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Garry Morris

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  1. From the same location about to pass under Hollicombe bridge where the headshunt of the Gasworks Sidings stopped on the landward side of the mainline.
  2. The complete railtour powers through Torre on the return leg.
  3. A Short History Of Class 40's in Devon Surprisingly at least 15 Class 40's have appeared in Devon so far. This may not be a complete record because no one person holds all the data! Please post if there are any other 40's that you know have come our way. 10/62 D336 11.30 Liverpool-Penzance 9/10 77 40081+40084 MTK railtour. Paddington - Exeter (2x25 on to Paignton) 16/10/77 40081+40083 Deltic to Devon railtour. Paddington-Newton Abbot (2x33 West) 6/5/78 40118 Cathedrals Express railtour. Cardiff-Exeter 3/12/78 40028
  4. Thanks Dave. Surely this must be one of the most remarkable workings to Cornwall ever. On a par with a Jubilee once turning up at Goodrington!
  5. What are Traffic and Traction pages? Are they a complete record? Very interesting that 40028 was recorded so far west. Is there a date? I once heard that axle loadings on the Royal Albert bridge were a limiting factor to heavier diesel electrics in the 1960s. Maybe Cuneo's curious painting of a class 40 coming off the bridge into Saltash isn't so far fetched after all (see tria-ang catalogue 9?)! The only other recorded 40 to Cornwall is 40145 on railtour duty as far as I know.
  6. Paignton 14th June 1969. This arrived as a double header a few minutes earlier. D1933 came off the front and refuged? in Park sidings and will be the standby loco for the day. This might explain the strange headcode for this overnight arrival - taken off 'the wall' at Sands Road Paignton at about 07.30. I remember my mum couldn't understand why I wouldn't get up on a school day but I could be out trainspotting at 7 o'clock in the morning on a Saturday! D1687 is displaying a white colour around parts of the bogie frame - stress related? Any number of 47's had this colouring in the same place. O
  7. To round off 'double headed in Devon'! A perfect evening in Paignton sees D153 and D1925 with 'board off' ready to depart with a local train? Taken on 12th July 1969 it had been a full on Summer Saturday and I suspect one of the pair had been on standby duty in Goodrington Yard. This duty included some splitting of stock even in '69 but more importantly the loco could substitute for any arrival with a defect including shortage of fuel which could happen on occasions. 2B46 may not be correct but as the train had waited for time it was probably a timetabled local to Newton Abbot working 12 coac
  8. One last shot. The loco ran round and then set the stock back into the Platform 1? Then there was refuelling just beyond the signal box on the old goods shed road. Logged at 102mph on the down run, a good trip by all accounts.
  9. Another stabling point in Devon! Refueling on the hoof. This tour arrived with 500 gallons which was topped up to over 1000 gallons at kingswear, Not often a Deltic is refuelled at a marina!
  10. D9009 Alycidon storms out of Greenaway Tunnel 4/07/14.. Kingswear to Derby, Pathfinder Tours
  11. Surely the best thing is to leave the unloaded wagon behind ready for the next trip?
  12. The ultimate pulling power in Devon in the diesel era? This one cost me an ice-cream as I remember. As a 16 year old in 1974 I had a regular bike ride with a friend on a Sunday afternoon which would take us all over South Devon using our trusty one inch to the mile Ordnance survey map. We found ourselves at Newton Abbot and he bet that the 12.30 Paddington - Plymouth would be a double headed Western, would you believe it, it was! I think it was a summer dated working and he had heard a rumour that it had happened the previous week when new rosters had started. So here we are at Newton Abbot
  13. D6343 was in fact the first diesel to be seen at Moretonhampstead on 9th August 1962. (Source:Modern Railways) D6327 was noted at BNS on a 17.45 from Oxford (date unknown). A lot of information on these machines is in issue 206 of Traction (Nov 2012) where I have outlined everything that I could research on their operations.
