Ken and Mavis both lived in Portsmouth at the time Ken was working on the Billy (he was a driver). Ken started working on the railways in 1947. They married in 1954. Ken was based at the Fratton, Portsmouth Depot. He remembers working long hours and shifts operating from midday to midnight and vice versa. [...]
Driver Desmond (Taf) Lewis at the rear of the cab. Desmond was Brian Gilbert's uncle.
An old favourite Terrier, 32640. Herbert is at the front of the cab, the fireman is currently unknown. Herbert William Outen is the son of Herbert Outen and his Grandfather was Harry Outen, Robert Outen's brother. This family has a member on the railway near the start of the branch line opening (Robert Outen - [...]
26 October 1963 Alan Bell produced this close-up from image reference 539, as a keepsake for Dave and George. Photo with kind permission of Alan Bell. Reference 539, Copyright A.A.Bell
26 October 1963 L-R: Fireman Dave Pallett, Driver George MacAskill, Fire irons 1 & 4, Fire shovels 2 & 3 (all normally carried on the LHS side tank), Coaling shovel, sand container lamps and oil can. Next to the boiler, on the loco are the discs used for day time. The '305' on one of [...]