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7903barry No. 7903 Foremark Hall makes a pretty forlorn sight, at Woodhams yard in Barry. It is entirely possible that the missing rods are stored in the tender which would, apart from name and number plates, make her complete, even serviceable. I made the pilgrimage to Barry in 65, and a pilgrimage was what it felt like, we never expected to see these engines ever again. Almost new 9Fs cheek by jowl with survivors from the days of Edwardian splendour, when railways were in their pomp.  Rusting 4Fs and Bulleid Pacifics, Castles and Kings lined up one behind the other – and they were all doomed – or so we thought.

Despite her ‘almost complete’ appearance No.7903 Foremark Hall didn’t leave Barry until 1981, 17 years after her withdrawl. When she was sent to Barry she had been in service for only 15 years – a criminal waste really. No.7903 Foremark Hall was one of the final batch of ‘Modified’ Halls, and was constructed under the newly formed British Railways, at Swindon, in 1949. Restoration to working order was undertaken at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway where she returned to steam in 2003 just in time to be a part of the S&CR’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

The picture of her ‘in action’ is at Chicken Curve on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

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If you have enjoyed my blogs – I have written a book about my 60 years involvement with railways, from trainspotter, via steam age footplateman, to railway author and photographer, this is a link to it:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

These are some totally unsolicited comments from people who have already read  Gricing:  Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase:  “Brilliant and interesting book”

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“Not a murder mystery, but one that I found hard to put down. One of the best additions to my collection of books about railways.”

‘treated myself to a copy of “Gricing” for Christmas, excellent reading.’

‘I’m enjoying your book. It’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot’

‘I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’. 

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The Unknown Mogul

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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

If you’ve enjoyed my photographs and blog, you might enjoy my book “Gricing: The Real story of the Railway Children”

These are some of the totally unsolicited comments from people who have read  Gricing:  ‘ treated myself to a copy of “Gricing” for Christmas, excellent reading.’  ‘I’m enjoying your book. It’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot.’  ‘ I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’. – and from another ‘satisfied’ reader’ – ‘ I was given what I believe to be your book called Gricing the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!’

This is the link to my book “Gricing: The Real Story of the Railway Children.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

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