"Caley" in Cumbria

Any aspect related to the prototype stock.
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jim mac
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"Caley" in Cumbria

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On a beautiful spring day the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society launched and named what up to then had been known as the "Train from Spain". Built by Krauss of Munich in 1929 for an Exposition in Seville, it served for only three years before lying dormant for more than 80 years.
Having agreed to acquire the locomotive the R&ERPS balloted their members to choose a name and a livery for locomotive, before it was added to the R&ER fleet. The overwhelming majority vote was for a Caledonian livery, and having been notified of this a copy of the painting spec. used for CR828 was forwarded to the Society. I was pleased to accept the invitation to the naming ceremony and delighted at the magnificence of the finished livery on the locomotive down to the star, burnished hinges and handle on the smokebox. Judging by the overhead comments, I was not alone in approving of the finished result and share the following images.
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The final photograph was taken while standing on the bridge which carries the railway over the water course that gives the locomotive its name "Whillan Beck"
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jasp
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Re: "Caley" in Cumbria

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Thank you for sharing this.
The locomotive looks magnificent!
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Re: "Caley" in Cumbria

Post by jimwatt2mm »

Just goes to show how attractive the Caley passenger livery is, no matter to whatever locomotive it is applied.

One query, though. Should the cylinders not be chocolate?

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jim mac
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Re: "Caley" in Cumbria

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Jim
The cylinders should be chocolate, obviously my CR828 painting instructions made no reference to outside cylinders!
In discussion with the R&ERPS project director, he pointed that they had not fully lined out the chocolate valance as they felt it would be too much detail for the smaller locomotive. I still feel it is a fine, if not 100% accurate representation of a livery, which is still very much admired.
At least there is a precedent for the blue cylinders as illustrated by the Railway Magazine plate of CR956.
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Angus McIntosh
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Re: "Caley" in Cumbria

Post by Angus McIntosh »

Thanks Jim, a very handsome locomotive.
A 'Caley' whistle would add to her and make her sound Caley.........although I think all the Ratty locos have the same whistles, maybe a company standard.

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Re: "Caley" in Cumbria

Post by Coronach »

On the Ratty, there's a diversity of whistle types including a BR Standard chime and Stanier/Bulleid hooters. Maybe a replica of 903's Cunarder would be nice on this loco! :)
Number 8's is ex-SAR as I understand.
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