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Laira Open Day 26/9/70. This end of the depot looks like the working end for the day rather than the display end as its full of home allocations. Star of the show was a full Blue Pullman alas not in original livery. More interesting is the Cortina, Traveller and Countryman! Brownie 127 so not very clear I'm afraid. Still enjoy seeing that French designed stylish main shed. Laira must be one of the last depots of it's size to retain all of it's site.

Here is Laira on a normal weekday 10 years later.

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The locos are 46017, 47138, 25080 (on jacks) and 47475, 22/9/80.

Within a month the class 25 would be reallocated to Longsight as the last of the class 25s left the Westcountry,

 

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Here is Laira on a normal weekday 10 years later.

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The locos are 46017, 47138, 25080 (on jacks) and 47475, 22/9/80.

Within a month the class 25 would be reallocated to Longsight as the last of the class 25s left the Westcountry,

 

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That would make a fine model....

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Haven't the WSR got a turntable or triangle at Norton Fitzwarren?

 

Of course, the 'new' triangle at Norton Fitzwarren, and now you mention it (for which many thanks!) do I recall that others use it to turn stock?

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Churston is the next nearest turntable with servicing facility at Paignton. Buckfastleigh has very short sightedly just sold their turntable. A gross misjudgement in my opinion.

Have they sold it for re-use elsewhere or scrap?

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Here is Laira on a normal weekday 10 years later.

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The locos are 46017, 47138, 25080 (on jacks) and 47475, 22/9/80.

Within a month the class 25 would be reallocated to Longsight as the last of the class 25s left the Westcountry,

 

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Nice to see more of LA. 47475 is interesting in that it has already lost its underframe water tanks. I did not realise/remember Class 47s losing them that early.

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Brianusa asked where the nearest turning facility is if Laira and St Blazey were not available.

I would offer Minehead (WSR) and Westbury.

Any other suggestions?

There's also Bristol.

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Today saw the 'Northern Belle' Pullman set enter the South West. Following a trial run of  68016 to Penzance recently both 68016 'Hornet' and 68017 'Fearless' worked todays tour. Here it is powering through Newton Abbot with 016 on the back. I am not sure what the earlier trip to Penzance was for (certainly not gauging and I wouldn't think route learning either?). A touch of the Summer Saturdays was found at Newton Abbot as this train was held for an up Paignton to Exmouth to cross in front of it which had arrived in the Down Relief platform (Platform 1) from Paignton to make way for the up Torbay Express which I believe had followed it. This was good  for the observer as it was on full power in this shot, only noticeable by the shimmering background! The following down service was 7 minutes late as a result. These days Newton Abbot is inadequate at times with only three platforms.

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Bustling Newton Abbot today with another soon to disappear piece of traction in the shape of 143's along with 'The Red Arrows'. Today's visit was the most fun you can have on 20 minutes free parking! At least seven trains came through. 

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Nice pictures from a real station, although a shadow of its former self.  The HSTs hold up well against the more modern 68s which have a certain demonic appearance from the front. 

 

Brian.

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Well, they do look rather cross. What's upset them, I wonder?

 

They're probably from the same thinking that designed todays ugly cars!  Remember when locomotives looked the part and cars were designed to appeal to the senses?  Nowadays they look like a bunch of parts tossed together

There are exceptions of course!

 

Brian.

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On a very enjoyable day by train from Exeter to Okehampton on the sunday only service

I also took a ride on the Dartmoor Railway to Meldon, then walked a small part of the Granite Way.

 

The train service was provided by D4167 formerly 08937 which had previously worked at Meldon under BR ownership 

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D4167 at Okehampton waits to work the 15.25 service to Meldon, 5/6/2016

 

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Spare loco for 'The Dartmouth Express' 11.06.16 is 47760 attached to the back. ( D1617). Seen here shut down deadweight on the down train. The Westcountry Pacific on the front breezed up the bank without a slip on dry rail with a good crew - there is history with these locos! With West Coast Rail this 47 is no stranger to these parts but it was a rare 'cop' in the 60's-90's in its various guises. I note that there are plenty of photographers on the Coast Path.

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