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I was prompted by the Lloyds Bank advert on the telly with its black horse running alongside the FC to re-post this.


Steel and copper forged and cast

To bring to life a legend’s past

Snorting steam and smoke at last

A spirit now set free

The 60103.


Polished to a brilliant sheen

In LNER racing green

No finer loco has there been

Nor ever will be too

The 4472.


As he pulls from Pickering

His driver tells the whistle “Sing”

It’s like a kettle on the ring

In twinned-toned harmony

The 60103.


Steaming stately, steaming grand

Guided under oily hands

From London to the Scottish lands

Non-stop flying through

The 4472.


For sure his Flying days are done

Deserving more sedately run

Lest we forget the spurs he won

For all posterity

The 60103.




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John Coopey

Sat 16th Jan 2021 17:41

Thanks for your thoughts, Ray. I saw it at Pickering on the North York’s Moors Railway where I am a shareholder. They don’t exactly doff their caps to me but it’s nice to know I’m doing a bit to help.
And thanks for the Like, Stephen G and Branwell.

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Sat 16th Jan 2021 15:55

I wonder if the owners of the FS received any financial benefit from that advert John? God knows the heritage lines have suffered and now they say coal will be hard to source. In 1963 I went on a railtour while she was still on BR, just up to Sandy then other lines. Bloody freezing as you know. She was down at the Watercress line in February so I got a few shots. Stunning loco, and quite demanding to maintain compared with the Mallard type apparently!
I'll get my coat.


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John Coopey

Sat 16th Jan 2021 08:42

Smoking, Brian!
And thanks for the Likes, Greg, Stephen A, JD and Aisha.
And its puny whistle really does sound like an old steam kettle.

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