SU5290 : 'Maindy Hall', derelict at Didcot, early 1980

taken 42 years ago, near to Didcot, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

'Maindy Hall', derelict at Didcot, early 1980
'Maindy Hall', derelict at Didcot, early 1980
We asked one of the Didcot volunteers about this engine and he laughed and shook his head: "That's Maindy Hall. You'll never believe it, but there's somebody here who thinks he can rebuild her as a Saint".

From my boyhood engine-spotting days - at Paddington and Swindon - I remembered Maindy Hall, No. 4942. And I knew that the 'Hall' class had been developed in the mid-1920's from the 'Saint' class of 25 years earlier. The 'Halls' had smaller driving-wheels (in effect giving lower gearing) and their cabs were more enclosed, giving the crew more shelter. But by the time I started to take an interest in steam engines the 'Saints' were a thing of the past - there was no more chance of seeing one at Paddington than there was of seeing a dinosaur in Regent's Park.

Anyway, as it turns out, that man at Didcot didn't get the last laugh. Almost 40 years later - and against all the odds - Maindy Hall has finally been resurrected as 'Lady of Legend'. I am writing these words just a day after discovering the evidence on YouTube, and it's as if I've seen a ghost!

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Date Taken
Saturday, 1 March, 1980   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 January, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5235 9089 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:36.8647N 1:14.7201W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5233 9090
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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