heading north on the A34 about 90 mins ago. Looking forward to hearing her at the bottom of my garden soon!
     
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    And I can confirm the same as well. Saw the tender first of all heading north up the A34 around 13:00-13:10 with the loco around 4/5 miles behind.

    Have to say, although it was a quick glimpse (and no I wasn't driving btw!) both loco & tender looked stunning in the sunshine.

    Well done to Smiffy, Dad and the rest of the team that have been involved!
     
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    Question is what are they going to work on next?

    I presume that its too early to start on Can Pac, or is it?
     
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    A (very) small article was put in the local newspaper about 925 and the work completed at Eastleigh.

    James at SVN
     

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    Cheltenham looks great. A shame we only have the one picture so far but with Railfest starting on Saturday it won't be long before we see some more.
     
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    She's over at the carriage works today, looks lovely from a distance and with sunglasses on - will look even better when she's been brought over.
     
  18. martin butler

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    What do you think of the livery? and what is your prefered livery ,I must say i didnt know that there were so many veriations of Southern railway livery ,I always thought that Malachite was always lined with yellow, so ive learned somthing there, and i had never heard of Parson's green either
     
  19. Anthony Coulls

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    It took some researching to make it right to the period, I'll say. Sat for a bit up in Search Engine checking the details were right. Not seen her close to yet - that will be tomorrow, then I'll comment ;-)
     
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    A shamelessly poor photo I know, but I managed to see Cheltenham today, or at least 1/2 of her & first 1/2 of her tender! I hope the rest of her looks that good.
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    Cheltenham by williamfj2, on Flickr
     

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