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Archive footage of this quality is seldom seen publicly…click. They were downgraded to saturated engines in 1927 and became virtually identical with the majority of the Aspinall 'A' class.

The page includes this photo (below) which he captions as follows - 'Forget Swindon, forget Brighton; the first high degree superheated long travel piston valve locomotives in Britain were a pair of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's Class 3F 0-6-0s tender engines built at the company's Horwich Works, both entering service in November and December 1906. It was a considerable surprise when 52515 was outshopped from Horwich after a general overhaul in November 1961.

Of course, success also depends on the vagaries of the weather!

How often have we selected a 2X yellow filter to pick out those 'fluffy' white clouds scudding across an otherwise uninteresting sky, then just as the train came into view - at the precise moment we pressed the shutter - a cloud blocked out the(Below) A lovely shot by Steve Davies of 'Castle' class 4-6-0 No 4085 Berkeley Castle in a classic Western Region location.

DVD based on Richard's 8mm filming days has been released by Telerail in their 'Steam World' series volume 24.

The film includes footage of 48756's big day at Horwich Works plus other locations in Manchester, Bury, Bolton, Oldham loop line, Copy pit, Rochdale to Todmorden and through to Sowerby Bridge, the line through Diggle and also up to Earby and Skipton.

The class proved extremely successful, and a total of 245 were constructed, 70 at Horwich - these being Nos 42700-42729 between May 1926 and December 1927, with Nos 42810-42849 following in April 1929 to December 1930.

At long last I had been accepted into the inner sanctum of Britain's elite rail photographers... Morten; Mike Mitchell, Peter Batty, Andy Sparks, Bill Wright, Phil Spencer, John Stoddart, Keith Long, Alex (Mac) Mc Clymont; Dave Salmon; Roy Lambeth..a few words about copyright legislation The term 'labour of love' is an idiom that has become unbearably clichéd with overuse in recent years, but railway photographers deserve such an accolade, because had it not been for a small number of dedicated amateur cameramen a huge amount of our railway heritage would never have been recorded on film.But taking pictures of express trains is a lot harder than it looks.Two batches of the Stanier '8F' 2-8-0 were built at Horwich, with Nos 48331-99 rolling off the production line between September 1943 and June 1945, with Nos 48490-5 following in June to August 1945).The final steam class to appear was the BR Standard '4MT' 2-6-0-19 between December 1952 and July 1953 followed by Nos 76075-99 in December 1956 to November 1957.

At long last I had been accepted into the inner sanctum of Britain's elite rail photographers... Morten; Mike Mitchell, Peter Batty, Andy Sparks, Bill Wright, Phil Spencer, John Stoddart, Keith Long, Alex (Mac) Mc Clymont; Dave Salmon; Roy Lambeth..a few words about copyright legislation The term 'labour of love' is an idiom that has become unbearably clichéd with overuse in recent years, but railway photographers deserve such an accolade, because had it not been for a small number of dedicated amateur cameramen a huge amount of our railway heritage would never have been recorded on film.But taking pictures of express trains is a lot harder than it looks.Two batches of the Stanier '8F' 2-8-0 were built at Horwich, with Nos 48331-99 rolling off the production line between September 1943 and June 1945, with Nos 48490-5 following in June to August 1945).The final steam class to appear was the BR Standard '4MT' 2-6-0-19 between December 1952 and July 1953 followed by Nos 76075-99 in December 1956 to November 1957.In all, Horwich was responsible for the construction of 1,840 steam locos, the last being BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 No 76099 in 1957.