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Garry Morris
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As I recall a number of services included a GUV usually at the London end, in all likelihood this one is actually blue but extremely dirty. Many were re-bogied with B4's? for running consistently at 100mph on the Paddington line. I never saw the use of Syphons like this, maybe they were restricted to 90mph? Class 50's were permitted to 100mph, 47's to 95mph and 52's to 90mph. Having said that I have Secondmanned a Western at 106 mph!

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Here are two more photos from Tiverton Junction in the 1980s both HSTs.

 

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The up 05.19 Penzance to Paddington 'Golden Hind' passes Tiverton Junction formed by set 253030, 24/8/81

 

 

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Set 253031 approaches Tiverton Junction with the 08.00 Plymouth - Paddington service and is signalled through on the up main, 24/8/81 

 

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Celebrity Power Cars have created an amazing amount of interest in recent months as we approach the end of their stint in front line service This one is Harry Patch 43172 (06/05/17) after the Totnes stop on 07.30 Paddington to Plymouth.

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Magnificent images of the bridge at Barnstaple. What a shame it was demolished - and I'd have loved to have heard the Maybach scream as any of the hydraulics climbed up from Knowle to Mortehoe. Wonderful images. Thanks for sharing Nigel.

 

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Matt W

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Three more of the North Devon Line.

 

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Not a particularly good picture of Barnstaple Junction, but perhaps worth posting for the LSWR Platform Lamp and the DMMU waiting to depart for Exeter with the empty newspaper van attached to the rear.

 

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A Type 3 Crompton runs into Eggesford as the Signalman prepares to exchange the single line token with the driver.

 

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There always seemed to be time for a chat in those days.

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Making the Branch Line Society envious is 47 237 (D1914) on rare and rusty track at Hoodown in one of the headshunt sidings. This loco detached from rear of the steam charter from Woking to Kingswear which pulled in to Platform 2. A maneuver then took place to get the support coach off the front of the train by Royal Scot by propelling the coach around the run round loop and onto onto the 47. The Scot then went into the bay to await departure to Churston for turning. The 47 then added the coach to the Paignton end of the coaching stock, ran round to the other end and propelled the set back into the long Hoodown siding by the running line. Meanwhile the service train arrived. Royal Scot left and the 47 and full rake pulled in to the bay platform (1). It all made for good entertainment and a lot of squealing on rusty sidings! 24.6.17

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Three from Okehampton some time after closure in 1972.

 

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3-Car DMMU No B578 arrives with a special train from Exeter.

 

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Despite closure to regular passenger services not much has changed.

 

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Framed by the footbridge B578 waits to depart with the return working for Exeter St Davids.

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Nice to see a Gloucester Cross-country set there. There's another set at Eggesford on the Cornwall Railway Society site (about 1/4 way down this page) but I've not seen many other pictures of them in the area.

I took a ride on the Sunday Rover from Okehampton to Exeter last week (see North Devon line thread), The station still looks surprisingly similar today, but rather tidier - footbridge & rendering painted etc.

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That colour scheme looks faintly like the  C & O of some years ago.  Perhaps some "yardee" (do they still call them that?) took a picture inside at the naming.

 

Keyham sidings don't look long for this world.

 

Brian.

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That colour scheme looks faintly like the  C & O of some years ago.  Perhaps some "yardee" (do they still call them that?) took a picture inside at the naming.

 

Keyham sidings don't look long for this world.

 

Brian.

That "yardee" would have been me three or more years ago!!

 

I will see if the MoD PRO can oblige.

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