Grosmont MPD and Ex-GWR 0-6-2T, No.6619, awaits the fitter’s attention as Ex-LMS Class 5MT, No.44871, sits by the column, ‘brewing up’, before going off shed. A scene played out a thousand times a day, at sheds around the country, back when the railways were steam powered. Many of you reading this will have witnessed this scene, as you bunked round your local shed, or one further afield, on some shed bash trip. For the fitters and crews it was all just part of the day’s work, but for the ‘spotters’ bunking the shed was just a ‘big adventure’ – a bit naughty with the added frisson of ‘we might get caught’ by the foreman or ‘gaffer’ and chucked out on our ear.
Today, ‘bunking’ the ‘heritage’ railway shed is considered, in all probability, socially irresponsible behaviour and it is often the very enthusiasts, who climbed through windows, or crossed the tracks, to enter some ‘steam age’ MPD or other, who now condemn such antics. This equally applies to track side trespass where, in the final days of steam, it was rife, way beyond anything seen with ‘Flying Scotsman, earlier this year. The real difference between then and now, in this regard, is that then there was little by way of ‘outside’ broadcast, no rolling 24 hour news agenda, no internet, no Facebook or Twitter to spread the pictures and gossip. Funny what 50 years and a revolution in social and mainstream media has done to folk and their attitudes.
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