Here are some further views of Newcastle, from the collections of Gordon Wells and Roger Darsley. Roger wrote the definitive book on the Wissington Railway System, titled ‘The Wissington Railway’ and published in 1984 (and available online via the likes of Amazon). Roger kindly supplied some images from his collection, to compliment those from Gordon Wells, and these are reproduced below…
Below: Its 1901 (or thereabouts) and a proud crew pose on a brand new ‘Newcastle’ at Apedale Ironworks. Note the livery (black with red, blue and cream lining). A handsome locomotive!
Below: Jump forward now to 1964, and this photo from Roger’s collection taken by Dr Ian C Allen and showing Newcastle drawing empty wagons away from the Wissington Sugar Factory.
Below: Back to 1957, another Dr Allen image and a photo showing the Wissington works as well as another Manning Wardle, 2006/1921 (to the left). Newcastle draws a train in from the right.
Below: It is thought this was the last time Newcastle steamed, taken by Gordon Wells and showing the loco in 1981. Photo by Gordon Wells, from the R. R. Darsley collection.
My grateful thanks to Roger and Gordon for providing these images and enabling us to compile a more complete set of views of Newcastle than would have otherwise been possible. I shall now trawl the usual sources (ILS, IRS etc.) looking for any other views of 1532/1901 ‘Newcastle’ and I would be very glad to hear from anyone who has located or knows of other views of this engine.