Duchess of Atholl returns

With every item of news, we seem to be returning to the  depressing  late 1940’s/ early 1950’s austerity and the divisive attitudes of that period.

The announcement that Hornby are to produce a 21st century model  of the LMS Duchess of Atholl locomotive, is brighter news, bringing back  some good memories of that time. Memories of the Hornby Dublo loco of the same name – one of the high points of my  model railway childhood. Together with Sir Nigel Gresley in LNER livery of Garter Blue, these were Hornby Dublo’s finest, even though the models themselves came out just before WW2. It would take H-D some years to produce them in British Railways livery.

Although I loved these models, I never saw the originals- it was a life of M-7’s and “Spam Cans” on my part of the real railway!