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Then and Now
Crewe South Shed
1967 - 2017
Whilst most of 1967 was spent chasing the last steam on the Southern Region, I did venture north to Crewe. The aim was to visit both Crewe South and Chester sheds. I went with my father and a number of school friends. We specifically wanted to see one of the remaining Hughes 'Crab' 2-6-0's and a Crosti boilered 9F which was due on a rail tour that day.
In 1967, there was only one Britannia pacific in steam. No. 70048 arrived on shed and is seen at the concrete coaling stage. Many of the 'Brits' had been withdrawn from service including this one, 70049.
A selection of 'then and now' pictures featuring 8F no. 48170, BR standard 2 no. 78036 and 9F no. 92071
With so many engines present, it gave the chance to try some slightly different types of pictures and I went for the grubby, oily but fascinating valve gears of a 8F, 9F and a Britannia. I was able to replicate quite accurately these pictures at Loughborough this year.
One of the things that fascinated me about large BR steam sheds were the numbers of engine present, many simmering with drifting smoke, and others under repair.
And the rail tour we went to see? It was the 'Severn and Dee Rail Tour' organised by the Locomotive Club of Great Britain (LCGB).
The tour featured three steam engines, a Black 5, 9F and the preserved Castle no. 7029 'Clun Castle'.
The Black 5, no. 44944, took the from Nuneaton Trent Valley station to Wolverhampton High Level,
'Clun Castle' took over for the run from Wolverhampton to Chester via Shrewsbury and Wrexham. This was 7029's first tour after being repainted in GWR livery and what a contrast to it's previous outing in November 1966 when it was decidedly scruffy.
The 9F, no. 92026, hauled the train from Chester
to Crewe. The picture below shows the 9F arriving at Crewe station,
where it handed over to electric power for the journey back to London
Published 14 March 2017
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