‘The Pocket Rocket’ No.76079 leaves a fine trail of exhaust as she passes the tiny hamlet of Esk Valley, and gets to grips with the long climb up onto the North Yorkshire Moors. Several of the houses in the long white terrace seem to be owned by railway enthusiasts – some from Lancashire! No.76079 is from Lancashire too, built in Horwich, in 1957, she began her railway service at Sutton Oak and finished it in Springs Branch (Wigan) 10 years later.
Just thinking about that – 10 years, the life span of a boiler ticket, and then the scrap heap. For the vast majority of locomotives built in the British Railways era very short life spans were the norm. Even the first builds, in 1951, and even if they hung on till the death, only lasted 17 years, less than two boiler tickets. In what kind of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world does this even begin to make sense. In one of the Alice adventures there’s the line, ‘why even the smoke was worth a £1000 a puff’. Need I say more.
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/302936132284
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.