Dean Goods no.2579 trundles through the
station approaches on the "Fly". The "Fly" was the local
nickname for the pick-up goods that ran on this line, and was made famous
by Adrian Vaughan in his wonderful books "Signalman's Morning"
and "Signalman's Twilight", recounting his time in the early 1960s
serving the Western Region in Challow and Uffington signal boxes.
The crew of Churchward "Mogul"
no.4358 dispose of their steed over the ash pit, whilst David Nelhams begins
the unenviable task of clearing some of the accumulated ash from the ground
- not helped much, it has to be said, by Alan Willesden daydreaming on his
A North British diesel hydraulic no.D6324
(class 22 to you young'uns) eases the down milk empties under the London
Geoff Stedman takes a break from tending
his allotment with a welcome cup of tea, whilst Marmalde the cat looks on.
Businessmen in deep discussion on the platform
whilst BR Standard 7P, Britannia class, no.70018 "Flying Dutchman"
speeds through the station with the up "Red Dragon" - South Wales
to Paddington express.
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton line trains
were not always worked by ex-GWR locos. Ex-Southern types also featured,
such as this Eastleigh-allocated Drummond T9 no.30287, signalled to leave
the up platform loop to commence its journey to Southampton.
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