Not quite AC / DC – West Country Class 4-6-2 No.34101 Hartland has her smokebox cleaned and WD No.90775 waits her turn under the hopper and over the ash pit. I know this is a scene from preservation’s recent past, but there’s little in the photograph which would be a give away if I said this was from 1961 – though quite how an engine with a 65F Grangemouth shed code would end up alongside an Ex-SR Pacific might need some explaining. Making matters even more difficult to explain is the fact that No.34101 Hartland is carrying the ‘Golden Arrows’ on her smoke deflectors.
There’s also the little matter that the WD was never a British Railways locomotive, she was sent to Greece as part of the war effort and repatriated in 1984, having been built in Glasgow, by the North British Loco Co., in 1943. No longer on the NYMR, No.90775, is now in the hands of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Soc. and awaiting overhaul at the North Norfolk Railway. The WC No.34101 Hartland is still on the Moors line and nearing the end of her overhaul and will, very soon, be steaming across the moors again, which is nice. I’m going to be moving nearer to the NYMR, myself, and No.34101 Hartland was an engine I worked on during the 1960s, so I’m looking forward to being able to pop by and see her at work again.
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