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1421 at Marlow station in August 1961 (Ken Lawrie) Local Railways - to Bourne End and Marlow

This page started as a gallery of pictures by our members of out-of-the-ordinary workings and events on our local branch line from Maidenhead to Marlow, plus the now-closed line from Bourne End to High Wycombe. It has generated much interest and some contributions from non-members, for which we are grateful, so now it is a place to browse through the past of our local lines. We hope you enjoy the pictures - copyright remains with the photographers.

For more aspects of the local railway scene, look at the pictures of the former GW&GC joint line through High Wycombe, both the modern scene and main-line preserved steam, and the Met&GC Joint Line through Amersham.

Select a decade to view:     1950s   1960s   1970s   1980s   1990s   2010s


The 1950s

5755 at Bourne End with a special parcels train

5755 at Bourne End station with a Special Parcels train, 10 August 1953

0-6-0PT 5755 simmers at the head of the 12.15 p.m. Special Parcels train at Bourne End station.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

1411 at Spade Oak with a mixed train'

1411 near Spade Oak Crossing with a mixed train, 24 May 1954

0-4-2T 1411 near Spade Oak Crossing with the 3.20 p.m. mixed train from Marlow.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

2-6-2T at Bourne End'

Empty stock of "The Riverside Special" at Bourne End, 29 July 1956

"The Riverside Special" was an excursion from East Croydon and passengers alighted at Maidenhead for a boat trip to Marlow, where they rejoined the train for the return journey. Here a 2-6-2T is seen at Bourne End station with the empty stock on its way to Marlow.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

32425 and 6151 at Bourne End

32425 and 6151 ready for the return of "The Riverside Special" at Bourne End, 29 July 1956

2-6-2T 6151 worked the return of "The Riverside Special" from Marlow to Bourne End, where ex-LBSCR H2 4-4-2 "Trevose Head" took over. Here both locos have arrived light engine from Maidenhead.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

32425 at Cookham with 'The Riverside Special'

32425 at Cookham with "The Riverside Special", 29 July 1956

Definitely out-of-the-ordinary for the Maidenhead - Wycombe line was the visit of a Brighton Atlantic. Here "Trevose Head"is seen approaching Cookham station with the return working of "The Riverside Special" to East Croydon.

Photo by Ken Lawrie

1450 at Bourne End'

1450 at Bourne End on Regatta Saturday, 1957

It's a wet Saturday for the Marlow Regatta as 0-4-2T 1450 forms the filling in a two-coach auto train sandwich at Bourne End.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

Double-header at Bourne End'

6133 piloting 9407 at Bourne End, 23 April 1958

A double-headed train at Bourne End, with 2-6-2T 6133 piloting 0-6-0PT 9407. Norman's sequence of photos in the society's possession show that 6133 came off the train here - perhaps to head it down the branch to Marlow.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

Class 40 with excursion

D201 heads the "Northern Rubber Excursion", 6 June 1959

EE Type 4 (later class 40) D201 heads a "Northern Rubber Excursion" on what is believed to be the first appearance of a large diesel loco on the Maidenhead - High Wycombe line.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

61041 at Maidenhead

61041 at Maidenhead, 1959

Although classmates were seen on the GW&GC Joint line through High Wycombe, ex-LNER B1 4-6-0 61041 was an unusual sight at Maidenhead. The shedcode 41A indicates that Sheffield (Darnall) was the loco's home depot.

Photo by Ken Lawrie

Auto train from Winter Hill

The Marlow Donkey seen from Winter Hill, August 1959

This magnificent shot was Ron Fisher's first colour photo - not a bad effort! The view from Winter Hill at Cookham really captures the atmosphere of the line, with a 14xx autotrain heading along the valley to Bourne End.

Photo by Ron Fisher.

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The 1960s

92220 at Cores End

92220 takes "The Six Counties Limited" away from Bourne End, 3 April 1960

When it was a brand new locomotive, 9F 2-10-0 92220 "Evening Star" worked over the line from Maidenhead to High Wycombe with "The Six Counties Limited" railtour, organised by the LCGB. Here it is seen at Cores End.

Photo by Ken Lawrie

5063 at Cores End'

5063 approaches Cores End Crossing at Bourne End, 29 July 1961

Castle class 4-6-0 5063 "Earl Baldwin" heads a returning excursion to Leeds on the approach to Cores End Crossing, Bourne End. The outward train had terminated at Windsor, from where passengers had a river trip to Marlow where they rejoined the train.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

44830 at Cookham

A 'Black Five' at Cookham, 17 August 1961

A visitor from the LMR, 'Black 5' 44830 is seen heading the 'City of Leicester Central Holiday Express' at Terrys Lane, Cookham.

Photo by Gerald Robinson (GTR-1765)

Auto train arriving at Bourne End

Autotrain arriving at Bourne End, September 1961

The autotrain for Marlow comes into Bourne End from Maidenhead, powered by an unidentified 14xx loco.

Photo by Ron Fisher.

Auto train arriving at Marlow

Autotrain arriving at Marlow, September 1961

Having reversed at Bourne End, the autotrain from Maidenhead arrives at Marlow, powered by an unidentified 14xx loco.

Photo by Ron Fisher.

14xx in Marlow station

14xx and autotrain at Marlow station, September 1961

Admirers look at the 14xx after arrival at Marlow station.

Photo by Ron Fisher.

Derailed wagon at Bourne End

Mishap with a ballast wagon, 25 July 1963

At 11.43 a.m. on 25 July 1963 the bolts on an axle assembly broke on "Dogfish" ballast wagon DB992730 near Thomas & Green's siding, which necessitated a call for the Old Oak Common breakdown train. The miscreant wagon was hauled to Bourne End station but it derailed three times as it was attempted to shunt it into the up siding. It was then abandoned on the ramp of the up platform, where it is seen here, until retrieved on 8 August when it was loaded onto a low load wagon and despatched to Swindon.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

Bursley Junction sign at Bourne End

Name-change for filming at Bourne End, 1963

During 1963 Bourne End station was used for shooting some scenes for a film, for which it went under the name "Bursley Junction". Here is one of the temporary signs. The Webmaster has been unable to identify for sure which film this was - but Simon Griffin, who lived in Bourne End in the 1960s - suggests it was "Boys and Girls Commute to Play", an episode of a TV series called "Blackmail" that was screened in 1966. if you can confirm or refute this suggestion, then please get in touch.

Photo by Norman Aston-Smith

Bubblecar at Bourne End

Bourne End, 1969

This picture was taken during the period just before closure of the High Wycombe line and shows a single-unit 'bubble car' on a Marlow branch train. At this time the pattern of services was typically a shuttle between Bourne End and Wycombe, with Marlow services continuing to and from Maidenhead. Marlow branch trains did not, therefore, use the bay but reversed in the Wycombe platform (as is the current practice).

Photo by Christopher Bellett

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The 1970s

Wycombe-bound DMU at Bourne End

Last day of the Bourne End - High Wycombe service, 2 May 1970

On the last day, L409 was in use all day for the last services of the shuttle between Bourne End and High Wycombe. This scene is at Bourne End station. The Marlow branch bay platform is on the right, beyond the station building.

Photo by Mike Walker

50413 at Bourne End

A class 103 DMU at Bourne End, 20 May 1972

For a short period rather decrepit class 103 DMUs were used on the branch. Here 50413 is seen at Bourne End.

Photo by Mike Walker

1450 approaching Bourne End

Bourne End, 15 July 1973

Steam returned to the Marlow branch to celebrate its centenary, but the weather was not kind. Most of the photographs of the occasion are not of top quality because the conditions were so poor - a selection are presented here. This shot shows 0-4-2T 1450 approaching Bourne End with the autotrain from Marlow.

