It was hauled by ex-LMS Black 5 no. 44871. The attached photos show it arriving and being turned .The train was tailed by
West Coast Railways 47813.
Best wishes. Bill Elston.
4th December 1976
Colin Pidgeon & KenMumford
Some photos from the last few days including Mr Prole working Freightliner's 66546 and 66520 down from Westbury to Dolcoath on 5th. The train ran down the up main allowing an advantage to the pictures at Treleigh & Brea embankment.
Some Castle sets at Angarrack and Brea are also included.
On 6th 66170 caught some super light at Restormel, and 66077 was seen running around the CDAs around 13.45.
Cheers for now, Craig Munday.
- a request from
Dr Paul Sanders
As you are probably aware, there have been hundreds of books written to record the experiences of individual steam enginemen, to describe the steam locomotives they drove, the routes they took and the stations they passed. What have been conspicuous by their absence are comparative or overall studies of the lives of Britain’s last steam enginemen.
This I am hoping to remedy by writing a book which describes the lives of Britain’s steam enginemen from 1948 to 1968. The book will focus on who were the steam enginemen, what were their jobs, under what conditions did they have to work, what was their social life and how did they fit in to the rest of society.
The book will have two major sources of information. There will firstly be the published literature, as well as the archives of British Railways and their trade unions. Probably of more importance will be the information that steam enginemen can supply me directly. To this end I have created a questionnaire, that I attach to this e-mail, and for which I am seeking to find as many enginemen as possible who would be prepared to answer it and return it to me.
So, I hope that you will be able to help me in two ways. Firstly, if you were a steam engineman, could you please fill in my questionnaire and return it to me? And, whether you yourself were a steam engineman or not, could you please circulate this e-mail as widely as possible among your ex-enginemen acquaintances and/or within any of your networks which may include steam enginemen (eg newsletters, clubs or reunions).
Please accept my thanks in advance for any help that you are able to give me, for what I am sure you will agree is an important historical exercise.
Dr Paul Sanders
188 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, France
tel: 00336 14 79 32 08