For today's post (11th September 2010) I am delighted that Jeff Nicholls has sent in a piece of local nostalgia; a reminder of yesteryear - 1980 to be precise. The 'Rocket 150' celebrations, commemorating the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, attracted a gathering of locomotives to Rainhill and other stations along the line. The locos were housed at Bold Colliery for the duration of the celebrations.Jeff's two pics show three locos from the National Collection which took part and were photographed as they passed through 'our patch'. In the first, Richard Deeley's Midland Compound 4-4-0, No.1000, is shown towed by class 47, 47522, through Parkside on 17th May 1980. In the second, two of Sir Nigel Gresley's finest, LNER class 'V2', 2-6-2, No. 4771 Green Arrow, and LNER class 'A3' (previously 'A1'), 4-6-2, No. 4472 Flying Scotsman, are pictured at Earlestown on 20th May 1980.
If anyone else has nostagic material like this please send it in.