On a cold grey morning in the land of muck ‘n’ brass a wheezing, ancient, L&Y 0-6-0, with a wooden bodied 6 wheeler in the rake, plods up the bank out of Bradchester. The driver’s attention seems to be drawn to something beside the line, where his view isn’t obscured by leaking steam, maybe he spotted a rabbit – one for the pot.
The early years of the old Clog and Muffler were certainly no ‘goode olde days’, to quote from OS Nock; ” ‘He went to Bradford for to dine By the Lancashire & Yorkshire line; He waited three weeks at bleak Low Moor And when he complained the porter swore That he ought to have started the month before’… etc, etc. Nock says, ‘To sum up, the L&Y of 1876 was a railway of ugly inconvenient stations, of old broken-down engines and dirty carriages, and of a superlative unpunctuality, to which no pen could do justice.’”
However, the line was turning in a healthy dividend and, in the fullness of time, the L&Y did come good and even began the country’s first 3rd rail electric commuter services, between Liverpool and Southport, in 1904. As for me, I spent my last 18 months of railway service at Wakefield (Belle Vue), a former L&Y depot.
Above is the link to Part I of my memories of footplate life in the 1960s. The book about my lifetime of involvement with matters railway is still available on Amazon – Below, is the link to that work.
Steam Age Daydreams began in 2014 and since then over 600 blogs have appeared on all manner of railway topics. They are all still available to read in the ‘Archive’ section. I am writing this to let you all know that when the existing webhosting contract expires in December there are, currently, no plans to renew it – Steam Age Daydreams will cease.
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