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B&W pictures from the 1960s

This part is under construction, covering ER, LMR and WR (and a little SR) and the initial sequence will be chronological, oldest pictures first, additions inserted accordingly.

Technical details: First pictures taken with a secondhand bellows camera, then a Brownie 127, and finally, a Zorki 35mm camera.

All images Copyright Steve Banks, no unauthorised use.

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Will be placed here temporarily, in chronological order.

The first four pictures were taken in June 1964 when steam still dominated but my eye was caught by the new arrivals....

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The first picture in the sequence from June shows a green liveried Sulzer Type 2 with the small middle window in the cab, D5227 (later Class 25/1 25077). It was from Cricklewood West. Next to it was D7578 (later Class 25/3 25228), allocated to York.

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Close by in the sidings outside the double roundhouse was ex-LMS 45568 Western Australia. Holbeck's "Jubilees" were beginning to be withdrawn and this rather sad-looking example I later learned had been withdrawn two months earlier and was awaiting its fate. At the time it wasn't the done thing to defrock the locos by removing the nameplates.

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With Holbeck's coaling stage towering over it, Sulzer Type 4, soon all of them to be called "Peaks", D.43 awaits its next duty.

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I must have taken this picture on my way home for here, at Leeds City Junction, is D43 again, with a passenger train at the head of which is a BR 4w CCT. The headcode looks like "V47" - see note below.

The train appears to be taking the line towards Derby and the relevant arm in the splitting signal over the loco was the distant, which is "on" - the home arm above it would have been "off" but is out of shot. The next signal box, Holbeck's Engine Shed Junction was just round the corner. The separate home arm was for the north, to Bradford and Carlisle. It looks like the old signal (of Midland Railway origin?) has been given some extra support.

Keith Long, former signalman in Leeds, has come forward to say that the headcode was actually 1V47 which was the Sundays only 4.31pm from Bradford Forster Square, Leeds City 4.54-5.02pm to Bristol Temple Meads. He's just added that the "1" was probably not being shown because of roller-blind failure, a common occurrence at the time. Also, that it was specified "4-wheel vehicles with a wheelbase of less than 15 ft must not be conveyed by this train.

This raises several points because the Leeds-Bristol axis was a heavy carrier of parcels traffic and it would have been tempting to add vans of any kind. The BR CCT, however, had a generous wheelbase of 23'6" (the dimensions were similar to the LNER/BR CCT) because the value of an extended length and WB was being recognised. Indeed, the prototype of the BR CCT was significantly smaller, almost the same size as the BR horsebox; redesigning it had been a smart move.

Secondly, the 15ft WB limit was quite generous. It included relatively modern horse boxes and vanfits such as the insulated fish van. What it really excluded was common-or-garden vanfits which were being used in parcels trains but excluded from an express like this.

Finally (yes, there's lots more but this is not the place for all of it!), the roster for the train in the nearest issue that I have (for winter 1957) quoted a BGBS at the head, that is, a gangwayed bogie van with British Standard gangways, typically an ex-LMS 50' vehicle. The whole train may have still been made up with ex-LMS carriages but by 1964 had been modernised with BR Mk.1 stock and it seems that a van was still being rostered at the head. The leading passenger carriage in the picture is a BCK. It was, incidentally a seat reservation train: as always, trains taking people home after a weekend away could be heavily loaded.

A final point to note is that the loco is carrying a steam-era shed plate on its nose in steam era fashion, 16C, for Derby.

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Moving on now to some pictures taken in September 1965.

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Looking quite tidy in the yard is a Holbeck "Black Five", No 44853, surrounded by other members of the class. Visible in the background between the locos is the Leeds City-Derby line while the viaduct just visible on the left carried the line to Manchester and Liverpool, eventually closed to traffic.

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The shadows lengthen as B1 No 61394 awaits its return working, parked by the depot's breakdown crane. No shed plate was being carried but I believe that this used to be a 41D Canklow loco; its B1s often worked parcels trains to and from Leeds City.

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The main pictures, in batches and chronological order.

The first set are my oldest pictures, taken with a second-hand manky old bellows thing using 120 roll film, including Gratispool film which was not celluloid but paper! It was cheap, I was only 12-13 years old and on pretty meagre pocket money.

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On a fine day a good result was possible, even with Gratispool film! This vertical format also conceals the shocking lack of sharpness towards the outer ends; the top and bottom edges were better.

Ex-LMS "Royal Scot" No 46133 The Green Howards stands in front of the running shed at Farnley, which was the principal ex-LYR depot in Leeds, on a weekend in 1961. The "Scot" was off Newton Heath in Manchester, another former LYR shed, and my guess is that it may have worked a trans-Pennine express.

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One day my dad had to go to Liverpool and while he chased a passport, I chased steam at Edge Hill. This is the only decent picture I managed, "Jinty" No 47519. It was my first encounter with the class. 1961.

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The poor definition of the lens is evident in this 1961 view of the west end of Copley Hill shed, taken from the adjoining park. Posing in the middle is spanking clean, ex-works A3 No 60048 Doncaster. In the distance one of the J50 station pilots is approaching while to the right, lost in porridge, is one of the J6 0-6-0s, No 64203, 64226 or 64277. The class was withdrawn from Copley Hill within a year and was extinct by the summer of 1962.

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Not only did the camera have a fixed shutter speed, the aperture was also fixed. On a murky Sunday in 1961, A3 60075 St Frusquin of Gateshead was on shed - it had probably worked the southbound "Queen of Scots" - and I set the camera up on a nearby buffer stop and pressed the lever shutter release twice. In truth it probably needed to have been pressed four times, such was the gloom, and the pale Gratispool negative came out very grainy. It's a fond childhood memory, really. Quite a few of the A3s kept running without German smoke deflectors. :)

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Finally, another half-decent picture from 1961 or 1962 on a sunny day at Neville Hill. When built "Peak" D144 was allocated to Derby on 9th December 1961 but, a week later, transferred to Neville Hill, and can be seen carrying a 55H shed plate on the nose. It was used for crew training and in July 1962, re-allocated to Holbeck. Note the green livery, before the yellow panels were added, and the empty headcode indicator box.

The building in the background was a three-road maintenance shed used to house diesels. In 1962 a diesel shed was opened at Holbeck and "Peaks" which had been housed temporarily at Neville Hill were moved across.

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Now for the Brownie 127.....

Devonian 1963 : Jubilee 45608

Jubilee 45608 Gibraltar awaits departure at Leeds City in 1963 with the inter-regional "Devonian" and WR chocolate & cream coaches.

60017 Sliver Fox

The Brownie 127 with its fixed shutter speed of 1/40sec was not exactly suited to action shots, nor cloudy days, so my apologies for this picture taken when I was 14 years old and, er, trespassing by the side of Holbeck High Level station, half a mile out of Leeds Central. A4 No 60017 Silver Fox" is lifting the 3.26pm departure, the "White Rose", up the 1:100 out of the Aire Valley sometime in 1963.

60025 Falcon

Another A4 captured in 1963, 60025 Falcon running light engine between Doncaster station and the engine shed.

60025 Falcon

60025 Falcon passes by at the same location. A panned shot with the Brownie 127's shutter speed of 1/40sec showing plenty of motion blur in the foreground.

Around Copley Hill engine shed

56C shedplate

A Copley Hill shed plate, which I bought from the stores in mint condition when the shed was being run down, for the price of 10/-, ten shillings in old money, nowadays 50p. As it's worth a hundred times more today (less inflation over the years), I wish I'd had a little entrepreneurial spirit and bought out the entire stock, funded by the Bank of Mum and Dad, of course!

J50 68988 : Copley Hill 1963

J50 68988 stands in front of the offices at Copley Hill (56C) in April/May 1963. Four were allocated for use as pilots at Leeds Central and the carriage sidings.

Riddles 82026 : Copley Hill 1963

Riddles Class 2 2-6-2T 82026 propels stock in Copley Hill carriage sidings in April/May 1963. The loco was one of four used at Scarborough and Malton being dispersed on closure of those depots to steam and briefly tried here. All four ended up at Woking.

A1 60120 Kittiwake : Copley Hill 1963

Peppercorn A1 60120 Kittiwake backs out of its home shed, Copley Hill, for the run down to Leeds Central station where it will take the 12.55pm express to King's Cross. April/May 1963.

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It's a windy day as Doncaster A1, No 60125 Scottish Union breasts the summit of the climb past Copley Hill shed and begins the descent towards Leeds Central station. At this high point the loco was beginning to coast and a westerly wind was blowing its exhaust across the front of the loco. April-May 1963.

I was 15 years old and this was my first experience with a 35mm camera, kindly loaned me by one of my dad's workmates. He even developed and printed the film. Then it was back to a cr*ppy old bellows camera!

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One of Copley Hill's Peppercorn A1s, No 60120 Kittiwake storms the summit of the climb out of Leeds Central on the final gradient of 1:50 with the 12.55pm to King's Cross.

The exhaust is rising high and the wind is blowing it across, but a leaking cylinder gland is creating a screen that is obstructing the driver's view. He's leaning out more than normal to spot the next signals which are just around the corner. The cold weather is not helping and I wonder if the loco completed the journey or the stand-by loco at Doncaster (usually another A1) was taken?

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Peppercorm A1 No 60117 Bois Roussel sits in the shed at Copley Hill. This was my favourite, along with Madge Wildfire. These locos photographed superbly from this angle, with a slightly softened aspect and plenty of power - so much charisma. OK, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder; and I was smitten. Small wonder that Tornado wows the crowds today! June 1964

And finally, I had my own 35mm camera, a Zorki, which was an East German knock-off of the Leica, and really, not too bad, and for a 16-year old, heaven. It was a present from my parents of course, and alas too late for me to catch the A4s for King's Cross had closed to steam the very same month. And my pocket money didn't allow me to go mad with film anyway; we did our own printing, which was great fun anyway. Now I'm scanning the negs.

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Another blustery day but a year later, in June 1964 sees another Doncaster A1, No 60114 W.P.Allen as it lifts the 4.45pm to Doncaster out of Leeds Central. The gradient steepens here to 1:50 and despite blowing off at the safety valves, you can see the fireman throwing coal on the fire as a plume of unburned coal blasts out of the chimney. The picture was taken standing on the embankment underneath Copley Hill's coaling stage.

