SUM­MER 1966

A time when cars had to com­pete with trains on the quay­side streets of this sea­side town

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 6-page Nostalgia Special - David Brown

Hol­i­day­mak­ers park­ing their cars along the quay­side streets of Wey­mouth in Dorset may have won­dered what the two rib­bons of steel in­set into the road sur­face were all about. All too soon they might well have found out!

Lo­cals would have known ex­actly where or where not to park their cars to al­low for the pas­sage of trains along the tramway that linked the town’s rail­head from 1865 to 1987 with the quay for ferry boats serv­ing the Chan­nel Is­lands.

Our colour­ful view from 3 July 1966 shows a Bri­tish Rail­ways 0-60 diesel-me­chan­i­cal lo­co­mo­tive haul­ing a rake of BR MkI coaches in South­ern Re­gion green livery hav­ing turned the corner from Cus­tom House Quay into Com­mer­cial Road.

D2386 was built at Don­caster in 1966 with a 204hp Gard­ner en­gine and its short wheel­base and light weight made it a mem­ber of a class suited to dock tracks. Re­clas­si­fied as 03386 in De­cem­ber 1973, it was with­drawn in March 1976.

There’s a fine line-up of Bri­tish fam­ily favourites perched pre­car­i­ously be­tween the train and the quay­side. Hope­fully that blue Ford Pre­fect 100E won’t get scratched, like­wise the Austin A35 van parked by a warn­ing sign. There’s bags of room for a Lam­bretta scooter, but the Hill­man Husky looks to be parked at a jaunty an­gle. The Rover P4 and Austin Westminster are well lined up, and the Ford 300E van is more an­gu­lar than Anglia.

The fish­er­man perched on the quay­side looks like he is wait­ing for some­thing to hap­pen – per­haps the next frame could have been even more in­ter­est­ing?

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