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Whigham, glistening like new with a white cab roof and displaying the mandatory four-lamp headcode, heading north at Naburn just south of York; however just in case of any breakdowns, Class A1 No 60143 Sir Walter Scott (inset) is not far behind on standby duties.Following the reception held at Hovingham the Class A4 was required to work the Royal train from Malton back to London.After waiting for what seemed an age he was finally discovered by a porter, who, much to Brian's disappointment escorted him to the Station Master's Office to be reunited with his distraught mum, whereas the blasé Brian was having much more fun watching trains!The stately procession of Gresley and Peppercorn Pacifics at the London terminal became the catalyst for Brian's lifelong passion for, and involvement with, steam locomotives.
(Above) During steam days, four trains ran in each direction daily on the Harrogate-Pateley Bridge service, with additional trains on Saturday.
However he has found little information on the Internet beyond the track plan from the old OS maps (1922 copy below) and a small number of photographs.
This has left him with large gaps in the overall picture, such as close-up pictures of the signal box, an NER gantry type similar to those which survive at Wylam and Hexham, but which seemingly burnt down in the early 60's.
On January 1st 1948, the former 'Big Four' railway companies: London North Eastern Railway (LNER); London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR); Great Western Railway (GWR) and Southern Railway (SR) were amalgamated to form the new British Railways.
A total of 20,211 steam locomotives were taken into State ownership consisting of: 1,838 from the SR, 3,856 from the GWR, 6,525 from the LNER, and 7,805 from the LMSR.