Long Marston Station 31 August 1981

Long Marston station viewed from the top of the down home signal on 31 August 1981. The station, which can be seen beyond the crossing gates closed in 1966, but the line from Honeybourne was retained for the as required movements into the nearby army base (behind the bushes on the left). I'm not too sure whether this picture truly deserves to be included in a 'Disused Railways' section, as the slight sheen on the down line gives a clue that the line has been used fairly recently. Incoming trains had to reverse into the yard, and consequently a new direct connection was added near the bridge in the background. This came into use 16 November 1981. However, as can be seen by the invading brambles on the track, the up line has been out of use for years.