Driver Pibworth

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by alison.riley » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:00 am

My Great-Grandfather was Henry Fox. My Father told me that he used to drive the Flying Fox, and I believe he was sure of that. Does anyone have any more information about this by any chance? I would dearly love to know more about him.
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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by JASd17 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:44 pm

Alison,

Class A1 4-6-2 No 1475 Flying Fox was built in 1923, for most of its LNER existence it was No. 4475. It was withdrawn as British Railways No. 60106 at the end of 1964. Up until 1940 the loco worked out of Kings Cross shed in London.

Those are the locomotive dates. Can you give us an further dates or information about Mr Fox? Then a search through the records may reveal something.

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by 61070 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:22 pm

I've recently seen a photograph captioned King's Cross driver Pibworth with No.4475 Flying Fox at Grantham coal stage, 1924 and I recalled this thread about him.

The photograph is on page 40 of Smoke and Steam: footplate memories of the G.N. and L.N.E.R. in the 1920s by Harold Bonnett, which was published in 1981 by D. Bradford Barton Ltd. The picture is credited 'Author's Collection'. Unfortunately it's not reproduced particularly well, and Driver Pibworh is lubricating the valve gear so he has his back to the camera, but it I hope nevertheless it may be of interest to Albert Pibworth's family.

At the time the picture was taken Harold Bonnett was a cleaner at Grantham. The book is the story of his cleaning and footplate experiences at Grantham and at Hatfield. I found a copy quite easily on the web and it wasn't expensive.

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by notascoobie » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:08 am

Hi 61070, thanks for that. I'll have a look on a well known auction site.

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by Kestrel » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:41 pm

Are these any use, Vernon?

http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/isbn/9780851533957/

http://www.amazon.com/Smoke-steam-Footp ... 876&sr=1-1

Alternately, have you thought of asking at your local library? It's amazing what they can come up with. If they do have a copy, you could 'xerox' it if you know someone.

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by Wellingtonian » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:19 am

I met an engine driver from London named Pibworth whilst on holiday in Torquay in 1959, I think it was. He was staying at the Ansteys Cove hotel in Babbacombe. I was an avid 12 year old train spotter at the time and that was what got us chatting during meal times. A few weeks after returning home to Scotland after the holiday a parcel arrived addressed to me containing two old railway books, from Mr Pibworth, one in good condition entitled "Locomotive Engine Driving" by Michael Reynolds published in 1885, the other in not-so-good condition whose title I cannot remember, dated around 1910 I think. I cannot find this second book so have concluded that I must have disposed of it some time ago due to its condition.

From the information contained in this topic, it would seem that my friendly engine driver was Len Pibworth and that the book still in my possession belonged to his father, Albert Pibworth, as the date of Albert starting work with the GNR being 1883 (from the Meccano Magazine article) coincides with the book publishing date 2 years later. Presumably the books passed to Len following Albert's death in 1929.

I came across this topic having recently read a book on the history of Flying Scotsman, which referred to Albert Pibworth's involvement during the 1920s and in particular in 1928. A further coincidence is that my birthday is 1st May, the date of Flying Scotsman's inaugural non-stop run.

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by notascoobie » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:45 pm

Quite a coincidence!

Thanks for sharing.

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Vernon

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Re: Driver Pibworth

Post by lchard01 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:55 pm

Albert Pibworth was my great uncle

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