Of all the regions created when the railways were nationalised, the Eastern was perhaps the most forward-looking, yet many aspects of its advances are today not widely appreciated, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.


Above: The ‘B1’ 4-6-0s were Thompson’s mixed traffic design for the region which entered service just before nationalisation. On January 27 1962 61281 works hard as it passes through Grantham with Iron ore empties for High Dyke Sidings. Neville Simms/Ranwell Collection/Railphotoprints.uk.


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