Hawksworth 94xx pannier tank no.8458 eases
past Victoria Park with a B-set on a local working. This part of the layout
was based on the famous section of main line that runs through Sydney Gardens
A long shot of the eastern approaches to
Coleston station sees no.6811 "Cranbourne Grange" with a train
of Minis bound for the docks and export.
Collett Goods no.2282 runs through the
station with a freight. This loco is paired with one of the tenders 'donated'
by withdrawn R.O.D. 2-8-0s. This was quite a common occurrence in real life
- some 'Aberdare' class 2-6-0s also received them. Waiting at platform 2 with
a local passenger train is small prairie no. 4536.
Train no.Z23 is an excursion, and is seen
passing under the Oxford Road bridge in the charge of loco no.6027 "King
Pressed Steel constructed railcar (later
class 121under the TOPS scheme) no.W55027 waits at platform 1 for business.
The Austin Royal Mail van is about to disgorge its load onto the waiting
platform trolley - when the porter has finished his tea break! The chap
with the Vauxhall Velox has just decided to call his wife on the telephone
- probably forgot their anniversary.
D1008 "Western Harrier" roars
through the station with an 'up' express. Bubble car W55027 has to wait
a bit longer for the road, because the 'down' main has just dropped for
the passing of the Blue Pullman. Westerns had many livery variations in
the early days - this is one of the first treatments with the maroon livery,
featuring yellow buffer beams, before the more usual yellow warning panel
came into being.
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