Polyglot Word for Loriot Wagon?
… a toad! Some of the codes lack any original thought whatsoever. So a ventilated van to carry fruit was called …
a fruit! Suffix letters were added to delineate differed varieties of the basic ventilated wagon idea. The above (with long wheelbase) was a Fruit D, for example.
… l’oriole (from the French l’or – gold). Somehow and somewhere this was corrupted to l’oriot and further corrupted in English to loriot. No one seems to know why (or Y)! So this wagon …
… acquired the GWR telegraph code as Loriot Y.
… and the other by Hornby.
On the real railway, the Loriot Y was a very rare wagon. Only TWO with the Y classification were ever built. So, if you buy two of these wagons, you will have an accurate representation of the whole full size fleet!
The loriot type was used for carrying heavy and bulk machinery with the low slung body assisting with loading and ensuring bulky stuff so loaded did not foul the loading gauge.
It all started when Rapido Trains announced a range of models to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of an iconic and joyous film …
… which originally screened in 1953.
Rapido have made the carriage …
… but they all sold out before a single wheel was moulded! The film train was crashed and destroyed as a result of malfeasance by the competing bus company, Pearce and Crump.
Thus it was that the village “borrowed” the Thunderbolt (a k a Lion) from their museum …
So that’s one loriot from Rapido.
… the coach body could be dumped, leaving the loriot manufactured (in large quantities?) with nothing to go with it. Hence Hornby’s “competing” model!
… and a quiet corner of Bristol Temple Meads as the city terminus of the Titfield branch.
Peco will sell you a laser-cut model kit of Monkton Combe station …
… whilst the “basic” (ha ha!) Titfield train pack will cost you …
… around £250.
Sparks Fly At First York?
Yesterday Was Imberbus 2023
This curiously British annual event is gloriously eccentric.
fbb has never been but can recommend it from afar. Sadly, by the time you read this blog you will have missed this year’s farrago. It only happens oce a year!
The Gorn Haven’t Gorn – They’ve Pre-Appeared
… as here with an entirely unconvincing “clinch” that looked more like love than enmity. The Gorn itself was not entirely convincing either.
Seems like quite a nice chap.
… a somewhat more convincing Gorn.
… and Spock’s eyebrows are seriously out of control.
The episode to watch on-line is called “The Cage”. “Classic” Pikeis played by Jeffrey Hunter; the new Pike (i.e the old Pike – don’t ask!) by Anson Mount, who appears to be named after a block of trendy apartments in Islington.