A view of the line up in the yard at Thornaby shed on Sunday 13 December 1964 along with the 'gang' from Carlisle. There are two class 37, one being D6768, a class 40 and a class 27 D5376. D6768 had TOPS number 37068 then 37356 then back to 37068. It was cut up at Booth's Rotherham 19-08-2005.
The gang from Carlisle were regular visitors to the north east sheds. The 'Day Line Diesel' ticket we used allowed unlimited travel for the day in an area bounded by Carlisle-Berwick-Redcar-Penrith-Carlisle and you got a badge when you bought the ticket.
We used to get the 7am train to Newcastle on a Sunday (or the 2-15 am Paddy train sometimes in the summer). First stop was Blaydon where we done the shed, bus to Newcastle for Gateshead shed then the train to Darlington. At Darlington we bunked the shed then the works scrap yard. Occasionally we bunked the works by jumping over the level crossing gates (and sometimes in later years Robert Stevenson & Hawthorn works).
Train to Thornaby next for the shed then up to West Hartlepool shed then Tyne Dock shed. Then back to Newcastle and on to Percy Main shed which was usually locked up on a Sunday so we had to climb over the gate to get in. Back to Newcastle station for the last train back to Carlisle.
My friend took this photo and I am third from the left. The guy on the left is Brian Grierson (photo below) who eventually was the last of his kind having seen the end of mainline steam on BR as his career started then as the steam revival for private charters took hold his services were much sort after.
Carlisle Kingmoor Depots last steam driver signed off for the last time on 28/03/12014 with 50 years service to his name. Known simply as "No.1" for quite some time Brian Grierson was the last of his kind having seen the end of mainline steam on BR as his career started then as the steam revival for private charters took hold his services were much sort after. There can't been many drivers who can claim to have had the heir to the throne as an auxiliary fireman.
He is seen here during a watering stop with a steam charter in Upperby Yard, Carlisle in familiar pose with a mug of tea.