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Scotsman Flying

Like many of you, no doubt, I watched the hour long trip down the Severn Valley on the footplate of Flying Scotsman. By TV standards it wasn’t too bad, far less patronising than many previous attempts to portray the fascination of railway enthusiasm.  The fireman was a deft hand with the shovel but, by his own admission, didn’t quite get the fire right – too much in the middle, not enough down the sides and back corners. It might just be me but, I thought the driver was rather nervous and a little frightened of the engine – he was certainly unfamiliar with it.

Personally speaking, I would much rather have seen an hour’s worth of action, on the main line, with an experienced crew, showing just what it takes to keep a main line express locomotive, and a 10 or 11 coach train, on the move, at speeds up to 75mph – or above, if the loco is permitted to run beyond that limit.  It’s not that I need to be shown what that is like – having done it for quite a few years in the 60s. However, it would have given the viewer a much greater understanding of what was involved, for tens of thousands of men, on a daily basis, often for the full 50 years of service.

Still mustn’t grumble, and, as  my wife remarked, it was a good recruiting ad to get young  lads involved and for the Severn Valley Railway too.

No.60103 Flying Scotsman is pictured at Stocksfield with the returning Carlisle – York ‘Waverley’ excursion, earlier this year.

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the on off in out shake it all about Scotsman

60103tyneheadHere she is, the ‘nation’s favourite engine’ doing her stuff on the brand new Borders Railway, or, as some might say, the northern end of the  of the Waverley route. The gradient here is 1:70, there’s around 9 miles of it between Hardengreen Jct and Tynehead, which is where this shot was taken, and a final mile at 1:100 to the summit at Falahill box.

The A3s were no strangers to this route and they were amongst the last steam locomotives to work over the route, before its much lamented closure in January 1969. Numbers 60041 Salmon Trout, 60052 Prince Palatine and 60100 Spearmint were all regular visitors during 1965. In September and October of 1966 there were a series of ‘steam farewell’ tours over the route, with V2s, A1s and an A4 all in the mix. The last steam hauled stopping train between Hawick and Carlisle ran on the 5th of June 1965, hauled by BR std. Class 4 No.76050.

Back in today’s world; if ever you wanted to ensure maximum publicity for a rail tour the on, off, and back on saga of the runs over the Borders Railway and the evening trip around the Fife circle was surely the way to go. Flying Scotsman and the tour featured two nights running on the main Scottish news and, on Sunday, the BBC 1 evening news got in on the act, adding their ten pen’orth, as did the Scottish Transport Minister, who probably gained a few brownie points from rail fans and passengers.

Scottish news even managed to do piece on No.60103 Flying Scotsman’s visit to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, where she will be ‘on display’ on Monday – that’s today. Along the route, well the bit I saw, the stretch of A7 between Eskbank and Tynehead, there were crowds on every bridge and vantage point, they must have run into the hundreds – the pulling power of steam, or media hype – take your pick.

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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Things to Come

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I suspect that most of you are aware that No.60103 Flying Scotsman is about to hit the rails again, with an appearance, in black undercoat, at the East Lancashire Railway; which is becoming something of a proving ground for Ian Riley’s engineering firm, who have completed the overhaul and restoration of No.60103 Flying Scotsman.  Some of you may already know I inherited a whole box full of black and white photographs, and this is one of them. Others can be seen by clicking on the Pre-1948 Blk/Wht photos page button, above this article. On the back of the ‘postcard type’ print there is a hand written comment, “LNER A3 No.2597 Gainsborough, up Express near Durham,  8/1932”. I have added the copyright to the front, the photographer wasn’t named.

On an entirely different note; it is little short of amazing that, later this year we will, once again, see an A3 with an “up express near Durham” 84 years after this picture was taken and 48 years since steam ceased to be the driving force on our National railway network. Some of the A3s finished their days working in the unfamiliar territory of the former Midland railway line between Leeds, and Carlisle,  a chunk of which is the “legendary” S&C, and No.60103 is going to be making a run over this route too, a real ‘turn back the clock’ event, though not quite as far as 1932!

One of my own earliest memories, circa 1954/5, of the A3s, is seeing No.60077 The White Knight dragging an enormous train, filled with soldiers, along the Leeds to Harrogate line, past Burley Park. We could hear her coming, and going, long before she appeared in sight and long after she’d passed us. The A3s were quite common on this route and Nos. 60081 Shotover, 60074 Harvester, and 60084 Trigo were all regulars, as I recall.

I will be adding more photographs to the Pre-1948 page over the coming weeks, if you want to check back.

If you’ve enjoyed my photographs and blog, you might enjoy my book “Gricing: The Real story of the Railway Children”

These are some of the totally unsolicited comments from people who have read  Gricing:  ‘ 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’. – and from another ‘satisfied’ reader’ – ‘ I was given what I believe to be your book called Gricing the other night.  Very much enjoyed the book if it is yours!’

This is the link to my book “Gricing: The Real Story of the Railway Children.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gricing-Real-story-Railway-Children/dp/1514885751

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