A winter's day of 1920 draws to a close, frost will soon arrive, and there is no-one
on the streets to see the train as it makes a vigorous start away from Durham station,
heading south, perhaps for York. It's locomotive would have been of interest to the
knowledgeable observer, as it is NER 825, unique for its class in being equipped with
Stumpf 'Uniflow' cylinders and Walschaerts valve gear, an arrangement only just
apparent in this poor light. Built at Darlington in 1913, No.825, despite being a good
performer, was converted to standard in 1924 and withdrawn by the LNER in 1944.
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