The above photograph has appeared in a previous blog post, entitled After the Line Closure. However, new information has just come to light about this particular journey which is well worth sharing. Intrigued by the 'headboard' on the front of the engine, which reads LCGB North West, Brian Malaws investigated the story behind this. He asked Peter Crossman, Hon General Secretary of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain, if he could provide any information. He duly responded with the following...
The club's monthly magazine, The Bulletin, records that on Tuesday, July 5th 1966, members of the North West Branch of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain travelled on the 09:05 Thornton Yard to Crail working. Apparently, great interest was shown in the headboard by the train crew and yard staff. The train consisted of class B1 4-6-0 no. 61133 hauling one wagon of coal and a brake van, in which the club members were accommodated. After arriving safely at Crail, the train returned to Anstruther, where the locomotive was turned on the still-operational turntable during a lunch stop on the return journey to Thornton.
The line had closed to passenger traffic in September 1965 so this was a rare opportunity to travel the line, which then closed to even goods traffic two weeks afterwards. Demolition of the station followed a few years later.
With thanks to Brian Malaws for sharing this snippet of information.