The "Eric Treacy" Steam Train, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Sandra Cockayne

Reeth, United Kingdom

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In 2010, the restoration of steam train “Black 5 45428” which took 11 years to rebuild, was re-named “The Eric Treacy” in memory of photographer Eric Treacy, Bishop of Wakefield.

Bishop Eric Treacy MBE (2 June 1907 – 13 May 1978) was an English railway photographer and Anglican Bishop.
Born in London, Treacy was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School and at King’s College London, though he left without taking a degree. In 1932 he was made a Deacon in the Church of England, and also took up railway photography, being inspired by a visit to Liverpool Lime Street. His photographic work appeared in various magazines during the 1930s.
His photography was interrupted by being an army padre during the Second World War, for which he was awarded an MBE. He published his first book of images in 1946. On demobilisation he became Rector of Keighley and in 1949 was appointed Archdeacon of Halifax. In 1961 he became Suffragan Bishop of Pontefract and in 1968 he was made Bishop of Wakefield, a post in which he remained until he retired in 1976.

On 13 May 1978 Treacy died from a heart attack on Appleby Station on the Settle-Carlisle Railway waiting for a railtour hauled by BR 92220 Evening Star. A plaque is there to his memory. He is buried at St Kentigern’s Church, Crosthwaite, Keswick.

The Treacy Collection of 12,000 photographs forms part of the National Railway Museum’s archive of over 1.4 million images.

MOSTLY sourced from Wikapedia, and Steam Train’s Website. Thank you.

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Sony 11-18mm w/a lens.

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