This morning, Saturday 14th December 2013 at about 8:30, several very keen train spotters assembled on the platform of Laindon Station to watch a rare but awesome sight: a steam train rumbling along the track on the up line with a cloud of steam billowing from its funnel.
Cameras began clicking as several photographs were eagerly taken and I attach two of ours to this article. I’m sure these will bring back many fond memories and I look forward to hopefully reading about some of them under ‘comments’.
We’ve given prints of our photographs to the staff at the station who say they will put them on the wall there.
The last regular steam trains stopped running in 1962 when diesel locomotives took over.
Apparently there’s another similar event planned for some time next year. I must look up the exact date and make a note in my diary.