31273 1982-12-13 York Foss Islands
BR 'Class 31' A1A-A1A diesel No. 31273. Built by Brush Traction of Loughborough in June 1961 as BR No. D5803 and withdrawn in April 2001.
York kept a bit of a secret from most railway enthusiasts. Branching off the Scarborough line and snaking its way just under 2 miles into the heart of the city and named after the River Foss, was the 'Foss Islands' branch. It served the Rowntrees confectionery factory for their employees and Redfearns glassworks where the principal commodity delivered was sand. The yellowed, sand-strewn sidings are seen here on a glorious December day in 1982 with sparkling 31273 ready for the return journey. The branch closed in 1989.
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