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Friday, June 08, 2007
paint it black
Most of us have seen the nightmare that is no 88 down on the West Somerset Railway. I can't figure out how this happened, a classic S&D engine in a garish blue which surely doesn't please anyone except five year olds hooked on Thomas. No doubt it will revert to black at some time in the future.
We have a strict livery policy at Midsomer Norton, mid to late 50s style. It applies to carriages, wagons and, of course, locomotives. This is partly as a tribute to people like Ivo whose best photos happened to have caught the line in this era, it's partly to reward the small team of railway builders at MN and it's also purely financial - with a consistent livery we can easily offer photo charters in the future. Non-railway orientated visitors just want to see steam, the livery is unimportant.
Now the sad news. As the livery policy was not introduced until last year a couple of items don't fit. Unfortunately they're the locomotives, No 10 and the Sentinel! But there are now rumblings that No 10 should be turned out in two-tone green at its next repaint, and it's still not too late to stop the Sentinel being turned out in Persian (not Prussian!) blue, as the owners want to vote on it. A black Sentinel will be superb - smart and historically correct, and able to evoke real memories in those that remember them running. So I'll be voting black black black!!! when we get the chance ...