Furness, Lakes & Lune

Meeting Reports

Friday 4th November 2016
From Wennington to Grange over Sands via Carnforth
Noel Machell

Despite a delay, a sizeable audience enjoyed Noel Machell’s presentation ‘From Wennington to Grange-over-Sands via Carnforth’.
After a brief introduction, explaining why the Furness & Midland Joint Railway was built, Noel continued his talk, based on photographs from the late 1950s and 1960s, when Wennington was still a junction, but stations between Wennington and Carnforth had closed.
A halt was made at Carnforth M.P.D. before continuing via the Kent estuary to Grange. As expected, we saw old friends such as Black 5s, 8F 2-8-0s, 2-6-4Ts of Fowler and Stanier varieties, all of which won approval, though sadly Fowler 2-6-2T 40011 did not. Also unappreciated was a Midland 3F 0-6-0, which appeared unexpectedly instead of the last surviving Furness 0-6-0.
Among engines on Carnforth shed was a resplendent ‘Duchess’, ‘Super Ds’, a long neglected LMS 2P 4-4-0, and preserved Tilbury tank ‘Thundersley’. Rare visitors were B1 ‘Ourebi’, a V2 ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’, 0-6-0T 47165 and the last surviving G&SWR 0-6-0T. We also saw a Stanier 0-4-4T about which there was a tale of a broken smokebox number plate. Diesels also thrust their noses in, in the form of Derby lightweight DMUs, Claytons, 40s, 47s and those popular (in retrospect only) Metrovick Crossleys which appeared in abundance.
Altogether a fascinating look at the local scene of some 50 or 60 years ago.

last updated: 06/11/16