Looking back at CLASS 31 LOCOMOTIVES
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.
96 Pages all colour printed on high quality glossy art paper. HARDBACK
"Just a short message to say how good your books are and have been especially in the last year. I have most of the spotting days and looking back at series ( Only a couple missing from my collection ). Keep up the GREAT work. And also wondering if there are any plans in the pipeline for a book solely on class 56 and class 20 especially the latter as I feel these 2 classes merit a looking back at on there own. " Dave Ellington by email