Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

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Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by PinzaC55 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:43 pm

Many years ago I acquired an old Train Register from Penshaw North signalbox on the Leamside Line and I've just scanned a couple of pages from 2nd September 1963 and uploaded them to Flickr. I thought some of you may be interested to see them, particularly as they mention a few LNER locos such as 60061 Pretty Polly on what must have been one of her last runs before being scrapped.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1423/518 ... 8ccd_b.jpg

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by ArthurK » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:53 pm

Pretty Polly was one of the last that I saw for the first time, but after that I saw it several more times. I photograhed it twice, once at Kings Cross in March 1962 and again at Sandy a year later. At King's Cross it was in remarkably clean condition (see below) the Sandy shot was in march 1963.
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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by PinzaC55 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:29 pm

Great shot! There used to be an evening parcels train from Park Lane (Gateshead) to York Dringhouses via Sunderland and it produced some startling motive power - I think one time it was an A3 from Sunderland closely followed by an A4 from Newcastle via Washington. Would you like to hear an interesting story about Pretty Polly?

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by Deepol » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:22 pm

A memory of 60061 at Doncaster in this BR photo.
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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by harvester » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:32 pm

PinzaC55 wrote: Would you like to hear an interesting story about Pretty Polly?

YES

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by PinzaC55 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:24 pm

OK....about 14 years ago I went to the Swinderby antiques fair and to get back to Newark station I phoned for a taxi. The driver and I ended up on the subject of Railwayana, and he said "I've got a steam engine nameplate in my garage". "Really" I said, "where did you get it?". He replied, "well, in the 60's it was shunting coal trains near us and for my 15th birthday my dad and went down and I nicked the nameplate and put it in a sack". "Its still in my garage."
"Oh, what was the name?" I asked thinking it might be a nice industrial 0-6-0.
"Pretty Polly" he said. I was dumbfounded. "But..but that was an A3, what would it be doing shunting coal trains?" then I realised that of course the A3's would be "worked to death" on such trains. Still not convinced I asked why he hadn't put it over the fireplace and did it have any markings on the back? He replied it was about 5 feet long and too heavy to go over the fireplace and that it had the numbers of other engines on the back.
"Would you be interested in selling it?" I asked and he replied "Maybe. I'll get it out, clean the cobwebs off and polish it">
"NO! I said, leave it like it is!!"
I got his phone number but when I rang him he said he was ill and I never pursued it.
In case it sounds unlikely I made enquiries and it turns out only one nameplate from Pretty Polly is known to exist.
The other is in a sack in a garage covered in cobwebs. :evil:

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by giner » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:24 am

Fourteen years ago, eh? A lot can change in that time but, if I were you, I'd do a Poirot and get back on it. It just might still be in that old sack.

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by manna » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:56 am

G'Day Gents

There's probably loads of loco nameplates hidden away in attics and garden sheds, that may one-day see the light of day.

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by PinzaC55 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:20 am

manna wrote:G'Day Gents

There's probably loads of loco nameplates hidden away in attics and garden sheds, that may one-day see the light of day.

manna
Actually I visited a reclusive railway photographer about 12 years with a friend and when we went through the front door the first thing I saw was the nameplate off 60034 "LORD FARINGDON" lying on the floor in the hallway looking as though it had been dumped there. It had a large patch of green verdigris one end and I asked him what had happened? He replied that somebody had brought their dog round and it had promptly cocked its leg.....he never bothered cleaning it off. :oops:

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by manna » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:42 am

G'Day Gents

LORD FARINGDON, was a local engine, I was sick of seeing it, in the early sixties....... what wouldn't I give to see it again :)

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by Blink Bonny » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:40 pm

Ay up!

In my spotting days, Healy Mills' 40 007 (D207 as was) was as common as muck! We swore at it whenver we saw the blamed thing.

When I bought my two Bachy class 40s, they had a piccie of 007 on the box, taken in Valley Road Goods Yard in Bradford. The engine went for scrap. Even the location no longer exists, it is now a retail park!

How time passes.

But now I realise that I miss 40 007. Wierd, innit? A previous generation thought the same of 45581 "Bihar and Orissa", nicknaming it BO! When I renumbered my Bachy Jubilee, it drew a big crowd. They felt the same.
If I ain't here, I'm in Bilston, scoffing decent chips at last!!!!

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by PinzaC55 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:44 pm

I used to groan a bit when I saw Deltic 55011 as she seemed to be everywhere all the time. I had my last run from her in November 1981 from Sunderland to Seaham and that was it. Wish I could turn back time and say sorry to her. :roll:

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by Blink Bonny » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:58 pm

Ay up!

'Tis truly written - you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone!
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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by Deepol » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:01 pm

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Another memory in this old cutting of her. I would say judging by the box with the number it's one of York power box's points.

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Re: Last Sighting of 60061 Pretty Polly

Post by boeing757 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:25 pm

Pretty Polly was the first glimpse I had of an A3. Travelling up from Felsted on an Eastern National coach I saw her cross the overbridge at Finsbury Park as we approached. Must have been 1961 and I recall she had those small deflectors fitted. Saw her on several occasions after either at Kings Cross or when bunking Top Shed. 60061 remains my favourite A3 to this day
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