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6989 Wightwick Hall

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by GWR4707, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. GWR4707

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    good old facebook. saw this earlier on on the Buckinghamshire Rly Centre group.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. I Absolutely agree with the question in the text at the side of the caption - "Doesn't she look great?" Yes indeed and congratulations to the owning group who have been plodding away for many years.
     
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    Congratulations to all involved.
     
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    Fantastic! Congratulations to the team who have restored what some might say is "yet another Hall." Perhaps a visit to the GWSR to meet up with Foremarke Hall might be in the offing one day?
     
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    Even better if the GWSR runs a double header with the pair during the visit.
     
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    I'd put money on it happening at some point!
     
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    Wonderful to see! Can remember her slowly inching closer to steaming as a kid at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, so probably a good 20 years knowing 6989. Fantastic news. Wonder what the plan is for her now? Surely a bit big for BRC...
     
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    A fantastic sight. Well done to all involved.
     
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    Fantastic news, I first saw this loco in 1987 when I was only 4 years old, I last saw it 2 years ago with my own daughter who would have been a similar age! I live a long way from Quainton these days, so hope to catch up with it somewhere where it can have a good run!
    Well done all, brilliant achievement, it looks amazing.
     
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    Fabulouss to see another of barrys l9ng restorations coming to an end and steaming
     
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    Brilliant news, always good to see a restoration completed.
     
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    I'm full of admiration for this team and can't wait for the launch date in the spring.
    Having viewed the images in SR488 I have a question regarding the letter spacing used on the nameplate. Is this correct?
    The spacing seems wrong to me based on what I deem to be a standard 5'8" backing plate. Maybe some names had different letter spacing but in my view the letters were spaced to give 5 3/8" gap between the H of Hall and the preceding letter, K in this instance.
     
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    You could be right.

    Compare this photo of the (presumably replica) plate:
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...e_Railway_Centre_Wightwick_Hall_Nameplate.jpg

    with these photos of the loco when in service (you'll need to zoom in a bit):
    http://www.wightwick-hall-6989.com/....pond/swindonworks290353anon.jpg.w560h339.jpg
    http://www.wightwick-hall-6989.com/...ilderpictures/BackingoutofPaddington26961.jpg

    The original looks better spaced to me.


    Keith
     
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    I agree. The replica plate looks all wrong. Ha'p'orth of tar problem.
     
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    GWR plates had a 5 foot 8 inch backplate and letters were spaced evenly with 5 and 3/8 inch gap between the word and Hall (assuming two words). The gap between the first and last letter and the beading on this replica looks a little tight too imo.
    in SR488 it describes the group visiting one of the real plates and taking a rubbing?
    Anyone who has "Locomotives on Public Display" by Ian Wright can see a b&w image of an original on page 106 taken at Wightwick Hall Education Centre near Wolverhampton.
     
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    I'm sure there's a rivet missing somewhere as well...
     
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    That's as may be Jim. As I say, another superb restoration and no criticism , more of an observation that is really noticeable to me as a nameplate freak & OCD pedant :)
     

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