End of era for steam at Marston's brewery
THE final puffs of steam emanated from locomotive number three at Marston’s Burton brewery in 1967.
It was an end of the steam era at the Shobnall Road site as, after 40 years, the company sold the saddletank engine to the Foxfield Light Railway Society based near Uttoxeter.
There it was used by members of the society on the society’s four-and-a-half miles of former colliery track.
Locomotive number three was the last steam engine which had been a feature of the brewery for many years.
Graham Clamp, Marston’s chief engineer, told the Burton and Observer Chronicle at the time: “This is the end of the railways as far as Marston’s is concerned.”
The brewer had used railway transport for around 80 years, using local locomotives to take beer to British Railways’ sidings at Shobnall.