LETTER: Happy memories on the train

With all the controversy about the West Coast Main Line and the new fast line to the North West I have a little gem to share with your readers!

On promotion as a customs officer in Bristol I was sent to Greenham Common as the Base Customs Officer for the US Air force in 1958 and was there for six months. It came under London (Heathrow) Airport. I applied to serve there after Greenham Common and duly got a post there.

Whilst my family and I were having a house built in Stoke Poges I got digs in the leafy village of Wraysbury, just past one of the end one off the main runways at Heathrow.

Our railway station was just down the road and was called Sunnymeads - a pretty little station on a line from Windsor to Waterloo (possibly used by Liz and Phil at times!)

Fancying a night in town I obtained a cheap evening return ticket from the booking office.

The official – probably the station master-cum-booking clerk and porter asked me if I was returning on the last train and I said I was.

He asked if I would do him a favour and I agreed to this.

He then said, “Do you see the length of wire sticking out of this window?” I said, “Yes.”

He said, “When you get off the train from Waterloo would you pull it please to switch off all the station lights for the night.”

As my train departed for Windsor I pulled the wire and off went all the lights! Feeling very important I strolled back to my digs.

David Burgoyne

Boston