L420 Honeybourne 8 May 1982

L420 (51400, 59510 & 51358) arrives at Honeybourne station on 8 May 1982 with the 2A73 13:30 Hereford to Reading service. Honeybourne station was reopened the previous year, after having initially been closed to passengers in 1969. This is one of the few pictures I have featuring the bracket semaphore signal positioned in front of Honeybourne's disused island platform. The signal on the shorter arm controlled entry to the Long Marston branch, but since Honeybourne West signal box's demotion to ground frame status in 1971, the other arm was left permanently lowered for Cotswold Line trains. In March 1983 Honeybourne West box was replaced by a lever frame, and these signals were removed.