8400 1960s Blackwell
A splendid scene full of interest at Blackwell, the summit of the infamous Lickey Incline with 8400 having a cleared " calling on " signal to begin its drop down the bank to Bromsgrove after having banked something up to here .
The hut on the left was almost certainly used by the Blackwell Brakesman on permanent duty there to assist guards on descending freights in their task of pinning down the brakes on their wagons , an essential duty especially on unfitted freights dropping down to Bromsgrove .
8400 had gone to Bromsgrove shed in late 1956 from its former home at Cardiff East Dock for banking duties on the Lickey when the famous " Big Bertha " , so long associated with such duties , was withdrawn , and was followed by eleven or so more Pannier Tanks , remaining allocated to Bromsgrove until it closed in September of 1964 .
Note the target " F13 " board in place on 8400 as there was a strict procedure in operation at Bromsgrove to ensure that the crews of the banking engines all did their fair share of the work , especially when things got busy !