Otherton Sidings 2 November 1985

Littleton Colliery was served by a short branch line that diverged from the West Coast Mainline just to the south of Penkridge station. Unfortunately I never did manage to photograph a train on the line, but on 2 November 1985, I took this picture of a rake of HAA MGR wagons at Otherton Sidings, at the point, approximately a third of the way along the branch, where the line changes direction. I presume the three wagons on their own are cripples, that have been detached from various trains. The M6 motorway can be seen in the background. I particularly like the lighting in this picture, and the composition is certainly helped by the inclusion of the silver birch tree. The colliery closed in 1993, and this track has now been lifted.