Saturday 16 June 1962 and the final day of passenger services on the Mildenhall branch. The service being operated by the Derby Lightweight DMU is not recorded but it is possibly an Ely - Newmarket working. Judging by the position of the parcels on the Up platform, the DMU was departing when the photograph was taken. To the immediate left of the DMU's rear cab the LNER style lamp tablet can be seen. Photographic evidence suggests this was the sole survivor at Fordham by this date. On the wall of the station building, above the double noticeboard, a totem can be seen. Lamp tablets and totems co-existing was rather unusual but not entirely unknown on gas-lit stations. The station clock is visible above the entrance doorway; previously this had been mounted on the wall of the stationmaster's house above where the staff are standing and thus faced along the platform.
Photo by David Pearson