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RH6 March 1943. My first trip on a Bradford express from Wakefield with Driver George Stoyles and Fireman George Barker of Bradford was memorable, for I saw what an old J1 with big 5' 8' wheels could do. These engines, built in 1908, had been at Bradford for some years and had worked specials before the war to Skegness, Cleethorpes, Brid and Scarborough, even expresses from Doncaster with 10 or 11 cars. I travelled on 3005 from Wakefield to Bradford via Morley and back to Wakefield via Batley. The photo was taken in the old GC 'Loco' at Westgate on the up side after we had turned for the next leg back to Bradford. On the express, 3005 was truly thrashed and, as we tore through the short and low Gildersome tunnel, I had never seen so much fire thrown from a chimney in my life: solid, the thickness of the chimney, hitting the tunnel roof, rebounding over us, bouncing off engine, tender and carriages, unforgettable. I was to learn that, with the old GN engines, the more fire they threw the better they steamed. George Stoyles was a Bronte enthusiast and talked with great enthusiasm on the subject whenever he could during the journey.