Oakworth, a station immoratalised in the “Railway Children”, looking every bit the ‘well kept country station’ with the tubs of flowers on the platform and a host of golden daffodils alongside the trackbed. Cream teas are being served in the Pullman coaches, being hauled by ‘Derby 4’ No.43924. Rather fittingly, Pullman coaches and luxury travel were introduced to Britain, by the Midland Railway, in 1874 – the first coach, which arrived in kit form from the USA, was named “Midland”.
The sulphurous clag rolling from the chimney of No.43924 seems almost anachronistic in a scene of bucolic Britain coupled with the lavish luxury of a cream tea, all doilies and white weskits, served whilst riding in a Pullman carriage. No.43924, a classic Midland Railway goods engine, was unlikely ever to have hauled a Pullman train, except, maybe, as empty stock. As for the Virol, advertised on the enameled sign on the platform, I had spoonfuls of the stuff shoved down my neck as a nipper, not sure if it improved ‘my health and vitality’, but I have lasted longer than the Virol, which seems to have vanished around 1980!
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