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Double 5

There seemed to be a good number of folk out and about to see the Black 5s, No. 45212 piloting and No.45407, with the “Citadel”, Manchester – Carlisle – Manchester tour, seen here crossing Lunds viaduct with the north bound run.

In just over two weeks Steam Age Daydreams will cease. On the website there is an archive of over 600 articles, and even more photographs in them – you might want to check out before they go too.

I will still be passing my time photographing steam locomotives and for those of you who have enjoyed reading the Blog – I will be continuing to write, Part II of ‘In Memory’ will be available before the end of the month with parts III, IV and V to follow at intervals in the New Year. If you’ve enjoyed my photographs the Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale on eBay – here’s the link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302936132284

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

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What a difference 5 miles makes

Woke up this morning, like you usually do,  all around was covered in the white stuff and there was steam on the main line, over the S&C, whoopee!! Thermals on, a flask of coffee and one of soup, just in case, and it’s time to hit the road.  The first few miles, up hill out of the village, were a bit iffy and the gritters hadn’t been near nor by.

O’er the moor, past the wind farm, and on into Tow Law and I was beginning to wonder if I’d allowed myself enough time and what would the B road up to Aisgill would be like.  Another two miles and not a snowflake in sight, not even a touch of frost to make it look like it snowed  – nothing, nada. And, as can be seen, there wasn’t even the whiff of a hint of  snow at Shotlock Tunnel.

And if that wasn’t disappointing enough, moments before the train was due some bloke in a bright blue Citroen Piccaso parked right on top of the tunnel and right in my shot. I shouted, he turned his head in my direction, shut the car door, and walked away. I should have done what any sane person would have done when waking up to several inches of snow – turned over and gone back to sleep.

The forecast for Tuesday’s run on the S&C looks dreadful – I might just turn over and pull the covers up!!

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.

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

Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale here’s the link:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302929843008

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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Snow on the ground

Snow outside this morning and I’m off to the S&C for – hopefully, some steam in the snow. So no blog today – but, if all goes well and I don’t get lost in the snow – there’ll be something to read and see tomorrow.

In the meanwhile check out the link to Steamagedaydreams – lots to see and read, hundreds of blogs and photos to enjoy.

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.

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

Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale here’s the link:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302929843008

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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Down by the river

Strangely, for a mainly goods depot and with both Black 5s and Jubilees on the allocation, my first shed, Farnley Jct., didn’t have any 8Fs.   There were ‘visitors’ from places like Heaton Mersey or Newton Heath, possibly from even further afield but, none on the books. My own outings on them were during a very brief loan spell at Stourton and at Wakefield. I had two turns, as I recall, at Stourton, one was all round the houses in Leeds which included a trip over to Neville Hill; the other, a Carlisle bound mixed goods, from Stourton yard, to Skipton, where we were relieved – the back working was a diesel, a Type 2 Bo-Bo, with a parcels train – heady stuff.

David Smith must really like his 8F, No.48151, because he’s kept her in main line condition for quite some time now – give or take, she’s been out and about on the main line for 30 years, minus time out for overhauls. In the 1990s she hauled a 975 ton train of hopper wagons whilst on loan at Tunstead Quarry and in 2000 she hauled a train of loaded hoppers over the S&C to Carlisle, from Ribblehead Quarry.

In the photo above she is hauling the snappily titled ‘Scenic Carlisle Express II’ and is seen alongside the river Ribble, at Helwith Bridge, between Stainforth and Horton – in – Ribblesdale.

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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Aisgill – the long view

Not the usual view from Aisgill – No.46115 Scots Guardsman with Saturday’s Cumbrian Mountain Express is pictured here just above Angrholme farm on the long sweeping curve that will bring her across in front of us for the classic Aisgill shot with Wild Boar Fell for the backdrop.

In the 1950s, when the Scots were in their heyday on the Settle & Carlisle, British Railways used this route, between Lazonby and Crosby Garrett, to test the steaming rate of the new Britannia class Pacifics. using No. 70005 John Milton shortly after the engine was constructed.

The run was made to assess the maximum steaming capability rather than speed but the results were, nonetheless, astonishing. The load behind the tender was gargantuan  850 tons, way beyond anything which would be seen in normal traffic conditions.

The  details I have come from O.S. Nock’s famous Railway Magazine articles Locomotive Practice and Performance and they cover the run, over the Settle – Carlisle route, from Lazonby to Crosby Garrett, a distance of 23.1 miles which was covered in 29.15 minutes – this includes a p-way slack to just 15mph between New Biggin and Long Marton a stretch of line on which the gradient is between 1 in 440 and 1 in 660.

However, apart from a short dip after Appleby, on the approach to Ormside viaduct, the line is on a steady upward trend for the entire 23.1 miles with several miles at gradients varying between 1 in 100, 1 in 120, 1 in 132 and 1 in 166. The steaming rate over this section is calculated at the very high figure of 36,000lbs per hour. To maintain this rate for almost 30 minutes took the combined efforts of two firemen, and as Nock himself says, ‘It should be emphasized, however, that this was the performance of a lifetime, and one that it would be difficult to equal once in a hundred runs.’ (Nock, Locomotive Practice and Performance p193)

The Scot, on Saturday wasn’t on test but, she was going very well and flying a feather!!

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Wonders of techno’

Half way up a hill, in the middle of nowhere, waiting for a train which, thanks to mobile phones and Real Time Trains, we knew was 6 late away from Hellifield and 7 down at Ribblehead. There’s something more than a little anachronistic about being able to digitally photograph 19th century technology, running over a 19th century route built, in large part, with little more than picks and shovels, donkeys and dynamite, whilst tracking its progress, from block to block, ‘through the ether’, so to speak. We could hear No.48151 coming from a mile or more away and you could smell the sulphur on the breeze as  she passed.

One of the bug bears of the railway photographer’s life is like the fisherman’s ‘one that got away’, only in their case it’s the moment the train appears the sun disappears. This shot was very close to ‘one that got away’; the clouds were chasing the train and, as you can see, with the rear of the train already in shadow, they very nearly won.

No.48151 is pictured crossing Lunds viaduct with the ‘Pendle Dalesman’. Many years ago, when I was writing for Steam Railway News, I rode on No.48151, on one of the Carnforth – Sellafield Shuttles, even put a few rounds on, just for ‘old times sake’.

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Plandampf

For three days in February the clock is being turned back, sort of, to the end of steam on the S&C, back in the 60s. Northern Rail, the A1 Locomotive Trust, and the Settle Carlisle Railway have joined forces so that we will be able to enjoy the delights of No.60163 Tornado on regular service trains for 3 days in February. Operating between Skipton and Appleby, the first train leaves Appleby at 08:30 returning from Skipton at 10:45. The afternoon service departs Appleby at 15:07 and returns from Skipton at 17:10.

I don’t recall it myself but, I ‘m sure A1s, like their stable mates the A3s, did see the occasional turn hauling the Waverley over the Leeds – Carlisle leg, in the dog days of steam on the service. Quite what the ‘Midland’ men who had worked the service for decades with Scots and Jubilees thought of working on the A3s, or A1s, for that matter, is anyone’s guess.

One can only hope that all goes well with this three day Plandampf and that all concerned benefit from the experience – who knows it might encourage other operators, with scenic routes, to do something similar. On the other hand it might be a cunning, Baldrick style, plan to reintroduce steam by stealth as the nation’s motive power of choice. Restarting the coal mining industry, to supply them, might be a little trickier.

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