Photos from IMLEC 1972, thanks to Eddie Gibbons
This was the Fourth IMLEC and was held by TSMEE at Exhibition Park
Apologies for the quality of these images but the colour slides haven't faired particularly well over the 42 years since they were exposed.
P Holroyd's 3 1/2" BR Class 7 70054 Dornock Firth from Brighouse. Behind are Maurice Smith oiling his Great Northern with Jack Murta and Mick Ennis chatting in the rear. The bearded fellow is Bill Longstaff who was to run his Stirling Single No 5.
A Juliet turned into a 4-4-0 by G Williams of Bracknell
An LNER built GC Director in 5" by a Chingford member. Chingford held the next IMLEC and Pat Killion won with her Dad's (Bill Longstaff) LNER L1 2-6-4T
A GWR Hall in 3 1/2" with Alan Jacobs of Romford in charge. I was at Romford a couple of weeks before this event and watched Alan putting the loco through its paces. Afterwards one of Alan’s colleagues was driving and he ran over a brick that some vandal had wedged into the track, ripping the bogie off and doing a fair bit of other damage. Alan must have burnt a lot of midnight oil to get the loco fixed for IMLEC.
This A3 in 3 1/2" gauge was the TMSEE entry built by Tom Jones and driven by DW Bradwell.
A general view of the steaming area showing how busy the day was, with 15 locos running.
Another 3 1/2" GWR loco this time a County by K Cribb of Bristol
The GW was well represented. This was a Freelance Atlantic in GWR guise by a member of St Mellons
A 5" GNR 2-8-0 to Martin Evans Nigel Gresley design came from Kinver. H. Reeves was the builder
Tom's A3 on the run
A 5" Royal Scot in original form by P. Davis of Urmston
The high tech score board and the other entries can be seen. Note the Teeside entry Chris Cubitt's Chub and the disposition of the gauges - 7 of 3 1/2" and 8 of 5" Gauge.
All in all a great day the winner being Norman Spink of Chesterfield with his GWR Pannier Tank.