75029 "The Green Knight" at Cranmore shed.
Outshopped on November 21st 1977, this 7-plank coal wagon depicts the name of our local coal merchant. A full report on the restoration of this wagon was given in Newsletter No.20 (Winter 1977/8). In the background, the Esso livery tank wagon stands on the coal stage incline
A three-quarter view of the new arrival at Cranmore, the LBSCR B1 tank, 32110. This loco arrived at the depot on September 11th 1978, and a full report of this epic arrival was in Newsletter No.23 (Autumn 1978). Again, in the background, the somewhat formidable incline to the coaling stage can be seen.
The long and the short and the tall! A front view of 32110 tucked alongside 92203, "Black Prince". Interesting also, because Cpl. Bin informs me that 32110 must rank as one of the oldest working (eventuallyl) loco's in the world, while 92203 is of course, one of the newest. 92203 "Black Prince" outside the shed
The Austerity 68005 crossing Merryfield Lane bridge with the first train along the line for fifteen years, as reported in "Mainline". This picture was also reproduced in the "Railway Magazine", July 1979
At the end of the first day of running, March 18th 1979, 68005 is seen back on shed having its smokebox cleaned out by fireman Norman Hutchins.
Sparks fly in the workshop as Dennis Rabbits is seen fitting a new cab roof to Lord Fisher
Match Truck, no.82620, owned by Dean Knights, rebuilt from WD 1916 tank wagon to match truck in April 1978, as reported in previous Newsletters
Workshop - frame and boiler of "Lord Fisher", with "Glenfield" behind and the "The Green Knight" at the rear.
Workshop - main frame of "The Green Knight" awaiting further overhaul - the boiler rests outside the workshop. Work is hoped to resume in the Autumn
"Black Prince" 9220 at Husband's shipyard, Marchwood in May 1979. The extent of the work is immediately apparent - and it must be said she ahrdly is recognisable as that shiny black monster so familiar at Cranmore! Let's hop the date of her return is, in fact, early Autumn as predicted.
"Black Prince" 9220 at Husband's shipyard, Marchwood in May 1979. The extent of the work is immediately apparent - and it must be said she hardly is recognisable as that shiny black monster so familiar at Cranmore! Let's hop the date of her return is, in fact, early Autumn as predicted.
The P.W. Gang at work re-aligning the track - the one with gloves to protect his delicately manicured hands is S.Marcks
The P.W. Gang at work and rest. Also observe Barry Buckfield in dangerously close proximty to the glinting and immaculate crane tank 4101
The reconstructed crossing keeper's cabin, with workers and one spectator. For those interested, 4101 was travelling at 40 mph when the picture was actually taken. All managed to filng themselves clear however ! In the background is Doulting Stone Works.
The scene at Whipsnade - in honour of Ron Druce's first report for the Newsletter since I took over the Editor's chair
Map Cranmore yard and Merryfield Lane by Steve Marcks