ADD MAY 9 1964 DEC­O­RA­TIONS

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‘ Cas­tle’ No. 4079 Pen­den­nis Cas­tle was al­ready wear­ing its full com­ple­ment of front end ‘dec­o­ra­tion’, head­boards and train re­port­ing num­bers, when it backed into Padding­ton on May 9 1964 to take ‘The Great Western’ spe­cial to Ply­mouth. Those dec­o­ra­tions are de­scribed on the op­po­site page. I al­ready had mod­els of both Nos. 4079 and 7029. The lat­ter had been re­named and renum­bered at some time in the past and is one of the most re­cent Hornby ‘Cas­tle’ tool­ings. No. 4079 is one of the ear­lier

Hornby ‘Cas­tles’ and is as sup­plied. I de­cided to add May 9 1964 de­tails to both of them. I’ve never been that both­ered by No. 5054, the third of the trio on that day, nor with the stand-in No. 7025. A model of No. 6999, on the other hand, would be nice to have but Bachmann’s mod­i­fied ‘Hall’ is se­ri­ously flawed, and it would take a lot of work to put it right. Be­sides, hav­ing two ‘Cas­tles’ to deal with was more than enough. I wanted both to be dressed up as they were on that day 55 years ago, clearly work­ing lo­co­mo­tives but cleaned and pre­pared to a high stan­dard.

ROGER LEIGH/CJL COLLECTION

‘Cas­tle’ No. 4079 Pen­den­nis Cas­tle backs down onto ‘The Great Western’ at Padding­ton on May 9 1964, clearly show­ing driver Alf Per­fect’s name­plate on the cab side.

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