THE MEN'S CORNER
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…

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…

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…

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…

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)

Image: SR WC Class No.34007 Wadebridge (left) & No.34046 Braunton (right) at Minehead.
Steamy Talks No.14: Views Of One’s Past
Braunton: Its hard sometimes for me, at time, to remember that I used to look just like you, it seems so long ago now; But I suppose everything’s changed really, don’t you think, eh old Wadebridge?
Wadebridge: You know our ages are not that far apart from each other, so you can drop the “old” part right now thank you very much.
The Merchant Navys are older than me, so when you see Port Line or any other Merchant Navy class member at some point, call them “old”. 
(This image belongs to http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffytank/2941891877/)

Image: SR WC Class No.34007 Wadebridge (left) & No.34046 Braunton (right) at Minehead.

Steamy Talks No.14: Views Of One’s Past

Braunton: Its hard sometimes for me, at time, to remember that I used to look just like you, it seems so long ago now; But I suppose everything’s changed really, don’t you think, eh old Wadebridge?

Wadebridge: You know our ages are not that far apart from each other, so you can drop the “old” part right now thank you very much.

The Merchant Navys are older than me, so when you see Port Line or any other Merchant Navy class member at some point, call them “old”. 

(This image belongs to http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffytank/2941891877/)

Image: (Left) LNER A3 Class No.4472 Flying Scotsman and (right) GWR 1361 Class No.1368 at Didcot
Steamy Talks No.13: Big Guest, Little Host
Flying Scotsman: I know this isn’t one of Didcot’s busy days, but I still would have thought that their would have been a few more people and engines to greet me.
No.1368: Yeh, sorry about that, their all asleep in the shed…
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Image: (Left) LNER A3 Class No.4472 Flying Scotsman and (right) GWR 1361 Class No.1368 at Didcot

Steamy Talks No.13: Big Guest, Little Host

Flying Scotsman: I know this isn’t one of Didcot’s busy days, but I still would have thought that their would have been a few more people and engines to greet me.

No.1368: Yeh, sorry about that, their all asleep in the shed…

(This image belongs to http://www.mdrs.org.uk/localpreservation.htm)

Image: (From left to right) GWR Hall Class No.4965 Rood Ashton Hall, Castle Class No.5043 Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe, King Class No.6023 King Edward II & Castle Class No.5051 Earl Bathurst lined up at Didcot.  
Steamy Talks No.12: A Tale Of A King: Part VI
King Edward II: All this attention just for me?! I suppose us kings must be popular these days…
Earl Bathurst: Well of course you’re popular! You kings are biggest and most glamorous of locos after all, and I would say your return has been a long time coming.
King Edward II: Why thank you very much Earl Bathurst, you’ve been keeping me company for all these years while I was being restored.
Rood Ashton Hall: All you kings really speak so posh all the time don’t ya?
I just hope your not as arrogant as King Edward I is at times, he’s a nice guy most of the time, but he does get a bit cocky at times.
Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe: Says the engine that bragged about consuming less coal than any other engine at Tyseley, and even betted that he could consume less coal than me while we pull a railtour here! Which by the way I won.
That reminds me, since you lost Rood Ashton Hall, you have to do your part of the deal, since you lost.
Rood Ashton Hall: Oh fine! (clearing throat) ALL HAIL KING EDWARD II! LONG STEAM THE KING, LONG STEAM THE KING, LONG STEAM THE KING!
King Edward II: Why thank you very much, Rood Ashton Hall…
Earl Bathurst: Were not finished yet! Three cheers for King Edward II!
All Engines except King Edward II: HIP, HIP, HARAY; HIP, HIP, HARAY; HIP, HIP, HARAAAYYY!!!
The End… 

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

Image: (From left to right) GWR Hall Class No.4965 Rood Ashton Hall, Castle Class No.5043 Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe, King Class No.6023 King Edward II & Castle Class No.5051 Earl Bathurst lined up at Didcot.  

Steamy Talks No.12: A Tale Of A King: Part VI

King Edward II: All this attention just for me?! I suppose us kings must be popular these days…

Earl Bathurst: Well of course you’re popular! You kings are biggest and most glamorous of locos after all, and I would say your return has been a long time coming.

King Edward II: Why thank you very much Earl Bathurst, you’ve been keeping me company for all these years while I was being restored.

Rood Ashton Hall: All you kings really speak so posh all the time don’t ya?

I just hope your not as arrogant as King Edward I is at times, he’s a nice guy most of the time, but he does get a bit cocky at times.

Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe: Says the engine that bragged about consuming less coal than any other engine at Tyseley, and even betted that he could consume less coal than me while we pull a railtour here! Which by the way I won.

That reminds me, since you lost Rood Ashton Hall, you have to do your part of the deal, since you lost.

Rood Ashton Hall: Oh fine! (clearing throat) ALL HAIL KING EDWARD II! LONG STEAM THE KING, LONG STEAM THE KING, LONG STEAM THE KING!

King Edward II: Why thank you very much, Rood Ashton Hall…

Earl Bathurst: Were not finished yet! Three cheers for King Edward II!

All Engines except King Edward II: HIP, HIP, HARAY; HIP, HIP, HARAY; HIP, HIP, HARAAAYYY!!!

The End… 

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