THE NORTH STAR


The continuing theme of railway pub signs in the Friends’ “Review” magazine reminded me about one example – “North Star”. This picture was taken many years ago of the sign at “The North Star” pub at Steventon which was in Berkshire at the time and is now in Oxfordshire thanks to boundary changes. Steventon was on the Great Western Railway (GWR) main line to Bristol and had a station until closure in 1964. The sign shows the Great Western Railway (GWR) loco “North Star” which was delivered to the GWR from the Robert Stephenson & Company works on 28th November 1837. It is likely that the locomotive parts came by barge on the Grand Union Canal and was unloaded at West Drayton, Middlesex. The proximity of the canal to the railway there can be seen in my picture from 1962. You can also appreciate the width of the trackbed thanks to it once having been Brunel’s broad gauge of 7ft 0¼ inches.