In response to my recent item on sardine tins a reader made the following observation:
While I enjoyed your piece, I have to take exception to the description of the 4-6-0 Stanier as 'humble'. After all this was the class which included 'Sherwood Forester', 'Royal Scot' and 'Old Contemptibles'. The Walschaerts piston valves alone mark them out as superior machines.
It is gratifying to know that there are those amongst my readers who consider accuracy in these matters to be of vital importance.
I stand corrected.