Coleston - c 1950  5

The Big Picture


No.6027 "King Richard I", in lined blue livery, on an 'up' express.


'Star' Class no.4019 "Knight Templar", in post-war GWR lined green, wearing BRITISH RAILWAYS markings, on an 'up' milk train.


Small 'Prairie' no.4536, still wearing its post-war GWR livery, waits in the 'up' platform bay with a 'B' set, while 48XX no.1450, in early BR lined black and red-backed number plates, eases into the 'down' platform bay trailing an autocoach in carmine and cream.  In the background, a Hawksworth 94XX no.9416 marshals stone wagons.


'Star' Class no.4061 "Glastonbury Abbey" races through the centre 'down' road with an express formed of Hawksworth stock.  No.9416 is still shunting the stone train in the goods yard, whilst no.1500 is in the 'down' siding, behind the signal box, with a short ballast train.


A close up of the footplate crew on open-cabbed 2721 Class 0-6-0PT no.2785 preparing their breakfast !


The fabulous ready-to-run model of Gas Turbine no. 18000, waiting in the 'up' platform at Coleston with an express for Paddington.  Although given the unofficial moniker of "Kerosene Castle" at the time, it was never actually named.  This model is manufactured by Heljan, as a special exclusive commission from Rails of Sheffield.  It's truly a superb model, and runs like a dream.


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