The Royal Wessex
Locos Used 35028 'Clan Line' , 37778.Route :
47778 - Didcot Parkway
35028 Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Chippenham - Melksham - Westbury - Castle Cary - Yeovil Pen Mill
47778? Yeovil Pen Mill - Dorchester South - Weymouth?
47778 Weymouth - Yeovil Pen Mill?
35028 Yeovil Pen Mill - Didcot Parkway?
?47778 Didcot Parkway
The above courtesy of Six Bells Junction.
BT Regrets delay 'Normal Service Resumed' today at 16.00hrs
Regards, Clive Smith.
N.B. Bittaford Platform closed 2nd March 1959 was in a shallow cutting beyond the end of the viaduct which the Voyager is crossing to the extreme left of this picture.
I was sorting our some bits and pieces and came across an image taken by my father and paper cutting, from the Western Evening Herald, going back almost exactly 43 years ago. The occasion was the first official run of a, then new, HST set into Plymouth and my dad took my brother and I in, to see it arrive. I would have been twelve at the time, as can be evidenced by my handwriting! The first time I heard a HST rev up it was like hearing a jet versus a old prop plane, i.e. it was the sound of the future. I do not think any of us realised, that the units would still be around all this time later, albeit modified with new engines etc. Look at how much interest it generated!
I recall it was a wet and cold day, somewhat different to the Easter we are currently experiencing. Hope you are all keeping safe.
Please use if you see fit.
Best wishes Andy, Andrew Rigler
Manager UK & IRL