Aided by vigorous local support (and perhaps nuclear flask traffic), the line from Wickford to Southminster survived a difficult time in the 1960s and 1970s to achieve electrification and an upswing in fortune. Shown is a Southminster bound DMU entering Battlesbridge, the first station out from Wickford, in August 1977. Waiting for a train here in bad weather was a particularly miserable experience - at the time there was no passenger shelter whatsoever.

Location: Battlesbridge

Company: ^New Essex^ Branch, Wickford to Southminster (Great Eastern Railway)

Photographer: Mark Dufton

Make contact: Mark Dufton

Date: 14/08/1977

Image number: 25119