prompted me to look out and send to you two slides I took at Severn
Beach quite a long time ago. I'm afraid I can't give an exact date but
it is likely to be the early 1970s.
Photo 1 shows the rather grand exterior of the station building with its
covered "cab road" and, beyond the station, the level crossing for the
line towards Pilning - still in place (and in use?) at that time. Rather
like All Hallows on Sea in north Kent, there had been expectation of a
substantial resort developing at Severn Beach, hence the relatively well
appointed station buildings.
Photo 2 is unusual in that, while both faces of the island platform
still had track, the passenger service always used the terminal
platform. On the occasion of my visit the Pilning line was occupied by
this diesel loco which carries a nameplate (unreadable) and a company
logo but no number. No doubt one of our many followers will be able to
identify it. The level crossing gates are in very good condition, as
was the whole station.
Derek Buttivant Many thanks Derek