When I looked at the workings board at Kingmoor on 26th June 1963 I assumed there was a mistake when I saw that a Heaton A3, 60083, was listed to take forward the 10.10 Euston to Perth from Carlisle. I rushed into the shed and there it was, filthy but definitely in steam. The running foreman confirmed that an “NB engine” was working the 15.xx 1S63 to Perth. Alan Thompson was with me and a phone call – no mobiles then- enlisted the help of Stephen Crook and we set off to clean the west side. We just had to find materials where ever we could and managed to find a work platform with very rusty wheels to enable us to reach all of the tender. Reaching the chimney and smokebox top defeated us. We unanimously agreed that Harthope would be the chosen location and so we awaited arrival of the crew who were preparing the loco themselves. It turned out that they were Carstairs men – Driver J Forrest and his fireman who came from Wylam. They were delighted to make some smoke but were concerned that it was not easy with such a loco with a Kylchap blastpipe. In the end they told me later that they resorted to the pricker and there was just enough smoke. Their enthusiasm is obvious – great enginemen.