David A Flitcroft
Early in the New Year a former WD 2-8-0 climbs towards Rochdale with a mixed freight passing a lock on the then disused Rochdale canal.
Back on the Midland main line at Barrow upon Soar passenger trains were diesel hauled. Express trains by1 Co-Co 1 type 4 'Peaks' (class 45).These units were increasingly appearing on freight workings as were type 2 Bo-Bos (class 25). Local passenger workings were provided by dmus. Steam was still active on freight, notably 9F 2-10-0s, 8F 2-8-0s and 5MT 4-6-0s. Other types appeared from time to time. The pictures below were taken on a number of visits early in the year.
45134 heads south with a mixed freight. Barrow on Soar station can just be made out beyond the footbridge.
A class 45 heads south by the River Soar with a van train.
A pair of class 25s in the 75XX series heads north with a long train of coal empties.
BRC&W type '2' No 5328 heads North with a train for Nottingham.
45209 heads a light train of vans by the river Soar. The dinghy on the river may have belonged to college as sailing and canoeing courses took place on the river at this point. A ducking in the river sometimes involved a trip to the local hospital as the Soar at this time was somewhat polluted after it's passage through Leicester to the south.
8F 48063 heads south with a coal train.
8F 48729 heads south on the up main with a coal train.
From it's appearance the loco had very recently been through works.
A '45' hauled express heads north by the Grand Union Canal which has just diverged from the river Soar.
9F 92058 crosses the Soar with a northbound iron ore train. This location is about a mile north of Barrow upon Soar.
9F 92055 heading south with a coal train.
The Manchester Central to St. Pancras Midland Pullman heading South by the Soar.
The northbound Midland Pullman by the weir which marks the point of departure of the Grand Union Canal.
9F 92076 with a northbound iron ore train
8F 48698 approaching Barrow station southbound with what look like agricultural machines.
A pair of D75XX type 2s at the same location. They didn't tend to stay this clean for long.
9F 92205 with northbound iron ore. Taken from the footbridge by Barrow station. This footbridge and the one in the distance provided good vantage points for photography. For some reason I don't have any shots from either looking south.
1C85 with a split headcode box '45' in front heads south near Mountsorrel. A public footpath crossed the line at this point by the quarry sidings
From the other side of the line at the same location as the previous shot, 9F 92051 heads a northbound ore train of modern hoppers.
8F 48685 with northbound coal empties.
9F 92160 with northbound ore.
I didn't see many of these on this line. B1 4-6-0 61109 heads south on the main line with iron ore empties.
A clean '45' heads south with a mixed freight including motor lorries.
And as the last image a very grubby '45' (which, if I remember correctly, was the usual state of affairs) heads north with a train of vans.
Returning from the summer holidays I was placed in 'digs' with Mr & Mrs Lockwood on Hall Croft, Shepshed and spent two happy years there, along with five others. We were treated their exceptionally well. The only down side was that I was miles away from the railway. So no more railway shots were taken until the following year when I took my bike down.
I was 21 years old in the November of 1964 and pooled money recieved as birthday and Christmas presents to buy a new Edixa Prismat single lens reflex from Lawton Miller's camera shop at Rhodes Bank in Oldham.It came with a 50mm standard lens and had a 42mm screw thread mount which allowed interchangeable lenses. The camera cost £55.19.6 on 28th December 1964. I still have the receipt and he camera, which still gets an odd outing for old times sake.