Max Dunn suggested in his appeal leaflet of 1960, when raising
funds to buy 58926 in 1961, that the 'Coal Tank' was a
'gentle and homely relic of a more tranquil age'.
But what do others think…?
"It represents a style of economically motivated engineering
designs that demonstrates perfection in fitness-for-purpose
as a mixed traffic locomotive; an important survivor of one
of the several designs which link the primitive locomotive
of the nineteenth century to the modern locomotive type”.
Richard Gibbon, former curator of engineering at the National
"A simple loco that was cheap to build and easy to maintain
and, within its power range, was capable of hard work; and
did work hard”.
Harold Walkley, former locomotive
fitter at Abergavenny.
"I should like, in years to come, to be able to look
back in incredulity at this ghastly relic of a bygone age!”.
un-named contributor to the original
So is it a homely or a ghastly relic?
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