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Yes we have no bananas

45596millblkwhitThere were a few Jubilees allocated to Farnley Jct., when I signed on there as a cleaner, in 1962; No.45708 Resolution, No.45695 Minotaur,  and No.45581 Bihar & Orrisa, painted in a shade of Apple green, not the usual Brunswick, carried by her sisters. Strangely, the coach behind the engine, in this photograph, is in a shade of apple green and cream and carries the wording ‘West Highland Line’,  which isn’t quite where it was taken. The location is alongside the Worth, adjacent to Ingrow Mill,   a scene which, sadly, no longer exists, like No.45581 Bihar & Orissa. No.45596 Bahamas, on the other hand, is now well on the way to  a return to traffic; after many years out of service as an ‘exhibit’.

I have vague memories of a very clean No.45596 Bahamas turning up at Farnley Jct., possibly from working the Swansea – York mails, which was a turn the Farnley Jubilees, and crews, worked from Leeds City Station to Stockport. I’m not sure if the diagram took the engine beyond Stockport, but that was where the Farnley crew finished their bit of the working. It was on the Swansea – York mails that, No.45695 Minotaur, came to grief one night in 1962, she ploughed into a herd of cattle – yours truly got the job of cleaning the remains from the undersides and middle motion, not a nice way to start your day I can tell you.

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:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

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