50 YEARS AGO Last train from Cri­eff as goods yard is axed

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Cri­eff ’s last train de­parted for Perth with­out cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

A goods train, hauled by diesel shunter D3544, it trun­dled out of the goods yard at ap­prox­i­mately 12.45pm driven by Mr Guthrie, Scone, with the sec­ond man, Mr T Ritchie, Perth. Guard was Mr D Beattie.

The only staff in the goods of­fice at Cri­eff are the clerk in charge, Mr WH Gor­don, who is be­ing trans­ferred to Perth, and a goods porter, Mr T Mac­Don­ald, who is leav­ing the rail­way ser­vice. The clo­sure of the Perth to Cri­eff ( via Mad­derty) line to freight, marks the end of Cri­eff’s rail­way his­tory, af­ter 111 years.

On Oc­to­ber 10, 1966 Cri­eff Town Coun­cil unan­i­mously agreed to re­place the bridge over the lade be­tween Sauchie Road and the Tur­ret play­ing fields at a cost of £79 10/. On Tues­day, Septem­ber 12, 1967 the bridge was re­placed! The old bridge had been re­moved by the coun­cil last sum­mer for safety rea­sons af­ter it had par­tially col­lapsed through old age. At Cri­eff’s Coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day, no-one ques­tioned this 11- month de­lay in im­ple­ment­ing one of their de­ci­sions. Does no-one want to know why there was this de­lay? We do!

Lord Hughes, Joint Un­der Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land, met mem­bers of Cri­eff Town Coun­cil in­for­mally and vis­ited the Holly­bush site where he saw progress at the coun­cil’s new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. Ear­lier in the day, Lord Hughes vis­ited Loch Tur­ret to in­spect the wa­ter scheme.

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