8 June 2017
8th June 1948: "deep plum and spilt milk" train
8 Tues. Warm with long sunny periods; not much wind; the nicest day for a long time. Walked to Wimbledon along the rail path: saw a train painted in experimental colours. The engine, “Lord Anson” was painted “apple green” – a yellowish green which I liked immensely. The coaches were deep plum colour on the lower half and spilt-milk – a bluish white above: the roofs were painted aluminium. The coaches are really the old L.N.W.R. colours which I do not like. An L.N.E.R. Pacific loco. “Mallard” has been tried over the Southern section with poor results, it failed four times to take a train up the Andover bank and finally broke down. More work in garden: sowed lettuce and wallflower seeds.
Note: the 'plum and spilt milk' was surely an official decscription which Fred must have read, as exactly the same expression is used elsewhere. There is still the 'Pump + Spilt Milk' restaurant, a sumptuous venue establishment... with, in their own words, '150 hand-blown glass lamps suspended from the ceiling... and leather banquettes curve luxuriously around tables of cracked black lava'. In 1948, the newly nationalised railways were experimenting with different liveries.
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