THE MEN'S CORNER

Mar 03

Image: GWR City Class No. 3717 City of Truro just outside Toddington Station, being cleaned. 
Steamy Talks No.21: City of Truro is not amused…
City of Truro: Oi you…! Mind the paintwork! I’ve only just got it…

Image: GWR City Class No. 3717 City of Truro just outside Toddington Station, being cleaned. 

Steamy Talks No.21: City of Truro is not amused…

City of Truro: Oi you…! Mind the paintwork! I’ve only just got it…

Nov 14

Image: (From left to right) GWR Class 5600 No. 6695 & LNER class A4 No.4492 Dominion Of New Zealand side by side at Swanage Station. 
Steamy Talks No.20: An Engine’s Not So Secret Identity
No. 6695: So you’re Bittern, nice to meet ya, the names No. 6695 but everybody calls me Taffy.
Dominion Of New Zealand: What on earth are you talking about you silly tank? I, my dear follow, am Dominion Of New Zealand, not this Bittern you speak of. But you may simply address me as Dominion.
No. 6695: Yeah sure, and I’m the King George VI… Knock it off Bittern I know it’s you!
Dominion Of New Zealand: For the last time I am not Bittern! I am Dominion Of New Zealand, the pride of the LNER…!
No. 6695: Then why did your driver call you Bittern, hmm…?
Dominion Of New Zealand: (Gasp) Oh darn it… Alright fine, I’m Bittern all right! But since I’m wearing this guise, I would like to enjoy it while I can. So could you please call me Dominion, please…
No. 6695: Oh alright, Dominion… There, you happy now?
Dominion Of New Zealand: Splendid…

Image: (From left to right) GWR Class 5600 No. 6695 & LNER class A4 No.4492 Dominion Of New Zealand side by side at Swanage Station. 

Steamy Talks No.20: An Engine’s Not So Secret Identity

No. 6695: So you’re Bittern, nice to meet ya, the names No. 6695 but everybody calls me Taffy.

Dominion Of New Zealand: What on earth are you talking about you silly tank? I, my dear follow, am Dominion Of New Zealand, not this Bittern you speak of. But you may simply address me as Dominion.

No. 6695: Yeah sure, and I’m the King George VI… Knock it off Bittern I know it’s you!

Dominion Of New Zealand: For the last time I am not Bittern! I am Dominion Of New Zealand, the pride of the LNER…!

No. 6695: Then why did your driver call you Bittern, hmm…?

Dominion Of New Zealand: (Gasp) Oh darn it… Alright fine, I’m Bittern all right! But since I’m wearing this guise, I would like to enjoy it while I can. So could you please call me Dominion, please…

No. 6695: Oh alright, Dominion… There, you happy now?

Dominion Of New Zealand: Splendid…

Sep 07

Image: (From left to right) LNER class A3 No.4472 Flying Scotsman & Class A4 No.4468 Mallard lined up at Carnforth.  
Steamy Talks No.19: The Meeting Of Two Legends
Mallard: Ahhh… What charmed lives we live… Don’t you agree, my old friend?
Flying Scotsman: You can say that again.
Mallard: It’s not very often you and I get to see one another is it?
Flying Scotsman: Well we’re busy popular engines, so many people, but only two of us. We travel all over the place.
 Mallard: I’m just glad to be running, it’s nice in the museum, but I’ve missed running on the mainline.
Flying Scotsman: Well I think you’re lucky, being part of the national collection. I wouldn’t mind having that sense of security of being part of the national collection, the financial troubles my previous owners have had… Sometimes, I really don’t know what will happen to me in the future… 
Mallard: Don’t worry Flying Scotsman, you’re the world’s most famous steam locomotive. I’m sure even that someday you’ll join the collection, It was disgraceful that you weren’t part of it to begin with!
Flying Scotsman: Thanks, Mallard…
Mallard: Think nothing of it, old chap.

Image: (From left to right) LNER class A3 No.4472 Flying Scotsman & Class A4 No.4468 Mallard lined up at Carnforth.  

Steamy Talks No.19: The Meeting Of Two Legends

Mallard: Ahhh… What charmed lives we live… Don’t you agree, my old friend?

Flying Scotsman: You can say that again.

Mallard: It’s not very often you and I get to see one another is it?

Flying Scotsman: Well we’re busy popular engines, so many people, but only two of us. We travel all over the place.

 Mallard: I’m just glad to be running, it’s nice in the museum, but I’ve missed running on the mainline.

