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A plaque is being made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of Guildford’s Motive Power Depot (70C) and the end of steam on the Southern Region of British Railways.
The design will be very similar in style to other plaques placed at historic points throughout Guildford and will be a fitting tribute to all those who worked at the depot (engine shed).
One of the etchings on the plaque shows two Class 700 locomotives on the Old Pit and another shows U Class 31633 departing Guildford with a Redhill service. Both are from photographs taken by Richard Greenwood MBE in 1961.
The other etching is from a photograph taken by the late Guildford photographer David Salmon and was actually taken on the final day, 9th July 1967. USA class tank No. 30072 was the last locomotive to leave the depot.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at the entrance to the multi-storey car park off Farnham Road (the site of the Motive Power Depot) on Sunday 9th July, at 11am.
The plaque will cost £850 and nearly all of this expense has already been raised.
However, should anyone wish to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact Geoff via his email address: