Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

In any large transport fleet it becomes important to be able to identify individual vehicles in order to maintain records of servicing and any failures experienced. On the railways, everything has a Unique number from the largest locomotive to the smallest track maintenance vehicle. The allocated number usually stays with the vehicle throughout its life unless significant changes are made to its mechanical condition or use, when it might be renumbered to separate it from other un-modified members of the class.

Very occasionally an unusual event results in a renumbering. In 1933 the Royal Scot attended the ‘Century of Progress’ exhibition in Chicago and also toured the USA and Canada. Although not officially recorded, it has become accepted fact that 6152 and 6100 swapped identities to allow the newly built locomotive to attend the exhibition. You can read about it on the Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust website.

66204 of DB Schenker at Acton Main Line.

An example of a current diesel – 66204 of DB Schenker at Acton Main Line.

A steam example - Drummond T9 30120 at Bodmin General.   This locomotive was originally numbered 120 in the London & South Western Railway fleet.   It was renumbered when the railways were nationalised in 1948.

A steam example – Drummond T9 30120 at Bodmin General. This locomotive was originally numbered 120 in the London & South Western Railway fleet. It was renumbered when the railways were nationalised in 1948.

Buses also have unique fleet numbers.   T219 is an AEC Regal and entered service in 1931.

Buses also have unique fleet numbers. T219 is an AEC Regal and entered service in 1931.

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Comments

  1. Unique indeed,, and great pictures,, I assume you took them,, I like the angles..;)

  2. That’s quite a unique observation. Unique concept about unique identities.
    Oh, so unique! :)

    • LoL – Thanks TeeCee :-) And, of course, once you have a lot of numbers to collect you have Train Spotters; Bus Spotters; Aircraft Spotters – in fact, just about anything spotters ;-)

  3. i love your take on things martin, always so refreshing and interesting!!!

  4. Your great photos add such depth and character to the numbers Martin!

    • Thanks Patti – I suspect that some of the locomotives to which the numbers are applied can be very individual characters. We see them as machines with numbers at our peril – they do seem to have personalities of their own!

  5. Wonderful response to the theme, Martin. The pictures are just fantastic.

  6. Who would have thought just plain old numbers could have such photogenic possibilities!
    That last shot, especially — is like a painting.

  7. I really like that shade of green in the last photo Martin.

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