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MATTHEW DEN­NI­SON’S ar­ti­cle ‘Pulling the stops out’ (Au­gust 10) brought back a nos­tal­gic wartime mem­ory. Early in the Sec­ond World War, the Fleet Air Arm com­mis­sioned 784 Squadron at RAF Drem in East Loth­ian to train night-fighter crews to em­bark in small air­craft car­ri­ers pro­tect­ing At­lantic and Russian con­voys. Although Drem was lit­tle more than a ham­let, it had a small rail­way sta­tion on the main LNER Ed­in­burgh to King’s Cross line.

When we were given a few days’ leave, it was at­trac­tive to spend it in Lon­don. We dis­cov­ered that Drem sta­tion en­joyed a use­ful priv­i­lege whereby, if we tele­phoned Waver­ley sta­tion in Ed­in­burgh on the morn­ing be­fore the night ex­press train to Lon­don we wished to catch, a whole com­part­ment could be re­served and the train would stop op­po­site the small plat­form at Drem to pick up six of us. We paid our fares to the sta­tion­mas­ter, who had a key to un­lock the re­served com­part­ment when the train drew up. Peo­ple stand­ing in the cor­ri­dors did not look pleased.

The story we were told is that the laird, through whose land the line had to be con­structed, gave his per­mis­sion on the un­der­stand­ing that a sta­tion be built for use by his fam­ily when­ever they wished to catch the night train to Lon­don. James Abra­ham, Nor­folk

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