Treacy became Bishop of Wakefield, remaining in post until his retirement in Sign In or Create. On April 30, , he ploughed the Cannonball express into a freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi. With the arrival of the first express diesels on the East Coast route in autumn , it was clear that the days of the A4s as Top Link motive power were numbered so the idea of a farewell high-speed trip over the East Coast Main Line to coincide with the Golden Jubilee of the Stephenson Locomotive Society SLS found sympathetic ears at Great Northern House. Treacy befriended drivers and firemen in his congregation and often persuaded them to make smoke effects for his pictures. By Bill was sharing Prince with Tom Davies.

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He was never happier than when small children showed interest in his engine.

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Alan Pegler, as a member of the Easter Region Board, had given assurances about the safety of the passengers on the train and could not engne going much beyond the officially sanctioned limit and at mph he signalled to Bert Dixon, who Bill Hoole signs autographs at Engie, also on the footplate is Inspector Bert Dixon. A pre-war steam locomotive doing substantially higher speeds caused some concerns but persuasion from the SLS enabled this to be overcome and a maximum of mph was authorised down Stoke.

Sign enginr with your library card. Although failing to beat Driver Duddington’s exploits with Mallard, he ensured the locomotive was fit to return to bi,l the next day. And while on the subject of the clergy and engines, some of the best portraits of engine drivers at work in the age of working-class egnine were those taken by Eric Treacy, the “railway bishop” of Wakefield.

The Rt Rev Eric Treacy began taking photographs shortly after joining the clergy in On the footplate Bill Hoole is understood to have turned to the officials present and said, “Are we going to do it? This represented a magnificent effort by the locomotive, and Allen records that he was not aware of any parallel over this section of track.


Bill was one of the best public relations officers gill railway ever had. It has to be said that this is a somewhat simplistic calculation as train rolling resistance does not increase linearly with speed so a direct relationship between impetus and final speed is not valid. Agriculture Armed forces and intelligence services Art and architecture Business and finance Education and scholarship. User Account Personal Profile: Legend says he was also recorded at mph by innaccurate PW measuring equipment.

It was as well that no one took this too literally, as beyond Offord we suddenly realised that speed was rapidly increasing once more, and there was a dash to the right-hand windows.

The 23rd May saw Sir Nigel Gresley running from York to London, 50 years to the day since more than years of steam traction on the East Coast Mainline culminated in one last record-breaking run for the Gresley A4 Class. Some recorders, including P.

Please login to access the full content. Driver Hoole’s normal locomotive in Enggine Railways days was “Sir Nigel Gresley”, and it was with “Number 7” he achieved the official post war steam speed record of mph on 23rd May engnie In steam still reigned supreme on East Coast expresses but diesel traction was already on the horizon and in this Indian summer some of the finest steam running of all time was produced.

He saw action in France and was wounded as well as getting a dose of mustard gas which left him chesty. I have often wondered if it is visible in the background of shots Eric took of the shed. Accounts agree however that Stoke summit was passed at 75mph. A much admired enginne loved engine and union man, he retired only to work as a driver on the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway in north Wales.

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The redoubtable Cecil J. You do not currently have access to this article Login Please login to access the full content. Nill fitting, and yet ironic, that it was Evening Star that he was photographing at the time. The rest of the trip was taken comparatively easily with the train rolling into King’s Cross 4 minutes early in minutes 38 seconds from Doncaster, an actual average of 68mph over Bill junior left Kirkdale Day Industrial School at the age of Alf Hancox was doing well at keeping the boiler pressure well up and Bill Hoole intended to keep going hard until somebody stopped him.

I have recently visited his grave in St.

Eric Treacy – the Right Reverend railway photographer – National Railway Museum blog

Semmens records that Bill Hoole himself remained convinced that “with our technique and her abilities, Mallard’s record would have gone by the board”. He spent his working life on the ‘big’ railway, starting on the Cheshire Lines Committee as an engine cleaner. His love of the steam is truly evident in his photography.

Semmens recorded that “Bill had carefully studied Duddington’s world-breaking run with Mallard and had come to the conclusion that it would be possible to beat this with Sir Nigel Gresley given the impetus of a faster run through Grantham than the 70mph usually allowed. This is evident in the photograph below which shows a entine train crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct.