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The tiny tank engine

This tiny little Ex-NER  H Class 0-4-0, No.1310, is photographed at Moor Road, at the end of the Balm Road branch, on the Middleton Railway. Designed by T W Wordsell in 1888 twenty-four were built, nineteen at Gateshead and the rest at Darlington with the last one being built in 1923 by the LNER. No 1310 was constructed in 1891 withdrawn in 1931 and sold to Robert Frazer & Sons. No.1310 was then sold to Pelaw Main Collieries and became part of the NCB in 1949, who renumbered her 63. In 1965, No.1310 was bought by the Steam Power Trust, and has been at the Middleton Railway pretty much ever since.

I know from my stats that these blogs have been viewed in over 130 countries and that over a ten day period, last month, every single one of them was seen by someone, or some group, in South Korea, which was odd. I will still be taking photographs and my portfolio can be seen here:  https://www.picfair.com/users/dropgrate

I will still be continuing to write; the last three parts of “In Memory”, my footplate memoire, will be appearing in 2019, with Part III planned for February and Parts IV and V at roughly 2 or 3 month intervals. Part II is available now, in print or as an ebook, at:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memory-Part-II-David-Wilson/dp/1731324022/

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 pretty pigture

No.43106 aka the “Flying Pig”, in lovely late autumn light, wends her way to the summit of Eardington Bank on the Severn Valley Railway. The freshly repainted coach really does put the other three to shame – very ‘last days of steam’ on BR.  And these are the very last days of Steam Age Daydreams so don’t forget to check out the archive section, there are also lots of photos from pre-BR, even pre-Grouping right through to the present day. In the Trains for thought drop down there are photos and musings on the nature of life the universe and everything – from Aristotle to ‘arry Hill!

I know from my stats that these blogs have been viewed in over 130 countries and that over a ten day period, last month, every single one of them was seen by someone, or some group, in South Korea, which was odd. I will still be taking photographs and my portfolio can be seen here:  https://www.picfair.com/users/dropgrate

I will still be continuing to write; the last three parts of “In Memory”, my footplate memoire, will be appearing in 2019, with Part III planned for February and Parts IV and V at roughly 2 or 3 month intervals. Part II is available now, in print or as an ebook, at:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memory-Part-II-David-Wilson/dp/1731324022/

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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Time running and time passing

In less than two weeks Steam Age Daydreams will close – there are over 600 blogs and even more photographs on the web site – check them out before they all disappear into the ether. However, before they do I’m hoping to get to the GCR’s Last Hurrah event this weekend, so there may be a few fresh posts next week.

Part II of “In Memory”, the memoire of my  footplate days, is now available to download as an ebook – the paper back version will be available very shortly. The link to Part II is below. And below that is a link to Part I in case you haven’t read it yet.

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’ is available now and parts III, IV and V will follow at intervals in the New Year.

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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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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Chillin’ with Thomas?

A ‘Jinty’ with express lamps – it could almost be a Thomas the Tank Engine story –  Gordon throws a wobbler and Thomas comes to the rescue. One thing is certain, over the years, Thomas the Tank has helped to fill the coffers of many a heritage railway and possibly encouraged a few new enthusiasts and volunteers along the way. In recent days however, there have been one of two little snippets which could be a cause for concern.

First came the news that the West Somerset Railway had ‘appointed a trouble shooter’ and that there had been a decline in passenger numbers; which was followed days later by the rather sad news that the line would close from January to April and that the popular Spring Gala had been axed too. Even more worrying was the news that the Office of the Rail Regulator had expressed concerns over record keeping and other issues. The odd thing was that it was only a few days earlier I had been reading something about the WSR running a service in and out of Taunton. I’m sure it must be a worrying time for those folk who are full time employees on the WSR.

The photo is of  ‘Jinty’ No.47406 when she made her first gala appearance, after overhaul, at the GCR, where is a resident.

The WSR isn’t the only thing shutting down, 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 befor 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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Moorgates Mogul

No.76079, aka the Pocket Rocket, about to cross the Goathland – Pickering road at Moorgates could be a sight straight out of the 1960s. Quite a lot of these engines found their way onto the Southern Region with allocations at Eastleigh, Bournemouth, and Salisbury, where headcode discs rather than lamps would have been carried; just as they are in this picture.

Suprisingly, given their numbers, I don’t recall ever having worked on one during my time at Nine Elms. I do however, recall a tale going round the messroom of one being pressed into service to replace a failed Merchant Navy on the ‘up’ Belle. The thing to bear in mind when considering messroom rumours is that they are frequently embellished in the telling and retelling.  Speaking of messroom tales and rumours, Part II of my footplate memories will be coming out later this month, if you haven’t read Part I you will find a link below.

