Thursday, 8 January 2015

Itchen Abbas 4.2.1973

(All copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing 4.2.1973)

A late (and stupid) closure was Winchester to Alton, which missed electrification, provided an excellent (if difficult) alternative route, served the large town of Alresford and a lot of commuters, yet still was sacrificed as late as 1973.

I'd travelled on this lovely line a couple of times before closure, once to continue on to Bentley from Alton for a long walk down to the remains of the Longmoor Military Railway, which in 1970 was still in situ (but at 14 I didn't own a camera!)

So on the last day rather than travel the whole line again I decided to get off at Itchen Abbas, the first station on the line. It was a good choice as the station wasn't crowded with enthusiasts so I could get some decent shots - albeit square format and on a very cheap camera - without having to nudge my way through. The trains were strengthened for the last day.

We didn't know then of course that most of the line would later be saved, but Itchen Abbas, at the moment is still on the 'lost' stretch of route, and hasn't seen a train (other than demolition trains) for almost 42 years now.

1 comment:

  1. I was on that last train. Got one of the red closure posters from Woking