Runaway Train - a Memory of Whitchurch.
The day of my nan's funeral, a goods train from Newbury's brakes failed, and the signalman switched the train to another track, thus averting a major disaster as a passenger train that was nearly full was heading into Whitchurch from Eastleigh on the same track. I remember seeing the massive black engine rolled on its side fown the embankment. I believe the signalman received a medal for his quick thinking which must have saved a very bad accident from occurring. I think it was in September 1955, I was staying at my nan's bungalow with my mothr for a few weeks while Mum looked after Nan. The bungalow was, and I expect still is, about 100 yards from the station. I remember I got quite friendly with the then station master's daughter, Caroline, and we spent quite a lot of time together.
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