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 Post subject: PRR 3768 lives! (well, sort of....)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:01 pm 

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Not sure whether this should be classed under the "Railfanning" section, but certainly one for the silly season........

On leaving Bury St Edmunds station (in the UK...) today, I was confronted by the sign on the recently refurbished Station Pub on the opposite side of the road....

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Now quite why a streamlined PRR K4 Pacific is featured on the sign, given that Bury is about 3400 miles from the nearest former PRR line is anyones guess, but at least it looks quite a presentable image.

I look forward to observing a similar image of an ex Great Eastern "Claud Hamilton" 4-4-0, or "1500" 4-6-0 adorning a bar somewhere in Pennsylvania on a future visit to the US !!!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:59 pm 

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It seems CPR 2816 also lives. I recently saw a very similar pub sign behind the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester England featuring a nice full colour photo of the CP Hudson.


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our 8th Air Force 94th Bomb Group (Heavy) was stationed their in WWll, so there is a definite American connection. My Dad had a good friend that was stationed their until his B-17 was shot down and he finished the war in a POW camp.


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Dave Lewandoski wrote:
our 8th Air Force 94th Bomb Group (Heavy) was stationed their in WWll, so there is a definite American connection. My Dad had a good friend that was stationed their until his B-17 was shot down and he finished the war in a POW camp.


Off topic, but this might interest you - The Tower on Rougham Airfield (Bury) is now a museum..
http://rougham.org/
There is actually a pub called "The Flying Fortress" adjacent to the airfield site, though the airfield itself is slowly being surrounded/absorbed by housing and industrial development.

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thanks for the link! I have a book that shows the airfields of the 8th AF during the war and when the book was made.....late '80s IIRC. many have gone back to farm land.


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Wonder how much Andy Romano knows about this?

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And whether a picture of 3768 - or better yet, 6100 - in DGLE wouldn't better qualify for an institution called the "Greene King"

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It's not called the "Greene King." It's "The Station."

http://thestationburystedmunds.co.uk/

Greene King is the name of the brewery supplying the beer, and possibly owning the place outright, which would make it a "tied house" serving exclusively the beers in question--although it doesn't show up in Greene King's own online database of GK properties, and that PRR-styled sign has been up since at least the Google Street View car drove by last October.


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I knew I had a photo of it somewhere.... Manchester England, June 2016.


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As an aside, we did actually have a preserved loco named "Greene King" operating in the UK in the 1970's.
One of the Southern Railway S15 class 4-6-0's (#841) was rescued from the Barry scrapyard by a group based at Chappel & Wakes Colne station in Essex. The Greene King brewery provided some sponsorship/support along the way, so the finished locomotive was duly named as such as a token of thanks.
The loco had a short burst of (rather unsuccesful) main line running in East Anglia in 1976/7 (I think all 3 trips suffered from failures en-route) and the loco eventually ended up on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where significant parts of it were used to restore another example of the class! I think the frames and some other parts are still stored there.
The rather poor scan of a (Pocket Instamatic) photo below, taken in October 1977, shows it's last local outing, being pushed into Ipswich station by the supporting class 31 diesel, the steamer having failed to do the 9 mile run from Manningtree on its own. From memory, 841 was removed at Ipswich and dumped in the carriage sidings, where it remained for a considerable length of time, whilst the tour continued behind the diesel. The "Greene King" nameplates can be made out on the running plate just above the centre drivers.
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Now if you want railwayana:

http://www.alexandrahotelderby.co.uk/

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