Above: An 0-6-0 Pannier Tank passes the signal box, probably
running round then nudging its way to the platform to collect its train
for the return trip to Newbury.
Below left: A Dean Goods arrives at Lambourn in the early 1950s.
Tender-first working was never popular with the crews, as on summer
days, coal dust constantly blew into their faces. Conversely, in the
winter the rather miserly cabs on the Dean Goods provided very little
shelter from the harsh weather.
Below right: A platelayer is seen lubricating the points on the
approach to the terminus.
|Above left: The gas lighting used in the horseboxes was sourced
from a Cordon (Gas Tank Wagon) which was based at the terminus.
The pressurised tanks were refilled from a GWR gasworks near the
junction with the West London Line.
right: The three-ton crane
pictured here in the early 1950s replaced the earlier one-ton
version. The very first crane to exist at Lambourn was a one-ton
10 cwt model.
No. 18 awaits departure on 8th June 1954.
Above: The station yard in 1954 with 0-6-0PT running
round its train. The extensive loading bank in the foreground was
required to cope with the large volumes of racehorse and cattle
traffic. The Pacos (horseboxes) stabled in the yard were a
familiar sight at Lambourn, some of the vehicles being allocated to
particular trainers whose names appeared on the sides. The gas lighting
in these vehicles was replenished from a Cordon (gas tank wagon) which
was normally kept in the yard. Note the vehicle crossing to the goods
A full goods siding, and a general view of Lambourn station with a
railcar sitting at the platform, awaiting its sparse passenger load.
An unidentified 0-6-0 Pannier Tank simmers as it waits for its
timetabled departure time; and the goods shed - note the
ladders and short platform.
left: This is from 1956, and we
are back to solely
steam-hauled trains - the railcars were not used again.
|Above right: Left of the water pump housing is another picture of
what must be the most-photographed gas tank wagon ever. In this image
from 1956, beyond the 3000-gallon conical water tower can be seen the
concrete weighbridge office. The weighbridge capacity was increased in
1945 from six to 20 tons.
Above: Lambourn in the
late 1950s with 0-6-0PT No 4666 near the water tower, running round the
single-coach return trip to Newbury. The postman on the platform
wheeling the trolley I believe to be none other than my old friend and
work colleague, the late Cyril Prince (writes Ken Tarbox).
|Above: The station in 1958
storm clouds gather over Lambourn Terminus, as they did over the entire
Lambourn Valley operation. On 4th January 1960, the Lambourn Valley
branch line was officially closed. It had a lifespan of just 62 years.