GWR Route: Stratford on Avon to Honeybourne
Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse Platform: gwr_src611
View of the GWR inspection coach and an unknown 0-4-2T
travelling over the line south of Stratford upon Avon prior to the opening of
the line. The inspection coach has just crossed one of the bridges that carried
the line over the River Avon and River Stour. The line is still being upgraded
by the GWR from single line branch line to double track main line as is evident
by the incomplete bridge abutment immediately in front of the inspection coach.
The inspection coach would carry GWR officers and supervisors at various times
along the line to inspect the progress of the works and, as part of this
process, would be checking the gauging of the various structures including over
bridges, tunnels and line side equipment. To assist in this, as can be seen,
the inspection coach has been fitted with 'arms' to both ends of the coach.