Railway plates come home

Laurence Water with Laurie Johnston and the two plates. Picture: OX54690 Greg Blatchford

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TWO pieces of UK railway history have come to Oxfordshire after spending more than four decades Down Under.

Former Oxford resident David Green, 68, has returned two plates he took to New Zealand when he emigrated in 1966.

He acquired the numberplate from former Great Western Railway-design pannier tank locomotive No 1646 and its 60C engine shed allocation plate from Helmsdale depot in the Scottish Highlands after it was withdrawn by British Railways in 1962 and scrapped the following year.

The locomotive, which was built at Swindon in 1951, was transferred from Wales to Scotland in 1957 to work on the Dornoch branch line.

The plates will now go on display at the Great Western Society's museum at Didcot Railway Centre.

The trust’s Laurence Waters was handed the plates by former Oxford resident Laurie Johnston, originally from Headington, who also emigrated with Mr Green, on Saturday. Mr Waters said: “It is brilliant.”

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10:03pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Myron Blatz says...

Pity they can't bring back the railways lines! Many parts of Oxfordshire (and Oxford) would benefit from either regular train services, or re-instating lines which vanished under the Tories in the 1960s.
Pity they can't bring back the railways lines! Many parts of Oxfordshire (and Oxford) would benefit from either regular train services, or re-instating lines which vanished under the Tories in the 1960s. Myron Blatz
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11:03pm Fri 5 Oct 12

jimm says...

Nice attempt to rewrite history. Dr Beeching may have been commissioned by the Tories and closures began on their watch but many lines and stations were actually closed under the Labour government which took office in October 1964
Nice attempt to rewrite history. Dr Beeching may have been commissioned by the Tories and closures began on their watch but many lines and stations were actually closed under the Labour government which took office in October 1964 jimm
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