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Bromsgrove 1964

This was  to be a most significant year, for Bromsgrove shed and wagon works were to close regular steam banking duties were to cease, and British Railways  were to announce their intention to withdraw local passenger services. The early part of the year was fairly uneventful and locomotives noted were the old regulars.

For example during February the 0840 Bristol to Sheffield was noted being  hauled  by :

Saturday 1st February 

45682 'Trafalgar'  

Monday 3rd February
45690 'Leaander'
Friday 6th February 73136

Wednesday 12th February

45690 'Leaander'

Tuesday 18th February

45682 'Trafalgar' 

Friday 21st February

45631 'Tanganyika'

Tuesday 25th February 45608 'Gibraltar'

Special trains  

There  were, however, odd foreigners passing through such as former WD 90284 (from 9G Gorton) on Sunday 26th January and Jubilee 45700  'Amethystr (from 8B  Warrington) on Monday 3rd  February  hauling  the 0735 Nottingham to Bristol. The  'railway' year really  got under way in March; on  the Saturday 14th March the Blue Pullman was used  to  work a Swansea to Villa Park football special via  the Camp Hill line (for a Swansea verses Preston match), while on the Wednesday 18th March 4472 'Flying Scotsman' passed through pulling two coaches and an observation car en-route from Doncaster to Cardiff. The owner, Alan Pegler, was to receive an award for services to tourism in Wales.


More unusual locomotives  

Other interesting  visitors during  the  month  were  Britannia 70012 'John A Gaunt' (1A Willesden) heading  the 0645 Gloucester to Sheffield  on the Thursday 12th March, whilst Grange 6800 'Arlinmgton Grange' was seen on a southbound freight at Kings Norton on the Monday 23rd March, apparently in very poor condition. Friday 3rd April brought  B1 class 61165 (from 41D Canklow) through on the 08.40  Bristol to Sheffield train, while a southbound freight on Monday 27th April was hauled by ex-WD 90617 (from 55E Normanton).


Fawley oil train still  steam hauled  

The heavy Fawley to Bromford  Bridge oil trains were still running, sometimes  steam-hauled On Monday 13th April this train was worked by 92248, banked  by  two pannier tanks and 92230.


First Western hauled train 

At  the  beginning  of May Western Class  D1073 'Western Bulwark’ (which had only been placed new into traffic in December 1963) was noted on the 1755 Gloucester to Birmingham Peak diesel D27 was rostered for this working  but had to be taken off before leaving  as  the driver was not trained on Sulzer engines Instead D1073 took over, working  as  far as Northfield. However, this class of locomotive was  not  passed  to work  into New Street  at  this  time, so all the passengers had to detrain and board the following Swansea to Derby D.M.U. service 40 minutes later, which was specially stopped for them.


Royal train 

A notable  event on Friday 29th May was the  opening of the new Birmingham Bull  Ring shopping centre by HRH The Duke of  Edinburgh, who arrived by the 0740  Bristol to Bradford  train, pulled by Peak D53, which had two former LMS Royal coaches attached at the rear.


Southern Region power on a special train 

Gloucester (Barnwood) Shed, a roundhouse, closed at midnight on Sunday 3rd May, its allocation moving to  Horton  Road. The highlight of June was a railtour on Sunday 14th June from Bristol to Crewe and Derby locomotive works, organised by the Warwickshire Railway Society. It was hauled by Southern Region  Battle of Britain Class 34079 '141 ‘Squadron', a very rare visitor to the Midlands.

 

 

 


Diesels taking over 

At the end of  the month B1 class 61372 (from 41D Canklow) was a temporary resident of Bromsgrove shed (Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June). It is interesting to reflect on the varying types  of locomotives in use during this period; observations at Bromsgrove during June revealed steam and diesel locomotive's being used in equal numbers. Whilst there was still a good variety, Royal Scots and Patriots  were no longer in use, ex-LNER engines (particularly B1’s) were greatly reduced, former GWR engines were regular visitors, and of course regular steam banking was rapidly drawing to a close. A most significant event occurred on Thursday 2nd July  when the first diesel banker, English Electric Type 3 (later  Class 37)  No D6938 arrived for crew training. Full dieselisation of banking duties was planned for Tuesday 1st September. The local paper noted at the time that a test run banking a heavy  petrol  train was conducted quite easily, also that diesels would bring an end to washing day smuts for those living close  to the incline.


