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Goodnight Olly you must leave us!

Blasting out of Keighley, well almost, actually a fortuitous slip. No.70013 Oliver Cromwell on her swansong gala performance was carrying the Master Cutler headboard, a train I always wanted to travel on. We would see it sometimes when we changed trains and stations at Sheffield, on our journey down from Leeds to Rugby.

What follows is a small photo essay -a selection of some of my favourite photos of No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, to mark her imminent retirement for a 10-year overhaul.

Here she is a Qourn & Woodhouse, in a scene straight out of the 1950s/60s on the very line I travelled over to Rugby and along which the Master Cutler passed. From the flat lands of the East Midlands, this next shot of ‘Olly’ was taken in the Highlands of Scotland, the southbound summit of Druimauchdar to be precise.

In this photo, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell was putting in the lion’s share of the effort, even though No.61993 Great Marquess seems to be making the lion’s share of the clag. Earlier in the same tour I was at Blackford, in Perthshire, to witness Ollie heading north with the climbs of Druimauchdar and Slochd still to come.

Behind the train is Blackford Crossing Box, a mile or two further up the line is the famous Gleneagles hotel and golf course. The station at Gleneagles, and departures from it, featured regularly in magazine photographs of Scottish railways.

For about a year in late 1963 through into 1964 I was a resident in the notorious ‘huts’ at Old Oak Common enginemen’s hostel, sadly, the only things I saw carrying the Red Dragon head board were Warship class diesels. If you put a few more coaches, and express lamps and the headboard on this picture …….

Still on the GCR we see Ollie with the TPO heading for Quorn & Woodhouse and the mail drop.  I dare say, that back in the day, the Brits would have worked their share of mail trains and with several, at one time, sheded at Holyhead, they would have worked the titled train ‘The Irish Mail’ Euston – Holyhead service..

This final image is Ollie crossing the Tay. In the background is Dundee and at the top left of the picture you can see a white tower it’s a war memorial and it sits atop Dundee Law, an extinct volcano. The Law provides a panoramic viewing platform for the whole of the Tay estuary, and around the perimeter has  a series of etched plaques detailing what features are in the landscape that you are looking at.

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

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‘Goodnight Ollie, over and out’

A selection of some of my favourite photos of No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, to mark her imminent retirement for a 10-year overhaul. This photo of her steaming away from Quorn & Woodhouse, which could have been taken in the 1960s, and can be viewed as a fresh start or heading off into the sunset, seemed an ideal opener.

From the flat lands of the East Midlands, this next shot of ‘Ollie’ was taken in the Highlands of Scotland, the southbound summit of Druimauchdar to be precise.

In this photo, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell was putting in the lion’s share of the effort, even though No.61993 Great Marquess seems to be making the lion’s share of the clag. Earlier in the same tour I was at Blackford, in Perthshire, to witness Ollie heading north with the climbs of Druimauchdar and Slochd still to come.

Behind the train is Blackford Crossing Box, a mile or two further up the line is the famous Gleneagles hotel and golf course. The station at Gleneagles, and departures from it, featured regularly in magazine photographs of Scottish railways.

For about a year in late 1963 through into 1964 I was a resident in the notorious ‘huts’ at Old Oak Common enginemen’s hostel, sadly, the only things I saw carrying the Red Dragon head board were Warship class diesels. If you put a few more coaches, and express lamps and the headboard on this picture …….

Still on the GCR we see Ollie with the TPO heading for Quorn & Woodhouse and the mail drop.  I dare say, that back in the day, the Brits would have worked their share of mail trains and with several, at one time, sheded at Holyhead, they would have worked the titled train ‘The Irish Mail’ Euston – Holyhead service..

This final image is Ollie crossing the Tay. In the background is Dundee and at the top left of the picture you can see a white tower it’s a war memorial and it sits atop Dundee Law, an extinct volcano. The Law provides a panoramic viewing platform for the whole of the Tay estuary, and around the perimeter has  a series of etched plaques detailing what features are in the landscape that you are looking at.

If you have enjoyed my blogs – 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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Standards

Having recently obtained a copy of “British Pacific Locomotives”, I was going to write about CJ Allen’s contribution to ‘locomotive practice and performance’ and his recordings of the BR Standard Pacifics in particular. However, yesterday’s posting drew the kind of comments which seem to sum up a certain section of FaceBook users.  The first was from  Fred, who, in not so many words, called me a liar. I replied politiely but, there was no recognition of that reply, nor any form of apology. The second, and slightly more terse, comment was from David, who accused me of lifting the photograph ‘off the internet’. Once again, a polite reply and again no acknowledgement or apology. Even when they get something for nothing these folk seem to find something to whinge about, it wouldn’t be so bad if they contributed but, they don’t.

In a way this makes a stark contrast with CJ Allen himself.  Allen, who had recorded many of the record breaking runs of the 1930s, was invited, by Sir Nigel Gresely, to be present on Mallard’s record breaking run in 1938; Allen declined the invitation because it was a Sunday and for Allen, Sunday was reserved for ‘spiritual matters’.  I dare say this seems a tad ‘old fashioned’ today, foregoing the opportunity of a lifetime because of one’s adherence to religious principles.

The photograph shows, No.70013 Oliver Crowell, pulling away from Quorn & Woodhouse Station on the Great Central Railway.

If you have enjoyed my blogs – 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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