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This is my pic­to­rial con­tri­bu­tion to the graf­fi­tied lo­co­mo­tive col­lec­tion re­quested by your cor­re­spon­dent Thomas Cham­bers (SR470). I was at the Lon­don end of Sal­is­bury sta­tion in 1965 when I saw this poor driver who, although dressed in ap­parel more suited to driv­ing one of the ‘War­ship’ diesels, found him­self hav­ing to oil his grimy steed be­fore de­par­ture for Water­loo on a through ser­vice from the West Coun­try. The lo­co­mo­tive con­cerned was No. 34057 Big­gin Hill and I’m guess­ing that he would have hap­pily paid ‘thirty bob’ just to get this ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ class lo­co­mo­tive taken off his hands on that Satur­day af­ter­noon long ago. I won­der, does the ‘Saint’ im­age, closer to the front of the smoke de­flec­tor, give a clue to the iden­tity of the graf­fiti writer with a black sense of hu­mour? Mike Lam­port, Ely, Cam­bridgeshire

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