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Things to Come


I suspect that most of you are aware that No.60103 Flying Scotsman is about to hit the rails again, with an appearance, in black undercoat, at the East Lancashire Railway; which is becoming something of a proving ground for Ian Riley’s engineering firm, who have completed the overhaul and restoration of No.60103 Flying Scotsman.  Some of you may already know I inherited a whole box full of black and white photographs, and this is one of them. Others can be seen by clicking on the Pre-1948 Blk/Wht photos page button, above this article. On the back of the ‘postcard type’ print there is a hand written comment, “LNER A3 No.2597 Gainsborough, up Express near Durham,  8/1932”. I have added the copyright to the front, the photographer wasn’t named.

On an entirely different note; it is little short of amazing that, later this year we will, once again, see an A3 with an “up express near Durham” 84 years after this picture was taken and 48 years since steam ceased to be the driving force on our National railway network. Some of the A3s finished their days working in the unfamiliar territory of the former Midland railway line between Leeds, and Carlisle,  a chunk of which is the “legendary” S&C, and No.60103 is going to be making a run over this route too, a real ‘turn back the clock’ event, though not quite as far as 1932!

One of my own earliest memories, circa 1954/5, of the A3s, is seeing No.60077 The White Knight dragging an enormous train, filled with soldiers, along the Leeds to Harrogate line, past Burley Park. We could hear her coming, and going, long before she appeared in sight and long after she’d passed us. The A3s were quite common on this route and Nos. 60081 Shotover, 60074 Harvester, and 60084 Trigo were all regulars, as I recall.

I will be adding more photographs to the Pre-1948 page over the coming weeks, if you want to check back.

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

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