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Not Midsomer or summer

45305-pinesThe Pines Express began life, without title, in 1910; it ran from Manchester to Bournemouth and was launched, by the LNWR & the MR to compete with a service from Birkenhead to Bournemouth, which was operated by the LSWR & the GWR. The first ‘named’ Pines Express ran in September 1927, the last one to run over the Somerset & Dorset Joint, was in September 1962. The engine on the right, No.92220 Evening Star, hauled that train. (The engine in the photo is actually No.92214 mocked up as No.92220 Evening Star.)

The route and train were, perhaps, more well known than they might have been thanks to the photography of Ivo Peters and the writings of footplatemen Donald Beale and Peter Smith. The S&DJR also had a unique class of locos. Designed and built in Derby, (the Midland Railway was responsible for the motive power of the S&DJR),  the S&D 2-8-0 7Fs, apart from a brief interregnum when they were tried out on coal trains in the Midlands, spent their entire working lives on the S&D. 11 of these engines were built, in two phases, the first in 1914 and the second in 1925. They remained in service until 1959 when withdrawals began; the final engines were withdrawn in 1964. Remarkably for such a small, and ‘dedicated’ class of locomotives, 2 of them survived into preservation, Nos. 53808 and 53809 – both engines are, currently, operational.

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Thomas goes main line

 

47406discs

Not quite ‘live from Loughborough’ – this photograph is from the GCR’s Autumn gala in 2014.  However, all things being equal, on Saturday, I hope to be at the 2015 Winter gala enjoying scenes like this, there might even be a bit of snow, putting the icing on the cake.

Based on earlier designs, by Samuel Waite Johnson, who was the Chief Mechanical Engineer to the Midland Railway from 1873 to 1903, these  0-6-0Ts, classified 3F, have been immortalised as ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. They began to enter service, on the LMS, from 1924 onwards, under the auspices of Sir Henry Fowler, not Sir Topham Hatt. However, as time passed, they saw service not only on the LMS but around the country.

In 1958, according to my Combined Volume, there were 417 of these engines still in service. My shed book for 1960 shows these much loved and ubiquitous little tank engines spread around the country from Bath Green Park on the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway to Swansea (Victoria) and its sub-sheds Gurnos, Llandovery, and Upper Bank, a Midland Railway out-post in Wales. In Scotland numbers of them were shedded at Polmadie and Corkerhill in Glasgow as well at Hamilton 66C, and in 1955, No. 47541 was up in the Highlands at Inverness. Sticking with 1960, No. 47429 was based at New England (Peterborough), and Nos.47306 & 47311 were at 30A Stratford in East London, and No.47312 was based at 33A Plaistow, the Ex-London Tilbury & Southend Railway depot. Even former North Eastern strongholds  like York and Starbeck had an allocation. The locomotive in the photograph, No.47406, was, in 1960, shedded at 24L Carnforth, just as she had been in 1955 when Carnforth was 11A.

Today, No.47406 is a resident at the Great Central Railway’s Loughborough MPD where she was returned to steam, from ‘scrapyard condition’, by Roger Hibbert and his team.

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