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56 years ago today

56 years ago today I began work with BR, at a shed, where I cleaned and fired engines just like the one in this photo. Unfortunately none of them survived ‘the great purge’. However, one that did survive was a fairly frequent visitor, when she was based at Stockport, No.45596 Bahamas; one of a handful of the Jubilee Class which were fitted with a double chimney.

Like the engine this photograph, No. 45690 Leander, No.45596 Bahamas is soon to be back in action, after lengthy overhaul. Just as some of my very first associations were with the Jubilees so were some of my last. There were very few passenger turns at Wakefield, where I ended my BR service, apart from a few jobs working the Bradford portions of London – Leeds services from Wakefield Westgate to Bradford Exchange, the only others, at the time, were ‘excursions’ for Rugby / Football matches and trips to the seaside.

My very last trip on a Jubilee was with a trip to Blackpool and back with a train load of miners, the details of which were the subject of an earlier post. Sadly, none of the engines I worked on at Farnley and at Wakefield survived, however, a goodly number of those I worked on at Nine Elms did; and a week on Friday I hope to see one of them, No.35018 British India Line, having a run over the S&C. I haven’t seen her in the flesh since she was withdrawn, over 50 years ago – quite looking forward to Friday 20th. My BR days migh have ended in 1968 but my attachment to those dim and distant days did not.

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Yes we have no bananas

45596millblkwhitThere were a few Jubilees allocated to Farnley Jct., when I signed on there as a cleaner, in 1962; No.45708 Resolution, No.45695 Minotaur,  and No.45581 Bihar & Orrisa, painted in a shade of Apple green, not the usual Brunswick, carried by her sisters. Strangely, the coach behind the engine, in this photograph, is in a shade of apple green and cream and carries the wording ‘West Highland Line’,  which isn’t quite where it was taken. The location is alongside the Worth, adjacent to Ingrow Mill,   a scene which, sadly, no longer exists, like No.45581 Bihar & Orissa. No.45596 Bahamas, on the other hand, is now well on the way to  a return to traffic; after many years out of service as an ‘exhibit’.

I have vague memories of a very clean No.45596 Bahamas turning up at Farnley Jct., possibly from working the Swansea – York mails, which was a turn the Farnley Jubilees, and crews, worked from Leeds City Station to Stockport. I’m not sure if the diagram took the engine beyond Stockport, but that was where the Farnley crew finished their bit of the working. It was on the Swansea – York mails that, No.45695 Minotaur, came to grief one night in 1962, she ploughed into a herd of cattle – yours truly got the job of cleaning the remains from the undersides and middle motion, not a nice way to start your day I can tell you.

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