) was photographed by Richard Greenwood at Newton Heath shed on a very gloomy 18 February 1967 as it was being prepared to work three brakevan trips between Rochdale and Whitworth the following day.No 70 were built for use primarily on local passenger services, four on the Western Region, the rest on the London Midland Region.Both classes were identical in many respects; the Stanier engines had the same 5ft 3in driving wheels, 3ft 3½ins pony wheels and trailing wheels, identical sized cylinders at 17½in X 26ins, the same 21,485lb tractive effort, 200 in.boiler pressure, 3 ton coal capacity, 1,500 gallons of water and 41ft 11¾ins length over buffers.(Inset) The class was developed from the original five 7ft 'Compound' 4-4-0s introduced in 1902 by Samuel W.Johnson, 3-cylinder compound arrangement comprised one high pressure cylinder inside the frames, and two low pressure cylinders outside.(Below) This dinky-sized 'old timer' is one of Aspinall's 0-4-0 saddle tank designs, introduced in 1891 for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and designated Class 21.
(Above) We start with a lovely colour shot of a Class 8P Pacific 46231 Duchess of Atholl at Crewe Works.By the summer of 1960 only four remained in BR stock: No 40907 at Millhouses (Sheffield), at Manningham (Bradford) and the remaining two at Monument Lane (Birmingham).(Above) This once popular and highly efficient class produced some splendid performances during the earlier years of grouping on the Birmingham two-hour expresses from Euston, and also duties in Scotland on the former Caledonian Railway and G&SWR main lines.Inmates are not only thrilled to communicate with pen-pals but have stated that it has been a "spiritually and emotionally fulfilling experience." has enabled friends and family to stay in contact with their loved ones and has a 75% compatibility rating for those looking for their soul mate. Whilst my passion for railways has its roots in childhood spotting days during the Fifties, by the early Sixties the hobby was running out of steam.