A4 60024 'Kingfisher' excursions on the South Western, March 1966
The A4 Pacific 60024 'Kingfisher' headed two memorable excursions on the Southern in March 1966, and a series of emails have been received on the subject.
Andrew Britton asks:
Here are still images captured from Lew Wooldridge's cine film showing the locomotive crew of 60024 - the first two pictures are at Waterloo prior to departure on the Saturday 26th March 1966 train, and the third image is at Salisbury on the return journey. Any names please? - Shedmaster
We have now heard from Tricia Smith who has identified the driver at Salisbury seen in the third photograph above as Victor "Vic" Pratt of Guildford Depot. She writes:
I really enjoyed visiting your web site and to see my father in one of your still images from Lew Wooldridge's film taken on the 26th March 1966 of the Kingfisher at Salisbury taking part in the Victory tour was fantastic. Amazingly I wasn't sure the photo was my dad as he looked so young but following a visit by my uncle and my fathers brother in law Ted Wells who was also a train driver he spotted him straight away as my dad Victor "Vic" Pratt. The web site asks if any one can identify the driver so hopefully this now solves the mystery.
Ted recalled he was at Basingstoke that Saturday and remembered Vic coming through driving the Kingfisher from Salisbury to Waterloo. He couldn't remember who the fireman was and the photo unfortunately only shows a shadowy figure in the background so if any one knows who the fireman was on that trip we would be interested to know.
Family stories get a little blurred and we always thought dad drove the Sir Nigel Gresley on one of its Southern tours which was the following year 1967 but clearly we must have got it mixed up if he was on the Kingfisher or is it possible he could have been involved in the following years tour as well, if any one knows we would be interested to know.
Finally I have the hat my dad is wearing in the photo so have attached that for info, its nice to have a photo of him wearing it.
Here is a log of the 26th March 1966 trip:
Richard Hardy has written in reply to the question of the men on board 60024 arriving at Waterloo on the Saturday:
Ray McQuade has written:
Peter Austin has replied:
Bob Cartwright has emailed: I seem to recall seing a picture of ''My boy Jim''Robinson and Mark Thom on an A4 at Waterloo, which I think may have been Kingfisher.
Ralph Hornsby emailed:
Ron Petrie has added:
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