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A little draughty

60163moorgatesfsJust a bit of a breeze blowing as No.60163 Tornado heads out across the moors towards Fen Bog. When  I took and look at this photo I’m reminded of a Bob Dylan song ‘Girl from the North Country’ and the opening  verse which reads; ‘If you’re traveling in the north country fair Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline Remember me to one who lives there For she was once a true love of mine.’ (B.Dylan) The wind was definitely ‘hitting heavy on the borderline’ and railways have been my passion for more years than I care to count.

In Leeds, where I lived, the A1s were a common sight in the 1950s and early 60s. Copley Hill shed, which serviced and maintained the locomotives on the ‘East Coast’ route from Leeds to London, had 10, or thereabouts, on their allocation during that time. The A1s were often to be found at work on the important trains of the day, The Queen of Scots, the Yorkshire Pullman, and the White Rose were all turns they shared with A3s and A4s.

The A1s were another of those locomotive types built post-Nationalisation, they were built between 1948 and 1949, to have very short working lives, some lasted a mere 17 years pitifully short for a steam locomotive. The last to be withdrawn was No.60145 St. Mungo in 1966. However, despite their short career they were much missed by fans of the old LNER – with the result that a new one was built from scratch – No.60163 Tornado. The people who did so are now working on another of the LNERs engines a P2 class 2-8-2 – we can only wish them every success.

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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The last of Morayshire

62712kenneilb&cedit2On the weekend the clocks went back it was time to put No.62712 Morayshire back in the box, her ten year ticket has run its course and now she’s ‘in the queue’.  For a variety of reasons, mostly associated with the lottery of which engines ended up in which scrapyards, locomotives of the former LNER and it constituent companies fared rather badly in terms of surviving classes and numbers. No. 62712 Morayshire, the only member of the  D49 class, survived, because she was sold to Slateford Laundry, in Edinburgh, for use as a stationary boiler.

For me the D49s will always be associated with Burley Park and the Leeds – Harrogate services, of the period 1955 – 60. In 1960 Starbeck had 10 on the books and Neville Hill, (Leeds), had 6 – all of them were ‘Hunts’. They were, in the main, responsible for the local passenger workings in the late 1950s, but they also saw turns on the Harrogate Sunday Pullman and the Queen of Scots, on occasion.

Trains, north bound from Leeds, are on a gradient of 1 in 100 as they pass the park and can be heard well before they can be seen.  More than enough time to get from the swings and roundabouts to the railings track-side, or the footbridge which crossed the line, giving local residents access to the park, to watch and record the passing.  Strangely, when I took the photo I was thinking, here I am 60 years on still standing by the railings track-side, watching and recording the passing.

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

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“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’. 

 

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It’s not Yorkshire and it’s not a Pullman

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The Leeds and Bradford business traffic was an important consideration for the Great Northern and later the London & North Eastern Railway. Fast comfortable trains departed Leeds and Bradford to take ‘people’ to ‘town’ in time to do ‘business’ before getting them back to Yorkshire in time for G&Ts. In 1935 the Yorkshire Pullman, which had portions for Halifax, Bradford, and Hull, left Leeds central Station at 11.14am, arriving in Kings Cross at 2.40pm. The down train left Kings Cross at 4.45pm arriving in Leeds at 8.13 pm,  the  Hull portion, which detached at Doncaster,  arrived at 8.15 pm.

One of my old school chums went to work, stewarding, on the Pullmans, when he left school.  I enjoyed a couple of free dinners on the Yorkshire Pullman, traveling back to Leeds to see the folks, when I was working at Nine Elms MPD, during the early 60s, thanks to this particular ‘old school tie’. The Yorkshire Pullman wasn’t the only London – Yorkshire Pullman service, the Spa town of Harrogate had the Harrogate Sunday Pullman, which ran during the 1950s and 60s and included a Bradford portion.  The Queen of Scots, also a Pullman service,  which commenced in May 1928, running between Kings Cross and Glasgow Queen Street also called at Leeds and Harrogate, en route.

The photograph shows B1 class 4-6-0 No.1306, now named Mayflower, sans Pullman coaches, approaching Berwyn Station, on the Llangollen Railway, with a Llangollen – Carrog service, before the new extension to Corwen opened.

Check out Sunday’s post, for a very special anniversary.

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