The S&D in colour

Occasionally an old photograph will come to light which helps us tell the story of Spetisbury station, and just about the best of the lot is this one, made even better because it is in colour! On a gloriously sunny 22nd July 1966, a train of military vehicles on flat wagons hauled by two British Railways Standard class 2-6-4 tank locomotives numbers 80146 and 80134 passes through Spetisbury. The photographer was probably stood on the earthworks of the Spetisbury Rings iron age hill fort, which is also known as Crawford Castle, looking north over the Stour Valley towards Blandford Forum. The vehicles, identified as Humber and Morris Commercial one ton lorries, originated from the nearby Blandford army camp, home of the Royal Corps of Signals, and were loaded onto the wagons at Blandford goods yard. The Somerset & Dorset railway had closed to passengers during March 1966 but the line from Broadstone to Blandford was kept open for freight traffic until January 1969.

a train of military vehicles from Blandford hauled by BR 2-6-4 tank locos 80146 and 80134 passes the station on 22nd July 1966