The April 1971 edition of Railway Magazine contained an article informing us that there were still seven classes of steam locomotive operating in Malaysia. They had certainly all gone by 1985 when Maxine and I took a train from Kuala Lumpur.
But the best article was one by PJC Hitchcock, reproduced from the “Llanfair Railway Journal”.
It had to happen eventually. Their stream withdrawal symptoms proving too much to bear, the gricer population has braved the obstacle of the British Rail, Crossville and W&L timetables and has started to arrive at Llanfair to the amusement or annoyance of members. Notebooks at the ready to mark down anything from works numbers to laundry marks, and tape recorders recording all that’s going on, including carpentry work and hand trolleys being moved, various desiccated characters wearing equally desiccated gabardine raincoats now wander around the yard in febrile attempt to find things to photograph. …
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