The RMWeb thread on the SLW 24 has now been viewed around 35,000 times, received over 500 replies and extends over 21 pages. More and more readers are becoming aware of the numerous detail differences within even the hundred plus disc headcode fitted examples.
It isn't easy to find 2 identical disc headcode 24s so If you want a topical Christmas challenge then how about trying to find a matching pair from historic images of the prototype. Close up images of all debatable areas will need to be linked/referenced.
Detail differences include: axlebox type, boiler water tank fitted/unfitted, modified size of underslung tank arrangement (SR based examples), livery, radiator grille type, 2nd compressor/cab front air pipe, brackets on the cab front, roof blanking plates, miniature snow ploughs fitted (2 or 3 parts...middle missing on some), sandbox type, footstep blanking plates, loco number position, D prefix, cab front doors, cab front damage above coupling hook, boiler compartment grille covers and colour, OHLE flashes, additional bodyside grille, loco numbers on each corner of the body, yellow warning panel size & shape inc. whether it extends around the buffer shanks etc, BR double arrow position, quantity and size etc
Here is an example....pre TOPS number on BR blue, later style numerals with miniature snow ploughs from a currently unknown photographer. Try finding a second image of this arrangement, let alone a second similarly attired loco....
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