Nine Elms Clock Tower
Peter Clift wrote asking:
Alan Newman wrote the following:
The Clock Tower at Nine Elms was the home of the Nine Elms Mutual Improvement Class. There was large library of books on all topics of the steam locomotive. The largest exibit was a large working model of the Walschaert's valve gear. The model was fixed to the wall and was about 4' tall and approximately 16' long. it was operated by a crank handle and used to demonstrate where the engine was taking steam on each revolution of the the driving wheel. There was also a rolling chassis of a Schools class V complete with wheels and valve motion. The large Walschaerts' model was presented to the NRM when located at Clapham. The Schools chassis went to Bressingham after being presented to G Sands. I last heard that a boiler had been built and and it is now fully working model.
Tim Crowley emailed:
Jim Lester has written this item:
I can remember an occasion one Saturday night, Sunday morning in the early 'nineteen sixties' we were temporarily transferred there to take our meals and wait orders from the Running Foreman. Our normal abode was next to his office and was having some essential heavy cleaning applied and unwanted guests removed!
As such we had to cross the tracks near the coal hopper and then use the steep steps to reach the first floor that can be seen in the picture. In those early hours there were usually plenty of men coming and going however about 03h00 I woke with a start having nodded off. I sensed immediately that it was the stillness and quiet at that moment that had roused me from my slumber! I equally realised that I was quite alone and instantly felt that I just had to get out from my perceived gaze of unseen, watching eyes in that old historic building, I can't remember if my feet touched the steps in my haste! Makes me shiver again all these years later just thinking about it!
In respect to a fried breakfast on the shovel it most assuredly did happen, Jim Evans must have had a sheltered life eating his sandwiches if he can't recall such gastronomic events! Those Southern 'Lucas' shovels were like Teflon frying pans and, with a knob of lard sizzling away, I've cracked many an egg surrounded by bacon whilst standing in a yard with time to spare. Certainly not to be attempted with a full regulator and 40% cut-off for sure!
Jim Lester - 70A
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