1506 1950s Paddington
GWR 15XX 0-6-0PT No 1506 and 94XX No 9420 at Paddington with ECS trains.
Bill Elkins says "This is such a timeless image. I was at Old Oak Common from June 1964, until November 1984, and did not fire the 15xx panniers due to their earlier withdrawal from the London Division. The 94xx, 8459, 87xx and 61xx classes were a different matter. I seem to recall that Target 9 was the spare ECS engine, and was always kept in steam at OOC carriage sidings on an as required basis. Target 11, I think, was a Southall duty. Happy days."
Peter Kerslake says "A splendid image of Paddington in all its steam days glory, with an abundance of Pannier Tanks on Platforms 2, 3 and 4 all having brought empty stock in from Old Oak Common ready for later departures.
The "Target" numbers were, I understand, an aid for signalmen to identify the workings and direct the stock into the correct platforms and the barrow in the foreground is well loaded with lamps doubtless all filled with oil ready for use.
1506 was built at Swindon in 1949 and whilst the ten members of the class were unsuitable for branch line passenger duties due to their short wheelbase and large front and rear overhang they were liked by the Old Oak Common enginemen when rostered to the empty stock duties, and with their outside valve gear were easy to maintain whilst on shed enabling them to work over 24 hour periods on shunting and stock duties."
Photo: Kenneth Field/Rail Archive Stephenson