I've just been thinking, which I know is dangerous at my age, but I have noticed over the months that a number of trains, locomotives equipment and locations have nicknames. An example of this is one I posted the other day the "Gobby" van, now I know what one is (a mobile office/workshop) but don't know where the name came from, but would be interested to know.
So come on dig deep for those odd names old and new as well as international.
Well, I think it derives from the story of the 'Ugly Duckling' who turned out to be a smart swan - as in Hans Christian Anderson. They are ugly looking but do the job very well - I think they had the highest TE of any 0-6-0 in the country. I cannot recall where I first heard the term, but I was train-spotting on the SR of BR from around 1956/7 onwards.
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