Visits to Fratton MPD 1963

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Visits to Fratton MPD 1963

Post by BB34057 on Sun May 26, 2013 3:14 am

Back in 1963 when I was a 14 year old, my mother worked as a school cleaner and one of her work friends was married to a driver based at Fratton MPD. His name was Jim 'Ginger' Atkins and I soon got an invite from him for a visit with him to Fratton MPD. I made four visits during 1963 and a couple of which ended with a round trip to Salisbury in the drivers cab of a Hampshire DEMU.

My first visit to the steam shed and the EMU depot was in early summer, for some reason I didn't make a note of the date. Here are locos seen on during my first visit:

Inside the shed, and set aside for preservation were:
LN 30850. N15 30777. V 30925, 30926. M7 30245. Z 30952. U 31610.

Outside the shed:
U 31790, 31791, 31793. N 31853. Q1 33024. A1X 32646. Standards 73074, 73089, 75066, 76068.

I had a ride around the shed yard on 73089, cabbed most of the others and went down the inspection pits under 30245 and 30925.

My second visit was on 20th July 1963 to see the Beattie well tanks that had recently arrived for storage:
Inside the shed, and set aside for preservation were:
LN 30850. N15 30777. V 30925, 30926. M7 30245. Z 30952. 0298 class 30586, 30587. U 31610 had gone.

Outside the shed:
U 31613, 31793, 31803. Q1 33021, 33031. Q 30543. BB 34061. A1X 32646. Standards 73115, 73116, 73118, 76006, 76062 and impounded behind the two Q1's was a rare visitor, Castle class 5050

My third visit was on 7th September 1963.
Inside the shed, and set aside for preservation were:
LN 30850. N15 30777. V 30925, 30926. M7 30245. Z 30952. 0298 class 30587. Q 30538.

Outside the shed:
Q1 33017, 33039. S15 30828. BB 34079. A1X 32670, 32662. Standards 76060, 76062 and Hall class 6970.
A1X 32662 was in the rear shed yard receiving attention under the engine hoist with the rear driving wheels removed.

Fratton station observations made that day were:
BB 34079. Q1 33017, 33039. Standards 76016, 76054, 76058, 76060, 76062. Hall class 7914. Diesels D6527 and resident shunters D3665, D3666, D3667.

My fourth and last visit during 1963 was late October (date again not recorded)
Inside the shed, and set aside for preservation were:
LN 30850. N15 30777. V 30925, 30926. M7 30245. Z 30952. 0298 class 30587. Q 30538.

Outside the shed:
A quiet time, just three locos: U 31809. Standards 76062, 73155.

Fratton station observations made that day were:
U 31793. N 31413. Q 30543. Standards 73117, 76005.


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Re: Visits to Fratton MPD 1963

Post by BB34057 on Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:26 am

Regarding my observation made in the above post 'A1X 32662 was in the rear shed yard receiving attention under the engine hoist with the rear driving wheels removed.'

Recently I was looking through Paul Bolger's book published way back in 1983 (my copy is a 1993 re-print) 'BR Steam Motive Power Depots - SR' and I noticed on page 25 that there is a photograph of Fratton shed in it's later years, showing Terrier 32662 under the engine hoist.

Also I've just added my avatar, which shows U class 31804 at Southampton Central with a Portsmouth - Cardiff train during the early summer of 1962 with Fratton driver 'Lofty' Houghton taking a look at the loco.
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