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I was fireman on top of Halesowen steam loco in Bugle picture

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

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ON page 9 of The Bugle (September 12, 2013 edition) I noticed two photographs of steam locomotives at Halesowen and a letter from Michael A Cox, of 45 Hart Road, Old Harlow, Essex.

I am sorry to say that the information in his letter is incorrect.

The picture was not taken in September 1966, but in May 1966 by Roger Siviter.

Neither is the locomotive in the picture numbered 9630, but is in fact numbered 8718, which worked out from Stourbridge loco depot.

It was in fact the oldest tank locomotive at the depot.

Number 9630 has square cab windows, whereas the loco in the picture has round cab windows, as does number 8718.

Numbers 9630 and 3619 did in fact go to Halesowen in September 1966 on a steam special, but that locomotive is neither of these, because when those two locos went to Halesowen, on that steam special, they remained coupled together.

I am in fact the fireman on the top of loco pulling the chain, and have the original picture, which was kindly sent to me by Mr Siviter.

He did take many pictures at the time, and was once drenched by water seeping from the leather bag which fed water to the loco.

The loco in the other picture is again 8718 and neither 9630 nor 3619. Another picture taken at the same time as the one on the left appears on page 47 of Mr Siviter's book Tempo of Steam.

Phil Male.


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