(In fact a picture published several years afterwards taken by the late Malcolm Dunnett, a photographer I got to know quite well towards the end of his life, shows No 60062 Minoru on the same date after arrival at Newcastle with a northbound express, the same train I must have seen at Low Fell.) Typically the total number of J27 and Q6 locos seen (8) accounts for nearly half the steam locos in action that day.Of the three steam 'cops' the 9F, No 92168, was the furthest from home, being shedded at Doncaster.The superb Class A1 4-6-2s were the most likely to be seen on such workings, with V2 2-6-2s and the occasional A3 4-6-2 also in evidence.
And if you weren't there at the time, you can't be part of it...'!
Let's face it, train spotters have some great tales to tell.
On the diesel side of things I saw no less than 13 of the 22 Deltics, including D9004 on the 'Flying Scotsman', no doubt identified by the attractive fibreglass 'winged thistle' headboard it would have carried.
I started taking photographs with the family 'Brownie 127' camera around May 1964.
So why not share your stories and photographs with the NRM?
Click HERE to visit the spotting page on the NRM's website. I first joined the happy band of 'spotters' beside the fence near the road bridge at Low Fell as a fresh-faced thirteen year-old at the end of 1963.
The buildings on the right are the remains of part of Low Fell station, still standing (and inhabited) twelve years after it closed.
Normally I waited for stationary or slow-moving trains for acceptable results, such as 9F No 92060 waiting for signals on the slow lines at the same spot (below), with a load of iron ore empties from Consett to Tyne Dock later that year.
Occasionally an unfamiliar name was misread as the engine went by and such aberrations as 'Trico' or 'Miniru' found their way into my collection.