A camping coach holiday 1966

The first photograph of the holidays as LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 No. 45593 Kolhapur storms out of Carlisle with the 12.09am to Leeds on Saturday July 2 1966.

Fifty years ago, a remarkable variety of steam power was still in control of passenger and freight workings in the North-West. Trevor Gregg looks back to a camping coach holiday at Grange-over-Sands.

Our annual summer holiday was always something that I looked forward to especially as a young trainspotter.

Two memorable holidays were spent in a caravan at Spittal near Berwick-on-Tweed in 1962 and 1963.

The caravan site was perfectly situated near to the East Coast Main Line and opposite Tweedmouth sheds.

I could watch the A4s tearing past on the express services and wander across to the lineside fence to look across at the locomotives being serviced at Tweedmouth.

In 1962 I recall seeing some of the five A2 Pacifics allocated to Tweedmouth and in 1963 it was AIs; the A2s having been replaced by locomotives transferred from Heaton shed.

There was also the sight of an LMS Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 with a couple of coaches chugging along from Tweedmouth with the passenger service on the Tweed Valley Line to Coldstream.

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