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Steam at Stourbridge Junction shed

By dan shaw  |  Posted: February 16, 2012

Stourbridge Junction engine shed, April 1962

Stourbridge Junction engine shed, April 1962

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WE have another photograph taken at Stourbridge Junction but this one comes from the collection of Raymond Franks of Stourport-on-Severn.

The picture was taken in the engine shed (BR code 84F) in April 1962, in the final years of steam. Raymond says that he “bunked”, ie went around the engine shed without permission, many times.

In the picture we can see front views of three Swindon-built GWR 0-6-0 pannier tank engines. No. 3745, a 57xx Class, entered service October 1937 and was withdrawn December 1964. No. 7432, a 74xx Class, went into service August 1948 and was withdrawn September 1964. No. 4696, another 57xx Class, went into service February 1945 and was withdrawn November 1966.

Second from left is the ex-War Department WD/8 “Austerity” Class 2-8-0, No. 90148. This locomotive was built by the North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow, entering service in June 1943, and it likely saw use in mainland Europe with the British Army.

After the war it was sold to the LNER and was withdrawn from service with British Rail in March 1966.

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  • Black Country Bugle User  |  October 07 2012, 7:24PM

    I to was an engine cleaner under Tommy Kitson in 1961 then move to fireman with Drivers Bomber Knowles also Ciril Jones,good years.Sorry Beacham closed it all down

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  • Black Country Bugle User  |  February 17 2012, 8:52AM

    1962 I am so proud to have been part of those last years of steam.Les.Tommy Kitson was foreman cleaner,Ronny Weaver ash/firedropper,alex coaled the engines,we helped sometimes for overtime.Arthur stoked the stationary engine which ran the belt driven workshop,in which Les Tombs made scale Engine models out of scrap which took him years,all the scrap was asked for,and given permission to use,not taken.I am so proud to have been part of the last days of Steam at Stourbridge,the stories are endless,the memories like only yesterday.

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  • Black Country Bugle User  |  February 17 2012, 8:51AM

    1962 I am so proud to have been part of those last years of steam.Les.Tommy Kitson was foreman cleaner,Ronny Weaver ash/firedropper,alex coaled the engines,we helped sometimes for overtime.Arthur stoked the stationary engine which ran the belt driven workshop,in which Les Tombs made scale Engine models out of scrap which took him years,all the scrap was asked for,and given permission to use,not taken.I am so proud to have been part of the last days of Steam at Stourbridge,the stories are endless,the memories like only yesterday.

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  • Black Country Bugle User  |  February 17 2012, 8:41AM

    Wish i could locate more of these fab pics and write ups.1962 was the year i started as a engine cleaner at Stourbridge sheds before becoming a fireman.I have a photo of me atop ,tanky 4646 taking water at Halesowen,1964.Les.

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