Special locomotives 

On Sunday 12th July a special locomotive spotters railtour from Leeds and Sheffield to Cardiff brought A1 class 60114 'WP Allen' through Bromsgrove, the first and last visit of this class of locomotive to the Birmingham to Bristol line. The engine later failed at Worcester on the outward journey due to a bent connecting rod, and remained at Worcester shed for some weeks, attracting visits from all the local spotters. It commenced its journey home light engine on Friday 7th August via the Camp Hill line, and was noted the following day heading the 1141 Birmingham to Newcastle relief. A visitor on a northbound freight  on Wednesday 15th July  was Grange 6837  'Forthampton Grange' (being  noted  again three days later, whilst on  the same day, Brush Type 4 D1733 (in experimental blue livery)  was banked up the Lickey on a freight by 92230, and Britannia 70004 'William Shakespeare '(1A Willesden) was also on a northbound  freight banked by D6938. On Saturday 25th July B1 61394 was recorded leaving Weston Super Mare on the Saturday 1205 to Sheffield.


Locomotives on Summer trains at Barnt Green 

Over the period Thursday 16th April to Saturday 19th September, some fairly comprehensive observation records are available covering a selection of traffic  passing Barnt Green signal box). The variety of  motive power in  use is clearly demonstrated. Barnt Green Thursday 16th April to Saturday 19th September

Thursday 16th April 

5932  'Haydon  Hall', 5984 'Linden Hall, 6800 'Arlington Grange', 6813 'Eastbury Grange', 45562  'Alberta', 45631 'Tanganiyka', 92220   'Evening Star', D53, D55, D1017 'Western Warrior', D1044 'Western Duchess', D1046 'Western Marquis', D1061 'Western Envoy', D5188

Friday 17th April

5979 'Cruckton Hall', 6859 'Yewsley Grange', 45721 'Impregnable', D55, D129, D7570

Monday 20th April

6847 'Tidmarsh Grange', 6878' Longford Grange', 45557 'New Brunswick', 45585 'Hyderabad', 48272, 92000, D5234, D7001

Tuesday 21st April

6995 'Benthall Hall', 45557 'New Brunswick', 45585   'Hyderabad', 45620 'North Borneo', D1057 'Western  Chieftan', D7041