The flattened exhaust over the train suggests a high speed but that's the wind's doing. As school kids I would come here often with my brother, stand the other side of the tracks, and watch as a vertical plume of steam heralded a departure from Leeds Central. A few minutes later the train would crash by... Peppercorn A1s, Britannias from Immingham returning the Grimsby train, and A4s on the "White Rose", long before either of us had a camera. If ever a time machine gets invented, this is where I'd like to return....

56C general view

This general view was taken in Aug/Sep 1964 with the shed being run down and almost empty. It closed in September. Years later I learned that Copley Hill was a fearsomely difficult shed to get round because the main entrance took you past the Foreman's office. All I can say is "Stupid boy!" for if you look along the railings on the right, there's a gap... We used used have free run of the place. :-)

Neville Hill engine shed

55H shed plate

Neville Hill was 50B (under York's 50A) until January 1959 when it became part of the district under Holbeck (55A) and the code changed to 55H. I acquired this shedplate at a recent auction, no other details known about its provenance. It sits nicely next to my 56C.:)

The shed used to be two and half miles from where I lived and as a teenager, used to visit on my push bike, despite two quite steep hills - traffic was still quite light in those days! The first sequence of four pictures was taken with a Brownie 127 when I was 15 years old. J39 at 55H Neville Hill used to have quite a few Gresley J39's that were used for freight and excursion traffic and in 1962, seven were still on its books. However, BR withdrew the remaining 110 or so en bloc in 1962 and this view, from winter 1962/63 shows No 64933 alongside a stable mate in the yard, probably awaiting removal. The concrete coaling tower is in the background.

V2 60963

As far as I know, V2s were never allocated to Neville Hill (ex-NER B16 and Thomposn B1 4-6-0s were used instead) but York had many and they often worked through to Leeds, such as 60967 which is standing by the water tower. Fully coalled, it awaits its return working. The clock is showing just before 1pm, which suggests a weekend visit. The A3 in the background would have been 60074 Harvester or 60084 Gainsborough, one of the shed's trio at the time, these two never having gained trough smoke deflectors. 43054 55H By 1961 Neville Hill had a pair of Ivatt 2-6-0s, Nos 43051/54 and the latter is seen either running into or out of the shed. Not until relatively recently did I learn that the Brownie 127 had a pedestrian shutter speed of 1/60 sec, which explains why in this panned shot, the houses in the distance are so blurred! D1515 Brand new Brish Type 4s (later Class 47) started arriving around this time and an evening would be a good time to see one, offically allocated to 34G Finsbury Park, being serviced. D1515 was built on 29th March 1963 and could hardly have been more than a few days old. It's standing outside the old repair shop which became a nominal diesel shed. Under TOPS, the loco became 47416 and was withdrawn from Gateshead in March 1986 after an astonishingly short life of only of only 23 years. 55H gen view The next batch of pictures was taken by me and my brother, mostly using my Zorki 35mm camera. The first ones date from Tuesday, 30th March 1964, beginning with a general view which shows how, in BR days, date unknown, the four-roundhous shed was reduced by half, producing this open space and visible remains of the roads that once radiated out from the turntables. To the right is the three-road repair shop, and beyond, the recently built DMU shed and fuel stores. Sulzer Type 2 (later Class 24) D5100 is standing in front, more of it in a moment.

77010 ash pits

A view from the old brick & timber manual coaling plant that remained in place despite construction of a new "standard" concrete tower. On a dank and windy day, down below is 77010 on the ash pits with its tender water filler cap open. The NER-built swan-neck water column is nearby.

Ten of this Riddles class of 2-6-0s were allocated to the NE Region, some in the Newcastle area but mostly around Scarborough and Hull. Arrival of the DMU displaced them and all ten (77000-4/10-14) were sent to Leeds sheds: Stourton and Farnley.

D5100 and 5MT

A closer view of D5100 in ridiculously dirty condition, with an even muckier ex-LMS Black 5 beyond it, believed to be 45063.

77010 light

77010 finally moves towards the running shed to be stabled. Behind it can be seen a remnant of what used to be the outer wall of the shed when it had four roundhouses.

Four new additions - On Saturday 18th September 1965, an Aberdeen A4, No 60004 William Whitelaw was sent to Neville Hill to work an RCTS special the following day, "The Blyth-Tyne express".

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The A4 was serviced in the usual way, and placed inside the shed, but many people turned up to see it and the foreman agreed to have the loco moved outside again so that it could be photographed. A man with a heart of gold! The sun was getting low and while I took the usual front 3/4 snaps, here are the more interesting views!

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The beautiful lines of the A4 catch the sun.

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And finally, the front end with a Peppercorn A1 behind it, possibly 60118 Archibald Sturrock, one of the batch transferred from Copley Hill after that shed closed the previous year.

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The following day, alas, dawned miserably (it was much better further north) and the station was crowded like I have never seen before. People, me included, men, women and children rambled all over the tracks taking pictures, up to several hundred yards out for the departure, and strange as it may seem in these modern times, officialdom turned a blind eye and nobody got run over. I'll spare you my results, though, except for this one.

