|Schools Class in 1961/1962|
Of my surviving early 1960s photos I have a reasonable number of Schools Class 4-4-0s. These were mainly taken with an old Balda folding camera. The photos here mainly come from recent scans of a selection of very old old enprints, (3.5 inch x 5.5 inch) made from those films. Photoshop has helped a lot.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30935 at Tonbridge, believed to be on the 10th June 1961, the last weekend of main line steam in Kent. If this was the 10th June then it is quite likely that the train was the 10.40 Wolverhampton to Ramsgate, due at Tonbridge at 15.39.
Close up of Schools Class 4-4-0 30935 at Tonbridge, believed to be on the 10th June 1961, the last weekend of main line steam in Kent.
This photo of Schools Class 4-4-0 30934 at Tonbridge was certainly on 10th June 1961! In this photo it was coupled to O1 0-6-0 31065. Brother Don, who has kept a wonderful archive of data from those days almost 50 years ago, tells me the two locos arrived on the 16.58 Dover Priory to Tonbridge. With the O1 most likely having joined the Schools Class at Ashford.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30926 approaching East Croydon on what is possibly the 07.35 ex Brighton, (via Oxted at 09.11), in winter 1961/62.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30923 approaching East Croydon on the 07.35 ex Brighton, (via Oxted at 09.11), in December 1961.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30911 at Reigate on 20th April 1962 on the 09.25 Margate to Birkenhead Inter Regional train, due off Redhill at 11.40.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30911 at Reigate on 20th April 1962 on the 09.25 Margate to Birkenhead Inter Regional train, due off Redhill at 11.40. My old bicycle, that I used extensively during the Easter 1962 School, holidays, is in the bottom, near foreground.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30912 just West of Raynes Park on a Basingstoke Local train on 23rd April 1962.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30901 drifting down into Redhill with the 14 coach, 07.40 Birkenhead to Margate train at circa 15.03 on 25th April 1962. Those lovely three cylinder locos were said to be the most powerful 4-4-0s in Europe. And needed to be, to take 14 cars over the steeply graded Redhill- Guildford line.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30901 at Redhill after working in with the 14 coach, 07.40 Birkenhead to Margate train on 25th April 1962.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30911 between Reigate and Betchworth with the 09.25 Margate to Birkenhead train on 25th April 1962.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30901 on the 07.17 Brighton to London Bridge at Hurst Green Junction in April 1962.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30916 aproaching Merstham with the 17.25 from Lodon Bridge on 25th April 1962. An unusally routed train, running from London Bridge to Redhill, then across via Guildford to Reading.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30921 passing New Malden with an up train from Lymington Pier in summer 1962
Schools Class 4-4-0 30906 on the 15.30 Waterloo to Bournemouth train between Pirbight Junction and Milepost 31 on 11th August 1962
Schools Class 4-4-0 30925 on the 17.00 Waterloo to Salisbury train between Pirbight Junction and Milepost 31 on 25th August 1962. The loco was possibly deputising for a Bulleid, and was going well, climbing to the MP 31 summit at a speed estimated to be in the upper 50s. Photo taken from a favourite overbridge that today serves the Pirbight army camp.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30936 on the 15.30 Lymington Pier to Waterloo train between Milepost 31 and Pirbight Junction in 25th August 1962.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30934 on the down milk empties between Pirbight Junction and Milepost 31 on 25th August 1962.
Schools Class 4-4-0 30925 on an the 08.30 Plymouth to Waterloo train on 2nd September 1962. The train had a 94 minute non stop schedule from Salisbury to Waterloo, and was estimated to be travelling at around 75 mph. Photo taken between Milepost 31 and Pirbight Junction
Three of this fine class have survived into preservation. 30926 is seen here on a Mid Hants Railway train approaching Medstead and Four Marks from Ropley on September 21st 2007