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46243 CITY OF LANCASTER awaits it's fate with the gas axe man at Ince Central Wagon Works 05.01.65

Comment by: Jarvo on 23rd February 2016 at 23:42

I remember this. Must have been winter, 1965. We'd heard a Semi was in the Branch on the scrap line. We caught the bus to Spring View and there she was: nameplates long gone; and she still had a faint red livery. We 'copped' her because the new Ian Allan wasn't due till summer. I remember that it was very cold and icy, but there was a clear blue late afternoon sky. The sad death of a fine lady that once ran the Euston to Glasgow and was now in the Wagon Works cemetery. A premature end for such elegant power...

Comment by: Albert. on 24th February 2016 at 12:58

Seems akin to the destruction of living creature, having known the once majestic appearance of such engineered giants.

Comment by: baker on 24th February 2016 at 12:59

jarvo fantastic machines,i was lucky to spot in the fifties.
unaided and sometimes with as many as seventeen coaches these machines blasted thro north western northbound to Carlisle and beyond.
I nearly had a tear in my eye when I saw her in that line.
you would never have seen a class 40 diesel with 12 never mind 17 on that could comfortably get over shap at any time
of the year.all loads afterwards on the mid scot and Caledonian expresses where immediately reduced when drivers worries got to BR HQ.that info came from a driver at the branch who was there from the late 1930's till mid 1980's.

Comment by: Thomas on 24th February 2016 at 13:43

Ah the Golden Age of dirt and grime thank god these monstrosities of filth were chopped.

Comment by: Den s on 24th February 2016 at 14:17

Thomas, a bit of dirt and grime won't kill you.

Comment by: Garry on 24th February 2016 at 15:48

So it was ok when you used them was it, Thomas!!!

Comment by: Stan on 24th February 2016 at 18:26

If only Dai Woodham had owned Central Wagon Works.................!

Comment by: Cliff on 24th February 2016 at 18:40

Thomas? That would be a great name for a Tank Engine!

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 25th February 2016 at 00:43

There's a similar Engine the Duchess of Sutherland 6233 by Jim Latham, Item number 4106.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 25th February 2016 at 09:52

Dai Woodham is remembered by many steam enthusiasts by saving over 200 steam engines from the gas axe by scrapping all the rolling stock first...a cleaver man.

Comment by: Jarvo on 25th February 2016 at 10:27

Colin: Dai was a gentle soul. A cleaver? No way! Lol...

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 25th February 2016 at 13:50

I should have meant CLEVER.

Comment by: Bill Kenyon on 9th March 2016 at 20:22

Saw everyone of the semis and this was the very last one I copped roaring through North Western. A sight as clear in my mind today even though its close on 60 years ago. Thank goodness 3 were preserved.

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