Tuesday 14th January 2020 · Decades

Presenter: Philip Wood

For our first meeting of the new decade, we welcomed back Philip Wood with one of his presentations aptly titled ” Decades “. The show consisted mostly of black & white slides scanned from his photographs of trips and visits in the 1960s. The first slide was at Liverpool St. with Class 15 D8236 on the RCTS East London No. 3 rail tour in October 1962. We later saw the train at Buntingford.

Stratford depot was featured firstly with steam and diesels present but also more recently with Freightliner Class 66 on shed. Phil also included some nice snowy scenes from the winter of 1961/2.

It was shed visits that provided the bulk of the images with visit to the LMR sheds of Derby, Toton, Annesley, Kirkby, Westhouses and Barrow Hill to name but some. Numerous locomotive types featured including Crosti 9F rebuilds, Jintys and Midland 4Fs. In the Leeds area, Wakefield, Normanton, Royston and Holbeck were visited with Jubilees, 8Fs, Black 5s along with numerous lines of withdrawn locos seen. The black and white slides really enhanced the run down and grimy state of some of the sheds.

A visit to Scotland took in the Edinburgh sheds of Haymarket and St Margarets along with Dunfermline, Alloa, Aberdeen, various Glasgow sheds and Inverurie Works to name but a few. We saw pictures A2s, A3s & A4s along with other classes synonymous with Scotland. There was a slide showing the now preserved “Morayshire” and in Glasgow, a line of out of use, Clayton diesels. Phil included a shot of Glenfinnan viaduct and Maude working a special on the West Highland Line.

It was a show that brought back memories for several of us present and we hope to have Phil back at a later date for more from his collection.