48706 at the head of a line of empty wagons at Norton Hill Colliery in October 1965.

3 September 2019.

The enduring memory of 8F No. 48706 is at the head of the SLS railtour on the very last day of the S&D, 6 March 1966… cleaned up, and with bright red buffer beam and clearly picked-out number.

However, a few months earlier – October '65 – 48706 was photographed at work with a train of empty wagons at Norton Hill Colliery in a thoroughly grimy state, not uncommon on the S&D at that time.

This picture is one of the latest to be added to the photo collection in our online shop.

The colliery connected to the S&D main line just outside Midsomer Norton South station. The colliery closed in 1966, along with the line that served it.