The Collection - The Disease

Dear Marjorie - My husband is 46 years old and spends most of his time playing with toy trains. He doesn't pay any attention to me these days.

Dear M - You have my deepest sympathy! Unfortunately, this condition is well known and is usually terminal. Very few people ever fully recover. However, you can turn this situation to your advantage! Trainaholics are so oblivious to their surroundings that you can bring as many men back to the house as you want - your man will never know!

Whatever you do though, don't get rid of your train fanatic - they are notoriously good at paying the bills! Blessings

When I first read this letter in a women's magazine I was shocked, devastated, mortified........

It took me a while to comprehend the truth in these words, but I am determined to 'clean up' my act.

No more trains!

The disease started .......... continue reading my incredibly boring history


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pulling Power

Hornby Dublo Locomotive EDL7

LNER N2 Class Tank Loco 0-6-2

Originally built for the Great Northern Railway in 1920, LNER started building them in 1925, these little work horses were designed for suburban passenger services, however, they also performed shunting services and relocation of stock.

Apparently the design meant they could only be fired by left handed crew. What a cock-up!

Developed from the 3 cylinder Ivatt N1 Class it had slightly larger cylinders......yawn!

Class N2/2 Introduced 1925, LNER locos with condensing apparatus
Class N2/3 Introduced 1925, LNER locos without condensing apparatus
Class N2/4 Introduced 1928, LNER locos with condensing apparatus

The British Railways serial numbers were: 69490-69596 (the latter being snaffled by Mr Hornby for his model chuffer)

I can only find one engine of this class having survived the great meltdown – number 69523 which has been preserved on the Great Central Railway. This was actually, the famous engine in that great classic film ‘The Railway Children’ (they don't make 'em like this any more!), where a very young Jenny Agutter (playing Bobbie?) whipped off her wicked bloomers to attract the drivers attention…….guess what? It worked!

This little baby... hmm? is in excellent condition with very few paint chips to her name. Unfortunately, for you cardboard fans, she comes wrapped in tissue paper - clean, of course!

What year was this one made? I have no idea, but I am sure some 'anorak' type person can fill me in with the details. I would love to know.

Don't laugh! Honestly, I would really like to know!

1 comment:

  1. They looked rather like the N7 (which you could easily pass it off as, to an unknowing anorak - do unknowing anoraks exist?).
    The N7 was designed by the GER, and built at Stratford. No, no no .... - nothing to do with Shakespeare. Yes, yes I knooooow that there was a locomotive named William Shakespeare based at Stratford in the 50's ..... oh, I give up!

    Anyway the GER N7 has (...had, you cretin) slightly smaller driving wheels ....... yaaawn!!
    They also did stirling work on the London suburban network, eastern sections. (Where did that word 'stirling' come from - the railway press is full of it, as though these engines had a soul, and were able to justify their existence ....).

    Mr Hornby's model is very nice though, quite heavy (which all REAL models should be) and as you say, thousands upon thousands were made, so they must come up on eBay at the rate of about 3 or 4 a day. Not bad. How do the economists explain that to us plebians, when a thing is sold over and over again, and the original producer is long gone?