So, the first of a series of old pictures lasting until Sunday, all taken in the late 50's or very early 60's on a simple roll film camera, hence the lack of quality as all 5 pictures are scanned from very old enprints.
This was taken in the yard at Royston, where I grew up, and shows the departure of one of these well known trains which ran several times daily between Kings Cross and Cambridge, via Hitchin. They were also known locally as "the beer train" for obvious reasons, no doubt the undergraduates made good use of the bar when they travelled to and from Cambridge.
Sadly the signal box and the goods shed, where my dad was foreman, have long gone, and the station buidlings have been replaced to some extent with the more modern style of construction, and more importantly, the whole route has been electrified and services run right through to Kings Lynn.
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