70002 1960 London Liverpool Street-ROneg-1308-353
A splendid picture of 70002 , " Geoffrey Chaucer " at Liverpool Street , moved in 1959 from its original home at Stratford to join all the others of the class on the Eastern region at Norwich shed.
Welcomed by the crews at both Norwich and Stratford from new , and used to advantage on the main lines to the Essex coastal ports , and especially on the fast workings between Liverpool Street , Norwich and the North Norfolk coast these engines had been maintained in fine order , although the transfer of the Stratford ones to Norwich resulted in a deterioration of their condition in the later years on this Region .
This really is a most attractive picture of a " Britannia " at rest in the typical surroundings of Liverpool Street , not quite so dark and dismal as it often seemed to be even though the platforms appear to have seen a recent shower of rain .
" Geoffrey Chaucer " , originally allocated to Stratford from new in March of 1951 , was transferred to Norwich in January of 1959 thereby concentrating all the members of the class working the former Great Eastern metals at that one location , with staffing problems at Stratford shed also contributing to that decision , but the move resulted in a marked reduction in the previously well turned out appearance of the now increased fleet of Norwich " Britannias " , sad to say .
Following a move to March in June , 1961 this engine , in company with all the others of its class , left the Eastern Region for the Midland Region and went to Carlisle Kingmoor in December of 1963 from where it was withdrawn in January of 1967.