Mind …… BLOWN!!!
Sometimes, just sometimes we encounter a memory which we didn’t know we had!!! Usually the memory can be triggered by some artefact, a family heirloom perhaps ….. or more usually a photograph never before seen. And it needn’t be a very good photograph. Whilst sorting through envelopes and boxes of old slides and negatives I came across a strip of 5 negatives. 4 of them I instantly recognised as being taken on a Dalescroft Railfans Club meet at Crewe in 1967. There were 4 good shots in the Works … 9F 92220 Evening Star and EM1 26022 in the Paint Shop and MetroVick D5705 and D2200/D206/D1614 in the Works Yard. But the 5th, at the start of the strip was a total washout with a faintly visible smokebox door. In those days my dad would get the film developed and printed at a local photographers and those which were printable got printed. The photographer had obviously thought this negative was unprintable and so it was never printed. However I came across this again the other day and scanned it. I couldn’t really think what I might be looking at. Pushing it through some really severe processing the image became clearer. A large steam locomotive in Crewe South Depot (5B) which we had visited before the Works. The loco had obviously undergone an element of butchery in having the cylinders removed. THIS WAS “THE DUKE”, 71000 Duke of Gloucester. The cylinders had been removed in Crewe Works and the remains were en route for South Wales and oblivion at the hands of Cashmore’s. However, there was a twist and by chance while she was in Cashmore’s Yard, Newport it was noticed that the destination label read “Woodhams, Barry” …. and the rest as they say is history.
For all these years I had thought that my first sighting of the DoG was at Woodhams in March 1968 (another Dalescroft trip over a weekend with a B&B in a cold, wet and miserable Neath) when in fact we had first met in a gloomy Crewe South shed some 7 months earlier. Had she succumbed in Cashmore’s, I may never have known that I had even seen her.
If any of you remember Dalescroft Railfans Club, I think the gent in the trilby on the right may have been “Mr Dalescroft” himself ….. D.W Fickes of Bradford.
Crewe South MPD 16 August 1967
670816 Crewe South 71000
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