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  1. Must look at that, and thanks for the tip Alex. It sticks in my memory as I was telling my railway tolerant girlfriend, now my wife of 25 years how bloody lucky we were. Serendipity as today went to Exeter Central from Umberleigh today - super hourly service, personal joy at the jointed track sections, and first class service by GWR staff. Slightly sad at the blue circle cement depot less appearance of Central, and the rusty railheads to Okehampton from Crediton. But the Barney line is in fine fettle. Happy New Year all. Matt W
  2. Nick Ambition outstripped available time - Barnstaple got binned - to be resurrected one day (still have all the stock - buildings etc). Got replaced by the less ambitious 'Tintern Compressed' - see thread in UK Prototype- Railways of Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean. (That shows my geographic inprecision cos it should have been in Railways of Wales). Even that's now been binned and modelling time has been reduced still further by the demands of family life, logistics etc. However, Barnstaple and the North Devon line still hold a fascination for me and place in my affections. Particularly true in the period when milk and clay was coming through from Torrington, and in the Dave Vinsen speedlink era, with a mixture of air braked and vacuum braked stock - with the Ciba Geigy Tanks for South Molton Chipboard factory being a favourite. One day I'll try to Barney justice. In the meantime watching this thread with keenness and the sound of throbbing Sulzers and EE power units in my minds ear. Accompanied by rasping DMUs, twanging signal cables, and bouncing semaphore arms ! Your work looks great - please continue to share. Main thing is for you to enjoy it. Best Wishes Matt
  3. Well Nick - looks like Lapford to me, and the skew bridge and Ambrosia building really locate it. Keep up the good work. Matt
  4. Superb picture, stand there now and it looks very very different. Love the old goods shed, which was dismantled around 92. Must acquire the books you mention cos I know how good the images of the line are on the Cyberheritage website. I started working in Barnstaple in Sept 90, timing my arrival perfectly for the removal of the run round loop under Sticklepath Bridge. Used to use it a fair bit to go to Exeter and onward to other points west then though. The line first fascinated me when we were on holiday in South Molton circa 77- Dad was driving us to Bideford in his MG 1300 and a 25 was chuntering along the causeway from Bideford to Instow with clay wagons. From that day on, anytime we were near the line I'd spend the trip with my eyes glued to the line, including on trips down to Exeter and Dawlish for some real traction and freight variety !
  5. Has Portsmouth Arms north been done Rich, I was hoping I might see some engineering trains heading up to Barnstaple this week. If it's already been CWR'd I suspect not. Beautiful, beautiful line. Matt W
  6. Apologies about the formatting above- my smartphone isn't so smart (user error). Matt W
  7. Search me, they didn't seem to appreciate the bespoke traction and rolling stock.. Yeah, that's cracking , if that lot turned up I'd be delighted. Though they'd come from Okehampton I imagine. Am interested to see what turns up as I thought the bridges north of Yeoford are weight limited. Went for a job interview in Barnstaple in July 1990 and was hauled up there in 2 or 3 Mk1 coaches by a 50 which was either Triumph or Courageous. Earlier that summer had best train ride on the mainline ever from Exeter to Dawlish in a BG - there were two - hauled by a Railfreight distribution 47. Everyone was moaning at the Guard as he came round for tickets. I told him it was the best train journey of my life and I'd happily pay extra. The 47 was roaring and I had the droplight right down to drink in the sound. I see the the line is shut for 2 weeks from 26th October - from Yeoford to Barnstaple while the track is replaced with continuously welded rail. Does that mean 66s or 37s or 20s on engineering trains ? Interested as I don't think anything diesel and bigger than a 50 has been up the line since 1990. Might get my camera out as I'll be in the area. Matt W
  8. Yeah, that's cracking , if that lot turned up I'd be delighted. Though they'd come from Okehampton I imagine. Am interested to see what turns up as I thought the bridges north of Yeoford are weight limited. Went for a job interview in Barnstaple in July 1990 and was hauled up there in 2 or 3 Mk1 coaches by a 50 which was either Triumph or Courageous. Earlier that summer had best train ride on the mainline ever from Exeter to Dawlish in a BG - there were two - hauled by a Railfreight distribution 47. Everyone was moaning at the Guard as he came round for tickets. I told him it was the best train journey of my life and I'd happily pay extra. The 47 was roaring and I had the droplight right down to drink in the sound. I see the the line is shut for 2 weeks from 26th October - from Yeoford to Barnstaple while the track is replaced with continuously welded rail. Does that mean 66s or 37s or 20s on engineering trains ? Interested as I don't think anything diesel and bigger than a 50 has been up the line since 1990. Might get my camera out as I'll be in the area. Matt W
  9. I see the the line is shut for 2 weeks from 26th October - from Yeoford to Barnstaple while the track is replaced with continuously welded rail. Does that mean 66s or 37s or 20s on engineering trains ? Interested as I don't think anything diesel and bigger than a 50 has been up the line since 1990. Might get my camera out as I'll be in the area. Matt W
  10. Exactly Keith. There was also a pile of it just past the plate layers hut by Langstone rock where you drop down on to the beach from the sea wall. Good to know my memory isn't playing tricks. Used to love standing on the footbridge at Dawlish Warren station watching the procession of trains on the 4 track there. There's another picture showing the yellow and blue camping coaches, attributed to Ian Harrison in Strathwoods '70s Spotting Days on the Western Region' of an 08 held in the down platform waiting to scuttle to Newton Abbot. Quite a regular occurrence. All those lovely lower quadrants. Cheers Keith. Matt W
  11. Just looking in Strathwoods 70s Spotting Days Round The West Country, there’s an image on page 17 of Western Pathfinder at the Warren, dated August 74 - and the coaches were an awful sky blue and pale yellow by then. Consistent with the decade style forgot ! I’d go for earlier or later and run 42/43 Warships, or named 50s post 78 when taste prevailed. (or just use rule 1). Looks a good track plan by the way. regards Matt W
  12. I'd love to see those but no link - may have stumbled on them on Flickr as I found some good photos of a peak and a 50 (Hood) passing the Dawlish Warren in 1979 - and which shows a light blue coach in the background. Don't know if anyone else remembers, but there used to be remnants of light bullhead rail next to the footpath from the brick footbridge at Dawlish Warren as far as the plate layers hut which used to be by the Langstone Rock. Always wondered if it dated from the 30s when the GWR laid in a temporary siding as far as where Red Rock cafe is now, to lay down the stone and boulders protecting the railway back to the warren - picture of it in one of my books. Matt W
  13. The camping coaches were faded light blue and yellow in the early 70's - seriously! I think they were replaced late70's/early 80's. I think there was a photo in one of the railway mags of them being taken away by a 31 before the yard connection was taken out. Regards Matt W
  14. Supplement duly ordered and delivered. Worth it for the picture of a train at Brockweir heading towards Tintern alone. Some other wonderful images in there too. Not spotted any of the occaisionaly 'optimistic' DMU ids present in the original first volume. The volumes on the Devon and Somerset look rather tempting. Have to say , with their 'Red Panniers' featuring lots of colour images of my dear departed father, Lightmoor press is my favourite railway publisher. Come to think of it their Ruabon to Barmouth book is a peach too. Keep it up chaps - tboroughly excellent railway publishing. Kind regards Matt Wood
  15. Superb work. Love the Met F class. Have a picture of my dad driving L52 near Rickmansworth hanging on the wall in my living room. Great work, and I love the brake van too. Best regards Matt Wood
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