Flying Scotsman: Well I think you’re lucky, being part of the national collection. I wouldn’t mind having that sense of security of being part of the national collection, the financial troubles my previous owners have had… Sometimes, I really don’t know what will happen to me in the future… 

Mallard: Don’t worry Flying Scotsman, you’re the world’s most famous steam locomotive. I’m sure even that someday you’ll join the collection, It was disgraceful that you weren’t part of it to begin with!

Flying Scotsman: Thanks, Mallard

Mallard: Think nothing of it, old chap.

Image: (From left to right) King Class No.6023 King Edward II & No.6024 King Edward I lined up at Didcot.  
Steamy Talks No.18: The Reunion Of The Two King’s  
King Edward II: Well you’ve certainly been keeping yourself busy, haven’t you?
King Edward I: Well someones got to represent the King Class, and King George V had retired from mainline duties several years ago, but I would say I’ve done a pretty good job.
King Edward II: I certainly won’t deny that. To think we haven’t seen one another for almost 50 years. But now that I’m back, you’re going to have some real competion.
King Edward I: Ha, ha, I wouldn’t have it any other way… Although I’ll warn you chap, you have alot of catching up to do, if you want to have such a good reputation like me. Certainly since you’ve got just a single chimney.   
King Edward II: Hmph… Will see about that…

Image: (From left to right) King Class No.6023 King Edward IINo.6024 King Edward I lined up at Didcot.  

Steamy Talks No.18: The Reunion Of The Two King’s  

King Edward II: Well you’ve certainly been keeping yourself busy, haven’t you?

King Edward I: Well someones got to represent the King Class, and King George V had retired from mainline duties several years ago, but I would say I’ve done a pretty good job.

King Edward II: I certainly won’t deny that. To think we haven’t seen one another for almost 50 years. But now that I’m back, you’re going to have some real competion.

King Edward I: Ha, ha, I wouldn’t have it any other way… Although I’ll warn you chap, you have alot of catching up to do, if you want to have such a good reputation like me. Certainly since you’ve got just a single chimney.   

King Edward II: Hmph… Will see about that…

Sep 06

Image: SR WC Class No.34007 Wadebridge at Ropley.
Steamy Talks No.17: He Did…
Wadebridge: Ha, ha, haaa…! Well, well… I may be old… But at least I have yet to be caught in a embarrassing position like that! 

Image: SR WC Class No.34007 Wadebridge at Ropley.

Steamy Talks No.17: He Did…

Wadebridge: Ha, ha, haaa…! Well, well… I may be old… But at least I have yet to be caught in a embarrassing position like that! 


Image: SR WC Class No.34046 Braunton at Minehead.
Steamy Talks No.16: Caught Smoke Deflectorless!
Braunton: Eeeek!!! Do you have to take a picture of me now, while I’m smoke deflectorless! How embarrassing… I’ll be the laughing stock of the Bulleids… Please don’t show Wadebridge this…

Image: SR WC Class No.34046 Braunton at Minehead.

Steamy Talks No.16: Caught Smoke Deflectorless!

Braunton: Eeeek!!! Do you have to take a picture of me now, while I’m smoke deflectorless! How embarrassing… I’ll be the laughing stock of the Bulleids… Please don’t show Wadebridge this…

Sep 05

Image: Numerous GWR Locomotives at Didcot.
Steamy Talks No.15: The Didcot Family
An Engine: Come on everyone, for the family album, say Great Western!
All Engines: Great Western…!
(This image belongs to http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/news/news_special.html)

Image: Numerous GWR Locomotives at Didcot.

Steamy Talks No.15: The Didcot Family

An Engine: Come on everyone, for the family album, say Great Western!

All Engines: Great Western…!

(This image belongs to http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/news/news_special.html)

Apr 14

Steamy Talks: Railways/Groups locomotive’s Bios Special: Southern Locomotives Ltd: Part 4
Name/Identity: No.34072 257 Squadron
Design/Class: Battle Of Britain Class
Date Built: April 1948
Personal Profile: 257 Squadron is an engine who is well mannered with a charming personality, he gets on well with most engines, but does not take kindly to engines who make fun of others.
Best Friends:
Sir Keith Park, the two go way back and know each other very well, have much in common.
No.30053, has known him since he arrived, and have become good old friends.
No.80104 & No.80078, gets on well with them both but knows No.80104 better.
Likes:
Hurricanes.
Period themed events.
Visiting other railways (particularly the Bluebell Railway) on occasions.
Nemesis’s/Archenemies:
None

Dislikes:
Being stored out of use.
Seeing other engines in disrepair.
(This image belongs to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:34072_257_Squadron.jpg)

Steamy Talks: Railways/Groups locomotive’s Bios Special: Southern Locomotives Ltd: Part 4

Name/Identity: No.34072 257 Squadron

Design/Class: Battle Of Britain Class

Date Built: April 1948

Personal Profile: 257 Squadron is an engine who is well mannered with a charming personality, he gets on well with most engines, but does not take kindly to engines who make fun of others.

