Mick Bramich writes "Whether by bicycle to Lichfield or train to
Tamworth, the journey was always worth the trouble. These were the places to
watch LM Region steam power doing what they were always meant to do; hauling
express trains at close to a hundred m.p.h. The Stanier pacifics were always
the favourites as they could not be seen at New Street due to clearance
restrictions. A highlight was being able to see them stationary, stopped by
signals at Tamworth low level. When at speed, only the sharpest of eyes could
catch the numbers. It was on this stretch that I saw the prototype Deltic
diesel in its fancy livery with whiskers. I visited Rugby on
several occasions and was drawn there by the lure of the Great Central line
which crossed the West Coast main line on a long girder bridge. All sorts of
stuff was possible there: Western Region Halls and moguls hauling Southern
green carriages; old GC and Eastern designs on local, long distance and freight
workings; the ubiquitous Black 5 or WD. Plus, of course the trains to and from
London and Birmingham on the low level."
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