Swindon Evelyn Street 22 August 1978

When the Midland & South Western Junction Railway closed as a through route in 1961, a short section survived at Swindon, both north and south of the junction with the Great Western Mainline at Rushey Platt. The southern section to Swindon Town station was lately used as a roadstone base for the construction of the nearby M4 motorway in the early 1970s. The end of the line was just short of the bridge over Evelyn Street and is shown here on 22 August 1978. No buffer stop of any kind was provided! The track was lifted shortly after this picture was taken, and although the bridge whose parapets can be seen still survives, it would be impossible to take this picture today, as you would be inside somebody's front room in one of the newly built house on the site!