This was, by the way, the outermost platform in what had originally been added to Leeds Wellington St. by the LNWR and NER and called "Leeds New" - it eventually all became Leeds City - and the train took the Leeds Northern line.

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On the outskirts of Leeds City and Holbeck

42409

Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42409 carrying Station Pilot lights, shunts vans at Leeds City Wellington St parcels depot in April/May1963. The load appears to consist entirely of BR-built vehicles: BG, vanfit, vanfit, CCT.

4F 44584 : Leeds City 1963

4F 44584 approaches Leeds City from the Derby/Holbeck direction on the south chord of the Whitehall triangle with a local, pick-up goods. The leading mineral wagons, steel and wooden, were carrying scrap metal. The loco was allocated to Stourton where the working may have originated. Curving away to the right are the lines to Bradford, Carlisle, and Harrogate via the Leeds Northern line. April/May 1963.

55A 60114

The new ushers out the old as Doncaster's Peppercorn A1 60114 W.P. Allen is serviced at Holbeck, Copley Hill having already closed. October 1964.

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A batch of pictures taken in September 1965, beginning with 4F No 44570 which is just north of Holbeck on the west chord of the Whitehall triangle where there used to be a goods yard. This loco was allocated to 55B Stourton and was on local pick-up goods duty. When finished It would run round its train and return tender first. 4.9.65.

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Peppercorn A1 No 60145 Saint Mungo, alas minus its nameplates is running into the shed yard past the coaling tower after working a special from Birmingham. We had been advised, or so said the rumour, that an A4 had been rostered so it was disappointing to see an old friend turn up in this condition. Until recently Saint Mungo had been based at Copley Hill but with its closure, the stud of Peppercorns was dispersed, losing the nameplates in the process. It was sad but at least an effort had been made to give the loco a clean. Saturday 4th September 1965.

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I always thought that the A1s looked good from this angle, really powerful, and the missing nameplates weren't too obvious - almost like the as-built condition before they were fitted.

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Some of Holbeck's "Jubilees" were still at work but they too were losing their nameplates, and beginning to get dirty. I can't say that I enjoy pictures of run-down locos but 45626 Seychelles was another old friend and there's no disguising Stanier's elegant lines. 4.9.65.

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Stourton's 4F No 44570 is seen passing the shed on the main line between Leeds City and St.Pancras on its way back to base. It would have shunted the sidings at Hunslet on the way. Although resident at Stourton for some time and unlikely to get anywhere near the electrifed lines, it had nonetheless been given the diagonal yellow stripe on the cabside. 4.9.65.

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From Darlington to Blyth

On a cold Sunday early in January 1964, my school train spotting society in Leeds organised a minibus trip around a cluster of freight sheds in the North East. I think it was the school master's idea to go somewhere unusual, and he wasn't kidding for the first stop was the scrap line at Darlington Works, then:

West Hartlepool
Sunderland
Tyne Dock
Percy Main
South Blyth
North Blyth

I borrowed a camera for the day that took 120 roll film, so the negatives are large. A pity that the lens was pretty average, but then, we were only 16 years old at the time. And only ten shots were possible, quite unlike a 35mm camera, let alone the digital cameras of today.

Darlington North Road Works scrap line

My notes show that 36 locos were seen, in varying conditions, among them these rarities which had been withdrawn long ago:

68149

Y1 Sentinel

Withdrawn from West Auckland in 1958

68180

Y3 Sentinel

Withdrawn from Selby in 1956

69921

T1 4-8-0T

Withdrawn from Tyne Dock in 1959

To be honest and trying to think back, I wonder if we actually saw that trio complete or perhaps parts of them for some reason laid aside?

Especially sad to see were 0-6-0 tanks such as the J72 and J94 made obsolete by the diesel shunter, and the cab and bunker of former Copley Hill and Leeds Central station pilot, J50 68988. It looked as if somebody had bought it, but I have never heard any more.

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A general view shows J94 68008 and J72 69006. Both had ended their days at Darlington in 1963 and '62, respectively. Many J94s had operated in the North East and nine of them were standing in the lines. 5th January 1964.

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A dappled sun falls on J72 69024 and two workmen, presumably getting ready to administer the last rites... The loco had been part of the final batch built in April 1951 and was barely a dozen years old when withdrawn in 1963. 5th January 1964.

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Please forgive me for such a melancholy picture but Riddles "Clan" Pacifics were unknown to us Yorkshiremen and two were lying waste here, 72001 Clan Cameron and 72002 Clan Campbell. 5th January 1964.

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A bonus arrived when a J94, No 68034, came by on the main running line hauling a pick-up or transfer goods. 5th January 1964. This loco carried on working until May 1965.

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West Hartlepool

Our first running shed of the day was at West Hartlepool and though quite modest, the variety was unlike any other shed visited that day with ex-NER, ex-LMS and WD 2-8-0s:

43100, 43123 (LMS 2-6-0)
61220 (B1)
63341, 63403, 63414, 63440, 63451, 63479 (Q6)
68036, 68061 (Hunslet J94)
69003, 69011, 69019 (J72)

90061, 90082, 90217, 90344, 90479 (WD 2-8-0)

But no pictures. With only ten on the roll and the more interesting types frustratingly inside the shed, I was nursing the film for better things later in the day.

