Monk Alan <Alan.Monk@...>

The other thing to bear in mind is that the specified truck would be as newly built (and for a while thereafter... couple of years maybe??)

But, once a car has been in service a few years, it's likely to have visited a RIP track (and that likelihood will increase as the car ages). There was discussion recently (either here or on another list/forum/blog) about how the RIP team were unlikely to have stocks on hand for every truck design, so may have used what was available - certainly there's photographic evidence of cars with different trucks than as delivered (even different at each end). I'm guessing that some other components were also swapped out as required which may not have been exactly like for like?

So, for older cars certainly, I don't think we should get too hung-up on 'as built' detail.

Alan Monk
Reading, UK

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