Somewhere in Ossett in the 1950s

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Steam loco 50725 at Ossett in the 1950s

Steam loco 64208 at Ossett in the 1950s

Two more pictures from the estate of Mr. Albert Robinson, Westfield Street, Ossett courtesy of his son Chris Robinson. These two pictures show two very old steam locomotives 50725 and 64208 in Ossett during the 1950s.

The first locomotive shown above, 50725, a Class LYR5, 2-4-2T was built in Horwich on the 31st March 1896 and was finally taken out of service on the 31st October 1958, dating the picture to before 1958. The steam locomotive was sent to the scrapyard at Spondon, Derby and was cut up for scrap by the 31st July 1959. I'm not quite sure where the picture was taken, but the scene is thought to be somewhere in Ossett.

Note: Stephen Gardner has got in touch and confirms that the first picture above was taken in what is Healey Mills marshalling yard.

"In the top left-hand corner you can just make out what was then Ossett Grammar School (now Ossett Academy) and if you follow on the top to the right, there are the council houses built on Storrs Hill. At the right-hand corner is the old fever hospital that has now been converted to housing. The photograph would have been taken from the public footpath that ran from the bottom of Healey Road under the railway bridge, more or less opposite the Boons End public house (then called the Millers Arms). The footpath then ran between the railway on the Horbury Bridge side and the River Calder, passing very close to the open sewerage beds which were only a few feet away from the public footpath. There were no health and safety issues in those days. It then emerged between the Horse and Jockey public house and then Horbury Bridge Post Office."

The second picture taken at Runtlings, Ossett shows steam locomotive 64208, a class J6, 0-6-0, built at Doncaster Works on the 31st July 1913. 64208 was withdrawn from service on the 24th April 1961 and was sent back to Doncaster where she was cut up for scrap by the 31st May 1961. It is likely that the picture was taken in the late 1950s or very early 1960s.