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(Below) Fast-forward a few years and the headboard is missing on 'Peak' class No D147 (later 46010) heading the 1S68 northbound 'Thames-Clyde' through Newlay Cutting in August 1965.

Most spotters have a love of the great outdoors and the solitude in the cutting was as close as I could get to nature.

In between the stately passage of trains (steam still carried considerable clout in those days) the peace and tranquility was a rural idyll that few railway photographers knew about and so I claimed it as my own.

I managed to save 30 slides mounted in glass slide holders, but the remainder had been stored in unprotected card mounts and contained no celluloid whatsoever. Okay, perhaps my naïve interpretation of train workings and misspelling of Calverley were careless, but one of the biggest surprises are the different filters and 35mm films I experimented with - Ilford FP3, Kodak Panotamic X, Kodak Plus X Pan and Adox KB17. Well, the digital age has changed everything; it makes photography so much simpler nowadays but we can't afford to be blasé; it only takes a nano-second for a computer to crash and I'd hate you to go through the anguish of losing your own prized photos.

(Above-Below) In an effort to conserve energy, an experimental variation of the Class 9F 2-10-0s appeared on the London Midland Region when ten locomotives, Nos 92020-92029, were built incorporating the Italian Franco-Crosti double boiler.

(Below) In the opposite direction No 48084 trundles by with a rake of coal empties.

With hindsight I must have cut a rather reclusive, enigmatic figure to the indigenous wildlife in the cutting; I'd sit there for hours on end beneath the overhanging trees, spending most of the day shaded from the sunlight shimmering throughthe canopy of leaves.

The design was aimed at increasing thermal efficiency by re-using the firebox gases and redirecting them through a second drum beneath the boiler to pre-heat the water feed.