'Flying Scotsman' - a national treasure
A 50 Year Then and Now special
West Country no. 34040 'Crewkerne' awaits to depart with the
10.30am to Weymouth. The light engine in the background is
Merchant Navy no. 35027 'Port Line' which had arrived earlier with
the 7.23am from Bournemouth.
Scotsman, the world's most famous steam engine, is a national treasure.
Large crowds came out to see her early in 2016 when she returned to the
was considered a national treasure 50 years
Following its purchase and restoration by Alan Peglar in 1964, the
engine was destined to travel to the USA on a trade mission. During the
summer of 1966 4472 acquired a second tender and was repainted, the main
difference being that the '4472' number was on the second tender and the
cab featured the LNER coat of arms.
10 September tour was its first with this new livery, visiting Farnborough for the air show.
took this opportunity to spend the day watching the trains and the air
display from Farnborough station and get my first sight of 'Flying
arrived at Farnborough at lunchtime, having set out from Doncaster
early that morning.
The engine took the empty stock on to Basingstoke where it was
The lower picture
of 4472 was taken on 20 November 1999, just after it was bought by
the late Tony Marchington and given an overhaul. By now the engine
was running with an A4 boiler and double chimney but without the
distinctive German style smoke deflectors. The drifting smoke
shows why they were needed!
were taken from the car park at Farnborough station.
journey with 4472 waiting the road. The train was largely formed
of Metro-Cammell Pullman coaches, built in the 1960's for use on
the East Coast main line.
picture shows a Waterloo
bound electric train. By now the remains of the island platform
had been removed, as had the rather fine signal gantry.
were taken 50 years less 3 hours apart.
the excitement of seeing 'Flying Scotsman', my father and I spent
the day watching and photographing the passing trains.
Belle Pullman train came through around 1.15pm hauled by Merchant
Navy locomotive no. 35012 'United States Lines'
50 years and a
couple of hours later, a class 159 diesel unit rushed through on
its way to Salisbury and Exeter.
10th September 1966 was a warm sunny day.
50 years later,
September the 10th was a gray, wet and miserable day.
Disappointing as the previous and following week were warm and
sunny. Indeed the following Tuesday was recorded as the hottest
September day since 1949.
trains to Basingstoke. In 1966 the motive power was Battle of
Britain no. 34057 'Biggin Hill' whilst in 2016, the standard Desiro
electric unit no. 450-548 pulls away from the station.
Over the 50
years, the trees on the left have developed, there are new office
buildings on the right behind the station but the brick hut (to
the right of the telegraph pole in the top picture) remains and
the former goods yard to the right is now fenced off and is the
station car park.
pictures taken from the footbridge to the east of Farnborough
Merchant Navy no.
35023 with a London bound train and 50 years later, almost to the
minute, a class 444 electric unit does the same journey.
couple of 'down' workings.
In 1966 35014
'Nederland Lloyd' and 50 years on, another Desiro class 450
13 September 2016
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