Sunderland

Sunderland, once a large roundhouse shed, had the most meagre allocation to see that day, albeit purely ex-NER 0-8-0s and 0-6-0s:

63388, 63406, 63441, 63444, 63456, 63458 (Q6)
65788, 65823, 65835, 65846 (J27)

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J27 No 65835 stands in the wintry sun outside what used to be the roundhouse shed, but was in the early stages of demolition. I believe that in its last years, this loco was allocated to South Blyth and Sunderland.

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Tyne Dock

When we got to Tyne Dock shed, 26 locos were to be seen, dominated by ex-NER freight types, J27 0-6-0 and Q6 0-8-0. Looking quite forlorn inside the roundhouse was a pair of J72s whose duties had been taken over by an 04 and two 08s. The stars were the Riddles 9Fs, of course, and most of the batch allocated there to work the Tyne Dock-Consett iron ore trains and fitted with air pumps were seen that day. The complete list was:

63358, 63363, 63366, 63371, 63393, 63399, 63409, 63411 (Q6)
65791, 65817, 65833, 65854, 65864, 65892 (J27)
68704, 69025 (J72)
90434 (WD)
92060, 92061, 92062, 92063, 92064, 92066 (9F)
D2311 (04)
D3242, D3243 (08)

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92060 stands in the shed yard, partly lit by a low sun. The air pumps were on the other side. I wonder if this loco was a stand-by for the iron ore traffic? 5th January 1964.

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Fellow member of the batch, No 92062 is prepared for duty. These iron ore trains ran seven days a week. 5th January 1964.

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Out of curiosity, I wandered out along the shed yard towards many signals and the running lines and was rewarded when 92061 came storming up the gradient with a loaded train. Years later I discovered that the (excellent) Transacord EP on these workings had on its cover, the very same loco at the same place and so similar that it's hard to tell the two pictures apart! :) 5th January 1964.

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Percy Main

After Tyne Dock, next stop was Percy Main (52E) which had had a diesel depot added near the steam shed. For most of its life, Percy Main's staple allocation was the J27 0-6-0 plus, I believe, J72 tank engines which had been replaced by a variety of 0-6-0 diesel shunters. Seen that day were:

65790, 65796, 65805, 65821, 65831, 65842, 65869 (J27)

D2044, D2050, D2055, D2092 (03)
D2234 (04 Drewry)
D3244 (08)

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One of Percy Main's J27s No 65842 is polluting the the atmosphere in fine style. The shed was still standing although the roof had been removed.

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South Blyth

Finally, we visited the two sheds at Blyth: South Blyth and North Blyth. The allocation was shared under a code of 52F. South Blyth was mainly J27s plus the odd 2-6-0 and on shed that day were:

65810, 65819, 65852, 65855, 65862, 65870, 65876, 65891 (J27)
62002 (K1)
D2163 (03)

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By mid-aftrenoon the light was beginning to fade and this was my last picture of the day, of J27 No 65855 having its fire cleaned out - you can see a shovel's worth being chucked out of the cab.

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North Blyth

No pictures, alas, but the allocation was larger, albeit with only two types, ex-NER 0-8-0s and 0-6-0s:

63362, 63386, 63413, 63429, 63459 (Q6)
65789, 65792, 65794, 65801, 65804, 65828, 65845, 65880, 65886, 65889 (J27)

The day ended at dusk with a visit to the coal staithes at Blyth, colossal wooden lattice structures that towered high in the sky against the setting sun, with steam and smoke drifting across the sky from chimneys all around. We were are the water's edge from which the scale was quite incredible. I was only sixteen but some things you remember for the rest of your life. Quite a canny teacher that was, who organised the trip.

Scottish trip

In April 1964, the train spotting societies in two secondary schools in Leeds combined for a tour of Glasgow and Edinburgh. We travelled by coach overnight in both directions, and during the day, visited almost a dozen sheds in and between the twp cities. This was the itinerary

65C Parkhead
65B St. Rollox
65A Eastfield
65D Dawsholm
67A Corkerhill
66A Polmadie
66B Motherwell
66E Carstairs
64F Bathgate
65K Polmont
65F Grangemouth
64C Dalry Road
64B Haymarket
64A St. Margarets

65C Parkhead

First shed of the day, quite small, on a bitterly cold and blustery morning and too miserable for any photographs. Several locos had been dumped there: three "Royal Scots" ex-66A Polmadie and Papyrus, a former star at Haymarket. All four were cut up soon after.

