With 35010 making a rare appearance on this thread, does anyone else own a copy of Bradford Barton's Southern Steam locomotice survey - Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacifics? For the benefit of anyone who does not, the book ends on a happy note, with shots of 35028 in preservation times, but the penultimate page features 35010 at Barry, taken when its rescue seemed highly unlikely. The caption accompanying the picture is very poignant and worth quoting in full - especially as the future has turned out to be somewhat kinder for 35010 than the author could have anticipated:- Hundreds of men helped to build you; hundreds more maintained you and worked on your footplate. They hated you, cursed you, loved you and will remember you with affection. Many footplatemen from Exmouth Junction, Salisbury, Nine Elms, Bournemouth, Eastleigh, Stewarts Lane and Dover found fame at your regulator and became the heroes of the railway press. Many more made equally wonderful runs and remained unsung, but are remembered by their colleagues for the prowess, fully deserving the simple epithet of being "good enginemen". They knew, through, long experience, how to make you pick up your heels and go, when lesser mortals could not handle such mettlesome mounts as you and your twenty-nine stable companions. Once you could run at 100 mph or pull 600 tons, Now you are no longer No. 35010 Blue Star but just so much rusting scrap metal in Woodham Bros' Yard in alien South Wales. This is not the "Merchant Navy" we knew and as for so many of those who worked on you, retirement has come, and for you it could have been with more dignity. A bit of poetic license here, I think for, to my knowledge, 35010 was never an Eastern Section engine and although a strong engine, not one of the fastest so probably never hit 100 mph, but still quite a moving tribute to an engine which the author never expected to turn its wheels again.