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Lanky Duchess

This is the last time I saw a Duchess on the East Lancashire Railway, No.46229 Duchess of Hamilton, in green and before they put the streamlining back on. It was so long ago this is a scan from a 35mm slide, not a digital shot. Hopefully, this weekend I will be seeing her class mate, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, at this very spot or somewhere close by.

I fired on Class 8P Pacifics on the Southern, including, on one occasion, a Waterloo – Exeter – Waterloo trip with No.35022 Holland America Line, on the RCTS’ East Devon Rail Tour, in February 1965. This is a not too disimilar milage to that worked by the crews on the Non-stop Euston – Glasgow runs, made by LMS men in the 1930s, with Stanier’s Pacifics. At least on my Exeter and back trip I had a break, the Camden / Polmadie men had no such luxury.

Having said all that I would have loved to have a go firing one of the ‘Duchesses’ on a Crewe – Perth or Euston – Carlisle. Generally speaking it is the engine driver who receives all the kudos, especially on fast or special runs; however, it is the fireman who makes these fast or special runs possible. ‘No steam – No show!!

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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Blasting into the past


A cold, frosty, morning on the East Lancshire Railway, and former LMS Coronation Class Pacific No.46229 Duchess of Hamilton, is  approaching Helmshore Road bridge, with a Bury – Rawtenstall service. Like the Royal Scot No.6100 Royal Scot, No.46229 Duchess of Hamilton is another one of those engines who had an identity swap before making a guest appearance in America. No.46229 swapped identities with class mate No.46220 Coronation, for a trip to the USA, and an appearance in the 1939 New York World Trade Fair.

Changing name and number plates, for an appearance in a trade show, is one thing but No. 46229 Duchess of Hamilton has had far more drastic changes during her lifetime. Constructed in 1938, at Crewe, she was the last of the second batch of five, finished in Maroon with gold speed lines, she remained in this form until 1944 when she was repainted in wartime Black. In 1947 her streamlining was removed, she was still in Black but now it was LMS Black. Several more repaints followed in quick succession, first into the BR Blue livery and then into Brunswick Green. In 1957 the semi-streamlined smokebox was replaced by a round one and in 1958 No.46229 Duchess of Hamilton went back into Maroon and remained that way until withdrawn. Now entombed in the National Railway Museum, No.46229 is, once again, finished in maroon, with gold speed lines and all her streamlining is back in place.

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

These are some totally unsolicited comments from people who have already read  Gricing: Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase:  “Brilliant and interesting book”

By Amazon Customer on 17 Mar. 2016

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

“Not a murder mystery, but one that I found hard to put down. One of the best additions to my collection of books about railways.”

‘treated myself to a copy of “Gricing” for Christmas, excellent reading.’

‘I’m enjoying your book. It’s a real page-turner, thought provoking and great photos, to boot’

‘I bought and enjoyed “Gricing” etc and would heartily recommend it to readers’. 

‘I was given what I believe to be your book called “Gricing” the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!

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