MR locomotives - MikeMorant
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RCTS East Midlander No. 2 Rail Tour 6/5/56
This tour used Johnson 2P 40454 solo for the first leg of the trip: Nottingham Midland - Castle Donnington - (via Camp Hill) - Bromsgrove - Worcester Shrub Hill - Norton Jn - Cheltenham Spa Lansdown and possibly for the last leg: Swindon Works - Oxford - Bletchley - Blisworth - Northampton Bridge Street - Wellingborough - Kettering - Nottingham Midland.
But does anyone recognise this location?
It seems that Tony Walmsley's efforts to nail this location down have borne fruit: "It looks like the approach to Beeston (Notts). The clue is the half timbered building on the left. Looking at Google Earth, I notice that a very similar shaped buidling exists today on Grace Avenue at its corner with Windsor Street. It is now rendered, but the roof line looks almost the same and there are even simlar industrial buildings opposite. That makes the bridge in the background the main entrance road into Boots. The train would therefore be travelling South West, putting the sun in the South East which would fit with a morning start from Nottingham. There were goods loops at this location and on the left would be part of Beeston goods yard."
Vic Smith adds: "Have checked with a 1956 map which clearly shows Nos 10-17 Grace Avenue, allotments, track into yard, Windsor Works Iron Foundry, signal positions and bridge whilst the building to right is on Lilac Crescent. According to the map the train is passing milepost 123½. "
And from Syd Hancock: "The comments which you already have are correct - I should know I worked in this area for 47 years and saw this view every working day. The train is approaching the station which is 50- 60 yards behind the photographer. The track in the foreground is the up goods loop which ended immediately behind the photographer. The bridge in the background is indeed that which gives access to the Boots factory site."

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