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Section 5 - Working Locomotive Gallery

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T--7-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2981 bytes) 7:  7054 at Worcester - 20th September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

Yes its a fuzzy/grainy shot but at least its one for the record.

T-24-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3112 bytes) 24:  7026 and 5209 at Worcester - 8th August 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

The yard behind is still well populated with goods wagons and the foundations of the recently demolished locomotive and wagon works are clearly visible.

T-26-Hymek-at-Abbotswood.jpg (2976 bytes) 26:  7037 at Abbotswood - 11th August 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

Just approaching Abbotswood junction from the south.  Left for Worcester and straight on for Birmingham.  Hymeks invariably branched left for Western metals.

T-29-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3015 bytes) 29:  7077 and 7038 at Worcester - 11th August 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

A grabbed shot before being chased out of the depot.  being inside a triangle of lines always made 85A one of the more difficult depots to "bunk" around.

T-31-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3038 bytes) 31:  7000 at Worcester - 12th August 1972 - Kodak Instamatic
T-36-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3064 bytes) 36:  7022, 1754 and 7023 at Worcester - 30th August 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

The more civilised view from the top of the bank by the Railway Social Club.

T-37-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2558 bytes) 37:  7017 at Worcester - 30th August 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

A key moment - This was the final locomotive I needed to class my Hymeks.

T-39-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3072 bytes) 39:  141 and 7100 at Worcester - 2nd September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic
T-40-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3028 bytes) 40:  7009 at Worcester 3rd September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic
T-42-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3034 bytes) 42:  7028 at Worcester - 6th September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic
T-43-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2626 bytes) 43:  7028 and 5209 at Worcester - 6th September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

A Comer crew bus and a Ford Capri, or is it a Classic?  Railway Walk is visible high on the left.

Update:  Richard Bullock informs me it's a Ford Classic.  Thanks Richard.

T-44-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2433 bytes) 44:  7031, 127 and 136 at Worcester - 9th September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic
T-46-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2853 bytes) 46:  7098 a Worcester - 9th September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

Sorry to disappoint you but Worcester didn't have a secret supply of Castle Class Locomotives as late as 1972.  The tender is for the steam breakdown crane.

T-47-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3050 bytes) 47:  7011 at Worcester - 10th September 1972 - Kodak Instamatic

Jessops Mk 1 storm clouds form the background for this Kodak Instamatic photo

T-56-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3016 bytes) 56:  7001 at Worcester - 17th September 1972

7001 has just passed north through the tunnel at Worcester and is headed to Stourbridge Junction with a lunchtime passenger train.

T-58-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3033 bytes) 58:  7023 and 5209 at Worcester - 18th September 1972

The typical view from Railway Walk - Before the present day security fencing and uncontrolled vegetation growth.

T-60-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2429 bytes) 60:  7009 at Worcester - 18th September 1972

Waiting to go "Off Shed" to take the lunchtime Paddington train.

T-61-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2632 bytes) 61:  51581 and 7009 a Worcester - 18th September 1972
T-62-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3054 bytes) 62:  7029 at Worcester - 18th September 1972

A most unusual viewpoint.  Where the footpath passes beneath the Shrub Hill to Foregate Street line I climbed up the bank to take two photographs.  This one with Shrub Hill Station on the far right hand side .......

T-63-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3035 bytes) 63:  7029 at Worcester - 18th September 1972

....... and this one looking towards Foregate Street with the Hymek just about to pass the lost Rainbow Hill Junction Signal Box.  The sharpness of the curve is not exaggerated at all in the photograph.

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67:  7075 at Norton - 19th September 1972

Coming off the (recently) singled Cotswold Line from Paddington, passing Norton Junction Signal Box ........

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68:  7075 a Norton - 19th September 1972

...... passing beneath the road bridge and regaining the correct running line via the crossover west of the bridge to continue into Worcester.

T-70-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2827 bytes) 70:  1653 and 7016 at Worcester - 25th September 1972

There wasn't always a perfect view of locomotives on the depot.

T-71-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3062 bytes) 71:  7085 at Worcester - 26th September 1972

After crossing Rainbow Hill Junction the line continues over Westbury Street.  If the scene looks familiar it's because it appeared on a 42p commemorative postage stamp - with a Castle Class Locomotive.

T-72-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2878 bytes) 72:  7085 at Worcester - 27th September 1972

There goes another lunchtime Paddington train.  That northbound fitted goods just cleared the scene.   Metal Box is still there, and still rail connected, but the factory chimney didn't last much longer.

T-74-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2792 bytes) 74:  5273, 6201 Princess Elizabeth, 7055 and 7075 on the Lickey Incline 30th September 1972.  At the time I was disappointed with this photograph - but I'm not disappointed now!
T-79-Hymek-at-Worcster.jpg (3010 bytes) 79:  7023 and 7029 at Worcester - 6th October 1972.  Often Hymeks were left ticking over all day long with a strong smell of oily diesel fumes hanging in the air.
T-81-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2449 bytes) 81:  7054 at Worcester - 14th October 1972. 

The same spot as 71.  Looking back 7054 was hanging around Worcester for a while with its original green livery.  7054 was the last Hymek left running in green.

T-83-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2443 bytes) 83:  7029 at Norton - 14th October 1972

Obviously I had been impressed on a recent visit to see Deltics at Grantham.  Hymeks could cope with speed banking, couldn't they?

88-T.jpg (2748 bytes) 88:  7018 at Worcester - 20th October 1972

Lunchtime Worcester - London Paddington departure.  A pretty solid Hymek turn.

