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Combwich 1960

Chris Nevard





Here we are back at Combwich looking south into the midday sun, it looking like a windy day judging by those clouds. A little flare from the sun has been captured unfortunately across the smokebox door of 44417, the result of not using a lens hood.


The loco has just arrived with the morning goods from Evercreech Junction, but because it's a couple of hours until the next passenger train and the shunter is having lunch, the engine will probably be taken along to the shed for a pit stop before shunting its bounty out of the platform road into the goods yard.


Scenes like this were once every day 50 or so years ago, and era when life was probably alot slower and simpler than it is today, or so my parents tell me who are from those times. I'm sure that there are few who wouldn't jump into a time machine for a few hours or even days to sample this little slice of lost Britain. But I wonder how many of us under the age of 50 would be able to cope with pre decimal currency when the landlord asked you for one shilling and thrupence and the local shop keeper 9d for a Mars Bar? Personally I'd put on a strange accent and act foreign to get around this issue. Clever people would simply take a pensioner with them or swat up before hand of course!


Finescale modellers will I hope notice my nod to the Model Railway Journal with the typeface used here - I think quite suitable for this post.

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Mars Bar 9d? You wuz robbed mate, tanner (6d) at most! (from someone who remembers these things)


Fabulously evocative photograph and a great narrative - thanks.

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And 1/3d? Half of best bitter or keg in the lounge bar. Half of mild in the public bar, 10d or 11d!


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This is just why I would get into such a mess, I'd be ripped off in no time. Both you two will be coming with me when I go, I'll buy you a few pints too!

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It was, I believe, in the late '40s when the Gov't decreed that there should be a beer at 10d per pint, and pretty weak it was too according to my father who served the stuff across his bar. Don't remember the rate of inflation back then, but 2shillings a pint in the early ''60s sounds about right to me.

Not wishing to be contentious on this VERY important issue (the price of beer is always important!)

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