Thursday 7 September 2023

Water Delivery

On the Highbridge Branch of the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway which took its lonely journey across the Somerset Levels, few if any crossing keeper cottages had running water. This situation lasted right up until closure of the line in 1966. So for this reason, water was supplied in milk churns by the locomotive crews.

Old Arthur, the keeper's husband, has a somewhat bad back, and is wondering how he's going to swap the empty churn for the full one on the footplate of the locomotive. Reg, who is also getting on a bit, is wondering the same thing as he looks down, 'maybe we should do this on the platform rather than injure ourselves trying to look like tough railwaymen' posing for the camera goes through his mind.


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