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Old Timer #3

Moving on from the previous two days pictures at Royston we travel along the Hitchin/Cambridge branch to Letchworth, the first garden city built by Ebenezer Howard in 1903.

My dad moved to work here after leaving his job at Royston and I used to go and spend time at the station where I took this picture of one of the early models of this type of diesel, later called Class 40, on a train to Cambridge.

The first carriage you can see looks as though it is one of the famous Gresley teak carriages, a lot of these ran on the Hitchin/Cambridge branch at this time.

Old Timer #3

Moving on from the previous two days pictures at Royston we travel along the Hitchin/Cambridge branch to Letchworth, the first garden city built by Ebenezer Howard in 1903.

My dad moved to work here after leaving his job at Royston and I used to go and spend time at the station where I took this picture of one of the early models of this type of diesel, later called Class 40, on a train to Cambridge.

The first carriage you can see looks as though it is one of the famous Gresley teak carriages, a lot of these ran on the Hitchin/Cambridge branch at this time.

comments (9)

This engine was a regular visitor to both Liverpool and, in the later years as 40 001, to Birmingham. Copped it may times. Looks really clean and quite new here Brian, brings back more memories.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, if memory serves me correct I believe it was used on Kings Cross/Cambridge services when they were first trying them out.
The engine must have been virtually new then Brian. We never saw many of these around here - but didn't they make a wonderful sound!
Brian Walbey: Yes it was fairly new Chris, as I said to Les I believe they tested them out on the Kings Cross/Cambridge route.
Never saw these, mainly Warship class on Western region. Great bit of nostalgia Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, now I never saw the Warship class of course.
  • FLOOG
  • The library of my contented soul
  • 14 Nov 2008, 14:54
This series is both wonderful in terms of the nostalgic photography, and educational in terms of the knowledge you guy's have. Superb photograph, Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul, just two more to go.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands UK
  • 14 Nov 2008, 15:03
Boys and there train'stongue
Another lovely shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, just two more to go.
Superb Brian. This is my favourite so far!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I remember going to work and being pulled by one of these.
Have you given this the 'soft' treatment, Brian?
Brian Walbey: I think the softness comes from the plastic they use to use for cheap camera lenses in those days Chad,
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 14 Nov 2008, 23:08
Oooo.. I bet this made a throbbing sound! Nowhere near as much chracter as the old stream locos and I believe at that time time there were very unreliable=, too!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, I seem to remember reading quite recently that most of the early diesels were unreliable and they had to keep a stock of steam engines on stand by in case of breakdown.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Nov 2008, 23:53
These never really looked "pretty" did they, and I think soured any interest I might have had in trains.
Brian Walbey: When they first came out they were a novelty to a young lad like me, what they lack of course is "character". Thanks for your comment Ellie.

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