"Please give a big hand to ..."
Never let it be said .... that I don't give credit where credit is due. Many of the following individuals provided me with the thirst and enthusiasm to 'endure' endless overnights and desperate leaps in pursuit of Class 25 locos and "New Engines". Others have contributed invaluable bits and pieces of information, often unknowingly, to enable me to construct this website. My thanks goes to all concerned.
The Rat Roadshow
Mark Bennett ("No 1"), Nick Lawford, John Cowburn ("P51"), Dave Craik, Dave Gee ("Z51"), Phill Taylor ("Heckmondwick"), Craig Ryan and Brendan Kilgallon ("The Brads")
Desperados, personal heroes and great bashers I am glad to have known
The Birmingham 8/9 Roadshow ("Chas", "Hair Bear", "Jimmy Hill", "Wet Mac", et al - hope all has gone well with you), Jed, Andy Mustoe, Dave Rollason RIP ("Wellington")
"WebMasters" and people with quality websites and whose ideas I may have begged, borrowed or 'stole'
Dave Ashcroft, David Ashley, Gareth Aspden, Bill Atkinson, Jake Atkinson, Guy Austing, Andrew Bannister, Mark Bartlett, Phil Bartlett, Brian Basterfield, Aled Betts, Alistair Betts, Malcolm Best, Bideford Rail Group, Nick Bircham, Scully Blakeman, Richard Boyd, Ernie Brack, Adrian Broadbent, John Broderick, Lee Brown, Stephen Brown, Steve Burdett, Steve Burgess, David Burrell, Jim Burton, Mister C, Andrew Calder, Gray Callaway, Richard Campbell, Chesterfield Observer, Chi Trevor. Chris Collins, Kevin Cooke, Peter Cooper, Dave Coxon, Derek Cross, Simon Cuddeford, Stephen Dance, Brian Daniels, J Davenport, Richard Davis, David Dockray, Stephen Dowle, Duncan Elsey, Derek Elston, Mark Elvey, Neil Evans, Ian Fleming, Andy Flowers, Stephen Ford, Steve Fulcher, Gerard Fletcher, Dave Ford, Arnie Furniss, Paul Gleave, Jerry Glover, Brian Godwin, Larry Goddard, Clive Greatorex, "Captain Grey", Martin Griffin, Paul Griffin, Griffin Images, Adrian Griffith, Geoff Griffiths, Anthony Guppy, Peter Hall, Ian Hammond, Jim Hardwick, David Harlott, Mark Harrington, David Hayes, Steve Haynes, Jonathan Hazan, Michael Headley, Dave Higson, Dave Homer, Dave Hodkinson, Richard Howat, Colin Harris, Roger Harris (for 'The Allocation History of BR Diesels & Electrics'), Mark Harrison, Tom Heavyside, David Higson, Dave Hills, Mike Hodge ("Tipton"), Tim Holden, Ken Howard (for the 1H8x series of books), Jane Howard (for starting my interest in Class 25 locos), David Ingram, Bill Jamieson, Ken Joy, Steve Kemp, Kike Kerry, Eddie Knorn, Gordon Lacy, Alan Lea, Leighton Logs, Keith Long, Peter Lovell, Fred Lowe, Ed Lund (for 'To the Last Drop' and the SO booklets), Andy McLelland, Trevor Machell, Roger Marsh, Steve Marshall, Ken Mathews, Martin Mayes, Graham Measures, Alan Morris, Gavin Morrison, Michael Naylor, Adrian Nicholls, Michael Oakley, Alan Osborn, Garry Parkins, Brian Parkes, Colin Partington, Keith Partlow, John Piesing, Dave Plimmer, John Powell, Bevan Price, Kevin Price, Dave Rapson, Ian Rear, David Reed, Nicholas Rennie, Phil Richards, Glenn Rivett, Martin Robertson, Trevor Rolfe, Nigel Rollings, Nick Ross, Stephen Rueth, Gerry Ryan, Andy Sales, Peter Scott, Hugh Searle, Mark Shipman, Jeremy Sides, Craig Simmons, Peter Slagel, Peter Smith, Dave Spencer, Bob Spooner, John Stephens, Jon Stubley, Dean Tabor, Martin Tasker, Kevin Taylor, Brian Thomas, Gordon Thomson, Steve Thorpe, Chris Totty, Tony Traynor, Philip Tromans, John Turner, Steve Turner, D. Vickers, Chris Walker, Michael Warrender, Neil Webster RIP (for the 80's Loco Hauled Travel books), David West, David Williams, Graham Williams, Phil Wieland, Peter Wolfe, John Wood, John Woolley, Steve Woodhouse, George Woods, Tony Woof, Richard Worman, David Wragg, A.O. Wynn, Andy Young
This list will grow and grow so please don't be offended if I haven't included you yet, just blame it on my old age!
BooksThere is a lot to be said for the printed media over websites such as this. You can take time to admire the skill of the photographer and the knowledge of the writer in a way this site can never hope to equal. The following books have supported my interest over the years and if you can get hold of a copy (and I'm not lending you mine before you ask!) then you won't be sorry. However don't take all you read as fact, some of the older sources contain factual errors that only became known about in later years.
David Clarke "Diesels In Depth - Classes 24/25", Ian Allan Publishing, 2006
Hugh Dady "Rail Portfolios 8 - The 24s and 25s", Ian Allan, 1989
Alan Baylis "Class 25's Action '85", RAM Publications, 1986
Colin. J. Marsden "Brush-Sulzer Locomotives", Ian Allan, 1985
Barry J. Nicolle "The Last Years of the Class 25s", Ian Allan, 1985
Alan Baylis "Class 25's Action '84", RAM Publications, 1985
A.T.H Tayler "Sulzer Types 2 and 3", Ian Allan, 1984
Chris Perkins & Michael Oakley "BR Class 24/25 Diesels", Bradford Barton, 1982
Colin. J. Marsden "Profile of the Class 24s and 25s", Oxford Publishing Company,1981
Brian Webb, "Sulzer Diesel Locomotives of British Rail", David & Charles, 1978
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