When spotters could climb over locos

A good friend of mine, railway photographer Peter Fitton, suggested I should send the attached photograph to you.

While not one of my best, it was taken with a 7/6d (35p) plastic Kodak 127 camera.

Hard to believe that trainspotters aged around 10 are standing on the cab roof or sitting on the top of the smokebox in this Derby Works open day picture when health and safety had never been heard of. TONY STEVENSON

The date is uncertain but would be around 1959.

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The location is a Derby Works open day, and it was great fun for young spotters many years ahead of health and safety rules.

Tony Stevenson
Lytham St Annes

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