53801 1960-09-03 Shepton Mallet
The train is the 10.40 SO Exmouth & Sidmouth to Cleethorpes.
Peter Kerslake says "It's still the 1960 Summer Services and although Standard "9F's "92203 , 92204 and 92205 had just three months earlier been drafted to the Somerset and Dorset principally to handle the holiday express services the Fowler class "7F's" were still entrusted with lengthy passenger workings, and 53801 has a heavily loaded such duty without the need of a pilot engine here at Shepton Mallet in early September of that year.
Invariably work stained as seen here, and without much attention by the Bath Green Park cleaning gang the eleven members of the class soldiered on until September of 1964 when 53807 became the last to survive, the pioneer 53800 having gone to the breakers earlier in 1959.
Purpose designed in 1914 for the Somerset and Dorset the eleven "7F's" worked the whole network, running from their home at Bath down to Poole, and across to Avonmouth, their freight classification not restricting them just to freight duties, although the heavy volume of mineral and coal traffic on the line kept them busy especially during the Winter months."