64563, 64580, 64622

J37

D3211-12, D3277, D3894

0-6-0 diesel shunter (later Class 08)

Withdrawn from 66A Polmadie and 64B Haymarket:

46105 Cameron Highlander

"Royal Scot"

46105 Argyll and Sutherland Highlander

"Royal Scot"

46105 Highland Light Infantry, City of Glasgow Regiment

"Royal Scot"

60096 Papyrus

A3

65B St.Rollox

65B

At the former Caledonian Railway shed, the sun greeted us, along with our first ex-LNER "Pacifics" in steam. Inside the 12-road shed was A4 No 60027 Merlin (allocated to St. Rollox at the time) and in steam, but we couldn't persuade anybody to move her out for a photograph.... On shed were:

44922, 44978, 45020, 45115, 45489, 45499

"Black 5"

60027 Merlin

A4

60535 Hornets Beauty

A2

61402

B1

73007, 73076, 73079, 73122, 73145, 73147-8, 73151-3

Riddles 5MT

D118

"Peak"

D5357

Birmingham RC&WC Type 2 (later Class 26)

D6115

North British Type 2 (later Class 24, and re-engined Class 29)

D8084, D8108, D8115

English Electric Type 1 (later Class 20)

D27735-7, D3003/9, D3414

0-4-0 & 0-6-0 diesel shunters (later classes 06 & 08)

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Riddles 5MT No 73122, a 67A Corkerhill loco, stands in front of the 10-road shed. We were to see a lot of BR "Standards" during the day. One reason for the picture was to record the dark shape behind the tender, inside the shed. A sharp eye can just about make out the outline of an A4, Merlin, no less. 3rd April 1964.

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Peppercorn A2 60535 Hornets Beauty stands partly inside the running shed being prepared for a day's work. This loco seemed to follow us around and we saw it several more times during the day. 3rd April 1964.

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A2 60535 Hornets Beauty

The elegant front end and nameplate of A2 60535 Hornets Beauty, with a single chimney and smaller driving wheels, arguably slightly prettier than Peppercorn's A1. 3rd April 1964.

65A Eastfield

65A

This was the North British Railway's largest shed and its allocation when we visited was still substantial with 67 locos to be seen, now a mixture of ex-LNER, ex-LMS and BR types, and as many diesels:

42170, 42194, 42269, 42477, 42690

ex-LMS 2-6-4 tanks

44799, 44930, 44970, 45018, 45058, 45195, 45236, 45286, 4530, 45359

ex-LMS "Black 5"

60031 Golden Plover

A4

60512 Steady Aim

A2

61140, 61401

B1

61397

K3

64623, 64633, 64636

J36

65911

J38

73078, 73105, 73108

Riddles 5MT

80027, 80056-7

Riddles 2-6-4T

90515

WD 2-8-0

D2738/57/8/67

0-4-0 diesel shunter (later Class 06)

D3207, D3392-3, D3530/62/3

0-6-0 diesel shunter (later Class 08)

D5313, D5351-3, D5358, D5363-4, D5368-9

(later Class 26)

D6105, D6111, D6115, D6119-20

(later Class 21,29)

D8071, D8074, D8093, D8096, D8098, D8102-3, D8110, D8112, D8115

(later Class 20)

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The approach to this shed was by the main line into Glasgow Queen St. (High Level) and D5313, a Birmingham RC&WC Type 2 (later Class 26) came bowling along with a medium length train, so my apologies for the snatch shot. I wasn't much in the habit of photographic diesel-hauled trains at the time. Looking at it now I see that the formation of the 6-coach train was two-thirds BR Mk.1 and one-third Gresleys on the later, steel-angle underframe:

BSK, SO, SO*, CK, SO, BCK*    (* Gresley)

Gresley stock continued to serve until 1969(?) when BR withdrew all wooden-bodied coaches. 3rd April 1964.

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Former NBR Reid large-boilered goods 0-6-0, LNER J37, No 64623 rests outside the running shed. You can just see the power classification, 5F, above the number. Introduced in 1914, they had been designed for goods and mineral traffic and many were still in service. 3rd April 1964.

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80057, one of the Riddles 2-6-4 tanks which had displaced the former NBR passenger tanks on the secondary and suburban services. 3rd April 1964.

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And finally from Eastfield one of the thirty-odd diesels on shed that day, English Electric Type 2 D8098. At the time I hadn't seen any of these and it's unfortunate that apart from the Claytons, none of the other Scottish types presented themselves in a photogenic way. Only D5313 as it came by on a train! 3rd April 1964.

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And finally, sensing that luck was against me in catching a Scottish A4 outdoors, I grabbed a cab side view of 60031 Golden Plover deep in the gloom. It was still a St.Rollox engine but for some reason was parked deep inside Eastfield's running shed. We were to see five more A4s under cover, the ones sent north from King's Cross. 3rd April 1964.

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65D Dawsholm

65D

Another former Caledonian Railway shed, this was quite a small affair for goods traffic with only a handful of locos, but also the entire stud of preserved Scottish engines, among which was one that was not to be saved:

42169

Ex-LMS 2-6-4T

44718, 44812

Ex-LMS "Black 5"

76074, 76103

Riddles 4MT

78051

Riddles 2MT

D3279

0-6-0 diesel shunter (later Class 08)

D8078

English Electric Type 1 (later class 20)

Preserved/for preservation

49 Gordon Highlander

GNSR 4-4-0

103

HR Jones Goods 4-6-0

123

Caledonian Single

256 Glen Douglas

NBR 4-4-0

62712 Morayshire

LNER D49 4-4-0

54398 Ben Alder

HR 4-4-0

Sadly, the Small Ben was never restored and was cut up in 1966.