Best Friends:

  1. Sir Keith Park, the two go way back and know each other very well, have much in common.
  2. No.30053, has known him since he arrived, and have become good old friends.
  3. No.80104 & No.80078, gets on well with them both but knows No.80104 better.

Likes:

Nemesis’s/Archenemies:

  1. None


Dislikes:

(This image belongs to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:34072_257_Squadron.jpg)

Apr 12

Steamy Talks: Railways/Groups locomotive’s Bios Special: Southern Locomotives Ltd: Part 3
Names/Identities: No.80104 & No.80078 (nicknamed when together “The Standard 4 Twins”)
Design/Class: Standard Tank 4 Class 
Dates Built: (No.80078) February 1954 & (No.80104) March 1955
Personal Profile: Both engines share the same bio for a reason, they are completely inseparable! They are both friendly (but at times cheeky) engines with a lot of energy, and, occasionally, are very competitive with each other.  
Best Friends:
Everybody!
Likes:
Pulling trains on the Swanage Railway, and occasionally on other railways.
Competing against each other and other engines.
Nemesis’s/Archenemies:
Nobody!
Dislikes:
Oher engines doing their jobs.
Being seperated.
(This image belongs to http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/80078/80078_Preservation.html)

Steamy Talks: Railways/Groups locomotive’s Bios Special: Southern Locomotives Ltd: Part 3

Names/Identities: No.80104 & No.80078 (nicknamed when together “The Standard 4 Twins”)

Design/Class: Standard Tank 4 Class 

Dates Built: (No.80078) February 1954 & (No.80104) March 1955

Personal Profile: Both engines share the same bio for a reason, they are completely inseparable! They are both friendly (but at times cheeky) engines with a lot of energy, and, occasionally, are very competitive with each other.  

Best Friends:

Likes:

Nemesis’s/Archenemies:

  1. Nobody!

Dislikes:

(This image belongs to http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/80078/80078_Preservation.html)

Steamy Talks: Railways/Groups locomotive’s Bios Special: Southern Locomotives Ltd: Part 2
Name/Identity: No.34028 Eddystone
Design/Class: West Country Class
Date Built: April 1946
Personal Profile: Eddystone is a grumpy, tough nut of an engine with hardened heart who’s always grumbling or complaining about something/someone, he is cheerful on rare occasions. Dispite all this, he likes running on the Swanage Railway and does care for his friends very much, but rarely shows it.
Best Friends: 
Manston, despite his constant optimistic attitude to everything which (to him) gets tiring at times.
No.30053, been good buddies since he returned to service in 2003.
No.80104, same reason as No.30053, also works with him a lot.
Likes:
(Probably) grumbling about things.
Peace and quiet.
Relaxing.
Nemesis’s/Archenemies:
British Railways.
Lord Nelson, met once and, aparently, they didn’t get on (to say the least).
Dislikes:
The fact that he had the dubious honour of being the first rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacific to be withdrawn.
Other engines who think their superior.
The Britania Class, always thought they were rip offs of the rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacifics (of which he is a member of).
The list can go on and on…
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Steamy Talks: Railways/Groups locomotive’s Bios Special: Southern Locomotives Ltd: Part 2

Name/Identity: No.34028 Eddystone

Design/Class: West Country Class

Date Built: April 1946

Personal Profile: Eddystone is a grumpy, tough nut of an engine with hardened heart who’s always grumbling or complaining about something/someone, he is cheerful on rare occasions. Dispite all this, he likes running on the Swanage Railway and does care for his friends very much, but rarely shows it.

Best Friends:

  1. Manston, despite his constant optimistic attitude to everything which (to him) gets tiring at times.
  2. No.30053, been good buddies since he returned to service in 2003.
  3. No.80104, same reason as No.30053, also works with him a lot.

Likes:

Nemesis’s/Archenemies:

  1. British Railways.
  2. Lord Nelson, met once and, aparently, they didn’t get on (to say the least).

Dislikes:

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