The reference to LNER A3 No. 60049 Galtee More in Geoff Courtney’s railwayana column in issue 232 brought back to me memories of the Pacific in about 1959, when I was a fireman at King’s Cross shed.
The loco was turned on the triangle at Grantham for a run back to London, and we went on the Up road to south of the station, and then backed inside behind the Yard signalbox. I’m not sure how, but a stone block derailed our front pony wheels.
As a result we had to take a V2 class 2-6-2 back to London – I don’t remember its number but I do recall there was steam everywhere, but at least it got us back to King’s Cross and I daresay it went into the works later.
My other memory of the incident is that I had cleaned the windows of Galtee More before it unfortunately became derailed!
The magazine’s railwayana column reminds me of days at Collectors’ Corner outside Euston station, now sadly gone, and the treasures that were there then.
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire
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