Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
6233 at Duchess of Sutherland
4-6-2 no.34067 Tangmere
LNER A4 60019 Bittern
70013 Oliver Cromwell
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Duchess of Sutherland in Westwood Yard
Duchess of Sutherland at Peterborough in Westwood Yard
Duchess of Sutherland is a LMS Coronation Class 4-6-2 with the number 6233. This class of locomotive was not seen at Peterborough in BR days. It being an LMS engine and was used on the WCML. But has now had the chance to show what it could have done on the ECML.
With the removing of all the water cranes at stations, All main line steam on the main network has to get water from road tankers or stand pipes. This was done in Westwood Yard at Peterborough.
This steam train (on the up line) had come into Westwood Yard from the north and is about to come under Westwood bridge were it will stop at the waiting water tanker near to Toys-R-Us.
Up steam trains now mostly stop in Conington tip loops south of Peterborough as the cut down Westwood yard is often full.
Down steam trains (heading north) now nearly always stop at Holme (south of Peterborough) for water, be for the station stop at Peterborough. This means that passengers do not get on at Peterborough station only to spend the next 1/2 hour sitting in a goods yard while the locomotive takes on water. This also saves the train having to wait for a path to cross the ECML into Westwood Yard.
4-6-2 no.34067 Tangmere in 2004
34067 Tangmere was being watered and serviced in Westwood Yard in 2004.
34067 Tangmere is a unrebuilt Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 steam locomotive that was being watered and serviced in Westwood Yard which is in Peterborough in 2004
The photo above was not taken from the inside of Westwood Yard. They were not letting any one into the yard . So I walked along side the dual carriage were there are lots of bushes and trees that have been planted along side the yard. l made my way though with great difficulty (Deepest Peterborough) and then was faced with the ever present anti-vandal fence. Some one was taking official photos of Tanmere. I was still using 35mm film and hung the camera up over the fence in hope, and took this shot. The man on the tender in a yellow vest looked surprised to see, me thinking they would have the only photos
LNER A4 60019 Bittern 4th July 2009
LNER A4 60019 Bittern in British railways green in platform 4 at Peterborough station on the 4th of July 2009. It was running with just the one tender at this time. It looked very smart in its British Railways green.
British Railways Britannia class 4-6-2 number 70013 Oliver Cromwell comes into platform 2 at Peterborough on 28th Feburary 2009 from the up slow.
70013 is named Oliver Cromwell and is a a British Railways standard class 7 4-6-2 of the Britannia class. This engine is one of the National Railway Museum at York National Collection engines.
No one in 1968 though that any or the right steam engines were going to be saved. A list of which engines that needed to be saved was made, but "Britannia" the first of the class to be built was to be the NRM engine, but in the end it was Oliver Cromwell for the NRM with "Britannia" being saved by others .
At the last day of steam on British Railways Oliver Cromwell took part in the Fifteen Guinea Special to mark the end of steam in 1968. This engine then went to Bressingham Steam & Gardens at Diss in Norfolk.
Oliver Cromwell was at Bressingham for many years till in 2004, to mark 40 years from the end of every day steam on BR, with the help of the readers of Steam Railway magazine it was overhauled at the Great Central Railway and then returned to the main line.
In 1968 no steam was going run on the main lines, but now there is at least one trip per day in the summer in the UK and there is often three trips some weekends
Main line steam on the ECML at Peterborough station with A4 number 60013 Bittern and also 70013 Oliver Cromwell in 2009
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