Current issues of two of the monthly magazines contain some Grantham interest:
- Backtrack for August 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 8) has a 4-page feature of photographs by Derek Penney, several of which feature Grantham or locations nearby (pages 480 to 483, plus cover illustration).
- 'Great Shot!' in Steam World for August 2017 (Issue 362) has a photograph of Grantham's turntable taken in 1958 (pages 34-35). "... but there wasn't a turntable at Grantham after 1951," we hear you say. And you're right of course, but the photograph wasn't taken at Grantham. It's at Melton Constable, in Norfolk, where Grantham's 70-foot turntable was moved for further service after its foundation, on the site of the old Victorian workhouse, gave way.
Here are links to two photographs recently published by local website Grantham Matters which may interest our readers:
Humphrey Platts recently discovered another very attractive photograph, one of a series of three he took while at Barkston Station one day in the 1950s. We've just added it to his Gallery page - scroll down to the third image following the introduction.
Keeping an eye on the user statistics for Tracks Through Grantham we're used to seeing an occasional surge in interest when we publish a new page. However, around the middle of July there was a sudden spike in our viewing figures which wasn't set off by new content. It was thanks to a favourable mention on RMweb of our Railways Rediscovered pages (about the former Woolsthorpe Branch) that, for a period of three days we practically trebled our normal readership.* If you'd like to see what the RMweb contributors had to say you can find the start of the thread here.
Also recently, Richard Marshall was in touch, leaving a comment on our page The Woolsthorpe Branch Rediscovered – Part 2 and subsequently he sent us some photographs of a building which was connected with the ironstone quarries and remains standing today, near Harston. You can discover the building by scrolling down to near the bottom of this page.
(* We should clarify that the site stats do not tell us who our users are. They give the total number of views of each page per day and some indication of how those users have found Tracks through Grantham.)
Some time ago we published several black and white photographs which showed preserved A3 No. 4472 Flying Scotsman arriving at Grantham with a special train from the south, but we weren't sure when they were taken.
One of the great things about Tracks through Grantham is that when we appeal for information, whether on the website or at meetings, our questions seldom go unanswered. This has proved to be the case yet again, so we have revised the page and added further photographs in colour, which we are sure you'll enjoy.
Back in 1952 someone in charge of the GN section of BR's Eastern Region must have realised that celebrating the centenary of the opening, in July and August 1852, of the section of the main line the line which links Peterbrough and Retford through Grantham and Newark would be a very good thing to do. Coupling that with the 100th anniversary of King's Cross station in the October provided an opportunity to really go to town and organise quite a programme of events.
Starting with some photographs kindly made available by Humphrey Platts, we've put together our latest new page, which is about those events. We hope you enjoy it.