Now to Martin Scane's photos of the Royal Train and support loco D1010 at Trowbridge. On 2nd June 1966 D1010 worked the train to Yeovil, then presumably as ECS back to Westbury before returning to Frome for the evening pick-up of the royal party. I've a picture in an Ian Allan book taken early in the evening of the ECS at Clink Road Jcn, about to go into Frome with D1010 displaying headcode 1X00. At Frome D1010 would have run-round before setting off to Holt Jcn. A further photo in another book shows D1041 at Hawkeridge, dated 3rd June 1966 so confirming when Martin made his sightings and that D1010 must have followed the train to Castle Cary, displaying headcode 0Z00. The two locations near Trowbridge are fairly close to each other and the bright sun on D1010 from the right suggests early to mid-morning. Sun would not have affected the photo of D1041 so much due to being in a cutting at that point.
Just 4 weeks beforehand on May 7th 1966 D1010 had made it's record-breaking non-stop run from Paddington to Penzance hauling a 6 coach special 1Z40 0735 Paddington - Penzance run by Ian Allan Ltd. See Six Bells Junction for info and pictures.
Wonderful locos, great stories..
So thanks to Andrew we bring you these pictures.
Isle of Wight CRS
City of Truro
As you’ve covered before, D1660 was named City of Truro on 8th June 1965. I did once get agreement from the management of the West Briton to go through their archives, but was never able to make the appointment. Is anyone ever going to come up with a picture from that event??