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In short, what was it?

 

I stumbled on this while browsing the excellent Peter Gray photo collection on Transport Treasury

https://www.transporttreasury.com/f449715166

 

This looks like Ilfracombe

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/ha9a1f6c3#ha9a1ecc7

 

Where's this?

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/ha9a1f6c3#ha9a1ed6a

 

Or this?

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/ha9a1f6c3#ha9a1ed72

 

One image in particular has a great mix. Warship, DMU, two Hymeks, and a Class 8? shunter.

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/ha9a1f6c3#ha9a1eda5

 

It also gets a mention here

"The Exmoor Ranger approaching Torrington, 1965"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/devon/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8364000/8364338.stm

 


 

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1 hour ago, KeithMacdonald said:

Is this Barnstaple Junction looking north? The geography is correct with the bank on the left, and the buildings appear to match, but the only decent photos I can find are of the other end of the station, mostly taken from the Sticklepath road bridge.

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Sorry, quoted wrong bit, with wrong photograph
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So, was the Exmoor Ranger a special for enthusiasts that ran more than once, or to various destinations?

 

Six pics:

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ebca

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ebcc

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ebd0

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ec5e

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ec8d

Here's a link to what the BBC says is "approaching Torrington"

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ecbb

Was it double-headed because there was no turnable anymore at Torrington?

 

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16 minutes ago, KeithMacdonald said:

So, was the Exmoor Ranger a special for enthusiasts that ran more than once, or to various destinations?

 

Here's a link to what the BBC says is "approaching Torrington"

https://www.transporttreasury.com/p25349941/hA9A1ED72#ha9a1ecbb

Was it double-headed because there was no turnable anymore at Torrington?

 

It was a special working, although it may perhaps have run over more than one weekend?

 

There are many photos of the working posted online, which give a false indication of the rail system that year,

 

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After a bit more searching I've found one with a useful caption!

 

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The joint Plymouth Railway Circle and RCTS 'Exmoor Ranger' five coach rail tour visited a number of lines that were due to lose their passenger service on March 27th 1965, including the Halwill to Petrockstow section which had been closed to all traffic four weeks prior to this tour. Ivatt '2MT's Nos. 41206 and 41291 are heading the train at Barnstaple. On shed is Collett '2251' No. 3205, allocated to Exmouth Junction, which will bank the train from Braunton to Morthoe, before taking over for the return from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple and on to Exeter via Dulverton and Taunton. It would be withdrawn shortly afterwards, but was saved for preservation, the only one of its class to survive.

 

https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p1005521121/h67E2CCE0#h67e2cce0

 

BRDatabase says both 41206 and 41291 were based at Exmouth Junction, until June 1965, when they were moved to Templecombe (S&D).

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  • 3 weeks later...

@pb_devon Thanks for that link to Six Bells Junction. Which certainly has great content, and clearly wins prizes for substance over style. ;)

 

After a bit of rummaging through the "heritage-style" navigation, I found what you meant.

 

https://www.sixbellsjunction.co.uk/60s/650327er.html


 

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27th March 1965

Plymouth Railway Circle / R.C.T.S.
The Exmoor Ranger

 

 

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