On the weekend the clocks went back it was time to put No.62712 Morayshire back in the box, her ten year ticket has run its course and now she’s ‘in the queue’. For a variety of reasons, mostly associated with the lottery of which engines ended up in which scrapyards, locomotives of the former LNER and it constituent companies fared rather badly in terms of surviving classes and numbers. No. 62712 Morayshire, the only member of the D49 class, survived, because she was sold to Slateford Laundry, in Edinburgh, for use as a stationary boiler.
For me the D49s will always be associated with Burley Park and the Leeds – Harrogate services, of the period 1955 – 60. In 1960 Starbeck had 10 on the books and Neville Hill, (Leeds), had 6 – all of them were ‘Hunts’. They were, in the main, responsible for the local passenger workings in the late 1950s, but they also saw turns on the Harrogate Sunday Pullman and the Queen of Scots, on occasion.
Trains, north bound from Leeds, are on a gradient of 1 in 100 as they pass the park and can be heard well before they can be seen. More than enough time to get from the swings and roundabouts to the railings track-side, or the footbridge which crossed the line, giving local residents access to the park, to watch and record the passing. Strangely, when I took the photo I was thinking, here I am 60 years on still standing by the railings track-side, watching and recording the passing.
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