(source : Pat Gritton)
|Pat Gritton found this photo in an old copy of "Steam World" as he was browsing in a local car boot sale. The photo was taken March 7th 1959 — when many of you would have been slogging away, just up the road at The Priory.
I'm not sure that many of us would ever have used this station, however : according to an accompanying article, passenger services on this Bishop's Waltham Railway were withdrawn January 2nd 1933. What you see featured in the photo is a 'Branch Line Society' rail tour, with a former LSWR 'M7' pulling a couple of coaches.
Those trainspotters amongst you might like to note the following : M7, 0-4-4T No 30111.
Patrick Southall writes (July 2007) :
I have attached a group photo which I recently unearthed. Taken at St.Columba's in 1955 I think. I can't work out what the group is. My best guess is that it was a class group. I have tried to remember names and used the Pelicans' website to check but my list is not complete and possibly with mistakes.
(L-R) Seated :
Peter Yates, Gerry Cannon, David Pendlebury, Gerry Short, Richard McKenna, Sandy McLeod
(L-R) Standing :
Anthony Rigby, Russell Ottaway, Martin Leonard, Paul Tait, Steve Shevlin, Peter Smith, Patrick Southall, Jim McQuade, J J Quinn, Danny O'Hagan, John Tait, Michael Parsons, Dick Tobin, Andy Mooney "
(source : Pat Southall)
Extra help to name people given by Chris Benton. This looks like a group from 1956
—about to leave St Columba's for The Priory,
but Gerry Cannon (RIP) was already there. Any ideas ?
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