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Given that it is at platform 4 The tarpaulined wagon could have originated from Newcourt and is being tripped to Riverside.

Very likely; the military were very keen on Pipes and Tubes (this wagon's an LNER-designed Tube with full drop sides) to carry things such as large,cryptically-labelled , packing cases.

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Interesting you quote the Newcourt turn. My second day as a Secondman (upgraded Traction Trainee) at Exeter 24/9/74 saw me booked on Turn 109 12.15 Riverside yard,7B71 Riverside to Newcourt also shunt Central yard then as said 15.58 to Barnstaple and 17.55 return with driver Bob Dak who I remember was very accomodating of this rookie. A further note off the information board in the movements supervisors office is...Engine then either left for Basingstoke or take to shed. We had 31110 that day.

The traincrew shown for Exeter trip No.9 with effect from 5th May 1975 were turns Exeter 605, 109, 1642, 157.

 

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These sort of photographs say it all for me. 36 years later and we've gone from a 5 coach local offering 1st and 2nd class accommodation and plenty of luggage and cycle space, to a 143 or a 150 if you are lucky. Ah well that's what they call progress isn't it......

 

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Among the other class 31 photos I have taken at Exeter are two taken in the stabling point,

 

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Old Oak Common allocated 31121 stands within the walls of the former steam shed at Exeter St Davids, 5/11/81

 

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31286 was also an Old Oak Common loco by this time, having previously been at Bath Road, and is standing outside the walls of the old steam shed, 5/11/81

 

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31 294 Dawlish Warren. June 1981. I note this one has snow ploughs like the earlier one at NA on Royal. Same one I wonder? I would guess that Devon was visited by every Bath Road allocated 31 but maybe not all the OOC ones. We have covered quite a few on here already? How many went to Bristol Bath Road?

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A personal favourite as mentioned earlier, it was the subject of my first Secondman turn. Here 31110 in Railfreight livery at Newton Abbot on the  Down Relief. 12.85 on engineering build up moves. Obviously some serious re ballasting is due looking at those Sea Lions!

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31 294 Dawlish Warren. June 1981. I note this one has snow ploughs like the earlier one at NA on Royal. Same one I wonder? I would guess that Devon was visited by every Bath Road allocated 31 but maybe not all the OOC ones. We have covered quite a few on here already? How many went to Bristol Bath Road?

I expect you are right about the Bath Road locos all visiting Devon.

I will use the 1979 Ian Allan Locoshed book as an example of the WR class 31 allocation, which was correct as of November 1978

 

Bath Road allocation:- 31135, 31145, 31154, 31158, 31165, 31170, 31210, 31258, 31294, 31401, 31414, 31416, 31419, 31420, 31421, 31422, 31423, 31424.

Old Oak allocation:- 31117, 31118, 31121, 31124, 31131, 31132, 31136, 31163, 31209, 31213, 31230, 31231, 31241, 31254, 31256, 31257, 31260, 31265, 31273, 31286, 31296, 31304, 31412 , 31413, 31415.

There were numerous transfers between BR and OC during the year as well as transfers in and out of the WR.

 

By the way I think you have a typo for post 482 at Goodrington, 31327 was the highest numbered 31/1,

 

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I expect you are right about the Bath Road locos all visiting Devon.

I will use the 1979 Ian Allan Locoshed book as an example of the WR class 31 allocation, which was correct as of November 1978

 

Bath Road allocation:- 31135, 31145, 31154, 31158, 31165, 31170, 31210, 31258, 31294, 31401, 31414, 31416, 31419, 31420, 31421, 31422, 31423, 31424.

Old Oak allocation:- 31117, 31118, 31121, 31124, 31131, 31132, 31136, 31163, 31209, 31213, 31230, 31231, 31241, 31254, 31256, 31257, 31260, 31265, 31273, 31286, 31296, 31304, 31412 , 31413, 31415.

There were numerous transfers between BR and OC during the year as well as transfers in and out of the WR.

 

By the way I think you have a typo for post 482 at Goodrington, 31327 was the highest numbered 31/1,

 

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That's interesting. Looking at the following 31's which passed City Basin Box in May 1983 when I was on duty, there are a few foreign ones.

 

31117/31285/31231/31210/31156/31216/31139/31170/31228/31304/31149/31128/31151/31325/31296/31121/31187/31161. 31260/31195.

 

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At City Basin Box you would have had pairs on the Bitumen trains from off region?

I was there from 1981 to 1983 Garry. By that time the 02.38 Ellsmere Port was tripped to City Basin from Riverside in two parts by the trip pilot. The train engines came off at Riverside. Although I have known the trip workings to be 31 hauled if for some reason a pilot wasn't available.

 

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I was there from 1981 to 1983 Garry. By that time the 02.38 Ellsmere Port was tripped to City Basin from Riverside in two parts by the trip pilot. The train engines came off at Riverside. Although I have known the trip workings to be 31 hauled if for some reason a pilot wasn't available.

 

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Here is the Exeter local trip 08 working the tanks from Riverside Yard to City Basin  in 1981.

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On a grey and drizzly March day 08955 threads the pointwork at the west end of St Davids Station on its way from Riverside Yard to City Basin, 9/3/81

 

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I'm not a fan of Class 31s, but I did look out for OC allocated 31135 with the Hymek style yellow cab windows. Saw it at Reading on vans from the South West on several occasions but did anyone get a photo down that way?

I have a photo of 31135 with the yellow cab windows at Taunton, but my only photo of it in Devon was this one in ordinary BR blue

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31135 passing St Davids on the Down Through Road, 9/3/81

 

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The Blue Pullman, not blue! This set headed up by power car W60093 was an exhibit at Laira Open Day 26/9/70. There were other sets that visited for maintenance? Can anyone confirm this? 

 

Extract from Railcar.co.uk ( Former LMR set 60090 / 60730 / 60740 / 60741 / 60731 / 60091 worked from London to Plymouth on Christmas Eve 1970. It returned empty to Bristol, being piloted over the banks between Plymouth and Exeter by Western D1054. It was back in Plymouth a few days later on the 28th to work the return to London (Kensington), this time piloted as far as Exeter.)

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Two known pictures exist of Pullmans in Devon. One is by Bernard Mills of a Western towing one in snow somewhere between Plymouth and Totnes. The other is one unassisted on Dawlish sea wall published in Modern Railways. Both could relate to the two workings identified.

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Yes thats correct and the reason why they were assisted is because WR Management did'nt think the Blue Pullmans could handle the Devon banks and that's why the Western was provided. 

 

And that is why a potential plan to use the Pullman sets on a Plymouth working (basically they would have worked 'The Golden Hind' according to what I was told) never took off.

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