Polyrus

Polyrus

Posted on 02/04/2016


Photo taken on May  7, 1967



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34023 'Blackmore Vale' at Corfe Castle

34023 'Blackmore Vale' at Corfe Castle
...the now preserved 'Blackmore Vale' without nameplates and with the first of two trips into Swanage that day with the LCGB's Dorset Coast Express. (exactly two months before the end of steam on British Railway's Southern Region.)

Roobit, TKJ1966, Christina Sonnenschein, Phil Sutters and 8 other people have particularly liked this photo


17 comments - The latest ones
Loose_Grip
Loose_Grip
I bet no-one on board in 1967 would have believed that this (and more) could be repeated 50 years later!
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Loose_Grip
I for one never expected steam would be running again in the future. I thought Mallard and a few others would be interred in a museum somewhere and that 60019 and 60103 would get a few more runs and that would be it.
21 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Just look at those wheels !!
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Pam J
Even today I find those wheels very odd. They are Bulleid Firth Brown (BFB) disc wheels which were cast individually as a single disc and designed for Bulleid locos on the Southern in the 1930s.
21 months ago.
Pam J has replied to Polyrus
I come from Golden Arrow country !!
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Pam J
Unfortunately I never got to see a steam hauled Golden Arrow in BR days and by the time I did make frequent visits to London, steam had been replaced by mundane electric units.
However, twice I got to see heritage re-runs of that steam hauled service out of Victoria in 1995 and 2005
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Pam J has replied to Polyrus
I remember as a child when we used to go down to the farm... Dad used to try and be at the Level Crossing near Wateringbury (or maybe Yalding) at a certain time so we could see the Golden Arrow come through. I also sadly remember when the "horrids" replaced her.
21 months ago.
Phil Sutters has replied to Polyrus
If you want a close-up try: www.ipernity.com/doc/philsutters/26200419
Seeing photos of the last days of steam is really nostalgic, somehow all the character went out of railways.
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Phil Sutters
I totally agree with your comments about the railways, Phil. Today's trains look very little different to trams.
21 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
beautiful composition.
Congrats on Explore.
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Thank you for your kind comment and the news, Jaap.
21 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A great scan of this marvellous shot of 'steam', Neil.
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to tiabunna
Thank you, George.
I would not be surprised to see the loco revisit this line in the future. However, it won't be for a few years as it is currently awaiting an expensive major overhaul.
21 months ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Do I see a guy who knees on the railway track? Incredible. ;)
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Tacheles
'Health & Safety' had not been invented in those days, Norbert ;-)
21 months ago.
Martin Humphreys
Martin Humphreys
Nice one ... well taken.
21 months ago.
Polyrus has replied to Martin Humphreys
Thanks for your visit, Martin.
21 months ago.