ADRC96704 Stoulton 1 December 1984

On 30 November 1984 a broken fishplate caused the derailment of the 1A75 07.05 Hereford to Paddington service near Stoulton. There were no serious injuries, but the coaches were thrown well clear of the track, resulting in the line being closed for several days. The following day, Saturday 1 December 1984, Cardiff Canton's Cowans Sheldon 76 tonne diesel crane ADRC96704 is getting ready to lift the last two remaining coaches. This particular crane was originally built in 1961 as a steam crane. Some idea of just how dull the weather was can be gauged by the fact that this picture was taken on Kodachrome 64 at 1sec f5.6 at midday!