Donald Beale & Peter Smith turning No. 73019 at Bath Green Park loco depot, 05-01-62 (1); G A Richardson



Driver, the late Donald Beale (d.1996) and fireman Peter Smith were a well-known footplate duo on the S&D in the late ’50s and early ’60s, able to extract the very best performance from their steam engines.

On 5 January 1962, Donald and Peter gave Tony Richardson a footplate ride from Blandford to Bath and back again to Blandford. There is a selection of images from this day, as shown below.

Here, Donald (facing camera) and Peter are turning BR Standard Class 5 No. 73019 at Bath Green Park loco depot.

Photo by G A Richardson. Copyright S&DRT. Our ref. WSHSD_2022_14_205.

All images in this group:

WSHSD_2022_14_493: for a view of Peter firing 73019 on the tough climb to Masbury summit.

WSHSD_2022_14_204: for another view of Peter firing 73019.

WSHSD_2022_14_205: Donald Beale and Peter Smith turning 73019 at Bath.

WSHSD_2022_14_130: Peter Smith oiling No. 73019 at Bath.

WSHSD_2022_14_206: Ditto.

WSHSD_2022_14_356: Peter back on the footplate.

Also see WSHSD_2022_14_096 for a posed photo of the duo on a locomotive footplate.

9 x 6 cm medium format negative.

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