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..and departing Paignton a few minutes later.

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...and waiting to go, with many onlookers (despite appearances in this shot).  

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DRS locos could spend some time in the washer!:o

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36 minutes ago, brianusa said:

DRS locos could spend some time in the washer!:o

     Brian

That said, the coaching stock was (mostly) cleaned to a very high standard, as I think you see in Garry's photos. It was very strange seeing an air-con Mk2 rake in blue-grey with an interposed Mk1 restaurant car again after all these years. 

((I'm tactfully ignoring the generator coach and the strengthening coaches at the other end of the rake!)

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Agreed the rest of the train looked good but in this day and age generally the traction as well as locos are usually immaculate:mellow:

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8 hours ago, brianusa said:

DRS locos could spend some time in the washer!:o

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Given the choice of out earning money or sat on depot being cleaned, which one would you choose?

 

DRS do work their locos quite hard meaning not much downtime.

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And so to the end. Sir Kenneth Grange gets the last rites in the the memorial garden at Laira. Many a loco has departed on Lipson No.4 road. Next stop is to be stuffed and mounted in the NRM. Would like to know the mileage. Two careful owners from new!

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33 minutes ago, Garry Morris said:

Many a loco has departed on Lipson No.4 road.

 

Indeed they have, I have taken one complete 2+9 set and back to back power cars away from 4 Lipson on their final journeys off lease from GWR.

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6975 now resident on the Kingswear line gets acquainted with Torbay siding. The stock of a railtour behind it. Was the Torbay Express stock stored in this siding?

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On this day in 1983 I made a trip up to Barnstaple, and took a few photos while I was there including the set that brought me back to Exeter.

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BRCW-built Class 118 set P463 waits at Barnstaple to work the 14.28 service to Exmouth. The set is formed of vehicles 51305, 59472, and 51320. 31/10/83

 

A copy of this photo appears in my second book 'Railways of the West of England in the 1980s' by Kevin Redwood. The book contains 60 photos taken across Devon.

 

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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  !

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A Quick bump for the thread.

Sorry no dates or number though.

Goodrington sidings & 1 from Paignton.

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On 03/08/2015 at 20:30, Garry Morris said:

A Short History Of Class 40's in Devon

 

Surprisingly at least 15 Class 40's have appeared in Devon so far. This may not be a complete record because no one person holds all the data! Please post if there are any other 40's that you know have come our way.

 

10/62      D336                  11.30 Liverpool-Penzance

9/10 77   40081+40084     MTK railtour. Paddington - Exeter (2x25 on to Paignton)

16/10/77 40081+40083    Deltic to Devon railtour. Paddington-Newton Abbot (2x33 West)

6/5/78     40118                Cathedrals Express railtour. Cardiff-Exeter

3/12/78   40028                Parkandillack clay working

20/5/82   40126                Exeter Riverside inbound freight service

19/9/82   40025               Western Whistler railtour. Crewe-Plymouth (2x37 to Carne Point)

28/5/84   40057+40135   Devonian railtour. Preston-Paignton and Meldon

16/9/84   40079               The Devon Belle railtour. Swansea-Paignton

24/11/84 40118+40086   Devon Quarryman railtour. Paddington-Meldon

31/8/87   D200                 Desert Songster railtour. Waterloo-Exeter

30/4/94   40012               Display exhibit-Riverside Yard

22/5/04   40145               Western Whistler 2 railtour. Crewe-Plymouth

28/8/06   40145               The Whistle Pixie railtour. Ealing Broadway-Penzance

8/09/07   40145               Devonian railtour. Banbury-Kingswear

20/9/08   40145              Torbay Whistler railtour. Thame Bridge-Kingswear

27/6/09   40145              The Cornish Explorer railtour. Portsmouth Harbour-Penzance

25/5/10   40145              The East Lancs Champion railtour. Crewe- Penzance+ with D1015

 

This photo is of 40057 and 40135 passing the site of the former Hollicombe Gas Works sidings. A creative railtour as this is only a four coach train, the rest of it went to Meldon Quarry, a very popular short train!

 

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Didn't D200 make it to Penzance on at least one occasion?

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A chance encounter of the NMT today at Paignton Station.

 

It was good to see an HST in Paignton once more!

 

 

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On 17/01/2020 at 07:24, rodent279 said:

Didn't D200 make it to Penzance on at least one occasion?


Yes. The Penzance Fryer rail tour from Manchester Victoria on 9/11/85. D200 worked Crewe-Penzance-Stafford. It was the first 40 into Cornwall.

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1 hour ago, Western Aviator said:


Yes. The Penzance Fryer rail tour from Manchester Victoria on 9/11/85. D200 worked Crewe-Penzance-Stafford. It was the first 40 into Cornwall.

I remember it being said it was the first Class 40 into Cornwall but perhaps not according to the list above? Presumably D336 in 1962 came off it’s train no later than Plymouth, but what about 40028 on the Parkandillack working in 1978? Wasn’t that served by the St Blazey circuits not by through trains from elsewhere in the country? If Peaks were permitted into Cornwall presumably so would have been 40s, so requirement to change loco at Plymouth.

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35 minutes ago, brushman47544 said:

I remember it being said it was the first Class 40 into Cornwall but perhaps not according to the list above? Presumably D336 in 1962 came off it’s train no later than Plymouth, but what about 40028 on the Parkandillack working in 1978? Wasn’t that served by the St Blazey circuits not by through trains from elsewhere in the country? If Peaks were permitted into Cornwall presumably so would have been 40s, so requirement to change loco at Plymouth.


There is a photo of D200 on the blocks at Penzance in John Vaughan’s book An Illustrated History of the Cornish Main Line for which the caption states it was the first class 40 to visit Cornwall. Given John's extensive knowledge of, and numerous railway contacts within the county of Cornwall, I think this information is likely to be correct. Had one strayed across the Tamar any earlier, I think he would have been aware of it. 
Whilst I cannot be 100% sure, and in the absence of photographic evidence, the 1978 working with 40028 is likely to refer to a Parkandillack-bound working rather than one that actually got all the way there. I would put good money on it not having got further than Exeter, or Plymouth at a stretch. The same goes for D336 in 1962. Neither of these workings is mentioned on the Cornwall Railway Society website either.
 

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On 18/01/2020 at 10:11, Western Aviator said:


There is a photo of D200 on the blocks at Penzance in John Vaughan’s book An Illustrated History of the Cornish Main Line for which the caption states it was the first class 40 to visit Cornwall. Given John's extensive knowledge of, and numerous railway contacts within the county of Cornwall, I think this information is likely to be correct. Had one strayed across the Tamar any earlier, I think he would have been aware of it. 
 

 

Maybe Terrence Cuneo and Triang had some inside knowledge in 1963

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1 hour ago, Andy Kirkham said:


I wonder if that was supposed to be a D600 but Triang asked him to change it to something more common or widely recognisable? Although perhaps a Class 37 might have made more sense since Triang made one of them...or had they in 1963?

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