Harpenden East with South Beds Loco Club Special

The 'Lea Flyer' en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 on Sat 16 September 1961

By Denis Godfrey Lewis

Photo:'Lea Flyer' in Harpenden East Sta en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

'Lea Flyer' in Harpenden East Sta en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

Denis Godfrey Lewis

On the afternoon of Saturday Sept 16th 1961 the South Bedfordshire Locomotive Club Organised a tour of the branch line from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford closed to passengers on 1st Oct 1951. Titled ‘The Lea Flyer’ this train returned to Hatfield and there reversed and travelled on to Luton Bute Street. The motive power for this tour was provided by a six coupled saddle tank built for the Great Northern Railway by Sharp Stewart & Company in Glasgow in 1899. It had been saved from the scrap yard by Captain W G (Bill) Smith VRD, RNVR, the first mainline locomotive to be bought by an individual for preservation. Bill had the locomotive overhauled and painted into its original glorious Great Northern Railway livery.

Having enjoyed the tour thus far here are photos I took of the 'Lea Flyer' en route for Luton waiting departure and departing from from Harpenden East Station. Finally there is the same loco returning the empty stock whence it came.

Photo:'Lea Flyer' in Harpenden East Sta en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

'Lea Flyer' in Harpenden East Sta en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

Denis Godfrey Lewis

Photo:'Lea Flyer' departing Harpenden East Sta en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

'Lea Flyer' departing Harpenden East Sta en route for Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

Denis Godfrey Lewis

Photo:Empty Stock of 'Lea Flyer' arriving at Harpenden East Sta from Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

Empty Stock of 'Lea Flyer' arriving at Harpenden East Sta from Luton with GN 'J13' (LNE 'J52') 0-6-0ST 1247 16/09/1961

Denis Godfrey Lewis

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