GWR & MR Joint Route: Halesowen to Longbridge
Longbridge Station: mrlong1460
British Railways 0-6-0PT 64xx class No 7448 leaves
Longbridge station in the late 1950s with a Workman's train bound for Old Hill.
The Western Region Workman's train service officially finished on 1st September
1958, but the last train actually ran on Friday 29th August 1958. The words
'The Last' were chalked on the side of the locomotive's tank and several
detonators were exploded at Hunnington to mark the occasion.
No 7448 was built in April 1950 at Swindon Works as part of
lot 380. The locomotive was initially allocated to Stourbridge shed, where
eight 64xx class pannier tanks were allocated during the 1950s, for use mainly
on the Longbridge branch. No 7448 moved to South Wales in September 1960 and
was withdrawn from Pontypool Road shed in April 1963.