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The way they were

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 No.2595 Trigo entered service in February 1930 and was withdrawn, as BR No.60084 Trigo, in November 1964.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!!

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50 Sheds of Grey

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Old Jack Frost’s cold fingers hold land and water in their grip, as the Country’s “most famous locomotive”, No.60103 Flying Scotsman, runs round her train, at Rawtenstall, on the very edge of the Pennines. This was weekend two of the Flying Circus, sorry, Flying Scotsman spectacular. The ‘great and good’ with their press pack entourage may have departed homewards,  but of devotees there was no shortage, packed trains, crowded platforms, swathes of camera totting photographers all along the lineside – paid testament to that.

There was very much a flavour of the moment, I thought, with this photograph, a bleak scene, in bleak times. At Summerseats, just a few miles down the line, the Christmas floods swept a 200 year old pub away, part of the road through the village is still closed. Flying Scotsman’s wartime austerity paint job gives an all too grim reminder of the current ‘austerity’. The livery may have helped to make  locomotives less visible as a target during WWII, it certainly made Flying Scotsman look a lot more like an industrial product than the work of art she appears – when pictured, in her LNER glory days, hauling the Flying Scotsman.

The balloon water tank, in matching grey, makes an austere accessory to the scene. It reminded me of my first winter on the railway, that of 62/3, a very severe winter as I recall,  when I seemed to spend weeks, keeping braziers burning, to stop the water columns from freezing up at my first SHED 55C.

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Went to see a Scotsman & came home with a Crab.

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On a frozen Saturday morning, in an icy Lancashire landscape, Hughes’ Crab, No.13065, hauling a nicely mixed rake of maroons and blood and custards, is almost the only colour to be seen. I had gone to the East Lancashire Railway, primarily, to see, after all the ‘fuss’,   No.103/502/60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ depending on which side you saw her from, 60103 if you saw her head on. Sadly, from a photographic perspective, Flying Scotsman was facing in the wrong direction, i.e. down hill and, if that wasn’t a difficulty, the class 31 diesel, in EWS livery, coupled inside, was. It was pretty neigh impossible to hide the class 31’s garish colours when seen alongside Flying Scotsman’s ‘undercoat / War time guise’ – a couple of coaches in silver/blue livery strengthening the maroon MK1s didn’t do much for the colour palette either.

Yes it was nice to see and hear Scotsman and I’m sure when she’s all finished she will be fabulous. However, on the day I can only say I was a little disappointed, that what was billed as a spectacular, was, sadly, a bit of a dogs breakfast. And, to top it all, the weatherman didn’t quite get it right either, the promised day of unbroken sunshine turned out rather cloudy and then snow set in on the way home – nice, but not to drive through from Northumberland almost to Perth – so nil points for forecasters! Is that ‘crabby’ enough?

Oh! and here’s the ‘Star’ 103blog

No.103 Flying Scotsman departing from Rawtenstall.

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