Milton is a station on one of the rambling Great Eastern Railway branchlines that once crossed East Anglia. The time is the mid 1950s and most of the locomotives are still of GER parentage as is the coaching stock.
The importance of this station is the exchange of freight with the light railway to the local cement works. Inward traffic is mainly coal with some gypsum, outwards the cement is bagged or in bulk. The light railway is worked by a collection of industrial locomotives from various manufacturers.
The station is signalled to allow two freights or a freight and a passenger to pass but with only one platform, passing of two passenger trains is not permitted. Of course all passenger trains are correctly signalled through the station but as with some other rural stations where officialdom rarely ventured the staff tend not to bother with signals when shunting freight trains.