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RH1 Eng 4569 class N1 at Wakefield Westgate before working a slow to Bradford via Batley, early 1944. A saturated engine and a very fair one although nearing her time for a General. Driver Ted Hailstone and Fireman George Howard of Bradford, a wonderful pair who could tackle any job with any engine. George was nearly 50 when he was passed for driving later in 1944, having started late in 1919 after service in France. On this journey, George went in the train, Ted fired and I drove. Leaving Batley Carr on a rising gradient, I was notching up and the screw slipped out of my hands into full forward gear, cracking the back of my hand on the way. This started the boiler priming. My old mentor was not amused and I got a good rollocking as well as a black hand!