Grantham based B12 #61574 waiting with a Kings Cross departure from Peterborough North in June 1956. Just over six months after this photo was taken, the engine had been withdrawn and cut up at Stratford Works in London.
A busy scene under Crescent Bridge as Gresley A3 #60112 “St Simon” approaches alongside a waiting southbound departure while a lovely collection of vintage coaching stock is being hauled towards Peterborough East on the far right.
“St Simon” was a New England based locomotive which worked the mainline through to its withdrawal on Boxing Day 1964.
A spectacular derailment in September 1955 on the New England side of Westwood Bridge. Amazingly, the derailment only resulted in injuries rather than fatalities.
Reg Johnson, a BR Fireman at the time recalls, “I was firing a goods train from Melton Mowbray to Peterborough East and we passed by the crash within minutes after it happened on the line to the far left of this picture. The engine in question was the only one of its kind running on British Rail, designated as a “W-1” class No 60700 that had been streamlined in 1937 with a wheel displacement of 4-6-4 and more commonly known as the “Hush Hush” although it was never named and not of the Mallard Type A-4 streaks. As far as I can recall the only casualty of this crash was the signal box boy who was watching it come towards him”.
At 9:45am on Monday 14th August 1922, a runaway Midland and Great Northern Railway locomotive smashed into a brake van standing at the buffers and powered it and its own tender through the lineside house of railway controller Ernest Cole and family, coming to rest in the kitchen.
Ernest’s invalid wife was asleep in the room above the kitchen – see upper right in lower image. She crashed through the floor and landed in the debris below but escaped with cuts and bruises and, not surprisingly, suffering from shock.
Ernest’s ten year old daughter escaped unhurt, as did his 75 year old mother in law who was found pinned in the pantry and in severe shock. Cole himself had just left the bedroom when the crash occurred.
The engine driver and fireman had jumped from the engine just before impact and escaped unhurt.
The location in the images is just south of Crescent Bridge which you can see far right in the top image.
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