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The Lambourn Valley Railway
Stations & Crossings
Lambourn 1950-1960
Photo : C Gordon Watford Photo : M.B Warburton
Photo : T.B Sands Photo : T.J Saunders

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.

Photo : P.J Garland Photo : J.H Moss
 
Photo : J Smith Photo : C Gordon Watford
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.

Above 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.
Photo : D Canning
Photo : Unknown Photo : Unknown

Photo : H Ballantyne
Above: Railcar No. 18 awaits departure on 8th June 1954.

 

 Photo: T B Sands

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 shed.

Photo : D.B Clayton Photo : D.B Clayton
Photo : E . Wilmshurst Photo : D.B Clayton
Top row: A full goods siding, and a general view of Lambourn station with a railcar sitting at the platform, awaiting its sparse passenger load.

Bottom row: 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.
 
Photo : A.E Bennett Photo : J Smith

Above 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.
Photo  :  S Fletcher Photo : Unknown
Photo : J Smith
Photo : Unknown Photo : Unknown
Photo : M.J Deane Photo : I.D Beale
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).
The station in 1958
Above: The station in 1958
Below: The 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.
The station in 1960 - just before closure
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