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The Unknown Mogul


Spent an hour putting some old photos in the scanner this morning,  all taken at Barry, 50 years ago this year. I have added them to the B&W photos page of Steam Age Daydreams. One of them, this one, is ‘unidentified’ – if anyone can shed light then please feel free. The other new additions include, amongst others, No. 34092 City of Wells, No.7903 Foremark Hall and one of my old nags, about to re-enter traffic, after fifty years, No.35006 Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

When you see the photos it is clear that the locomotives are fairly recent arrivals, most are only missing their rods and there’s very little evidence of the serious metal moth infestation which characterised the later years at Barry. There are no signs painted on smoke boxes or tenders saying, ‘sold to’ this that or any other group; freshly ‘withdrawn’ locomotives are still arriving to swell the ranks of those already there. This was how it was at Barry – in 1966, the year we won the Jules Rimet Trophy!!

This link will take you to the B&W photos page: http://steamagedaydreams.co.uk/?page_id=850

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Steaming into the sunset


‘Cotswold Festival of Steam’, on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, and a classic piece of timelessness, the locomotive, ‘Small Prairie’ No.5526, wears a shiny new BR black with cycling lion logo, auto coach No.178 is still in her Great Western livery – that cusp when the Big Four became the big One? The passengers with their elbows out of the window might be advised to bring them in, and shut the window, as No.5526 is about 100yds from the entrance to Greet tunnel, which is 693 yds long, and, reputedly, haunted by the ghost of a ganger, killed there in the 1920s.

Working the last auto-train service of the day to Cheltenham Racecourse, No.5526 and her auto-coach, are photographed here, just getting into their stride after calling at Winchcombe. Winchcombe has something of a reputation as a centre for the Asparagus trade, which flourishes in the Vale of Evesham. Somewhat bizarrely, much of the asparagus in our supermarket comes from Peru – not by rail though! If you are in the area, Winchcombe Railway Museum, a charming, and friendly, small exhibits museum,  is worthy of a visit. The museum, the work of Tim Petchy and his family/trustees, closed at the end of the 2013 season, but  is due to re-open this year 2015. Hopefully they’ll have kept the friendly, hands on approach offering kids the chance to play at being ‘signalmen/women’.

Something else due back on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway in 2015 is the much anticipated return to traffic of Ex-SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 No.35006 Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation. During my time at Nine Elms I fired this engine numerous times from Waterloo to Bournemouth  and Salisbury or back – a fine machine.

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