No.76079, aka the Pocket Rocket, about to cross the Goathland – Pickering road at Moorgates could be a sight straight out of the 1960s. Quite a lot of these engines found their way onto the Southern Region with allocations at Eastleigh, Bournemouth, and Salisbury, where headcode discs rather than lamps would have been carried; just as they are in this picture.
Suprisingly, given their numbers, I don’t recall ever having worked on one during my time at Nine Elms. I do however, recall a tale going round the messroom of one being pressed into service to replace a failed Merchant Navy on the ‘up’ Belle. The thing to bear in mind when considering messroom rumours is that they are frequently embellished in the telling and retelling. Speaking of messroom tales and rumours, Part II of my footplate memories will be coming out later this month, if you haven’t read Part I you will find a link below.
Just as the lights went out on my railway career they will very soon be going out on Steam Age Daydreams too.
I will still be passing my time photographing steam locomotives and for those of you who have enjoyed reading the Blog – I will be continuing to write, Part II of ‘In Memory’ will be available before the end of the month with parts III, IV and V to follow at intervals in the New Year. If you’ve enjoyed my photographs the Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale on eBay – here’s the link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302936132284
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 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.