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SRL No 254 Class 2P No 40646 at Leighton Buzzard SLS Tour of Seven Branch Lines 14th April 1962

Fowler 2P Class 4-4-0 No 40646 at Leighton Buzzard with the SLS Severn Branch Lines rail tour 14th April 1962 note the bowler-hatted inspector. No 40646 had originally started the tour at Birmingham New St station with departure at 10.00am for the run to Northampton Castle. It was paired up with Fowler 3P Class No 40026 for a run to Bedford where 40026 was taken off. The 2P carried on alone to Hitchin. From Hitchin-Luton Bute St ex GNR/LNER J52 Class No 1247(68846 under BR) took over. The 2P took the tour participants back to Birmingham New St with arrival back at 20.20pm. The weather was glorious throughout the day.
Simon Lathlane Collection
SRL No 254 Class 2P No 40646 at Leighton Buzzard SLS Tour of Seven Branch Lines 14th April 1962