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Sheffield Victoria South Yorkshire September 1969 | by loose_grip_99
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Sheffield Victoria South Yorkshire September 1969

September 1969 was not only Sheffield Victoria station's swansong but it was also the last time that LNER EM1 prototype electric loco 26000 Tommy ran in service.

 

After several years of hosting only the hourly trains to Manchester Piccadilly, closure of the Midland route between Sheffield and Chesterfield for a tunnel replacement saw all London-bound trains diverted to the Great Central station for several weeks.

 

Trains from Manchester would arrive behind the 1500v dc electric locomotives to be replaced by diesel engines for the forward journey south to Beighton where the Midland "Old Road" to Chesterfield was joined.

 

Because of all this increased passenger activity on the line there was a shortage of vacuum and steam heat fitted motive power and so 26000 Tommy, which had already been withdrawn along with all the EM2s, was reinstated. Here Tommy is actually running round its regular service train in Platform 5. The through trains used platforms 2 and 3.

 

It was a scandal that this 1941 Gresley designed, ground-breaking loco was not retained for the National Collection instead of being scrapped not long after this scene.

 

The two tracks on the left are the goods avoiding lines and one of these is still in situ, the only remaining trace of the once great Great Central Railway that passed through here for 130 years.

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Taken on April 17, 2004