Wednesday 22nd April

6944 'Fledborough Hall', 90203, 90580, D5236

Thursday 23rd April 5939 'Tangley  Hall', 6950 'Kingsthorpe Hall', 45585   'Hyderabad', 45589 'Gwalior', 48145,  90580,  D1026   'Weatern Centurion',  D7015  
Friday 24th April 6984 'Owsden Hall', 45641 'Sandwich',  D165, D1050   'Western Ruler', D7074
Monday 27th April 6935  'Browsholme Hall', 6990 'Witherslack Hall', 45584 'Gwalior', 90330
Wednesday 29th April 6831 'Bearley Grange', 6984 'Owsden Hall', 45573   'Newfoundland', 76047, D5233  
Thursday 30th April 6813 'Eastbury Grange',  6944 'Fledborough Hall', 6987 Shervington Hall', 45670 'Howard of Effingham',45682 'Trafalgar', 73139
Friday 1st May 6813   'Eastbury Grange'', 6855 'Saighton Grange', 7927  'Willinton Hall', 45564 'New South Wales', 45589 'Gwalior', 45653 Barham', 76022, 76052, 90613, D1059 'Western Empire', D1714
Saturday 2nd May 5936 'Oakley Hall', 6918 'Sandon Hall', 44919,          45557 'New Brunswick', 45564 'New South Wales', 73136, 90613, 90617, D1066 'Western Prefect'
Monday 4th May 4929  'Goytrey Hall', 5952 'Cogan Hall', 6933 'Birtles Hall', 6957 'Norcliffe Hall', 45557 'New Brunswick', 45564 'New South Wales', 45682  'Trafalgar', 45697 'Achilles, 45721 'Impregnable', 90617, 92214, 92224, D1728, D7016, D7582
Tuesday 5th May 4929  'Goytrey Hall',  7925 'Westol Hall',  45593  'Kolhapur', 45721 'Impregnable', 48545, 92228,  D49, D1690, D7043
Wednesday 6th May 7903 'Foremarke Hall', 92000, D7013
Friday 8th May 45620 'North Borneo', 92026, 92220 'Evening Star', D7023
Monday 11th May 45590 'Travancore',  90585
Tuesday 12th May 6826  'Nannerth grange', 6932 'Burwarton Hall', 90156, 90292, 92218
Wednesday 13th May 6965 'Thirlestaine Hall',45608 'Gibrealtar', 92226, 92235
Thursday 14th May 6985  'Parwaick Hall', 42799,  45106, 45186
Friday 15th May 6965 'Thirlestane Hall', 45598 'Basutoland', 45641 'Sandwich',  45674  'Duncan', 90365, D7017
Saturday 16th May 6960 'Raveningham Hall', 45626 'Seychelles', 48271
Tuesday 19th May 45626 'Seychelles', 45641 'Sandwich',
Wednesday 20th May 6931 'Aldborough Hall', 6935 'Browsholme Hall', 7903 'Foremarke Hall', 44965, 48734, 92239
Thursday 21st May 6918 'Sandon Hall', 6993 'Arthog Hall', 73091
Friday 22nd May 6878 'Longford Grange', 6936  'Breccles Hall''
Saturday 23rd May 5952  'Cogan Hall', 6935 'Browsholme Hall', 6984 'Owsden Hall', 44666, 48531
Tuesday 26th May 48004
Wednesday 27th May 48728
Thursday 28th May 6987 'Shervington Hall', 48662, 48728, 76047, 90211, 90401
Sunday 1st June 6932 'Burwarton Hall', 48185
Monday 2nd June 6918  'Sandon Hall', 45593 'Kolhapur', 76052, 90348, 92236, D1589
Tuesday 3rd June 6879 'Overton Grange', 6947 'Helmingham Hall', 6950 'Kingstorpe Hall', 42892, 44571, 45144, 45684 'Jutland', 48123, 90188, 90290, 92237, D1736, D7014, D7589
Wednesday 4th June 7927 'Willington Hall', 45564 'New South Wales', 45674  'Duncan'
Thursday 5th June 6813 'Eastbury Grange', 6984 'Owsden Hall', 8403, 45593 'Kolhapur', 90529
Tuesday 9th June 5984  'Linden Hall', 6935 'Brownsholme Hall', 45059, 90599, 92164, D1586, D6736
Wednesday 10th June 6925 'Hackness Hall', 44944, 48248, 90599, 92232
Thursday 11th June 5939 'Tangley Hall',  6945 'Glasfryn Hall', 42828, 45552 'Silver Jubilee', 48184, 48253, 92248, D5227
Friday 12th June 6932  'Burwarton Hall', 45552  'Silver Jubilee', 45597 'Barbados', 45655  'Keith', 48603
Saturday 13th June 6936 'Breccles Hall', 6965 'Thirlestaine Hall', 44873, 45221, 45670 'Howard of Offingham', D1588
Monday 15th June 44170, 48297, 48368, 48694, 73069
Tuesday 16th June 44764, 48303, 48638, 48726
Wednesday 17th June 6985 'Parwick Hall', 7928  'Wolf Hall', 45598 'Basutoland', 48128, 48507, 48746, 90392, 90518, 92209
Thursday 18th June 44776, 61153, 61167, 61315, 92237
Monday 22nd June 6826 'Nannerth Grange', 44381, 44759, 45224, 92070, 92220 'Evening Star', D1593
Tuesday 23rd June 6916 'Misterton Hall', 6931 'Aldborough Hall', 90149
Wednesday 24th June 5984 'Linden Hall', 45721 'Imppregnable', 46522, 48272, 48509
Thursday 25th June 6838 'Goodmoor Grange', 6953 'Leighton Hall', 8405, 48533, 92050, D1586, D7062
Friday 26th June 5984  'Linden Hall', 6984 'Owsden Hall', 48183, 48362, 90139, 90587,92220 'Evening Star
Saturday 27th June 5939 'Tangley Hall', 6957 'Norcliffe Hall', 44381, 45221, 61327, 92248
Monday  29th June 6820 'Kingsstone Grange', 90617
Tuesday 30th June 45674 'Duncan', 48102, 73010, D1591
