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.It began in 1955 when the British Transport Commission Worse still, when it came to underlining the new diesels I had 'copped' on visits to Swindon, Derby and Crewe Works, they didn't enter the equation because Ian Allan had published the new combined edition before the diesels were built.Johnson, 3-cylinder compound arrangement comprised one high pressure cylinder inside the frames, and two low pressure cylinders outside.From 1905 onwards, Johnson's successor at Derby, Richard M Deeley, built a simpler version based on Johnson's original 4-4-0 design which made the engines more straightforward to drive.(Below) Sporting a St Albans (14C) shedplate on the smokebox door No 40024 - one of twenty Fowler Class 3MT tanks (Nos 40021-40040) fitted with condensing apparatus for working the Metropolitan widened lines through the tunnels to Moorgate Street - is seen heading a suburban service at Aldersgate & Barbican(Above-Below) Introduced in February 1935, the Stanier 3MT 2-6-2T was a development of the earlier 1930's Fowler 2-6-2T mentioned above.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.(Above) We start with a lovely colour shot of a Class 8P Pacific 46231 Duchess of Atholl at Crewe Works.After nationalisation in 1948, the newly-formed British Railways tried out a number of liveries with a view to adopting a future standard for its express-passenger engines of Class 8 power classification (dark blue) and for its fleet of express-passenger locomotives with a lower tractive effort (light green).
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.(Inset) The class was developed from the original five 7ft 'Compound' 4-4-0s introduced in 1902 by Samuel W.Here No 1000 was photographed by Frank Ashley heading the return leg of an SLS railtour from York to Birmingham New Street via Doncaster, Sheffield and Derby at Ambergate on 31The Compound Class 4P 4-4-0s were numbered 40900-4095-41199 in the BR fleet, but it should be noted that Nos 40940-40999 were not built.However, with the onset of dieselisation and the introduction of more modern BR Standard steam classes they were early candidates for withdrawal.