The LCGB Ken Nunn Picture Collection
14 February 2005
Charles Firminger, one of our regular members,
brought along 200 slides from the LCGB's Ken Nunn collection. Charles
introduced the talk with some background information on the collection.
Ken Nunn had worked for the GER (and later the LNER and BR Eastern
Region), spending much time at Brentwood. This explained why there was a
predominance of GER pictures in the collection! The collection of
about 11,800 is fully catalogued and copies of the lists are available -
on disc or CD for the computer literate. It includes collections
bought by Ken Nunn of photographs by H L Hopwood, R P Angus-Lewis and
others, as well as some by his brother Cyril. Copies of the pictures
can be bought at a reasonable price from Graham Stacey, 11 Braywood
Avenue, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9LY.
The picture sequence started in Scotland with
pictures from the Highland and Caledonian Railways. We were then taken
around the LNER, LMSR, SR, GWR and their constituent railways, not
forgetting the Hundred of Man Steam Tramway. The pictures took us back
to the end of the 19th century and forward to the locomotive exchanges
of 1948 (a Bullied light pacific piloting a Liverpool express, on its
way to trials in the Scottish Region).
Most of the pictures were from either the Edwardian period, or the
inter-war years. Not all were as old as might appear - the pictures of
the Hetton Colliery locomotive and Hackworth's Royal Sovereign were not
from the mid 19th century, but from the 1925 Stockton & Darlington
Railway centenary celebrations, another picture of which featured the
latest LNER traction in the form of A1 pacific 2563 William Whitelaw and
electric locomotive number 13.
The pictures showed some interesting workings such
as an ex-GCR locomotive at Bourne End with the Northern Rubber Special
run by our vice-president Alan Pegler. (Another picture showed the GNR
Atlantics 990 Henry Oakley and 251 double heading what may have been a
rehearsal for the famous Plant Centenarian of September 1953.) Also
featured were a number of royal train workings, the condition of whose
locomotives contrasted with the grimy subjects of many of the pictures.
Throughout the evening Charles was aided by comments
and anecdotes by other members on the pictures. Some of these
suggested that the information on the picture was not entirely correct:
for instance one train seemed to be coming from Upminster, not going to
it. This did not, however, spoil the enjoyment of the evening, more it
enhanced it by encouraging discussion.
Charles has another sequence of slides concentrating on the London
area which he has offered to show. We will be taking him up in a future