Moredon End of the Line 22 August 1978

During the 1970s a short length of the former Midland & South Western Junction Railway was retained from the Great Western Mainline at Swindon as far north as Moredon Power Station. The line extended for approximately mile beyond the power station in what was presumably intended as a very long headshunt. I assume no trains ever ventured up this far, and consequently there was no need to provide a buffer stop! The very end of the line is just about visible in the undergrowth in this 22 August 1978 view. The track was lifted a few months later. Note the very characteristic feature of many landscape pictures taken in the 1970s - the row of dead elm trees on the horizon, recently killed by Dutch elm disease.