89-T.jpg (3034 bytes) 89:  43 and 7054 at Worcester - 20th October 1972

Was someone waiting eagerly for their new Austin 1100 to be delivered?  Are there any of those Morris Marina vans left earning a living?  Who decided beige was fashionable?   Why so many questions?

T-95-Hymek-At-Worcester.jpg (2414 bytes) 95:  7096 and DMU at Worcester - 22nd October 1972

Honest, there's a Hymek buried in there somewhere surrounded by a nice set of weathered wagons.

T-108-Hymek-at-worcester.jpg (3020 bytes) 108:  162, 5209 and 7017 at Worcester - 30th October 1972
T-114-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3024 bytes) 114:  7076 at Worcester - 15th November 1972
T-116-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3052 bytes) 116:  7032 at Worcester - 20th November 1972
T-117-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3072 bytes) 117:  7085 and 167 at Worcester - 20th November 1972
T-126-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3067 bytes) 126:  7074 at Worcester - 29th December 1972
T-127-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3007 bytes) 127:  7029 at Worcester - 29th December 1972

Revenue earning wagons still in evidence at "The Metal Box"

T-130-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3028 bytes) 130:  7023 at Worcester - 14th January 1973

The Hymek has gone - and so has the signal box!

T-131-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3034 bytes) 131:  7023 at Worcester - 14th January 1973

It really was cold and gloomy.  The rising steam off the carriage heating gives the game away.

T-134-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (3021 bytes) 134:  7075 at Worcester - 4th February 1973
T-135-Hymek-at-Worcester.jpg (2697 bytes) 135:  7029 at Worcester - 4th February 1973
T-146.jpg (3058 bytes) 146:  7045 and 7094 in Swindon Works - 8th April 1973
T-149.jpg (3059 bytes) 149:  7052 and 7080 in Swindon Works - 8th April 1973
T-154.jpg (3065 bytes) 154:  7097 at Bristol Bath Road - 8th April 1973
T-156.jpg (3061 bytes) 156:  7076 at Bristol Bath Road - 8th April 1973
T-190.jpg (2851 bytes) 190:  7028 at Worcester - 29th April 1973
T-215.jpg (2983 bytes) 215:  7000 at Worcester - 11th June 1973

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315:  7022 and 1718 at Worcester - 23rd August 1973
T-341.jpg (2389 bytes) 341:  7000 at Old Oak Common - 20th January 1974
T-389.jpg (2970 bytes) 389:  7097, 7054, and 7074 at St Philips Marsh, Bristol - 5th May 1974
T-390.jpg (3055 bytes) 390:  7054, 7074, 7055 and 7068 at St Philips Marsh, Bristol - 5th May 1974
T-391.jpg (3051 bytes) 391:  7096 and 7076 at St Philips Marsh, Bristol - 5th May 1974
T-U1.jpg (3049 bytes) U1:  7001 & Class 37 at Worcester
T-U2.jpg (3146 bytes) U2:  7029 at Worcester
T-U3.jpg (3062 bytes) U3:  7095 at Worcester - June 1972
T-U4.jpg (3056 bytes) U4:  Unidentified Hymek at Worcester - June 1972
T-U5.jpg (3042 bytes) U5:  7032 at Worcester - June 1972
T-U6.jpg (3059 bytes) U6:  Unidentified Hymek at Norton - September 1972
T-U7.jpg (3024 bytes) U7:  7000 at Worcester - May 1973
T-U8.jpg (2875 bytes) U8:  7011 at Worcester - June 1973

And now a few images from the collection of the Late Alan Davies

T-R151.jpg (3068 bytes) R151 - An unidentified Hymek approaches the River Severn Worcester 1971
T-R152.jpg (3052 bytes) R152 - The same unidentified Hymek on the bridge at Worcester 1971
T-R260.jpg (3066 bytes) R260 - D7040 - Many thanks to Chris Rees who has identified the location as Plymouth Laira.
T-R776.jpg (3072 bytes) R776 - D7066
T-R801.jpg (3072 bytes) R801 - D7024 at Bath Green Park
T-R840.jpg (3444 bytes) R840 - D7000 in Swindon Works May 1961 N Browne - Colour Rail
T-R841.jpg (3023 bytes) R841 - D7043 at Bincome 1966.
T-R842.jpg (5333 bytes) R842 - D7053, having just left the Cotswold line, passes Norton Junction Signal Box, near Worcester.
T-R843.jpg (5170 bytes) R843 - Ledbury North End - Note the sand drag in the background off to the right.  The Hymek is about to enter Ledbury tunnel heading west probably on a Paddington - Oxford - Worcester - Hereford service.
T-R844.jpg (3001 bytes) R844 - Possibly the Hereford portion of the Cathedrals Express west of Malvern

UPDATE:  Following information from Mark Abbott, Bournemouth more information has come to light From a 1965 Locospotters Annual:

"D7076 away from Ledbury tunnel with the 6:5 PM Hereford - Paddington 1.6.63" Photograph by M. Mensing

T-R845.jpg (3086 bytes) R845 - D7097 passes through Sydney Gardens, Bath
T-R873.jpg (3069 bytes) R873 - Following information received from Andy Kirkham, Glasgow, this location had been identified as Milford Haven.  Well spotted Andy!
T-R891.jpg (2430 bytes) R891 - Following information from John Williamson, Bristol, more information has come to light.  Published in West Country Branchlines on Page 14.

"A busy Saturday 24th August1963 B-B diesel-hydraulic Hymek D7007 pilots 2-6-2T No 6113 on the climb to Crowcombe with the 4:20 from Minehead to Taunton" Photograph by Peter Gray

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