Inspiration: The beginning of the end of steam

There are many reasons why people model certain eras or places, but one reason has to be to recreate something that no longer exists. The transitional period at the end of BR steam in the late Sixties offers plenty of potential. Brian Sharpe marks the end of steam on the Eastern Region.

The Eastern and North Eastern regions had merged in 1966 and while steam ended in the North East on September 9, 1967, a handful of West Riding sheds retained a steam allocation into October. Holbeck still had Jubilees Nos. 45562 Alberta and 45593 Kolhapur on its books as well as a few ‘Black Fives’ of which No. 45428 emerged as something of a star, leading to its purchase for preservation on withdrawal, along with Kolhapur.

Having earlier been refurbished and repainted for Royal Train duties, immaculate Holbeck-based LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 45428 (now preserved) stands in the long-closed terminus of Bradford Exchange with the penultimate steam train on the Eastern Region, the 2.20pm to Leeds (conveying through carriages to King’s Cross) on October 1, 1967. DAVE RODGERS

A number of Fairburn 4MT 2-6-4Ts remained active up to the end of September, their duties including the short Bradford portions of King’s Cross to Leeds and Bradford Expresses, including even the ‘Yorkshire Pullman’.

Bradford’s former L&Y shed at Low Moor found itself with the last three LNER B1 4-6-0s in BR service: Nos. 61030 Nyala, 61306 and 61337, and the No. 61306 was given the honour of hauling the last steam-hauled Pullman on September 30.

No. 61306 was also fortunate enough to be purchased for preservation and was moved to Carnforth along with two of the Fairburn tanks, Nos. 42073 and 42085; the tanks being destined for the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

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