Saturday, November 27, 2010

Market Harborough station in the 1950s

An ex-Midland 0-6-0 on the up Midland line at Market Harborough. The former LNWR lines (from Rugby and Northampton to Stamford and Melton Mowbray) passed on the other side of the signal box. Frustratingly, the Bonkers Hall Branch diverges just out of frame.

This photograph is by Ben Brooksbank, who says he began taking shots of the railway in 1946. I do not know precisely when it dates from, but I would guess the 1950s. Even in the 1970s though, there was a daily mixed freight train like this (albeit drawn by a diesel) that set back into the goods yard from the up Midland line.

And remember to insist on Ketton Cement.

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