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Springs Branch


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Item #: 34862

Comment by: Ray on 12th February 2024 at 09:00

This Royal Scot class locomotive, 46168, was " The Girl Guide ".

Comment by: John Brown on 12th February 2024 at 09:44

Lovely. Needs a clean though.e

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th February 2024 at 12:15

I loved to mooch around Springs Branch in the day's of steam, none of the train drivers objected and used to let us climb aboard.

Comment by: Owd Viewer on 12th February 2024 at 14:34

In the 1950-60s my bedroom window over looked Springs Branch Sheds and the turntable, We was always in the Sheds ,The train drivers let us on the trains when they was leaving the Sheds Dose any body remember the hot house were they kept the sand?.

Comment by: Edna on 12th February 2024 at 23:04

One of the train drivers in 1964 would be my brother in law. Bill Bootle. He drove the Royal Train twice, when he worked on the railway.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 13th February 2024 at 04:47

I knew Bill very well he was a BIG Latics fan. We met him and his wife when we were on holiday in Fuengirola We knocked about together for the week.

Comment by: Pw on 13th February 2024 at 15:20

I did not go to Springs Branch very often but one day a driver let us go into the cab and took us for a short ride.It was a “namer” something like St.Dunstable but I could be wrong.I later went on to work for BREL.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 13th February 2024 at 17:29

Does anybody remember Harry Cherrington?

Comment by: John on 13th February 2024 at 20:08

Pw, could it have been St Dunstans you rode on? ( no. 45501 Patriot class)

Comment by: Pw on 13th February 2024 at 21:12

John,I googled St Dunstans 45501 and there is photo of it at Springs branch taken in 1961 which would be about the time I am on about so I think it must have been this engine.Many thanks.

Comment by: Edna on 14th February 2024 at 07:51

I can't believe you met Bill and Joan on holiday Ron. Small world isn't it? Bill passed away a few years ago. He was a lovely person.

Comment by: Tom on 14th February 2024 at 22:00

owd viewer, I remember the hot house from when I worked there around 1964 we used to go up there in winter to chat to the old labourer , Bert Grimes he's also on this site . work / railways page 1

Comment by: Tom on 15th February 2024 at 11:06

Edna, Ron, I remember Bill from when I worked at Springs Branch MPD he played on the football team with a pal of mine Bill Rigby (rip) there are photos on this site, album/ work/ railways/page 10.

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