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Scarborough Spa Express?


Yesterday’s post, ‘Bit of a departure’, featured a photograph of No.62712 Morayshire, rusting gently, in the yard at Inverurie Locomotive Works – a photograph for which I had a lot of information. This photograph I know very little about, save what you can see. It was gifted to me, along with many more, there’s no information as to who took it, or on what day it was taken. The signal box is Falsgrave and the platform sign says Scarborough Central, the locomotive is a 3cylinder class B16/2, a 1937 Gresley rebuild of the Vincent Raven original, which was introduce on the North Eastern Railway in 1920 and, when new was fitted with Stephenson link motion.

According to my 1960 shed book No.61437 was allocated to 50A York, now the National Railway Museum. York had quite a few of the B16s on the allocation in 1960 – non of them survived the ‘grand cull’. According to the LNER data base, these engines were very commonly used on seaside excursions, and particularly to Scarborough, a classic 1950s seaside destination, deep in the heartlands of North Eastern Railway territory, all of which suggests the photograph was of a ‘common place’. Mum and son sat on the platform seem oblivious to the passing, certainly no ‘trainspotting’ going on!

The B16s were, essentially North Easter Railway engines, and for much of their working lives, most were allocated around York, Hull, Leeds, Tyne Dock, and Scarborough. Late in the day they also made their way onto the Great Central section with allocations at Woodford Halse and Banbury.

PS If anyone does have any information on this photograph – please do let me know.

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