70811 with the 0716 6G97 Liskeard to Westbury running some 86 minutes late at Silverton. This was due to over running engineering works between Newton Abbot and Exeter. The engineers traiin had been held at Totnes for some while passenger services passed it when normal operations resumed. Possibly the overnight heavy rain had been the cause as the fields at Silverton had large lakes of water.
I was amused by Clive Smith's reference this week to 'red pen' entries in notebooks whenever a new loco is 'copped'. For many years I have kept a separate record of locos and units seen around Westbury with a red line indicating this. Usually this only gets amended when a newer loco such as a class 68, 69 or recently imported 66 turns up but today I was able to add a classic class 37, 37510 to the list. During the 1990s this loco was one of just two refurbished 37s painted in Inter City 'Swallow' livery (37685 being the other) and it worked Scottish sleeper trains north of the border. Following takeover of the former BR freight companies by EWS in 1997 loco pools were soon abandoned and they started turning up all over the country in liveries that previously were rarely seen, Loadhaul and IC Swallow being good examples of this. 37510 was later used in France and upon return to the UK was purchased by the Harry Needle Railroad Company who sold it on to DRS at Carlisle. DRS later disposed of the loco to Europhoenix and it is currently on hire to the Rail Operations Group who make good use of it on empty stock movements and other traffic of a short-term nature. 37510 arrived at Westbury at 0041hrs light from East Usk, Newport for stabling only.
Regrettably 37510's stay here was all to brief and this afternoon it departed light engine as 0M57 1545 Westbury - Derby RTC.
See Class 37.co.uk for full life histories of the entire class 37 fleet.
Regards, Guy Vincent
37510 captured passing through Freshford station en-route back to Derby from Westbury this afternoon (12th March 2022) as 0M57 1545 Westbury-Derby RTC.
- a Video still from Charlotte V
A very good family team.
Charlies Gate (B&W)
Andrew and Diane Jones
Please find attached an very unlikely combination even in Southern Railway days, captured in 2014 at Charlies Gate on the Bodmin line.
30585 was designed by Joseph Beattie and built by Beyer Peacock in 1874 originally numbered 314 in 1874 followed by 0314 in 1901, again in 1935 as 3314 and finally on nationalisation in 1948 as 30585.
Although this locomotive spent many years on the Wenfordbridge branch it was originally based in London on suburban services, before being modernised and transferred to work on the Exmouth and Sidmouth branch lines between 1889 and 1894. In 1895 314 was transferred with sister locomotives 298 and 329 to work the clays from Wenford bridge. It was noted in 1958 that the class was the oldest design still in use at that time, eventually being withdrawn in 1962.
The T9 30120 belongs to a similar era but introduced on express passenger duty within the LSWR, designed by Dugald Drummond, capable of speeds up to 85 mph and nicknamed ‘Greyhounds’
30120 was eventually withdrawn in 1963 and claimed by the National Railway Museum.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
I was on this trip to commemorate the Locomotive Exchanges of 1948 not long after the new unified Railways had been formed to British Railways.
This was the Trip from London Waterloo to Exeter down the old South Western Main Line. It took place on the 1st June 2008.
It didn't go as smoothly as it should have been as on the way down, we were diverted from Yeovil Junction and dragged back to Castle Cary on the Great Western Main Line to go forward to Exeter. We then got delayed again by a service train and put into the Tiverton Loop for about twenty minutes. The old platform edging can be seen here.
On the Way back we were Diesel Hauled to Yeovil to pick our Steam Locomotive and at the end instead of running into Waterloo the trip was curtailed at Clapham Junction
The Locomotives involved on the Outward trip was 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and the return 60019 A4 Bittern.
Hope this finds you well.
With best wishes,
Despite horrendous weather conditions twenty five members turned out to enjoy the portrayal of the 'Railways of Wessex' by Peter Triggs. Peters evening, at which we saw a wide variety of railway scenes punctured by a few 'female forms', was further spliced up by question and answer sessions where rewards of 'Quality Street' sweets being presented for successful answers. A very enjoyable evening for all - many many thanks to Peter Triggs for a masterful show.