1969 and all that (Part 1)
It is one of my few regrets that I am not quite old enough to re- member BR steam in service. Dad took me to see the ‘Wansbeck Piper’ with Ivatt Moguls 43000 & 43063 but unfortunately I have no recollection of it at all. One of my earliest memories of rail- ways is of falling down the subway stairs at Horsted Keynes be- fore riding in the LNWR observation coach behind ‘Fenchurch’ on the Bluebell Railway in the summer of 1969. I’ve had a liking for Brighton’s Terriers ever since. I was five years old at the time and we were on holiday in a hotel near Paddington, where Dad took me to see the exotic Blue Pullmans and diesel-hydraulics.
Other early memories include seeing industrial saddle tanks crossing the bridge at Backworth Station and down at Whitehill Point, where Dad and I went regularly to see the Scandinavian ships such as Bergen Line ‘Leda’, and Fred Olsen’s ‘Blenheim’
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4472 and me at Newcastle about 1969