Recording trains in our book
I well remember the engine sheds at Brighton which were a few hundred yards up the line from the station. As young train-spotting teenagers we would wander into the sheds to try and spot a new steam locomotive that we hadn’t recorded in our numbers book. There was a regular steam service from Brighton up-country on the old Bramber line, as well as a twice a day service to and from Cardiff (from memory) which used larger ‘named’ locomotives.
Strictly speaking you were meant to check with the shed master before you were allowed alongside the magnificent parked locomotives which were there for maintenance, but often there was no-one there and we would just wander in anyway. No-one ever kicked us out as we wandered round – I’m not sure what Health and Safety would make of it these days.