Yorkshire Post (27/Sep/1930) - This World of Ours: Curiosities at Berry Brow Station

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Curiosities at Berry Brow Station.

Following the inquiry of a Whitkirk correspondent, who wished to know how certain stone models of locomotives come to be at Berry Brow railway station, I append the following:

There are two models, one being larger than the other. the smaller one, with coaches, was the work of Mr. Tom Stocks, Berry Brow, and the larger was done by Mr. J.C. Stocks, his son, in 1886. It happened that Mr. Tom Stocks was a great friend of Mr. McKie, the Berry Brow stationmaster, who took a price in beautifying the station by means of a rockery and strips of flower gardens; and so these locomotives, as well as certain carved heads, were gifts to the station.

This explanation of the stone locomotives differs in some form from one supplied by a gentleman of Huddersfield, viz.:

These locomotives were carved in 1884 by Mr. J.C. Stocks, a native of Berry Brow, who travels daily from this station to Bradford, where he is employed by his brother-in-law, Mr. Harry Dawson, the Bradford wool merchant, who is also a native of Berry Brow. Mr. Stocks was a young man when he did the work, and he was friendly with a porter at the station. Afterwards he earned quite a good reputation as a sculptor, and worked in all parts of the world. At present time he does little carving, but his work at Berry Brow Station, although slightly damaged by weather, shows that he was a craftsman of no mean ability.

Such are two interpretations of the story of the stone locomotives. Who carved the smaller locomotive? Was it with the stationmaster at Berry Brow or with the porter, that the friendship was maintained? Perhaps Mr. J.C. Stocks himself has the key to the riddle.