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  1. Better than all over blue which I think was an abomination!!!!!
  2. While on a Railrover, I stopped off at Machynlleth to bunk the shed. My notes said that I then caught the Cambrian Coast Express to Aberystwyth (I could be wrong). Here is a photo of it arriving at Machynlleth station on the 15 August 1964 hauled by 7824 Iford Manor.
  3. Seaton road blocked by lorry stuck under bridge https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18533418.seaton-road-blocked-lorry-stuck-bridge/
  4. There were two southbound fish trains through Carlisle in the 1950s and early 1960s. The first was around 2140 and the second one followed around 10 minutes later just before the Condor came through. I remember one always had Palethorpe Pork Sausages wagon(s).
  5. Peak D23 at Carlisle station on the down Waverley in August 1965. Unusually, it standing at platform 4 and not the usual platform 3 which is occupied by a class 40.
  6. LNER Gresley K3 2-6-0 61984 at Hawick shed, on a sunny day in 1961
  7. Saw it hidden at the back of Huddersfield shed while on a RailRover
  8. After I took a photo of the distant class 37 from the cab of D8588, I got my friend to take a photo of me hanging from the cab of the Clayton. In the right distance there is a dilapidated building. Is this the Insulation.s/Rockwool works centrifugal separator?
  9. 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.
  10. A distant view of a class 37 with a brake tender taken from inside the cab of class 17 D8588 in the yard at Thornaby shed on Sunday 13 December 1964.
  11. The majority of trains changes locos at Carlisle. That's what made it a great place for spotting when I was growing up there in the 1950s and early 60s
  12. Class 37 D6756 later 37056 then 37513 in the yard at Thornaby shed on Sunday 13 December 1964 along with two brake tenders and another 37. It was withdrawn 7 December2007 and cut up at Booth's Rotherham in February 2008
  13. A view of Thornaby shed yard on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1964. A variety of locos can be seen including eight class 37 (D6766 37066 centre left) and classes 25, 27, 40 and 17. IIRC there were over 60 locos on the shed that day.
  14. Hi Yes, 60041 was stripped down in Cowlairs works in August 1966; 60052 went straight to McClemmans yard and was cut up there. That made me query why the chimney was removed at St Margarets when the rest of it was stripped in the works. My friend bought the chimney from Jubilee 45697 and it's in his back yard with flowers growing in it. I wonder if either of these chimneys were bought by a third party?
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