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So, the first of a series of old pictures lasting until Sunday, all taken in the late 50's or very early 60's on a simple roll film camera, hence the lack of quality as all 5 pictures are scanned from very old enprints.

This was taken in the yard at Royston, where I grew up, and shows the departure of one of these well known trains which ran several times daily between Kings Cross and Cambridge, via Hitchin.  They were also known locally as "the beer train" for obvious reasons, no doubt the undergraduates made good use of the bar when they travelled to and from Cambridge.

Sadly the signal box and the goods shed, where my dad was foreman, have long gone, and the station buidlings have been replaced to some extent with the more modern style of construction, and more importantly, the whole route has been electrified and services run right through to Kings Lynn.

Old Timer #1

So, the first of a series of old pictures lasting until Sunday, all taken in the late 50's or very early 60's on a simple roll film camera, hence the lack of quality as all 5 pictures are scanned from very old enprints.

This was taken in the yard at Royston, where I grew up, and shows the departure of one of these well known trains which ran several times daily between Kings Cross and Cambridge, via Hitchin.  They were also known locally as "the beer train" for obvious reasons, no doubt the undergraduates made good use of the bar when they travelled to and from Cambridge.

Sadly the signal box and the goods shed, where my dad was foreman, have long gone, and the station buidlings have been replaced to some extent with the more modern style of construction, and more importantly, the whole route has been electrified and services run right through to Kings Lynn.

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In my brief period of watching trains coming through Cambridge I saw pretty well all this class of engine. They were commonly known as 'Sandys' after the first in the class called 'Sandringham'. Many were also given names of famous football teams like 'Huddersfield Town' ... How times change.
richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, who knows, our paths may hace crossed on Cambridge station when my friend and I used to go there spotting sometimes on Saturdays.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Nov 2008, 11:24
Nostalgic shot Brian very nicesmile
I think a bit before my timetongue
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, having seen your photo on SC the other day it was certainly well before your time. Some more of these too follow till the weekend, I hope you enjoy the others as well.
Ooooh Brian - this is so nostalgic & delightful!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, there's some more to come for the next four days as well.
  • FLOOG
  • The tranquility of a contented soul
  • 12 Nov 2008, 13:35
So nice to see how things were before 'progress' took a hold.

There's such a nice vibe to this splendid image. I sometimes think that Digital SLR's are to classic film cameras, what CD's are to vinyl, better all round, though perhaps lacking a little warmth from their ancestors.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul, this is the least quality one of this series of five I have put up. I hope you enjoy the others.
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location
  • 12 Nov 2008, 13:42
I'm begining to think that you and Chris might have a lot in common, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I think most boys wanted to be a train driver at heart Chad, and perhaps Chris felt the same all those years ago.
This must be in the 50's as this loco was withdrawn in 1958. http://www.lner.info/locos/B/b2thompson.shtml

None of this class were preserved apparently. so this is a picture to keep!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for the link Bill I shall have a good look at that. There were so many good classes of loco scrapped which was a great shame.
Wonderful nostalgic shot Brian. I like the slight blur and the tones!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I hope you enjoy the others this week.
  • Alan
  • Alongside the Severn, Ironbridge
  • 12 Nov 2008, 18:33
A fascinating insight to our railway heritage. This is probably in the bad old days of BR, not to be confused with the appalling "Notwork Rail" or whatever they call themseleves these days! A good classic shot.
Brian Walbey: I don't really travel by train these days Alan, I must admit the service where I lived when this was taken was in general quite good even in the days of B.R.
A very useful loco was the B2 Brian, only once saw on in Darlington Works, Just wish I had some photos from my early rain spotting days. Not bad for over 50 years old, the photo that is, nice one indeed look forward to the others.
Brian Walbey: Thanks les, I'm sure you will enjoy the others.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2008, 00:33
Those were the bad, polluting, old days - but it's something I'll always remember
Brian Walbey: I must admit Ellie, although I am a steam fan, when one sees the smoke nowadays from these machines they wouldn't be allowed now anyway en masse.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 13 Nov 2008, 10:22
Wonderful walk down memory lane. Trying to play catch up, night shift is really knocking me around this month.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie, my son and daughter both do night shifts from time to time, she is o.k.with it but my son seems to suffer for a day or two.

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