  14. A 50/47 combination in the same location.(50017 Ramilies pilots 47246) 21st April 1983. Would this be an Ince - Truro fertilizer train? How many trains are too heavy for one loco to handle nowadays?
  15. Another relatively unlikely combination for Devon 37/31 attacks Dainton 6th May 1983. 37 176 and 31187. This is however by arrangement (never so exciting!) as I believe this is the Skirl 'o the Pipes Railtour proceeding west somewhat anonymously without any headboard. In those far off days without internet or mobiles I was taken completely by surprise when this appeared. I knew it was a 37 as it was plainly on full power from Aller junction and the distinctive tractor sound was echoing across the Stoneycombe valley, the 31 was a bonus cop! I haven't checked but I am guessing that neither of t
  16. Very Rare Traction Devon is seldom the recipient of locomotives that Exeter crews aren't trained on, particularly on normal service trains. An example that springs to mind was a class 58 working through from Saltely to Plymouth which was well documented. Here we have a combination of 40/25 on the up Bitumen tanks from King's Asphalt. The 40 is the one involved in the Great Train Robbery 40126 along with 25209 of Bescot. A class 40 once worked through to Plymouth in connection with testing the washing plant at Laira in the early 1960's but apart from that they were rarely seen west of Weston
  17. 6 wheeled milk tanks, cement trains and loco fuel delivered by rail - well anything that keeps lorries off the roads. I think this will only happen when we place global warming above profit as a priority though!
  18. What looks like frost is infact spent ballast, it is an early afternoon shot. I had just parked the car with the intention of finding a photographic location when I heard the rumble of the train. It's not a normal spot to take pictures from but I'm glad I got this one. Thanks for the information.This thread is certainly collating a lot of knowledge about odd freight flows in Devon that certainly I was unaware of.
  19. I would tend to agree with this. Three points to add; The train itself (if full length) would be beyond the starting signal, secondly the passengers look like some kind of officials and thirdly you would need to be pretty keen to stand in the rain to take the shot unless you were paid! I must admit I had always assumed that cars were driven on to the carflats end on where the creamery siding ended behind where the photo was taken but then one would need a second loco to do the shunt.
  20. Don't think they would perform well on bitumen on this freight!
  21. Combining the theme of Motorail and freight! 45020 (D26) 3rd April 1984 near Stoneycombe with a trip working. One Motorail flat along with three Bitumen tanks? I would imagine heading for Exmouth Junction repair shops eventually as it seems an eclectic mix which I would like to run on my model railway if only someone would make the Motorail flats! The 45 has come a long way from heading up 'The Thames Clyde Express' which was in it's heyday.Thanks for all the comeback on the Heathfield wagon, fascinating what stories lie within old pictures, Just found the thread on the Barnstaple line under
  22. I believe that the clay from Newton Abbot is known as Ball Clay as opposed to China Clay. Perhaps this necessitated a different kind of wagon. I would be surprised if it was being used for salt. I must admit I thought that it was a standard clay wagon but on closer inspection it definitely looks different. Thanks for posting the link.
  23. To continue the theme (sorry no diesel again!), more WR Motorail taken from the back window of the train? Source unknown; maybe the owner of the 'Singer' took it! Humber Singer? The Dawlish outer home signal in the background means it must be the last of the shorter tunnels in the Down direction. Fully booked!
  24. Motorail Devon was quite a hotspot for Motorail trains in the 60's and 70's. They sometimes originated from locations that no other trains came from like Sutton Coldfield, Kensington Olympia, Stirling and Inverness. Loadings could be up to 20 bogies by far the heaviest passenger trains to regularly enter Devon. Newton Abbot was the main destination in Devon but there was also a small somewhat makeshift terminal at Totnes which required loading from the actual platform. Not sure of the origin of this picture or why everyone drove a white mini! Glorious Devon with our own special 'Liquid Sunshi
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