The W.B.Greenfield MBE LNER photographic negative collection

Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:18 The late Dave Whitfield

The W.B.Greenfield MBE
LNER photographic negative collection

Bryce Greenfield in the cab of A3 no. 2599 Book Law
Bryce Greenfield in the cab of A3 no. 2599 "Book Law"

This Collection was bequeathed to NELPG following Bryce Greenfield's death in 1977. It consists mainly of photographs, albums and negatives, the LNER negatives being the subject of this Web Page.

Bryce was NELPG's first Chairman and remained so until he resigned in 1971. He was born in 1918 and lived most of his life at Low Fell, Gateshead where many of his photographs were taken. He was awarded a M.B.E. in 1951 for services to the Army Cadet Force, where he attained the rank of Major.

He first started taking railway pictures in 1934, his first subject being A1 Pacific no. 2581 "Neil Gow" on the 4.42pm to Edinburgh at Newcastle Central Station in February of that year. In the following 6 years Bryce became a prolific photographer of the LNER scene in his local area. There are even some Wartime shots which are quite rare and daring considering that he could have been arrested for taking pictures of trains at this time of conflict.

Many of the photographs were taken from the foot crossing at Low Fell just south of the station. Some of the moving express trains are inevitably blurred to some degree but many are OK considering the equipment used (a Brownie "Ihagee" F4.5). The slower moving freights are especially good.

Bryce was obviously attracted to the express passenger locomotives and named trains such as the "Flying Scotsman", "Silver Jubilee", "Coronation" etc. and photographed them extensively both at Low Fell and Newcastle. Many superb photographs exist of LNER Pacifics standing at Platform 8 at Newcastle Central Station at the head of named expresses bound for the north. Some of these were taken at night with surprisingly good results.

He did, however, travel further afield and Bryce pointed his camera at subjects ranging all along the main line from Kings Cross to Dundee. His main field of interest were the locomotives themselves rather then the "scene" and shed / signal box visits feature from time to time. Some of the best photographs in the collection are taken from the signal boxes at Manors Station and King Edward Bridge Junction at Gateshead.

Bryce considered his most memorable year to be 1938. As a junior draughtsman with a local engineering company he was able to travel beyond his native North East to pursue his hobby. The highlight was a week in London where he was able to visit many LNER locations such as Kings Cross, Marylebone, Stratford and Liverpool Street where the streamlined B17' s made a big impression. A wonderful holiday was completed by returning north to Newcastle in 4 hours by the "Coronation", the last hour of which was spent in the rear of the beaver-tail Observation Car.

The full catalogue of the negatives is available. We hope you enjoy the following selection of Bryce's photographs. Enquiries and further details of the collection can be obtained from the coordinator.

A selection of the photographs

A1 2570 Tranquil


A1 2578 Bayardo


Raven Pacific


A3 2507 Singapore


A3 2570 Papyrus


A4 2509 Silver Link


A4 2509 Silver Link enters Darlington


A4 2510 Quicksilver


Rear view of 2510 Quicksilver


A4 4485 Kestrel at Kings Cross


A4 4491 Commonwealth of Australia


A4 4401 Dominion of New Zealand leaves Kings Cross


B16 1382


B17 2854 Sunderland with Cup Final special


B17 2858 The Essex Regiment at Liverpool Street


Streamlined B17 2859 East Anglian


C6 1680 at King Edward Bridge Junction


C6 705 with white war time buffers


C7 2169 at Low Fell


A4 Silver Fox and A1 Sir Hugo on King Edward Bridge


A4 Wild Swan and A1 Neil Gow depart Newcastle Central


A3 and 2 D49s in shed


2 C7 Atlantics double heading at Low Fell


C6 686 and A1 double heading Flying Scotsman


J24 1938 with breakdown train


J78 crane tank 590 in shed


P2 2001 Cock O the North


A4 2512 Silver Fox leaves Newcastle


Hush-Hush W1 1000 at Newcastle Central


Rebuilt W1 10000 at Newcastle Central
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