Moreton-in-Marsh Wagons 5 April 1984

An interesting and now historic view of the former Shipston-on-Stour branch at Moreton-in-Marsh station, photographed on 5 April 1984. The Shipston-on-Stour branch  started life as the Stratford and Moreton Tramway, opening as early as 1826. The branch to Shipston followed ten years later, and the line was later converted to a conventional railway, with the tramway section to Stratford-upon-Avon being lifted in 1918. This view shows the truncated remains of the line at Moreton, with the branch's route now blocked by a modern silo. This remained as a siding for many tears, and is here playing host to a ballast train waiting for the following weekend's engineering works. I cannot quite read the number of the ZFV Dogfish wagons against the buffer stop, but the ZUV Shark plough brake van is DB993904, and the loaded YGH Sealion hopper in the foreground is DB982630.