LMSR tank locomotives - MikeMorant
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There was a sense of déjà vu when I saw this negative up for grabs and so I grabbed it. Although I've never actually been to Bradford where this shot was taken at Mill Lane Jct., the reason for the déjà vu is that both these Fairburn 2-6-4T's were Brighton built and worked on the Southern's metals which was my home ground as a spotter in the 1950's although the train engine, 42073, had actually moved north of the Thames before the advent of my first ABC. Here we see the 0940 Bradford Exchange to Bridlington train quite near the end of steam on 29/5/67 and if memory serves me correctly this was not unusual motive power for this working. The pilot engine is 42066 which left Brighton works in October 1950 and was a Southern based engine until November 1959. 42073 emerged from Brighton works a month later and worked on the SE section until December 1954 before also heading northwards. On the date that this shot was taken they were both allocated to Low Moor and 42066 was withdrawn from there in the following August whilst 42073 survived a bit longer being withdrawn from service at Normanton in the September.
[Mike Morant collection]