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photoblog image GCR 6th.October, 2012  4/7

GCR 6th.October, 2012 4/7

Visiting the GCR for the first time nationally owned locomotive, ex Southern Region Schools Class 4-4-0 No.925 Chetltenham, rushes through with the south bound Travelling Post Office display train. You can just make out the mailbags hanging from the train, below the first open doors, that will be captured by the net at the lineside, whilst the net on the train will catch two mailbags hanging just off the left hand side of the picture. Photograph taken during the Great Central Railway Autumn Gala at Quorn.

GCR 6th.October, 2012 4/7

Visiting the GCR for the first time nationally owned locomotive, ex Southern Region Schools Class 4-4-0 No.925 Chetltenham, rushes through with the south bound Travelling Post Office display train. You can just make out the mailbags hanging from the train, below the first open doors, that will be captured by the net at the lineside, whilst the net on the train will catch two mailbags hanging just off the left hand side of the picture. Photograph taken during the Great Central Railway Autumn Gala at Quorn.

comments (18)

  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2012, 00:32
Isn't that beautiful Brian, a fantastic shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sally. Just think through our taxes we all own a little bit of that engine.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Dec 2012, 00:37
I like this a lot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Dec 2012, 06:43
One of your favourite subjects, Brian. Do you visit trains frequently?
Brian Walbey: One of the subjects I do enjoy greatly, although I will take just about anything, although I'm not over interested in portraits, table top and ultra close-ups. Re railways I belong to the GCR at Loughborough and go down several times a year for galas etc., and if there is a steam railway anywhere near where we holiday then we usually go along for a ride and look round. Maureen, fortunately, quite enjoys these visits, fortunately!
When I see these mailbag catchment carriages I always think of two films. The famous 'Night Mail' and the Peter Sellers film 'Two way Stretch' a fabulous caper full of amiable criminals attempting a jewel heist on a mail train.
Brian Walbey: I've seen the former but not the Sellers film, I never could get on with him. Just think of all the road miles that would have been saved if they had kept using these trains.
A fine sight Brian
Brian Walbey: Shame most of the mail goes by road now Bill, I guess there must have been savings originally, but for how long did they last I wonder.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Dec 2012, 08:25
Very fine Brian. I well remember these TPOs and I even saw a few Schools locos at Salisbury circa1962 before they went the way of all things..
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, especially as it has jogged your memory with memories of your younger days.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Dec 2012, 09:06
I used to have a Tri-ang version of the mail train complete with working mailbag collector - happy days ;o)
Brian Walbey: Shame if you haven't got it now Mike, it would probably be worth a few bob on ebay.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 20 Dec 2012, 10:04
How things used to be done eh Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chad, and very efficiently as well.
That's a beauty Brian, great shot!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Martin.
loving this train series a lot so far
Brian Walbey: I'm really pleased to hear that Chantal, thanks very much.
It's amazing how accurate they made the pickup and delivery methods, Brian. I wonder if the mailbags ever missed their mark.
Brian Walbey: It was certainly a very efficient way of exchanging the mail on the move, as for missed bags, I can only wonder like you.
Great capture Brian, possibly afflicted by the curse of auto-focus in this instance?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred. I managed 3 shots between the signal box and this one, I guess the auto-focus can't keep up at that rate.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2012, 16:14
They were very handsome machines and the most powerful 4-4-0. This one was built just up the road from me in Eastleigh I believe and was renovated there, too.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed I believe it was Alan, and through our taxes we both own a tiny little bit of this, I bags the nameplate.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Dec 2012, 17:52
A beautiful She steaming and puffing - I can hear her -and this evokes a lot of childhood memories, because we lived in Rostock at a busy railway line.
Brian Walbey: Yes she is a beautiful engine Philine, a joy to see her at work.
Simply wonderful Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2012, 19:17
Another really good one, the light seems perfect
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, the light was the best of an October autumn morning, couldn't have asked for better.
You had a lovely day for it, Brian - lovely shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, it was a lovely October morning, hence the great light.
Nicely captured action, Brian. A fine scene.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Graeme.

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