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Looking back at Class 31 Locomotives

Ref: B516
By: Strathwood
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Looking back at Class 31 Locomotives - Limited Edition

We take our usual and popular format for this series once again to examine these often overlooked Brush Type 2s from their earliest days in 1957 through to the Millenium our usual cut off point, so no preserved material to pack out the pure colour archive material here.

We take a look firstly at the pilot series locomotives later known as Toffee Apples with photographs of all twenty examples, depicting many of the changes through their careers with modellers in mind for our picture selections throughout.

Next we take a look at many of the passenger duties these Loughborough built machines covered through the years, many of the early views include examples of pre-nationalisation rolling stock through Pullman stock to Mark II coaches.

The fitting of ETH and the refurbishment program is examined next before we have a chapter looking at double-headers on a variety of both passenger and freight duties through the years and across the country, with our selections being in a wide variety of colour schemes.

Freight workings are examined next from the likes of soon to be closed branchlines in East Anglia to assorted block workings along with engineering trains, London Underground stock and weedkiller activities, all chosen for their interest and quality of composition and exposure.

Then we take a more detailed look at some of the variations within the class over the decades, surely a must for those who are interested in modelling, and for those who perhaps thought there was not much variety beforehand. This leads us into a chapter taking a look at many of the livery variations and developments, again a must for those seeking to get it right for their modelling. Its amazing just how many colour schemes there have been and variations to be found along the way.

The title is limited to just 1000 copies rather than our previous print runs which have run to much more than this, as I would like to retire at some point in the next few years and it costs way too much to print excess stock, which in turn costs a fortune to store and keep warm and dry, then to have to sell it off at a discount. So all future Strathwood issues will be limited to just 1000 copies or less.

96 Pages all colour Hardback

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