Electric trains were still a novelty at Braintree when this photo was taken on 5th November 1977. Previously worked by DMUs and signaled with semaphores, the new electric service to Witham had only been fully introduced on October 3rd. A rare example of 1970s modernization, the stark contrast in fortunes of this branch compared to that from Witham to Maldon remains a subject of wonder (or suspicion?) given that both were earmarked for closure in the Beeching Report.
Company: Maldon, Witham and Braintree Railway
Photographer: Mark Dufton
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Image number: 32855