A couple of years ago I was given several boxes of ‘old’ photographs, mostly of locomotives with a Scottish allocation / origin. However, in the boxes were a number of photos of A3s, including this one of No.2595 Trigo, later No.60084 Trigo. The legend on the back of the 6 x 4 postcard print reads, ‘entering Grantham on up Flying Scotsman’. It is Published by Photomatic, the photographer isn’t named. There’s no date but my guess would be pre-war but, not by much, maybe 1936 /37. No.2595 Trigo entered service in February 1930 and was withdrawn, as BR No.60084 Trigo, in November 1964.
Coincidently, No.60084 Trigo, is one of those engines I remember from my own 1950s school days, when she was a regular on the ‘4 o’clocker’ through Burley Park, in Leeds, on the route to Harrogate. In 1955, according to my Locoshed Book she was allocated to Neville Hill, she was still sheded there, in the 1961 edition, which recently came into my possesion. Neville Hill was 50B in 1955, in 1961 it was 55H.
The guard, trudging up the platform, with his traps, and the fireman ‘posing’, in his seat add a nice human touch to the proceedings. However, what isn’t clear is whether the engine is moving, the caption and fireman’s pose would indicate the train was stood, or was about to stop. If it is stationary, presumably it is for signals, as in my understanding the ‘Flying Scotsman’ ran non-stop.
Later this week I will be posting a feature length Blog about my first few weeks at 70A – so if you like a ‘footplate tale’ – keep your eyes open!!
If you have enjoyed my blogs – I have written a book about my 60 years involvement with railways, from trainspotter, via steam age footplateman, to railway author and photographer, this is a link to it: