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Whilst my passion for railways has its roots in childhood spotting days during the Fifties, by the early Sixties the hobby was running out of steam.
It began in 1955 when the British Transport Commission Worse still, when it came to underlining the new diesels I had 'copped' on visits to Swindon, Derby and Crewe Works, they didn't enter the equation because Ian Allan had published the new combined edition before the diesels were built.
The Johnson locomotives were subsequently rebuilt as Deeley Compounds and outshopped with smaller 6ft 9in couple wheels and superheater, including the now-preserved 1000 in 1914.
The doyen of the class was destined for preservation after withdrawal in 1959 and restored in Midland maroon livery for display at Clapham Transport Museum.
Eventually a lighter shade of blue was chosen for its large express locos, which included the Peppercorn and Gresley Pacifics of the Eastern and North Eastern Regions, the ex-SR 'Merchant Navy' Pacifics of the Southern Region, the ex-GWR 'King' class 4-6-0s for the Western Region and Stanier's ex-LMSR Pacifics.
Out of the original 138 members built, no fewer than 134 were still listed in my abc, but only just..the onset of dieselisation they were diminishing fast and all had gone by the end of 1962.Note the wooden blocks on the buffer beam which were ideal for dock shunting purposes.) was photographed by Richard Greenwood at Newton Heath shed on a very gloomy 18 February 1967 as it was being prepared to work three brakevan trips between Rochdale and Whitworth the following day.Some tenty years after its introduction in September 1931, No 40647 heads a local train at Ayr on 27th July 1951. Note the Fowler flat sided tender which differed from the earlier Midland tender with coal rails as seen attached to 40491 above.(Above-Inset-Below) Listed among the engines in my Ian Allan abc Locospotters Book (1958-59 winter edition) are 33 'Compound' Class 4P 4-4-0s Nos 40907-41193, albeit the sequence of numbers reveal ominous gaps due to scrapping.By the summer of 1960 only four remained in BR stock: No 40907 at Millhouses (Sheffield), at Manningham (Bradford) and the remaining two at Monument Lane (Birmingham).