THE photo of the Flying Scotsman taken on September 10, 1967, brings back memories for me and two other Hartlepool foot plate staff who were there and went on to spend their working lives with British Rail.
The Flying Scotsman was the last BR engine in revenue-earning service to visit the Hartlepool shed.
Some 30 years later Dave Blair and me were working the Scotsman and other steam engines country-wide.
One journey in particular springs to mind.
In October 2000 I was one of the firemen on the Scotsman when it had its only trip to the north of Scotland and Inverness, on a private charter for Holland and Holland gunsmiths.
Another epic journey, when a fireman on the Scotsman in July 2003, was an anniversary trip in honour of Doncaster Locomotive Works between York and Peterborough.
Just as the signal was pulled off in York station a loud bang underneath the boiler resulted in a split brake pipe, and the Scotsman being hauled back to Doncaster Loco Works where we had left some six hours earlier.
After being repaired we limped light engine, i.e. with no train attached, to Peterborough some five hours late, our charter train having long since left hauled by an electric engine.
Martin Joyce (retired driver),