Driver Tom Blades

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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by 52D » Mon May 02, 2016 6:51 pm

Having a little success in this downloading lark here is a small article from the Berwick Advertiser in 1945
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also a newspaper cutting reporting the streamlined test runs between Newcastle and Edinburgh. If you look at the bridge i know its not very clear but above the 6th arch is the signal where Terence Cuneo painted the British Railways poster showing a V2 on freight.
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by richard » Mon May 09, 2016 4:17 pm

No. 1621 is of course the surviving D17 that I mentioned above. It looks like Tom Blades fired one of the more historic runs. I think the Blades family should get in touch with the NRM! I can see the press release / party already: "Blades family re-unite on the footplate of historic No. 1621" :-)
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by 52D » Mon May 09, 2016 6:14 pm

AVRs Kenny Middlemist ex Alnmouth shed was photographed alongside No.1621 at Shildon his father drove it in regular service just before withdrawl and eventual preservation. It was used on the Alnwick Newcastle stoppers cascaded down from the mainline. The replacements for No.1621 and others on this duty were just as sexy. Class D20 4-4-0s, Photograph Courtesy Gareth Patterson.
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by wallis11 » Sat May 14, 2016 5:56 pm

Hi 52D, thanks so much for persevering with the downloading of the article and superb to see the article you posted (I've printed a copy for my archive) and brilliant that it mentions the BBC programme that was recorded as I have a copy of the letter that Tom was sent by the BBC thanking him for his contribution to this BBC article (see attached below)
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by wallis11 » Sat May 14, 2016 6:16 pm

Hi 52D, thought you might like to see a few other newspaper articles that the NRM sent me (that were supplied by another family member)
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by wallis11 » Sat May 14, 2016 6:28 pm

Hi 52D - last post from me tonight - this is a photo I found in a Ken Hoole book (bottom photo) showing my Great Grandfather Thomas Blades standing next to the Raven Pacific 2400 at Kings Cross ahead of a speed trial
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by 52D » Sat May 14, 2016 6:54 pm

Great stuff i will see if i can find you more.
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by Hollyrichings2001 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:41 pm

I am also a great great granddaughter of Thomas blades I have one sister, my grandmother is his granddaughter and my mother is his great granddaughter. My mother is in possession of the original newspaper articles.

If you would like to contact us / me my email is hollycharlotte332@gmail.com

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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by charlottewarby81 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:22 am

Hi
My name is Charlotte Warby. My mother was Lavinia Margaret Blades born 1949. My Grandad was Ronald Blades born 1920 and my Great Grandad was Thomas Blades ( 1886 - 1967 ). My Great Great Grandad was Thomas Blades of the Flying Scotsman Fame ( 1864 - 1947 ).
I am wondering if anyone can give me some more infomation and if i have relatives i dont know about.
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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by charlottewarby81 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:33 am

gemmablades wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:24 pm
Hi, I also am a great granddaughter of Tom Blades. I am in Manchester and my mum is the daughter of William Blades who is the son of Tom Blades. They did have a large family although my grandad didn't really keep in touch with his siblings, so i don't know any of the Gateshead/Newcastle family. Would be great to hear more from some other great grandchildren!
Hi Gemma
I am a great great granddaughter of Tom Blades.
My mother was Lavinia Blades.
I am also seeking more info and it would be great to hear from you.
Feel free to email me at burton108@gmail.com

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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by Fairway 2746 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:56 pm

Hi All,

In trying to catch up on some of the discussions posted I ran across this thread & the photo of Tom Blades. I found the image captivating. It almost seems as if he had just finished a conversation & was returning to some task at hand or about to climb into the cab for departure.

In his his book on A4 Pacifics Peter Coster specifically devotes attention to the men who drove & fired them. I appreciated his reminder that the railway was most importantly about the people who made it run.

Since I may never have the opportunity to tour either of the NRM's facilities, would anyone know if any of the displays hilite the folks, well known & unsung, who "made" the LNER what it was ?

It is gratifying to see those relatives of Driver Blades making contact through this forum. Everyone should have family with whom they can share their experiences.

Very best regards to Tom Blades family,
Bob Luther / Fairway 2746

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Re: Driver Tom Blades

Post by dickthornton » Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:36 pm

Hi,
I have just fallen upon this website by chance. My mother was Hilda Blades, the daughter of Harry Blades who was the chief superintendent(?) of the NER when he retired in 1928. He seemed to be the person who tested drivers before they were allowed onto the footplate. Let me tell you what else I remember being told. My mother was brought up at 14 Windermere Street, and her elder brother Harry was killed in action near Arras. His uncle Charlie was a train organiser in northern France during the war, so they occasionally met up. He had several other brothers working for the NER, including Tom - express driver, one who was manager of Immingham docks, and another who was in the offices - a secretary of some sort, but I presume not "the" secretary. There was also a sister and another brother who was a driver with MLNR(?) based in Liverpool. This big railway family hailed from Bushbury, in the midlands, and their father (another Harry?), was driving the London express in 1864(?) when his fireman fell ill. So Harry had to stoke the engine and drive at the same time. The stress and strain were too much for him, and he died on the footplate from trying too hard. I have a contemporary cutting from the Times somewhere reporting this as it was fully described at the inquest. The train started freewheeling down the track, but the fireman had enough left in him to apply the brakes in Berkhampstead station, so a disaster was avoided and no passengers got hurt. The railway company took his children into their care, hence they all ended up with good (railway) jobs. Apparently the brightest of them (William?), was even sent to university at the companies expense.
I have quite a few momentos from my grandfather which I can look out and describe in a list if anyone is interested (please let me know if you are out there!). Also I have a huge book he treasured called The North Eastern Railway its rise and development by W. W. Tomlinson and signed on the fronticepiece H. Dent Locomotive Inspector. It was written in 1914. I have an idea it might be valuable (820 pages!) but there again, how do you find the buyer?
I did once hear that there was a photo of a driver shaking hands with Queen Victoria at Kings Cross before being taken up to Balmoral, but that may be just legend.
Hope you find this interesting and reply, Dick

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