SRL No 12 LNER B3 Class No 6167 on a Pullman express passing through Marshmoor near Hatfield in 1925.
This lovely glass plate of ex-GC B3 Class No 6167 'Lloyd George' was taken at Marshmoor near Brookmans Park; the date on the sleeve is 1925. Built at Gorton Works in September 1920, No 6167 was withdrawn in December 1947 and none of the class made preservation. Interestingly, the photo shows No 6167 without its nameplates; these were removed in August 1923 on the orders of Sir Frederick Banbury, then Chairman of the Great Northern Railway and a strong opponent of the 1923 railway grouping. David Lloyd George was Prime Minister when the Railway Act was passed, which led to the grouping of the rail companies into four major concerns. He also fell out of favour with the British public due to concerns that he had traded honours in return for political advantage. The nameplates were later discovered in a partition at Kings Cross in 1963 when Top Shed was demolished. Finally, I think the identity of the train is the 'Harrogate Pullman', forerunner of the 'Queen of Scots' service in1928. The Harrogate Pullman train started in July 1923 with a schedule time of 3 hrs 25 minutes, which at that time was the longest non-stop run on the LNER. Simon Lathlane Collection