Wednesday 1st July 5979 'Cruckton Hall', 6984  'Owsden Hall', 7913 'Little Wyrley Hall', 44804, D1598
Thursday 2nd July 5939 'Tangley Hall', 6958 'Oxburgh Hall', 92058
Friday 3rd July 6859 'Yiewsley Grange', 6932 'Burwarton Hall', 6944  Fledborough Hall'
Saturday 4th July 44682, 44691, 44777, 45059, 45641 'Sandwich', 45674 'Duncan', 61315, 73010
Monday 6th July 6859 'Yiewsley Grange', 44226, 48691, 73037, 92070
Tuesday 7th July 6845 'Paviland Grange',6944 'Fledborough Hall',48628, 48655,  D1741
Wednesday 8th July 6845 'Paviland Grange'', 6987 'Shervinghangton Hall', 45598  'Basutoland', 48629, 73012, 90189, D7593
Thursday 9th July 4958 'Priory Hall', 7927 'Willington Hall', 43949, 45464, 45561 'Saskatchewan' 45597 'Barbados', 45598 'Basutoland',48103, 92219, 92243
Friday 10th July 4985  'Allesley Hall', 42957, 44863, 45611 'Hong Kong', 90149, 92164, 92248
Saturday 11th July 45269, 45653 'Barham', 45670 'Howard of Effingham', 45675  'Hardy', 61051, 61153,
Monday 13th July 6826 'Nannerth Grange', 6878 'Longford Grange', 6931  'Aldborough Hall',  6957 'Norcliffe Hall', 8405, 7913 'Little Wyrley Hall', 44045, 48610,48674, 92220 'Evening Star', D1592
Tuesday 14th July 6872 'Crawford Grange', 48629
Wednesday 15th July 6806 'Blackwell Grange', 6859 'Yiewsley Grange', 6917  'Oldlands Hall', 6942  'Eshton Hall, 92215, D1585
Thursday 16th July 6826  'Nannierth Grange', 6917 'Oldlands Hall', 48551
Friday 17th July 3837,3856,8405,48600, 92100, 92213, 92250
Saturday 18th July 6837 'Forthampton Grange', 44775, 45162, 45561  'Saskatchewan', 45598  'Bassutoland', 45602 'British Honduras', 45626 'Seychelles',  45641 Sandwich', 45716 'Swiftsure, 61153, 61370, 92227
Tuesday 21st July 6987 'Shevington Hall, 42970, 92237, 92238
Wednesday 22nd July 6944  'Fledborough Hall', 43207, 45564 'New South Wales', 48698, D1604,
Thursday 23rd July 6854  'Yiewsley Grange', 45564 'New South Wales', 2231, 92248
Friday 24th July D1594
Saturday 25th July 44765, 45608 'Gibraltar', 61315, D1596
Monday 27th July 48339, 48415
Tuesday 28th July 44045, 61327, 90579, 92159, D181
Wednesday 29th July 5936 'Oakley Hall', 45622 'Nyasaland',  48268, 48707, 48722, 92209
Thursday 30th July 6985 'Parwick Hall', 45611 'Hong kong'
Friday 31st July 6984 'Owsden Hall', 6993 'Arthog Hall',  90274
Monday 10th August D1732
Tuesday 11th August 6820 'Kingsstone Grange', D1752
Wednesday 12th August 6936 'Breccles Hall', 48424, 48697, 48741, 92209, 92220  'Evening Star', D1742, D7024
Friday 14th August D5283
Saturday 15th August 45411, 45661 'Vernon', 45697 'Achilles', 73164
Monday 17th August 6830 'Buckenhall Grange', 7805 'Broome Manor', 44912, 45399, 76040, 92226, D171 D1610
Tuesday 18th August 90133, 90557, 90650, 92032, D1611, D5265
Wednesday 19th August 6810 'Blakemere Grange', 48662
Thursday 20th August 48005, 76038, D1751
Friday 21st August 45598  'Basutoland', 61327
Saturday 22nd August 45557  'New Brunswick', 45602 'British Honduras', 45670  'Howard of Effingham', 45675 'Hardy', 61051, 90072
Monday 24th August 6863 'Dolhywell Grange', 45608 'Gibraltar', 48123, 48217, 48651  48671, D7050
Tuesday 25th August 6936 'Breccles Hall',  45608 'Gibraltar' 45721 'Impregnable', 48137, 48190
Wednesday 26th August 9493, 42967, 44898, 45674 'Duncan'
Thursday 27th August 6859 'Yiewsley Grange', 9453, 45641'Sandwich', 90121, 92049, D1613, D5289
Friday 28th August 6987 'Shervington Hall',45060, 45340, 76043
Monday 31st August 7909 'Heveningham Hall', D1608
Tuesday 1st September 6847 'Tidmarsh Grange', 6956 'Mottram Hall', 7826 'Longworth Manor', 43112,  D1614, D1696, D5402
Wednesday 2nd September 4985 'Allesley Hall', 6820 'Kingstone Grange', 6984 'Owsden Hall
Thursday 3rd September D1606
Friday 4th September 44830, 48271, 48750
Saturday 5th September 44910, 44990, D5193, D5230
Wednesday 9th September 6858 'Woolstow Grange', 6995  'Benthall Hall', 45626  'Seychelles', 61250 'A  Harold Biddy', 92046, D1615
Thursady 10th September 45611 'Hong Kong', 45675 'Hardy', 90695, 92204
Friday 11th September 6858   'Woolstow Grange', 45611 'Hong Kong', 45670 'Howard of Effingham',45697  'Achilles', 48000, 48613, 48662, 75062, 92049
Monday 14th September 8403,48128, 48517, 48704, 90540, D7594
Tuesday 15th September 48284, 73091, 90085
Wednesday 16th September 48198, 70014 'Iron Duke'
Thursday 17th September 2859, 6403, 43241, 70014 'Iron Duke', D1584
Saturday 19th September 6842  'Nunhold Grange', 44214, 92150

