Between 1956 and 1965 Timothy Kidd was vicar at St Anne’s Church in Grantham. These clips are from cine film made on family visits to the lineside at Highdyke and Great Ponton. They have been shared with us by Chris, Rev. Kidd’s younger son.
There is a short biography of Timothy Kidd on the Grantham Matters website here.
Film 1: At Highdyke, around 1962
Our viewpoint is on the east side of the main line, opposite the south end of Highdyke Sidings. Trains travelling from right to left are ascending towards Stoke Summit.
The charming sequence features one of Timothy Kidd’s young daughters who waves enthusiastically as the trains pass by on a glorious summer’s day.
- B1 No. 61093 is southbound with an express freight train.
- An English Electric Type 4 diesel passes with a southbound express passenger service.
- A1 No. 60135 Madge Wildfire speeds towards Grantham on an express passenger train.
- An Austerity heavy freight locomotive crawls past up the gradient with a mineral train, perhaps gathering speed after being held at the junction for passenger trains to pass. The fireman has joined the driver on the left side of the footplate, looking back to see that the wagons pass safely over the points.
- Another A1 races north.
- Several lines of ironstone wagons, each with a brake van, are seen in the sidings as an A4-hauled express passenger train heads into Stoke Tunnel. A plume of steam appears as the driver whistles a warning before entering the tunnel.
Film 2: At Great Ponton, around 1964
The viewpoint is on the west side of the line, behind Great Ponton signal box. Chris's elder brother features in the shots.
- A train of mineral wagons approaches up the gradient from Grantham. It's travelling on the Main Line so there must have been a lull in fast southbound traffic, or it would have taken the goods line, on the right, as far as the junction at Highdyke. Signalling experts may notice that when the Great Ponton signalman replaces his Up home signal to danger it is not followed immediately by the distant signal for Highdyke mounted below. Please see Andy Overton's very helpful comment below where he explains the reason why the Up distant signal here responds in this delayed manner, rather than the near-immediate return to the 'On' position usually seen when such a signal is mechanically operated.
- English Electric Type 4 No. D348 passes with train 1A42, the 15.00 departure from King’s Cross for Newcastle.