“In this video we take a look at movements around Shrewsbury Station in the mid 1960s as steam was coming to an end. All credits for this video must go to Michael Clemens of B&R Videos who once again kindly gave me permission to use these clips that were filmed by his late father Jim Clemens, who did such a superb job recording these scenes which were taken from the DVD Steaming Through Shropshire Pt 1. Enjoy.”
Video can be found in youtube under “1960’s trains at Shrewsbury”. Now given my Dad drove these engines, you can bet I spent the whole 12 minutes 42 seconds looking for him, but the focus here is the engines and the only thing you can make out about the drivers are the pale blue denim jackets. Other surprises is that the black engines and the maroon carriages don’t always sparkle and it was a bit dirtier than I’d been led to believe. (And check out the recent visit of a steam engine to Salop.) They also seemed very comfortable reversing – in this video seemingly more than going forward. You sense that diesels were smoother as well as cleaner (look out for the cab videos), although I sometimes wondered if they’d kept steam for Wales, whether it might have sustained an interest for tourists. Sometimes.
Arriving at Salop, as I was waiting for a train to Brum, this BR steam engine arrived, pulling a Pullman collection of carriages. A tad emotional cos my Dad was a locomotive engineer, though starting with the LMS part of BR, and serving from Salop, I think it is unlikely he would have driven this engine. (Advice welcome.). – From wikipedia – “Steam locomotives that comprised the Bulleid light pacifics, the West Country and Battle of Britain classes of locomotives that ran on the British Southern Railway network …” – Fuller res photos available.
Enjoyed leafleting rail passengers, and calling for public ownership, during the morning rush hour, with Lilian Greenwood MP and former rail colleagues Anne Peach and Steve Young.
Dropping the franchising system. can save us billions.
A book from Edwardian times comprising of a series of articles on cities and towns along the Great Central Line, with 4 pages on Nottingham’s history and the offices, platforms and yards of the freight operations along Queens Walk. Scans of the pages are available. Interesting insights into the industries of “Nottingham – the Capital of the Lace World”.
See it and weep Nottingham – fresh track and shiny new OLE.
Like what we’re no longer scheduled to get.
On the other hand, it’s meant buses for months, with now a reduced stopping service as staff are brought up to speed.
And who’s to say it didn’t cause 4 hours of chaos as signalling went down in Preston.