The regular appearances of the 76xxx locomotives at Barnt Green were mainly on Redditch branch services.  Also the  appearances  of  Bromsgrove  bankers 8403/8405/9453/9393 at  Barnt  Green, were presumably  on  the  daily  freight  working  to Washwood  Heath  yard to move wagons to and from the Bromsgrove wagon repair works.


Locomotives on trains in June at Bromsgrove 

A  similar  list  covering  the  period Monday 8th to Thursday 18th June at Bromsgrove follow:

 

Monday 8th June 

4124, 6935  'Browsholme Hall', 7922 'Salford Hall', 43958, 44527, 45186, 45221, 45598 'Basutoland', 45620 'North Borneo', 73021 92004, 92028, 92089, 92139, 92232, 92248, D14, D19, D21, D27, D32,  D38, D40, D41 D42, D97, D123, D155, D1588, D7011, D7589

Tuesday 9th June 6925 'Hackness Hall', 6984 'Owsden Hall',  44775, 44841, 44989, 48009, 70001 'Lord Hurcombe, 73003, 73031, 73092, 90187 90529, 92028, 92150, 92151, D19,  D21, D22, D30, D34, D35, D40, D150, D161, D1726, D5198 '
Wednesday 10th June 5939 'Tangley Hall', 5984 'Linden Hall', 6169, 42707, 44663,44775, 45263, 48053, 48157, 73003, 73021,92054, 92089, 92118, 92151, 92244, D19,  D22, D30, D31, D33, D39, D115, D136, D141, D1590, D1691, D7050, D7077, D7588

Thursday 11th June

6169, 6813 'Eastbury Grange', 6932 'Burwarton Hall', 42827, 44989, 48111, 73031, 73092,  92137, D22, D30, D31, D33, D39, D97, D119,  D162, D1590, D5191

Friday 12th June

6169, 6965 ''Thirestaine Hall', 44137, 44691, 44775, 44810, 44856, 44989, 45447, 45670 'Howard of Effingham', 45721 'Impregnable' 48669, 73021, 92122, 92139, 92244, D14, D19, D22, D31, D33, D35, D37, D39, D93, D150, D158, D1590, D5186, D7007

Saturday 13th June

6935 'Browsholme Hall', 44170, 44691, 45221,45263, 45398, 48763, 92137, D22, D24, D39, D40, D71, D101, D150, D1588

Monday 15th June

4918 'Sandon Hall', 45102, 45106, 48669, D14, D36, D40, D49, D51, D77, D112, D149, D1728

Tuesday 16th June

4113, 6965 'Thirlestaine Hall', 42904, 44137, 44776, 44856, 44965, 45006, 45263, 45557 'New Brunswick', 48095, 48339, 48368, 48443, 48651, 70015 'Apollo', 73143, D15, D23, D24, D35, D40, D140, D1691, D7007, D7020, D7589

Wednesday 17th June

6965 'Thirlestine Hall', 44810, 44944, 45273, 45631 Tanganyka' 73019, 73164, 92245, D15, D16, D20, D40, D113, D1590, D1718, D5198, D7018

Thursady 18th June

6155, 7920 'Coney Hall',  7928 'Wolf Hall', 44944, 44981, 45273, 45280, 45447, 45557 'New Brunswick', 48609, 73019, 76047,90392, 92136, 92232, D16, D21, D26, D30, D31, D35, D37, D40, D67, D93, D120, D123, D140, D1590, D1697, D5200, D523,2  D5236, D7007, D7020

The  appearance of ex-GWR 2-6-2T locomotive's  4113, 4124, 6155 6159 at  Bromsgrove after working down to  Stoke Works on trip freights from Worcester.