The ex-NBR Holmes 2F was being withdrawn and the two here had their chimneys covered over in case of a reprieve: there were only eleven left. As can be seen, the ground for this side of the shed had to excavated and was quite gloomy. 3rd April 1964.

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67A Corkerhill

67A

The Glasgow & South Western Railway built this depot, subsequently part of the LMS, to house suburban passenger tanks and goods locos. On shed was a remarkably modern stud of locomotives, the majority designed by Riddles and thus only a few years old:

44801, 44993, 45124

Ex-LMS "Black 5"

73077, 73103, 73120

Riddles 5MT

76091-3, 76099, 76108, 76114

Riddles 4MT

80001, 80005, 80030, 80046. 80050, 80127-8

Riddles 2-6-4T

Withdrawn from 66A Polmadie:

46102 Black Watch

Stanier "Royal Scot"

46104 Scottish Borderer

Stanier "Royal Scot"

A sight rarely seen south of the border as a Black five fitted with a tablet catcher, No 45124 from Hurlford (67B), comes on shed.

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More to add from Corkerhill and the other sheds ....


66B Motherwell

66B A2 60535 Hornets Beauty: Motherwell 1964

A2 60535 Hornets Beauty seen later in the day at Motherwell, moving off the coaling stage. These single chimney Pacifics were now being used on miscellaneous duties including freight workings. 3-4-64.

66A Polmadie

[66A

Once Glasgow's premier shed for the West Coast Main Line with an allocation of Princesses and Duchesses, by early 1964 all the ex-LMS express types had just been swept away. Class 40s were taking over their turns (6 were on shed) and the only Pacific power to be seen was a quartet of re-allocated ex-LNER A2s. As at Corkerhill, a lot of BR Riddles designs were also here, plus fifteen of the new-fangled (and short-lived) D8500 Claytons.

66A Polmadie shed

A general view of the shed. Note how the diesels were parked by the offices and the smoky steam locos further away! 3rd April 1964.

D8512 at Polmadie

A Clayton, D8512, comes onto its home shed from the running lines alongside. In the background is one of the A2s that had been re-allocated, and a cluster of lads with notebooks in hand passing by. 3rd April 1964.

D8551 at Polmadie

D8551 parked under the clock by the offices at Polmadie. A modern, almost spaceship-like profile but, alas, all were withdrawn within a dozen years and more Class 20s built in their place. 3.4.64.

65E Kipps

65E 56029 at Kipps 1964

Ex-Caledonian Railway Drummond "pug" No 56029 at Kipps (65E), abandoned in a siding near the loco depot but never saved for preservation. 3-4-64.

Hunslet and Stourton

55B shed plate

The next series of pictures was taken in Leeds near Hunslet and Stourton, a few miles south of Leeds City station on the Midland line to Derby and St.Pancras. The area had goods and marshalling yards, and was served by a freight depot, 55B Stourton.

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In June 1964 several Riddles 77xxx were transferred to Leeds, this one, No 77000, to Stourton and is seen passing in its direction, southwards through Hunslet. The damaged coaches in the foreground were the result of an accident on 27 September 1964 to the 21.20 from St.Pancras-Edinburgh which comprised three empty milk tanks (behind the loco, a Class 45) and eight carriages which included two sleeping cars. Near Stourton one of the milk tanks derailed, but stayed in the formation for some distance, before causing more of the train to derail. Fortunately, the most serious injury was a broken finger.

The report can be found at www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docsummary.php?docID=1084. I have a faint memory of the Leeds United manager, Don Revie, being on the train on his way back from Cardiff.

The line on the bridge was a goods line that came off the GNR/LNER line at Beeston Junction and ran into the industrial area south-east of Leeds City with a yard alongside the Aire & Calder Navigation. All gone without trace.

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On Saturday 3rd October 1964, I went down to Stourton on my push bike to see Flying Scotsman on a special, and was surprised to see a clean Britannia arrive light engine, No 70021 Morning Star. It was one of Cardiff Canton's that went to Willesden and, for a while, they worked an overnight/early morning fitted freight to Leeds.

Discussion has suggested that the loco was too large for the turntable at Stourton so was first sent to Holbeck for servicing. Turning could have been via the roundhouse, or by using the Whitehall triangle, which according to Keith Long who was a signalman at Engine Shed Junction Signal Box (Holbeck), was used for Gresley Pacifics. The turntables at Holbeck could certainly take a Britannia for I used to see them in the roundhouse and I would lean towards that option on grounds of convenience. When ready the loco was run down to Stourton and parked in the open yard in front of the shed for easy attachment to the return working from Hunslet.

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Here's the loco crossing the running lines towards the engine shed. In the down lay-bye, a WD 2-8-0 is waiting with coal empties. The old wooden signal gantry was a hallmark of this location - it was ex-Midland Railway, modernised with upper quadrants. In fact all the signals seen here are ex-MR and in the distance, two are still carrying lower-quadrant arms.

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The WD "Austerity", No 90030 (York) and its coal empties finally gets away.

