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LNER/BR Class A4 4-6-2 No. 60012 at Carlisle Canal Shed circa 1961
LNER/BR Gresley Class A4 Pacific 4-6-2 No. 60012 'Commonwealth of Australia' at Carlisle Canal Shed circa 1961. Built and released from Doncaster works on 22nd June 1937, it was withdrawn from 61B Aberdeen Ferryhill shed on 28th August 1964. It was cut up by Motherwell Machinery & Scrap, Inslow Works, Wishaw in March 1965.
The Class A4 is a class of streamlined 4-6-2 steam locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley for the London and North Eastern Railway in 1935. Their streamlined design gave them high-speed capability as well as making them instantly recognisable, and one of the class, 4468 Mallard, holds the world record as the fastest steam locomotive. Thirty-five of the class were built to haul express passenger trains on the East Coast Main Line route from London Kings Cross via York and Newcastle to Edinburgh, Scotland. They remained in service on the East Coast mainline until the early 1960s when they were replaced by Deltic diesel locomotives. Several A4s, including this one, saw out their remaining days until 1966 in Scotland, particularly on the Aberdeen - Glasgow express trains, for which they were used to improve the timing from 3.5 to 3 hours.
The class was also noted for its streamlined design, which not only improved its aerodynamics, thus increasing its speed capabilities, but also created an updraught to lift smoke away from the driver's vision, a problem inherent in many steam locomotives particularly those operated with short cut off valve events, smoke deflectors being an alternative answer to the same problem. The distinctive design made it a particularly attractive subject for artists, photographers and film-makers. The A4 Class locomotives were known affectionately by train spotters as 'streaks'.
Six of the locomotives have been preserved; four of them are in the U.K and have run on the BR main lines at some point during their preservation career. Another two have been preserved in the U.S.A and Canada, rather appropriately due to their names. Both North American-based A4s were moved to the National Railway Museum, York, in late 2012 on loans as part of the NRM's 2013 celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Mallard breaking the world speed record for steam.
This was one of my first railway photos taken with a Kodak Box Camera, which had a fixed shutter speed and apparture setting. Because of the inability to adjust focus, the small lens aperture and the low sensitivity of the sensitive materials available, the cameras worked best in brightly lit daylit scenes when the subject is within the hyperfocal distance for the lens and of subjects that move little during the exposure - snapshots. You pointed the camera at the subject, pressed the shutter button and hoped for the best!
A trainspotter is looking out of the cab window wearing a pullover and shirt.Date Photo Taken
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Steam Loco Information for LNER/BR Class A4 4-6-2 No. 60012 at Carlisle Canal Shed circa 1961 - Low Resolution Image
Steam Loco Class Information for LNER/BR Class A4 4-6-2 No. 60012 at Carlisle Canal Shed circa 1961 - Low Resolution Image
Steam Shed Information for LNER/BR Class A4 4-6-2 No. 60012 at Carlisle Canal Shed circa 1961 - Low Resolution Image
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