Lavington Station in 1954

This year, we have a photographic display concerning the railway and station at Lavington which you can find at the top of the stairs at Market Lavington Museum. We are able to cover the entire history of the line so far, for we have photos showing construction in the 1890s and can come right up to the newest steam loco, Tornado, passing through Market Lavington just a few months ago.

Here we see a couple of members of the station staff on the platform in 1954.

Lavington station and staff in 1954

Lavington station and staff in 1954

That’s John Sainsbury on the left, with a colleague. No doubt, back then, working at the station felt like a secure job but Lavington went the way of many stations, falling victim to Dr Beeching’s plans to reshape British Railways. Closure came on 22nd April 1966 although the goods yard lingered on until the following year.

John Sainsbury remained a railway man, but worked elsewhere. He still lives in the area and we have a recording of his memories as part of our Oral History project

Market Lavington Museum Oral History Prioject

Market Lavington Museum Oral History Prioject

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