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Eyemouth

Post by 52D » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:18 pm

I have a photo from Railway Bylines that needs to be identified. It shows the station at Eyemouth the end of a short branch from Burnmouth on the ECML a few miles North of Berwick upon Tweed.
The Eyemouth branch was built by the NBR but on the closure of Berwick(NBR) shed in 1924 the branch was worked by Tweedmouth bringing ex NER locos as well. The picture is dated 13/08/1960 and shows two locomotives in the station. The normal method of working this fairly steep branch was for the loco and its single coach to be hauled by the train engine working tender first. On arrival at Eyemouth the passengers left the train and the coach was propelled a little way up the branch the engine uncoupled and the coach allowed to run back by gravity as there was no run round facility. The engine then coupled up for the return journey.
I want to know if any one can recognise the excursion working and loco. it appears that the branch coach is in a siding to the left and the branch engine is just in front of two wagons in the platform with the excursion in front.
The passengers on the excursion appear to be mostly ladies and young children and there is a motor coach awaiting them so its highly unlikely that it is an enthusiasts special.
Locos as big as B1s were seen on this branch. Please try to fill in some details. At the time J39s were the normal branch locos.
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Re: Eyemouth

Post by 52A » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:42 pm

Looks like a K1 to me, on a seaside outing, from where!?

The bus looks like it could be one of Swan's from Berwick.

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Re: Eyemouth

Post by 52D » Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:00 pm

The Kelso trip ran yearly from Kelso to Berwick I wonder if this has anything to do with it. Ive never seen a K1 on the Eyemouth branch but have seen plenty of B1s. Swans theres a name from the past do they still exist.
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Re: Eyemouth

Post by 60041 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:38 pm

52D wrote: Swans theres a name from the past do they still exist.
Old Raffy Swan died a few years ago, but the firm is still going.

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Re: Eyemouth

Post by 52D » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:59 pm

A possibile identification of the train standing in Eyemouth is a B1 hauled excursion from Tyneside rather than a railway societys excursion. Apparently in the 1950s a train called the Northern Venturer ran from Tyneside during the annual holidays its usual power was a Tyneside B1 the J39 had probably moved to a position where it could assist the B1 up the Bank to Burnmouth
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