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Desmond...?
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I saw this come up on fleabay the other night, it's not an official Thomas train and is actually a slight custom job apparently.  It's based on one of the quite common Hornby 'Pug' 0-4-0 saddle tank loco's - one of my particular favourites as they are mostly diecast and nice and heavy for a little loco, good runners and cheap'ish as well.  They come in a massive number of different liveries, some more realistic than others, although they aren't a specific historically accurate model of any real 0-4-0 and instead more an entry level model for beginners they don't look totally out of place on a normal non-Thomas layout.  I've been slowly over the years collecting different liveried versions just for the hell of it as they can often be picked up pretty cheaply for 00 models.

Anyway I digress a bit, this particular one is originally a mythical private owner type livery, painted in a nice bright red colour, numbered '7' and carrying a nameplate of 'Desmond'.  A previous owner has then added a Thomas type face to the front of the boiler over the boiler door, not a 100% perfect fit, but perfectly adequate.  I'm not sure if there is a 'Desmond' in the Thomas world, but regardless its a nice little addition to both my 'Pug' fleet and my 00 gauge Thomas rolling stock Big Grin

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The name sure sounds familiar, I am curious as well.
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I've looked it up, and (as mentioned) the livery is completely stock standard including nameplates and number. The face is from Thomas himself (not Hornby), and it's the only change done to this copy. Makes it look like a standard gauge Sir Handel IMO. There was never a character named Desmond, so I assume the owner didn't care/want to alter the nameplates/take them off. Good purchase.
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Is not the only #7 character in the series Toby?

Maybe, just guessing, the original modifier has a son named Desmond whose favorite number and color are 7 and Red?

I must say though...if that is a home made red paint job, it is perfect. No imperfections almost as if its solid red plastic. I do love it being a flat finish and not glossy.
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The locomotive looks great! Smile

There is a 0-4-0ST Avonside steam locomotive named "Desmond" but it's green, and it's nuber is 1498...

Engines carrying number 7 in Thomas & Friends series are:
  • Toby (standard gauge NRW)
  • Freddie (narrow gauge Skarloey Railway)
  • Alaric (Culdee Fell Railway)
  • Tim (Mid-Sodor Railway)
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(12-03-2021, 10:14 PM)Mister No Wrote: Engines carrying number 7 in Thomas & Friends series are:
  • Toby (standard gauge *NWR)
  • Freddie *or Ivo Hugh (narrow gauge Skarloey Railway)
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(12-03-2021, 07:41 PM)DalaGStanator Wrote: I've looked it up, and (as mentioned) the livery is completely stock standard including nameplates and number. The face is from Thomas himself (not Hornby), and it's the only change done to this copy. Makes it look like a standard gauge Sir Handel IMO. There was never a character named Desmond, so I assume the owner didn't care/want to remove the nameplates. Good purchase.

I was pretty sure 'Desmond' was a stock Hornby model, and to be honest would have bought it at the price I paid regardless of the Thomas face on the front, but regardless I also thought it was pretty cool as it has been done reasonably well.

Having a bit more time to google it I found the Hornby model it is R779 - Desmond which was apparently only available from 1981 through 1983 which is a pretty short period for a loco.  More to the point it shows you just how hardy these little loco's are that it is based on that info yet looks pretty close to mint condition.  It could do with a little brush up, but nothing major.

 
(12-03-2021, 08:24 PM)Super Wrote: Is not the only #7 character in the series Toby?

Maybe, just guessing, the original modifier has a son named Desmond whose favorite number and color are 7 and Red?

I must say though...if that is a home made red paint job, it is perfect. No imperfections almost as if its solid red plastic. I do love it being a flat finish and not glossy.

Hi Super,

It is actually a factory finish paint job, as I mentioned the boiler is actually diecast metal, making these little loco's a lot heavier than you'd suspect.  Even more surprising is that model is actually a survivor from between 1981-83, the only period it was made available.  It was a good design though, so much so that they still make loco's to that exact design today, same diecast body, but now being made in China instead of the UK they have refined the push rods to make them slightly finer and given them a dark steel finish and improved the level of livery detail even further.  But under the hood they are still the same, metal chassis, same motor, the lot.  Just for once its nice to see a company not trying to fix something that was never broken in the first place.  Best part is I only paid just over £20 for it, good value in my opinion. Big Grin
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So the only thing that was modified was sticking on a face...Could the Smoke Box door still be behind it?
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(12-04-2021, 01:16 PM)Super Wrote: So the only thing that was modified was sticking on a face...Could the Smoke Box door still be behind it?

Oh yes, the smokebox cover is still there, so if i wanted to prise the face off I could, but it looks cool as it is so I'll retain a Thomas themed 'Desmond' and be unique Smile
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I am not a big fan of the color red but somehow this flat version is very appealing to me. Smile
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I know what you mean, my favourite in loco's is generally blue shades, although as proved with the LMS liveried Princess class loco's sometimes red (Maroon?) can be very attractive if done right.  Although there are some BR liveried blue versions of some loco's from that class around Big Grin

Desmond though is nice, I just love that model in all the many liveries I've got...
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