BR locoman drives Aln Valley train 53 years on

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Nearly 53 years ago, in June 1966, BR fireman Kenny Middlemist from Alnmouth shed last worked on a steam locomotive over the Cawledge Viaduct on the Alnwick branch. 

Alnmouth-allocated K1 2-6-0 No. 62011 hauled the branch passenger train set on the morning of the last day of steam-hauled passenger services on the line. His driver on that particular shift was Bob Jamieson

A proud Kenny Middlemist at the controls of Drax as it crosses Cawledge Viaduct. KEVIN HOLDEN

After his BR career, he became a driver at Whittle Colliery, south of Alnwick, where he drove both steam, and later, diesel locomotives between the colliery and the exchange sidings adjacent to the East Coast Main Line.

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The laying of track by the AVR’s track team, over the viaduct and into the site of the future Greenrigg Halt, gave Kenny, now 75, the opportunity of taking a works train over the viaduct. 

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Nigel Devereux

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