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 Posted: Sun May 31st, 2009 09:57 am
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Some diesels looked better in blue than in green - it was something do do with "style".  A big "box on wheels" like the Deltics looked good in green - I hated the actual "Deltic" with that pale blue and go-faster stripes.  Pale blue doesn't suggest power to me !!

Steam locos were dirty things but, in the great days of steam, when the crews cared for their charges, they were constantly wiping them over with rags - spreading the oil and grime so they took on a very dark green sheen - or "shiney" black.  They were constantly checking this and that, oil can here, grease gun there followed by a quick wipe over whenever they were waiting in a station.  Even the wheel-tapper walked along every train checking the wheels.   Along came diesels and niether crew member ever got out of the warm cab !!!  They ran or not as the case may be.  It might have been something to do with working conditions etc. but they didn't seem to care anymore.



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Petermac has covered this already, but my reply was going to be:

 

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jeff will explain why blue is superior phil........if it is blue it needs to be dirty :cool:



 

Could it be 'cos they never cleaned them????  :hmm :hmm  :twisted:


 

(Not sure if I'm the Jeff he meant, but that will do anyway!!!)  ;-)

 

Adding to what Petermac said, though, the green sat better on many classes of diesel simply because the livery usually included bands or areas of other colours, such as the pale green skirts, grey roof and white cab surrounds on the Deltics that broke up the slab sides a bit. Steam engines had lots of different shapes to break up large areas of colour.

Even so, have a look at the effect of some blue Hymeks in early days, with off-white cab window surrounds and small yellow panels; they looked very smart.  :cool:



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Is it to be a dirty deltic ? or a clean deltic? :hmm I,ll decide that after I have practiced on a wagon .



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