08/03/21 57312 hauling 10302, 11299, 11302, 12232, 12302, 12448, 12450, 82202 from Worksop
10/03/21 66716 hauling 41046, 42124, 42230, 44085 from Gascoigne Wood
11/03/21 57312 hauling 40742, 41064, 42106, 42134, 42180, 42181, 42188 from Ely
12/03/21 57305 hauling 321347 - 78131 63105 71991 78280 and 321363 - 78147 63121 72007 78296 from Parkstone Quay
My photos are of 5Q76 pasing Ashbury Crossing this afternoon on time - view of 57305 + aforementioned coaches and a rear view as the train heads west for Newport [via Swindon and Bristol (Parkway)]
P.S. In total, 27 vehicles from four different locations have made their last journey this week.
and 23 such trains this year!
Exe Estuary (4)
The late John Vines
Best wishes, Andrew Vines.
Dr.] Brian Jeffery
I was there on that fateful day 7 September 1963. My parents had a house in nearby Sampford Peverell. I was 24 at the time, and that might well be me:
- the young fellow standing to the left of the engine in the fifth photo counting backwards from your section WALKING THE HEMYOCK BRANCH.
- Also in the sixth photo counting backwards from your section WALKING THE HEMYOCK BRANCH, just to the right of the engine,
- and in the eighth photo counting backwards from your section WALKING THE HEMYOCK BRANCH, just to the right of the engine.
Someone there was selling photocopies of the timetable from the FIRST day of the Hemyock line on 29 May 1876, and I still have it, I’m looking at it as I write.
I remember that at Tiverton Junction that day they CHARGED for parking whereas normally they didn’t charge, scandalous I thought. I slightly knew Sir David McKenna who was Assistant General Manager of Southern Region at the time when the Bluebell Line was being sold off and I said to him: “I hope you are going to sell it to them at a low price?” and he replied “Oh no, we are going to charge them the highest price we can get”.
The other thing that I remember about the Hemyock line was that when it got to a level crossing the driver got out and opened the crossing for the train and drove through and then stopped, and then the guard got out and opened the crossing to let people and vehicles through.
I also think I remember that the carriage had gas lighting and that someone – I don’t remember who – told me that it was because the train never got up enough speed to feed a battery for electric.
And that after the line closed they bulldozed a station (at Culmstock? Or Uffculme?) and someone wrote “What a pity, it would have made a lovely little house for someone.”
I once arrived at Tiverton Junction from London via Taunton: “The train at platform X”, for “Wellinton, Buurlescumbe, sam´frd Pevrell ‘alt, Tiv’ton junction . . . “ and there caught the connection to Tiverton where I had two hours to wait for the bus to Sampford Peverell. I asked a policeman if there was anywhere to get a coffee and he replied “Tiverton ’arnt no raring metropolis like”.
Another time I arrived at Sampford Peverell Halt at night and when the train departed the guard collected the oil lamp which had been on the platform.
Dr Brian Jeffery