Train spotting was a major focus from 1958 through to 1963, and Pat and I would often “do” New England Sheds on Sundays as they were only about a 20 minute bike ride away.
We would go in via a footbridge and sneak past the Foreman’s office and into the sheds. Once in, we would quickly walk up and down the various rows of locomotives writing down numbers as fast as we could. If we felt that we were particularly safe, we would climb up into the cabs of a number of them!
Below (left) is a photo of the results of a Sunday visit (34E was the British Railways Shed Code for Peterborough New England Sheds). The red “C’s” indicated locos cabbed (8 in total), and the red cross-out lines were done after I had underlined then neatly in my train spotters book!
On a “visit” to New England Sheds with Pat in the early 1960’s, I took this photograph (upper right). That is Pat in the left foreground. It must have been a cold day based on his clothes. As we were out in the open at that time, the sheds must have exceptionally quiet otherwise somebody would have shouted at us but then, the workers were all boys once and so probably ignored us as long as we were not getting into trouble.
In 1959, Pat went on holiday to Folkestone and sent me the Post Card below. The important part was to tell me that he had seen “13 Southern, 4 Diesels and 4 Western”. It was so exciting!