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Breakdown train entering Bletchley, 11.4.1963

The breakdown train is being hauled by Stanier class 5 No. 45292. Photographer Ben Brooksbank gives the details:

View SE, towards London; West Coast Main Line, ex-London & North Western Euston - Rugby (Birmingham) - Crewe - Carlisle - (Glasgow). The train is headed by Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 45292 and it has just come under the new (c. 1962) viaduct joining the line from Oxford (to right) with that to Bedford and Cambridge (to left), which was built to allow east - west freight trains to by-pass Bletchley station; the viaduct was hardly used at all before the line to Oxford was closed on 1/1/68. However, that line was reopened Oxford - Bicester in 1987 and in 2010 plans were well-advanced to restore this important east-west link.

Photo © Ben Brooksbank


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