Photo by John Sears

1450 leaving Bourne End

Bourne End, 15 July 1973

...and here is the 'other end' of the autotrain, seen leaving Bourne End for Marlow in ever-so-slightly better weather. The event was a collaboration by the Marlow/Maidenhead Passengers' Association and the Great Western Society.

Photo by John Sears

1450 leaving Bourne End

Bourne End, 15 July 1973

This delightful shot shows 1450 propelling the autotrain across Marlow Viaduct on leaving Bourne End for Marlow.

Photo by Tony Caton

6998 at Bourne End

Winter Hill, 15 July 1973

This lovely panorama looking across the Thames from Winter Hill shows 1450 propelling a train towards Marlow.

Photo by Mike Morant

1450 at Marlow

Marlow, 15 July 1973

A shot of the autotrain at Marlow. Alas this is not at the original station, which had by this time been demolished and replaced by new platform in the yard.

Photo by Christopher Bellett

Auto trailer at Marlow

Marlow, 15 July 1973

...and here is the 'other end' in the platform at Marlow.

Photo by Christopher Bellett

6998 at Bourne End

Cookham, 15 July 1973

There was also steam service connecting with the branch, running from Maidenhead to Bourne End with top-and-tail power. Here is 6998 'Burton Agnes Hall' at Cookham on a train to Maidenhead.

Photo by Mike Morant

6998 at Bourne End

Bourne End, 15 July 1973

Another shot of 6998, awaiting departure for Maidenhead. Note the presence of umbrellas!

Photo by Christopher Bellett

6998 near Cookham

Cookham, 15 July 1973

6998 crests the summit as it approaches Terry's Lane bridge at Cookham, heading for Maidenhead.

Photo by Tony Caton

6998 approaching Cookham

Cookham, 15 July 1973

Another shot of 6998 at Cookham, with the photographer perhaps taking shelter by the signal box.

Photo by Mike Walker

6998 at Maidenhead

Maidenhead, 15 July 1973

Here the Hall is seen arriving at Maidenhead from Bourne End.

Photo by Christopher Bellett

6106 at Maidenhead

Maidenhead, 15 July 1973

Sharing the Bourne End - Maidenhead workings with the Hall was 2-6-2T 6106, seen here in the branch platform at Maidenhead.

Photo by Christopher Bellett

6998 at Bourne End

Cookham, 15 July 1973

Here 6106 is seen at Cookham.

Photo by Mike Morant

7011 at Bourne End

A 'Hymek' at Bourne End, 20 June 1974

The last known appearance of a diesel-hydraulic loco on the branch. DMU W55023/W56284 was working the 15:22 Marlow - Maidenhead and hit a tractor at Calcot Lane Level Crossing. 7011 came to the rescue, propelling the DMU to Maidenhead.

Photo by Mike Walker

Class 31s at Bourne End

Three class 31s at Bourne End, 30 January 1977

This unusual ensemble was in connection with filming by a French company making a film called 'Tout les Chattes Sont Gris' (All Cats Are Grey). No fewer than three class 31 diesels were involved - 31421 and 31241 were at the country end and 31118 was at the London end. Because one of the 31s suffered a small fire, the event was repeated on the following Sunday (6 February) with 31421 at the country end and 31241 at the London end.

Photo by Mike Walker

DMU at Marlow

Hybrid 121 DMU at Marlow, 25 July 1977

The branch train leaves the new, 'basic railway' station at Marlow formed of a hybrid class 121 2-car DMU consisting of 'bubble car' unit L120 and Driving Trailer Second L281. This was one of the DTS designed for use with the single units and these formations usually worked together on the branch at the time.

Photo by Tim Edmonds

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The 1980s

210001 at Bourne End

210001 at Bourne End, 19 February 1983

DMU 210001 spent the whole day on the line in connection with a gala day held by the Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers' Association. This was the only occasion on which this unit worked on the branch - note that it was reduced to 3 cars in order to to clear the points at Bourne End and reach Marlow.

