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It’s not Yorkshire and it’s not a Pullman

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The Leeds and Bradford business traffic was an important consideration for the Great Northern and later the London & North Eastern Railway. Fast comfortable trains departed Leeds and Bradford to take ‘people’ to ‘town’ in time to do ‘business’ before getting them back to Yorkshire in time for G&Ts. In 1935 the Yorkshire Pullman, which had portions for Halifax, Bradford, and Hull, left Leeds central Station at 11.14am, arriving in Kings Cross at 2.40pm. The down train left Kings Cross at 4.45pm arriving in Leeds at 8.13 pm,  the  Hull portion, which detached at Doncaster,  arrived at 8.15 pm.

One of my old school chums went to work, stewarding, on the Pullmans, when he left school.  I enjoyed a couple of free dinners on the Yorkshire Pullman, traveling back to Leeds to see the folks, when I was working at Nine Elms MPD, during the early 60s, thanks to this particular ‘old school tie’. The Yorkshire Pullman wasn’t the only London – Yorkshire Pullman service, the Spa town of Harrogate had the Harrogate Sunday Pullman, which ran during the 1950s and 60s and included a Bradford portion.  The Queen of Scots, also a Pullman service,  which commenced in May 1928, running between Kings Cross and Glasgow Queen Street also called at Leeds and Harrogate, en route.

The photograph shows B1 class 4-6-0 No.1306, now named Mayflower, sans Pullman coaches, approaching Berwyn Station, on the Llangollen Railway, with a Llangollen – Carrog service, before the new extension to Corwen opened.

Check out Sunday’s post, for a very special anniversary.

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007 shaken not stirred

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This might be a classic example of how the wedge front deflects the exhaust and stops it rolling down over the cab and obscuring the driver’s view of the road ahead. A scan from one of my slides, dated March 1998, it shows No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, at Burrs, long before the country park was opened.

No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is carrying the West Riding Ltd. headboard, a service which began in November 1937, and, like the Silver Jubilee and Coronation services which pre-date it,  was a ‘streamlined’ train – though it did not incorporate the observation car, which was included on the other services. The West Riding Limited, on its inauguration, was the fastest train of the day between London – Leeds and Bradford and was aimed specifically at the ‘Business’ class commuter.

The A4s performed some remarkable feats on these trains, for example, only 10 failures out of 1,952 journeys with the Silver Jubilee service. In 1936 Driver George Henry Haygreen took, the almost brand new, No.2512 Silver Fox, down Stoke Bank at 113 mph, a record at the time, with a service train. No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is credited with the highest post-war speed for an A4 reaching 112mph, on 23rd May 1959, again down Stoke Bank, and with a train load of passengers – Alan Pegler was on the footplate.

Today No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is resident on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.  In recent times No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley has been used on main line rail tours, including the Edinburgh – Aberdeen line, which is where she finished her active BR career, her final MPD allocation was Aberdeen from where she was withdrawn, in February 1966.

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Double heading and a Banker

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Autumn on the Worth valley and ‘Derby 4’, No.43924, pilots the visiting ‘Flying Pig’, No.43106, with an all stations from Keighley to Oxenhope service – pushing, at the rear, is Ivatt 2-6-2 No.41241, on her last gala appearance before overhaul. In a little under a week it will be the K&WVR’s Winter 2015 gala and No.43924, as one of the K&WVR resident locos, will be featuring in it.

Not the longest of preserved lines the K&WVR does, however, have quite a range of photographic locations from almost moorland settings above Haworth to gritty, old, stone buildings around Keighley. There’s a nice tunnel and viaduct at Mytholmes or a backdrop of trees as in the location in this photograph which is known as GN straight and I’m standing, almost, on the spot where the former Great Northern Railway line, from Keighley to Queensbury, for Halifax or Bradford, diverged. The GNR route, it is said, was expensive to maintain and it did have two tunnels and two major viaducts, on the roughly 10 mile long stretch, between Ingrow and Queensbury, how much impact these features had on its closure can only be guessed at. Opened throughout in 1884 it was closed in sections between 1956 and 1965.

1965 was the year No.43924 was sold to the famous Woodhams scrapyard at Barry in South Wales, five years later she was the first, of around 200 engines, to leave the yard and escape being cut up. Returned to traffic, in 2011, after a lengthy overhaul, No.43924 should still be ‘in ticket’ when her 100th birthday comes up in 2020.

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