“School’s out”

Alice Cooper was never high on my list of Bands but, I was very sympathetic to the views expressed in School’s out. I spent most of my time at Grammar school wishing I wasn’t, and as often as possible skived off or threw a sickie. A very different story when I walked up Royds Lane to start work at 55C Farnley Jct.  where the nearest thing to school were the MIC classes. However, there was a great deal to be learned from Rule 55 to how to ‘cob ’em up’.

Funny how much you learn when you want to and how little when you don’t. Pythagoras wasn’t on my list of cops, and Archimedes, well he was screwed anyway. One of the few saving graces of my school days was a metal work teacher who built 5″ gauge locos, which he ran in  a local park, until the school discovered they were all made with materials supplied by the school – ooops!

Pictured is Ex-Southern Railway Schools class 4-4-0, No.925 Cheltenham, departing from Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway, with a train for Leicester North

.A further selection of my photos can be seen here: http://steamagedaydreams.co.uk/?page_id=3378

If you enjoy my photographs why not have a look at my 2017 Calendar, which, for the first time, is being published by calendar company Calvendo and sold on line or by order at your local bookshop using this ISBN number: Steam Age Daydreams (Wall Calendar 2017 DIN A4 Landscape) / 978-1-325-22545-3

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