Leeds nostalgia: Steam age Leeds

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Before the age of the motor car everybody was connected by rail and for decades the residents of our region were ferried back and forth by metal monsters that guzzled coal and belched out smoke and steam.

Streamlined efficiency came to Leeds Central Station in 1937 when the Golden Fleece demonstrated the forthcoming ultra fast service between the West Riding towns and London.

SEPTEMBER 1937: ''The West Riding Limited, the new L. N. E. R. streamlined train, at Leeds Central Station before a demonstration run.

SEPTEMBER 1937: ''The West Riding Limited, the new L. N. E. R. streamlined train, at Leeds Central Station before a demonstration run.

Freight was continually hauled through Leeds along blackened tunnels and bridges and the resulting smoke wafted over Leeds suburbs including Lower Briggate.

It must have been a magnificent sight to behold the A3 engine in picture emerging from the Bramhope tunnel but this age of total steam was destined to come to an end and in 1968 a loyal group of steam enthusiasts filled the trucks when the last journey from Waterloo Main Colliery made a historic trip to Neville Hill Sidings and back.

LAne 5TM freight train passing through into Leeds.

LAne 5TM freight train passing through into Leeds.

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