55027 Lidlington 16 July 1994

This is one occasion where a 'going away' shot really is essential. 55027 (L127) leaves Lidlington station on 16 July 1994 with the 12:40 Bedford to Bletchley service, and the crossing keeper wastes no time in closing the gate behind it. All is now history. Not only have the delightful manually operated gates been replaced by automatic barriers, with the consequent removal of the crossing keeper's cabin, but the heritage Class 121 'bubble car' has been replaced by more modern units. In addition to this, the grassy bank behind 55027 is now the site of Lidlington's up platform, which was moved from its conventional position, to reduce traffic congestion at the level crossing.