Plans to close all local stations 

The local newspaper also carried reports of a recommendation by the Birmingham Division of British Rail that local passenger services, which were costing £750,000 per annum, should be terminated. In subsequent weeks there were local protests (a meeting was held in Bromsgrove on Friday 4th September), with Bromsgrove Urban District Council adding its voice to the cries of concern. Despite all this BR were eventually issued a public notice under Section 56(7) of the 1962 Transport Act to withdraw passenger services from Bromsgrove, Blackwell, Barnt Green and other stations from Monday 4th January 1965 on Friday 2nd October.


Closure of the wagon works and shed 

The remainder of the year was dominated by the closure of both Bromsgrove Shed and Wagon Works. The works had been established over 120 years  earlier, primarily as a wagon repair centre, although one locomotive was  built there in 1845, an 0-6-0ST called 'Great Britain'  specifically for banking  purposes. The works (occupying 161 acres) had over the years been the single greatest employer in the area, but from a peak of 400 to 500 men in its heyday it had fallen to a little over 200 men in 1962, and only 67 in June 1964. These remaining employees were given notice of redundancy through July onwards, the final closure being Friday 2nd October. Under the direction of the acting works manager, Mr J McDonald, the last equipment, a wheel-turning lathe, was removed in September for scrap. The works which had handled up to 200 wagons per day at its peak became silent, and the elements allowed to take their toll. The dilapidated buildings stood unused for the next 17 years until demolished in 1981. Bromsgrove shed was officially closed on 1st September and its allocation of steam banking locomotives withdrawn or transformed. The largest banker at this time was 9F 2-10-0 92230 which had arrived in January 1964 as a replacement for the faulty 92223. This latter engine was stored at the back of Bromsgrove shed through the first half of the year due to scoring of its cylinders which had led to withdrawal in February, although she was eventually repaired at Swindon Works and reinstated to traffic elsewhere. Returning to 92230, she stayed right through 1964 until her transfer to 86B Newport Ebbw Junction in August, just before the closure of Bromsgrove shed. 

94xx pannier tank bankers at Bromsgrove when the shed closed

The other steam bankers at the time of closure were at Bromsgrove

Locomotive Number

Date of arrival and fate   

8400 November 1956 until September 1964 when it was withdrawn
8401 December 1956 until September 1964  when it was withdrawn

8402

July 1956 until September September 1964 Transfer 85B  Gloucester 

8403

December  1956 until September September 1964 transfer 85B  Gloucester

8405

November 1956 until September September 1964 withdrawn

8409 May  1961 until September August 1964 withdrawn
8418 July 1963 until September August 1964 withdrawn
9430 July  1961 until September September 1964 transfer 88B Cardiff  East  Dock
9453 April  1964 until September August 1964 transfer85B  Gloucester 
9493 July  1961 until September September 1964 withdrawn

End of Jinty locomotives at Bromsgrove

It is worth noting that 1964 also saw the final workings of the Jinty      0-6-0 tanks at Bromsgrove, which for so long had reigned supreme as banking engines. The final two 47276 and 47308 were transferred away in March to 82F Bath Green Park. 47276 ended her days as a film star. The locomotive was  cosmetically changed and renumbered to 727 for its starring role in the film 'The Wrong Box' part of which was filmed at Bath Green Park in September 1965.

 


Problems with diesel bankers

Towards the end of 1964 one of  the regular diesel bankers was away for repair and was replaced temporarily by D6922 which apparently proceeded to  disgrace itself  by over running and demolishing the buffer stops on the banking  spur. On Saturday 12th September the bankers were D6922/D6938/D6939. In steam in the shed yard were 8405 and 9430. The only steam locomotive seen in 4 hours observation was Saltley's 44856 on a down local. By Saturday 7th November the only bankers present were diesels D6938/40/43.


End of an era

The shed buildings also survived until 1981 being demolished at the same time as  the wagon works  buildings. Although steam banking still occasionally took place  late  into 1965, and  steam workings could be seen through Bromsgrove even beyond  that, September 1964 was really the death knell for steam on the Lickey.