I bet the staff at Carnforth can't wait to see this thread every day :)
LMS Fowler 2-6-4t 1966.
LMS Stanier 2-6-4t 1967.
B16 - 1964
J37 - 1966
J38 - 1967
77XXX 2-6-0 1967
82XXX 2-6-2t 1967
It wasn't a shambles in the USA in the 1940s; are you implying that the Americans were better engineers and managers than us?! :)
The 'untried solutions' were tried elsewhere.
As to debating what might have happened; isn't that the delight of having such a forum?
No one has...
Had Britains railway engineers taken the time to look outwith these isles they might have seen a potentially different scenario developing, which...
The GWR railcars were by no means perfect but they were at least a step on the way forward, unlike the BR standard steam locos.
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