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1968 - The Last 'Britannia'.. | by Robert Gadsdon
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1968 - The Last 'Britannia'..

'Britannia' class pacific 70013 ''Oliver Cromwell'' passing Chew Moor Sidings signal box in July 1968, with the Roch Valley Railway Society 'Manchester - Southport Steam Excursions' railtour.

70013 was destined to pull the famous '15 Guinea Special' one month later, on the 11th of August, to mark the end of steam on BR - which had actually ended a week earlier, on the 4th of August.

The loco is now based at the GCR, Loughborough, and operating on UK mainline tracks and preserved lines.

Today, the sidings, and signals, and signal box, and telegraph poles, have all gone, and there are just two tracks here..

Original slide - photographer unknown

 

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Taken in July 1968