I braved the weather and visited to Pinhoe for the monthly visit of the NMT working the 0556 1Q23 Reading - Salisbury - Exeter - Honiton - Salisbury.
Photo 1 shows Castle set 2U20, tailed by 43192 Trematon Castle, working to Cardiff.
In the other direction, XC 1V50, Edinburgh - Plymouth, headed by recently spruced-up 43184.
This was running about 60min late due to bridge problems in the Midlands.
In the event it was terminated at Exeter.
Cheers, Bill Elston.
The End of 1962
Michael L. Roach.
Many railway enthusiasts enjoy poring over railway timetables and no matter how many times you look at a particular table there is always more to be discovered because they are just full of information. This applies equally to the working timetable if you have it or can view it online. The last timetable to show the Plymouth to Launceston branch was dated 10 September 1962 to 16 June 1963 but the line never reached 1963 as the passenger service was withdrawn on and from Monday 31 December 1962. A limited freight service continued for a few years over part of the line. Attached are scans of Table 93 of the public passenger timetable and scans of the equivalent pages of the working timetable which covered exactly the same dates.
ISBN 0 906 867 90 8 The Great Western in South Devon 1990
ISBN 1 901706 19 2 Branch Lines to Launceston and Princetown 1998
ISBN 0 9508754 0 6 The Branch by Bernard Mills 1983
5922, 5924 - 7
MLR / 10 January 2023
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