A very rare view of the now defunct goods depot at Wenford, dated Tuesday 9 September 1958.

It’s obvious (from its badge) that the lorry in the foreground is a British Rail owned Scammell goods vehicle, but we have been unable to identify the car.  A clue might be the ‘split’ rear window.

Just visible in the distance is locomotive 30585, a Beattie ‘well-tank’ steam engine. 

Built in 1875, this engine and its sister 30587 were kept in service until 1962 because their design made them perfect for the sharp curves of the Wenford freight line.

The sister engines have both survived and are now fully restored and based at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and the Quainton Railway Society in Buckinghamshire.

Picture courtesy of Roger Joanes (creative commons license)


An eagle-eyed reader from Blisland identified the mystery car at the Wenford Bridge Goods Depot as an Austin 10 Cambridge from about 1937.