On the bitterly cold and dismal morning of February 24th 1963 Gresley A4 no. 60022 Mallard was eagerly awaited at Raynes Park station but we were all caught on the hop a few minutes before the scheduled event when Bulleid original Battle of Britain pacific no. 34081 92 Squadron stormed through with a Bournemouth West express on the Slow line. This shot is but a hurried snap and the definition is poor which is a shame because it would be interesting to know what the shed platewould tell us as, according to my generally accurate allocation table, 34081 was allocated to Exmouth Junction at the time and its appearance on a Bournemouth working is decidedly odd.
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