Best regards, Guy Vincent.
Please find attached a photograph of 4566 from my collection which has been causing me some sleepless night! One of the problems I have discovered during the last 9 years of seeking out photographs of 4566 and other engines is that on occasions you find that details are missing. These include location, date and the photographer’s name/copyright holder. This photograph frustratingly covers all three and I was wondering if any CRS members might be able to fill in the missing gaps.
Regarding location, I think that it might be Laira (as does a 4566 Group colleague) as she is carrying the final livery she was given at Newton Abbot in 1960 and appears in a grubby condition which would tie in with her transfer to Laira in September 1961 prior to withdrawal in April 1962. Between May - July 1958 she went to Swindon for a heavy general repair. It was here that she lost her tall safety valve bonnet and I’m fairly certain replacement tanks were fitted as the air vent seen is clearly one piece whereas previously (I have a photograph at Swindon clearly showing this before entry into the works for repair) it was flanged halfway up.
The photographer is also problematic. I have listed this in my collection as copyright unknown/D Cook collection but in the event of being able to identify the person or the copyright owner I will gladly amend this.
So over to CRS members in the hope that someone can help.
Cowley Bridge Jct.