Now for over a hundred years there has been strong beliefs by footplate crew of locomotives that are cursed or jinxed, this could be anything from locos dropping on top of workmen whilst being constructed to crashes and tragic circumstances. Some enginemen would say poppycock laddie, whilst others would swear on their life these tails are true. Examples of locos that fall into this category are 47216/299 which BR had Immingham staff practically sworn to secrecy because a medium had predicted this loco would be involved in a horrific pile up, it later did at Wrawby Junction despite its renumbering to 299 in hope to prevent this. The loco was practically rebuilt and even then it had several misdemeanours afterwards. There have been stories of some crew when booking on and checking the roster to see 299 allocated to them, they would refuse to take it out. Great Train Robbery loco D326 (40136), has been in several scrapes including another serious one not connected with the robbery, I believe no less than five accidents in total. back to steam days when a Jubilee being constructed fell on top of a erecting shop member and killed him, this loco would never run smoothly even when it was stripped to it's last nut and bolt and reassembled with new parts its problems stayed with it to the scrap man.
Now we come to another another jinxed loco, 37069. This loco was running along the EMCL in pre TOPS days (D6769), when the driver swapped places with the secondman so he could get some road knowledge in. This took place between Northallerton and York and soon after this swap occurred a Deltic headed train in the opposite direction kicked up debre from the trackside and this flew the front cab window hitting him on the head which he died instantly. Since then 37069 has be dubbed jinxed because of unexplainable things have happened more than once such as the horn being unexpectedly blown, fire bottles discharging themselves, an airy feeling of not being alone in the cab and some drivers have even reported seeing a ghostly aberration at the controls of the loco. Which loco packed up at Worcester and refused to play ball; 37069. All the other problems since, has the curse of 37069 returned to haunt The Mazey Day Cornishman?
Regards, Karl (Friends Of Penmere Station).
Many thanks for a most interesting article Karl.