Churchward 4300 class mogul no. 6383 in charge of a rake of GWR compartment stock at Platform 9 in Reading General station. There's no doubting 6383's home shed when this shot was taken as 84B is painted or chalked in large characters on trhe smokebox door. 6383 had been an 81D reading engine until reallocation to Oxley in Oxley in August 1952 but that residency was shortlived as the next move was to 89A Oswestry only three months later. 6383 was a relatively early withdrawal as the end came at 89C Machynlleth in May 1956.
[Mike Morant collection]