© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
It doesn't seem long since industrial steam was on its last legs
(wheels?) - today, active industrial locos of any type are a
rarity. They were becoming pretty scarce back in 1993, when
we had this little trip out.
There were several locomotives at British Steel's Bromford
works, just north of Washwood Heath yard in Birmingham, which
used to be clearly visible from passing trains. We were fortunate
to see S10098 of 1962 shunting around with some internal user
wagons; the works closed not long after our visit.
Another location clearly visible from the
same main line was Cohen's scrap yard at
Kingsbury. Again, here we found another
Sentinel in use - 10059 of 1961, ex-NCB
Opencast Executive. Locomotives are still
used here, although 10059 (if it's still there)
is out of use.
The third industrial location for this trip was the Home Fire plant
at Keresley, Coventry. Two members of the fleet were in action
for us here - CPL No.1 - Rolls-Royce* 10239 of 1965, seen with
the coal hoppers, and its close relative CPL No.3, S10150 of
1963. Also illustrated, a little way down the line, is the level
crossing and box, which my colleague on that occasion insisted
was the only surviving industrial box. Like the works at
Bromford, the works has long-since closed and the site cleared.
I seem to recall that, on leaving Keresley, we found ourselves
lunch at a convenient pub, then wandered off towards the main
line at Harbury cutting - but those pictures will have to wait...
*Rolls-Royce owned the Sentinel business
and works in Shrewsbury from 1956,
switched from steam to diesel locomotive
production, and from the mid-60s
manufactured the locomotives under their