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As a boy, Stephen Owens remembers seeing the 3.40pm Bradford-Carlisle stopping train on his way home from school at Keighley, and has kindly allowed me to feature his memories on the site; Stephen also has a Flickr photostream featuring mostly BR blue, some preserved steam, and steam in India and the Philippines - plus a lot more besides and well worth a visit An unidentified 'Black 5' crosses a windswept Ribblehead Viaduct with the 3.40pm all stations stopper from Bradford Forster Square to Carlisle.

This evocative shot can be found among the colour photos in the BR pre-1968 Album on Kerry Parker's excellent Flickr photostream HERE A MEMORY BY SM OWENS 'THE FOUR-SIX'After all this time, it doesn't matter much, nor is it of any great importance…to anyone except me.

That's because the shock of seeing so many once-proud (and still serviceable) steam locomotives being towed away for scrap is engraved in granite, and stuff like that doesn't go away that easily. Not only did he orchestrate thousands of station closures, he slashed the railway network by half, and had the radio station given me a chance to explain this perplexing - and, some would say, chaotic background to train spotting in the Sixties - then I could have voiced my opinions in a more rational manner.

But the producer didn't want a mind-numbing lecture on railway history - 'It might send listeners into a coma,' he said.

I learnt much more about literature, geography and history, from the names of locomotives, than I ever learnt in my afternoon lessons.

And, its appearance from the short tunnel, a slow and gradual revelation, was always shrouded in smoke and steam, as if to keep its identity a mystery until the last minute.

Introduction by David Hey When asked by Coastline Radio 97.7FM - a local radio station on the Costa del Sol - to talk about train spotting in the Sixties, the idea did not sit easily with me - and just as I feared, when I opened my mouth to speak, a lot of emotional twaddle came out. When Beeching became BR chairman in 1961 he turned the screw even further.

It implies that the site contains photographs from my own collection; that all the photographs belong to me... Worse still, I risk delivering a snub to the dozens of cameramen whose generosity allows me to post so many photos on the site in the first place, which is definitely not what I intended.

And in case you're wondering, the name 'David Hey's Collection' was chosen because the 'Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway' and 'Lost Railways of West Yorkshire' websites adopted this name back in 2007 (I contributed photos to both sites) and so I merely followed their lead.

I am grateful to everyone, of course, but in an odd sort of way their help has given rise to some misunderstanding.

Fast-forward a couple of years and the domain name, 'David Hey's Collection' is something of a misnomer.

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