Denis Turner - Fireman on 41324
brings back some very happy memories of my time on the
Railway at Weymouth. The photo of 41324 clambering up
into Red Bridge cutting in 1965 brought the memories of that
day flooding back. I was the fireman on that lead
engine and my driver was Les Moore. Photos of me
looking much younger are in
Brian Jackson's 'Isle of Portland Railways' book,
On the rear engine, 41285, was driver Dave Pointer and
Fireman Terry Bush with the lovely Fred Hooper as our Guard,
(always seemed to be smiling with his hat set rakishly on
the back of his head). You no doubt have seen the
attached picture that was also in the Echo back then, (shame
they spelt my name wrong with two 'N's').
I think we did three trips from Melcombe Regis to Easton
that day and all the trips were fully booked up.
I was born in Rodwell and used to go up to Rodwell Station
often as a boy to see the Portland trains come through, (my
parents knew the Stationmaster). I joined the railway
in 1960 and so enjoyed the last years of steam and what
excellent years they were working with some very fine men
many now sadly passed on. However, I think one of my
old mates is still on the rock, Danny Fox so if you are
anywhere near The Pulpit Inn, pop in and say hello from
The pictures of 35018 being restored on Portland brought
back more memories of working on this fine engine,
especially working the Channel Island boat train up from
Weymouth to Southampton. Pulling twelve coaches and
with only one stop at Poole, with the right driver I have
been on the footplate touching three figures on more than
one occassion on this and it's sister locomotives, superb
It was a criminal act when they shut that superbly lovely
piece of railway from Weymouth to Portland, especially the
climb up to Easton but at least it is enjoyed by many
walkers these days.
I moved to Surrey with the Railways as a Driver in 1969
working in and out of London but eventually left in 1972 as
it was not the same job I had joined in 1960. I then
joined the Surrey Constabulary where I spent another happy
thirty years mainly working with and training police dogs.
Have a look at my website
I now live in a lovely area of France with my wife where we
are now happily retired. It is much like the Dorset I
grew up in, (even have the same Portland curse of 'Wilfies'
Keep up the good work,
Very best regards,
||Class '2' 2-6-2 tank No. 41324 heads into
Red Bridge cutting. This was one of the last passenger
trains to Easton on 27th March 1965.
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