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