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The first convert

One of the locomotives from the 1948 Exchange Trials, and the first of the class to be rebuilt, No.35018 British India Line, is seen here, passing Rillington, at the head of the Scarborough Spa Express. I have to say it’s very nice to be able to see her in action on the main line, in my neck of the woods but, it’s a far cry from being on her footplate, speed in the 80s, on a Waterloo – Bournemouth express, as I have been in the past.

I’m sure there are good reasons but, I do find it a little odd that the chosen motive power allocation  sees class 8P No.35018 British India Line working the virtually flat York – Scarborough run with 10 on whilst a class 6 Jubilee, or the 8F, are allocated turns over the S&C with 11 or 12 on. Given the leisurely schedule on the SSE it is surely more suited to the 8F’s 50mph speed limit. An example of just how easy the SSE timings are can be seen from today’s run; No.35018 British India Line was 12 minutes late away from York, she passed Malton only 6 down, by the time she passed Seamer she was 4 to the good and arrived 7 early into Scarborough – and all without breaking sweat.

To put that into context, in 1964, working from Waterloo to Basingstoke a distance of 47.78 miles, on a Merchant Navy, with load 12 or 13  the booked time was 55 minutes. For those of you unfamiliar with the route it is almost all against the collar  with a bit of a dig, after the slack through Clapham Jct., up to Wimbledon and another from around West Byfleet up to MP 31. York to Scarborough is a little over 41 miles, relatively flat, and the SSE is given a pedestrian 73 minutes.

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Scarborough Spa Express?

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Yesterday’s post, ‘Bit of a departure’, featured a photograph of No.62712 Morayshire, rusting gently, in the yard at Inverurie Locomotive Works – a photograph for which I had a lot of information. This photograph I know very little about, save what you can see. It was gifted to me, along with many more, there’s no information as to who took it, or on what day it was taken. The signal box is Falsgrave and the platform sign says Scarborough Central, the locomotive is a 3cylinder class B16/2, a 1937 Gresley rebuild of the Vincent Raven original, which was introduce on the North Eastern Railway in 1920 and, when new was fitted with Stephenson link motion.

According to my 1960 shed book No.61437 was allocated to 50A York, now the National Railway Museum. York had quite a few of the B16s on the allocation in 1960 – non of them survived the ‘grand cull’. According to the LNER data base, these engines were very commonly used on seaside excursions, and particularly to Scarborough, a classic 1950s seaside destination, deep in the heartlands of North Eastern Railway territory, all of which suggests the photograph was of a ‘common place’. Mum and son sat on the platform seem oblivious to the passing, certainly no ‘trainspotting’ going on!

The B16s were, essentially North Easter Railway engines, and for much of their working lives, most were allocated around York, Hull, Leeds, Tyne Dock, and Scarborough. Late in the day they also made their way onto the Great Central section with allocations at Woodford Halse and Banbury.

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