It would be easy to imagine that No.45305 was travelling at some speed as she bursts out from under the bridge, safety valves roaring, and, everywhere, steam billowing. And – that’s the thing about photographing heritage steam operations – it’s really an attempt to time travel. Remember when – well some do, many do not. There are plenty of young faces around the railways who have no experience of what it was like when, practically, all services were steam hauled – how could they, they had all ended before they were born.
Speaking for myself I have 60 years of history with this piece of Britain’s former railway network, having travelled the route, as a boy, on the “South Yorkshireman” between Bradford and Rugby. I have some history with the Black 5s too – working in their footplate over the Pennines from Leeds via Huddersfield to Manchester and to Morecambe via Settle, Bentham and Wennington. I cleaned a few too, most of the ones we had at 55C Farnley Junction, were kept clean or cleanish, in 1962, by myself and a couple of other lads – the ‘cleaning’ gang – not as shiny as 45305 tho’!!
Above is the link to Part I of my memories of footplate life in the 1960s. The book about my lifetime of involvement with matters railway is still available on Amazon – Below, is the link to that work.
Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale here’s the link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302929843008
Steam Age Daydreams began in 2014 and since then over 600 blogs have appeared on all manner of railway topics. They are all still available to read in the ‘Archive’ section. I am writing this to let you all know that when the existing webhosting contract expires in December there are, currently, no plans to renew it – Steam Age Daydreams will cease.