54122 & 53359 Stewartby 29 May 1988

An atmospheric, and now totally historic picture, taken at Stewartby on 29 May 1998. Retro liveried Cravens unit 54122 & 53359 pulls out of the station with the 17:42 Bedford to Bletchley service. This was one of a number of specials operating over the line in connection with the Bedford River Festival. The rain soaked wooden platform in the foreground still survives (albeit now with a non slip covering), but apart from the track, virtually everything else in this picture has disappeared. The DMU was scrapped the following year, the level crossing has been replaced by lifting barriers, and the two huts were removed when the platform on the left was moved to the other side of the crossing. Also, the covered conveyor crossing the line has been removed.