Shortly before Nationalisation, and the formation of British Railways, H G Ivatt took over as CME on the LMS and he added several new classes to the stock list. Never worked these little 2-6-0s but did my first ever firing turn on the 2-6-2 tank engine version, station pilot at Leeds City Station – it was a Saturday night!
They were fine little engines, steamed well, and fun to work on, they were fitted with rocking grates too, which always pleased the firemen – made dropping the fire so much easier, than paddling it out as some sheds did. At Farnley Jct., 55C, where I started we used to lift a few fire bars from under the door and then shove the clinker through the hole into the ashpan – only down side was you had to get into the pit under the engine and rake the clinker out of the ashpans – nasty work.
The photo shows No.46521, with a short train of mineral empties bound for Rothley Brook sidings, on the GCR, during one of the Gala weekends.
This engine also featured in the TV sitcom Oh! Dr. Beeching, filmed at the Severn Valley Railway, which is where she was based at the time. Today she is one of the ‘home’ fleet at the GCR.