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May 10, 2019 by Grantham Matters 4 Comments
This is in the down side goods yard of Grantham station. In the background is the coaling plant and the water softener in the loco. depot. Must be early 1960s. going by the BR logo on the side of the engine’s tender. The engine being one of Granthams many O2 class heavy goods engines, used on goods and particularly the iron ore traffic mined south of Grantham in the Stainby (and beyond) area, and transporting it to the iron and steel works at Frodingham / Scunthorpe.
I was a fireman at Grantham, and spent a lot of my time on these engines. Happy days !
The Thinker says
Coal hoppers just up always from where they eventually built the Reads canning factory
Great photo’ I bet @ Vinegar says’ has some great stories! to tell!
What a great photo. The locomotive, No. 63933, look as if it had been recently overhauled at Doncaster Works because its paintwork is so clean – those heavy freight engines were seldom, if ever, kept so clean at the sheds between repaints. For this engine that would make the date of the photo early in either 1958 or 1961.
There’s a list and some more photos of these O2 engines at Grantham Loco here:
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