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Alan Pegler's Flying Scotsman passes with an Ian Allan special - "The Darlington Marquess Railtour". The main part consisted of 8 carriages from King's Cross behind the Pacific, and a smaller portion from Leeds, behind 3442 The Great Marquess. They were joined at Harrogate for the final leg to Darlington. Coming back, division was at York.

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Flying Scotsman sweeps past. Ah, pure beauty... :)

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Once the special had passed, the sun came out and it was a pleasure to gaze upon a Riddles "Britannia" in pretty much the original condition with proper handrails on the smoke deflectors.

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A final view of No 70021 Morning Star. I saw a few more at Stourton around this time but it was a relatively short-lived phase.

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Ardsley

Midway between Leeds Central and Wakefield on the GNML, Ardsley lay on the Yorkshire coalfield, between several junctions in the West Riding, and was chosen for the principal marshaling yards served by a sizeable engine shed.

D9009 Alycidon

D9009 Alycidon approaches Ardsley in September 1964 with the King's Cross-West Riding "White Rose" for Leeds Central. The Bradford portion has been detached at Wakefield and will follow in a few minutes. The formation is all BR Mk.1 except for the strengthener behind the tender - typically an older type - which is a Gresley CK on steel angle trussing.

B1 61189

The Bradford portion of the "White Rose" follows behind B1 61189 Sir William Gray, alas minus nameplates. The formation is:

  CK   1st/2nd
BSO   2nd open brake

with the brake-ended coach inside out. September 1964.

90429

One of Wakefield's Austerities, 90429, leaves the yards at Ardsley in September 1964 and passes through the station with a southbound train of Yorkshire coal in steel mineral wagons. Ardsley signal box can be seen behind the overbridge and, to the left, the junction for the direct line from Wakefield to Bradford exchange used for the King's Cross portions attached/detached at Wakefield until BR closed the line. Ardsley station close two months later.

56B 61030

Recently shopped Thompson B1 61030 Nyala stands outside Ardsley shed on a fine autumnal day in September 1964. The loco came to the West Riding from Darlington in the early '60s and spent several years at Ardsley.

61030

Another view of 61030 Nyala at Ardsley in September 1964. Part of the coaling stage can be seen in the background.

Gloucester

85B

Gloucester, coded 85B, included sub-sheds at Brimscombe, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Lydney and Tetbury.

7029 Clun Castle : Gloucester 1965

7029 Clun Castle being turned after returning from its early morning working to Cardiff. 7th August 1965.

6815 Frilford Grange : Gloucester 1965

Simmering in front of the shed at Gloucester, alas minus its nameplates, is 6815 Frilford Grange from Aberbeeg (86F). Behind it is 7925 Westol Hall from Cardiff (88A). 7th August 1965.

7029 Clun Castle : Gloucester 1965

Clun Castle and crew, preparing to set back into the shed at Gloucester. 7th August 1965.

7029 Clun Castle : Gloucester 1965

7029 Clun Castle berthed at Gloucester shed alongside brush Type 4 D1721. 7th August 1965.

Riddles 82040 : Gloucester 1965

At Gloucester (85B)on 7th August 1965, Riddles Class 2 2-6-2T 82040 is standing in the yard outside the running shed in what appears to be unlined green livery. Three were on shed that day: 82039,40,42.

Newton Heath

Newton Heath 1966

Newton Heath (Manchester) used to be "Top Shed" on the LYR and was coded 26A until 1963 when it was downgraded to 9D.

Newton Heath 1966

On a weekday in 1966 the end of steam was still a couple of years away and the place was busy with 59 locos on shed and ex-LMS Jinties still in business, but the muck around the place was depressing. On the right stands Britannia 70017 Arrow and to the left, an ex-LMS diesel shunter of 1939 with cardan shaft drive (no.12021 or 12022). These were among the last pictures I took for university, wine, women and song beckoned. 16th February 1966.

Newton Heath 1966

The west end at Newton Heath had the coaling tower, ash plant and turntable, which 48070 is passing. In the foreground, West Riding stalwart B1 61017 Bushbuck, alas minus its nameplates, moves off towards the shed to be stabled. 16.2.66.

Jinty 47631 : Newton Heath 1966

Ex-LMS "Jinty" 47631 stands under the ash plant at Newton Heath beside one of the narrow gauge disposal wagons. It had just come off its roster, taken over by 47383. The coaling stage looms high in the background. 16.2.66

8F 48321 : Newton Heath 1966

8F 48321 stands beneath Newton Heath's massive twin-chute coaling stage. This was a Carlisle Kingmoor (12A) loco. 16th February 1966.

70019 Lightning : Newton Heath 1966 : Newton Heath 1966

70019 Lightning, formerly of Cardiff Canton, now at Carlisle Upperby, stands outside Newton Heath's running shed. No plate could be found so "12B" was painted on the smokebox door. 16.2.66.

70039 Sir Christopher Wren : Newton Heath 1966

Another "Britannia" at Newton Heath from Carlisle by the turntable, 70039 Sir Christopher Wren was initially allocated to Norwich in East Anglia but was now at Kingmoor. Lack of nameplates doesn't disguise the class's elegant lines. 16th February 1966.


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