This historical photo features a sight unlikely ever to be seen again at Little Chalfont’s Chalfont & Latimer London Underground station: a steam train.
This picture was taken on May 19, 1959, and shows a view westward towards Amersham and Aylesbury. This was to be the last days of steam at the station however, as the electrification of the route was to be completed in 1960, with the trains being withdrawn the following year.
This particular train was known as an ‘auto-train’, which was a type of locomotive which could be controlled from the rear of the vehicle. Used between the 1920s and 1960s, they are considered the ancestor of modern train driving trailers.
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Photo: Ben Brooksbank