Whilst my passion for railways has its roots in childhood spotting days during the Fifties, by the early Sixties the hobby was running out of steam.
It began in 1955 when the British Transport Commission Worse still, when it came to underlining the new diesels I had 'copped' on visits to Swindon, Derby and Crewe Works, they didn't enter the equation because Ian Allan had published the new combined edition before the diesels were built.
Johnson, 3-cylinder compound arrangement comprised one high pressure cylinder inside the frames, and two low pressure cylinders outside.
From 1905 onwards, Johnson's successor at Derby, Richard M Deeley, built a simpler version based on Johnson's original 4-4-0 design which made the engines more straightforward to drive.
The majority of the 2Ps were allocated to sheds on the old MR system, chiefly in the Midlands.
The class was adopted by the LMS as a standard light passenger engine and many went to Scotland for service on the Glasgow and South West routes.
During BR days the Class 2P continued to operate on the Scottish Region, principally around Kilmarnock.
No 70 were built for use primarily on local passenger services, four on the Western Region, the rest on the London Midland Region.
(Above) The class was most easily identifiable from other 2-6-2Ts by their parallel boiler and smokebox curving down to meet the frames, which can be seen in this ER Morten shot of No 40058 entering Shrewsbury station with a local passenger train.