Just as the lights went out on my railway career they will very soon be going out on Steam Age Daydreams 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

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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Up ‘ill ‘n’ darn dale

In the 1960s, as a 15 year old, I learned how to fire steam locomotives working on Black 5s going from Leeds to Manchester and back.  This was very much an uphill and down dale route – which ever way you went you climbed the Pennines and then ran down the other side. A favourite turn, to take a ride out on, was the Red Bank vans, always double-headed, and often two of Farnley’s Black 5s.

There are two main line runs coming up which both remind me of my time on the footplate. The first, this Saturday, is the ‘Citadel’ booked for double-headed Black 5s and working from Manchester to Carlisle via the S&C, crossing and recrossing the Pennines. The second run is next month’s ‘Pennine Moors Explorer’ which reminds me of my time at Wakefield in the final days of steam and working over Copy Pit with wheezing clanking Dubdees and train loads of coal, returning whence we came with the empties.

The Pennine Moors Explorer might even be hauled by an engine I actually worked on whilst I was a fireman at Nine Elms – No.34046 Braunton, which would be wonderful to see, and hear, it’s quite a pull from Todmorden through Cornholme and Portsmouth and on up to Copy Pit summit where, with the coal trains, we would have to stop and pin down wagon brakes for the long roll down to Gannow Junction.

Just as the lights went out on my railway career they will very soon be going out on Steam Age Daydreams 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

Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale here’s the link:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302936132284

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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Passing the time

A glorious day on the moors and the last few days of the NYMR’s Red timetable was an opportunity too good to miss – a wonderful way of passing the time. Passing the time is what this Blog, for me, has been all about and, like the long shadows  the passing B1, No.1264, is about to enter, it too is about to slip into the long shadows of cyberworld. In less than a month now the web hosting and domain names contracts will end and steamagedaydreams.co.uk will be no more than noughts and ones drifting through the ether – as ephemeral as the B1’s exhaust.

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

Steam Age Daydreams 2019 Calendar is now on sale here’s the link:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302936132284

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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Fine day on the moors

‘The Pocket Rocket’ No.76079 leaves a fine trail of exhaust as she passes the tiny hamlet of Esk Valley, and gets to grips with the long climb up onto the North Yorkshire Moors. Several of the houses in the long white terrace seem to be owned by railway enthusiasts – some from Lancashire! No.76079 is from Lancashire too, built in Horwich, in 1957, she began her railway service at Sutton Oak and finished it in Springs Branch (Wigan) 10 years later.

Just thinking about that – 10 years, the life span of a boiler ticket, and then the scrap heap. For the vast majority of locomotives built in the British Railways era very short life spans were the norm. Even the first builds, in 1951, and even if they hung on till the death, only lasted 17 years, less than two boiler tickets. In what kind of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world does this even begin to make sense.  In one of the Alice adventures there’s the line, ‘why even the smoke was worth a £1000 a puff’. Need I say more.

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/302936132284

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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Moorland Landscape

I’ve been coming here, to the North Yorkshire Moors, for over 35 years now. I’ve seen an awful lot of engines come and go, some I even worked on when they were still in BR stock; engines like the soon to return 34101 Hartland and the S15 No. (30)825 and the not so lucky 30841, which is gone but not forgotten.

There’s also the possibilty I worked on the engine in the picture too, No.(4)5428 was a Holbeck engine at one time and I had a couple of months at the depot after moving back North from Nine Elms.  I did a variety of turns during those few weeks including some passenger work and my first,  last, and only turn  on a B1. My first shed, Farnley Jct., had already closed and so had Copley Hill with work from both depots now being done from Holbeck. My trip with the B1 was a former Copley Hill turn – Cleethorpes and back with a stopper.

The turn I might well have worked with No.(4)5428 was a teatime departure from Leeds City to Morecambe calling at, if memory serves, Keighley, Skipton, and then all stations on the little North Western. We travelled home passenger after beign relieved at, as I recall, Bare Lane, so we could make the last DMU back to Leeds.

No.(4)5428 is pictured at Moorgates during the recent NYMR autumn gala event.

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

Part II of In Memory is now available and here’s the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memory-Part-II-C-Wilson-ebook/dp/B07KJQ94BD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542361240&sr=8-1&keywords=in+memory+part+II

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 at the beginning of December there are, currently, no plans to renew it – Steam Age Daydreams will cease.

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