Photo by Mike Walker

1031 at Bourne End

1031 at Bourne End, 11 February 1984

The only occasion on which a Southern Region DEMU visited the branch was when 1031 came as part of a Branch Line Society tour from Victoria. It took in most Western Region Thames Valley branches and this required some pretty nifty scheduling and timekeeping to slot in between the scheduled services - they'd never allow it today!

Photo by Mike Walker

Bourne End platform shelter being removed

Removal of Bourne End platform shelter, 13 September 1986

At 08.30 a crane lifts the platform shelter from the up platform at Bourne End station. The roof with its valanced canopy has already been removed. But this is not the end...it is about to be placed on a low-loader for a short journey along the Thames Valley.

Photo by Alan Wheeler

Bourne End platform shelter being unloaded

The Bourne End platform shelter arrives at Fawley, 13 September 1986

At 10.15 the platform shelter from Bourne End has reached its new home at Fawley. It is seen here being lifted from the low-loader onto a flat wagon on the Fawley Hill Railway - Sir William McAlpine's private line near Henley-on-Thames.

Photo by Alan Wheeler

Bourne End platform shelter at Bourne Again Junction

The Bourne End platform shelter is 'Bourne Again', 14 October 1986

Once foundations had been completed for it, the former Bourne End platform shelter was installed at 'Bourne Again Junction' on the Fawley Hill Railway. Here it seen in place, but awaiting the refitting of the roof and canopy. There are close links between the MDRS and the Fawley Hill Railway - several MDRS members are volunteers on the line.

Photo by Alan Wheeler

50035 at Bourne End

50035 on display at Bourne End, 25 September 1986

This was another gala day organised by the Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers' Association. 50035 was open for viewing whilst the 'bubble car' unit in chocolate-and-cream livery worked the service to Marlow. Class 117 unit L417, the first in Network SouthEast livery, was running between Bourne End and Maidenhead.

Photo by Mike Walker

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The 1990s

37131 and 37377 at Furze Platt with a Sunday engineer's train

37131 and 37377 at Furze Platt with a Sunday engineer's train, 4 July 1999

Engineering work on a Sunday brought a class 37 double-header to the branch north from Maidenhead. Here 37131 leads 37377 into Furze Platt station.

Photo by Peter Robins

37131 and 37377 at Furze Platt level crossing

37131 and 37377 at Furze Platt with a Sunday engineer's train, 4 July 1999

At Furze Platt level crossing the two class 37s attracted quite a crowd.

Photo by Peter Robins

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The 2010s

950001 arriving at Bourne End

NR 950001 approaching Bourne End, 14 March 2010

The first non-FGW Turbo to operate over the branch in many years was Network Rail track assessment unit 950001, which visited early one Sunday morning running as 2Q08. It is seen approaching Bourne End.

Photo by Mike Walker

950001 at Bourne End station

NR 950001 at Bourne End station, 14 March 2010

NR 950001 rests in the early morning sun at Bourne End station during its visit to the branch.

Photo by Mike Walker

37685 at Bourne End station

37685 at Bourne End station, 16 July 2011

West Coast Railways liveried 37685 stands at Bourne End during the small hours of 16 July 2011 on a overnight railtour.

Photo by Peter Robbins

47237 arriving at Bourne End

West Coast Railways 47237 approaching Bourne End, 08 June 2014

The first Class 47 to operate over the branch in many years, could possibly be the first ever, was West Coast Railway's 47237, which visited early one Sunday morning running as 0Q37. It is seen approaching Bourne End.

Photo by Peter Robbins

47237 approaching Brooksby Level Crossing

47237 of West Coast Railways, approaching Brooksby Level Crossing, 08 June 2014

0Q37. Seen approaching Brooksby Level Crossing, Bourne End. It took the West Coast driver 11 mins to opperate the Token Release.

Photo by Peter Robbins

47237 approaching Cookham

47237 approaching Cookham, 08 June 2014

0Q37. Seen approaching Cookham. This working has been described as both a driver route learning trip, and a test train.

Photo by Peter Robbins

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