ADD MAY 9 1964 DECORATIONS
‘ 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.
‘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.