Who remembers the old Trams and RouteMasters
This photo depicts ''N'' Class No. 31413 at Bricklayers Arms in 1960, wearing the final version of the BR livery, complete with ''late'' crest design. Immediately to the right of the engine's front, in the distance, can be seen the brick-built 380-foot long engine shed, known as ''St Patricks''. Mostly obscured by the nearby brick post is the depot's huge water tower, which was situated to the north west of the 210-foot shed building. The Railway had running powers into a number of SE&CR sidings, including those at Bricklayers Arms, Hither Green, and Herne Hill. The company also had a goods depot situated at Stewarts Lane .
It was taken from the rear of the house that I lived in in Ilderton Road
that faced north. The area where the house was is the second entrance to
South Bermondsey station that naturally didn't used to exist. The view from
the rear of the house was first of all the slope to South Bermondsey station
then the goods line from bricklayers Arms to New Cross. Sorry if I have
already said but the train is travelling west towards Bricklayers arms.
In 1958 I was working at the Bricklayers’ Arms goods yard as a van boy. I learnt to drive in a vehicle like this, we used to call them the Iron Horse. They where really bone shakers,freezing cold in the winter and if I remember right the gear stick was down by the seat on the right hand side so if you misjudged when getting out the cab your wedding tackle took a hammering.
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