Late yesterday afternoon news reached me that a pair of class 20 locos had been dispatched from Derby to West Ealing to move three High Output Ballast Cleaner (HOBC) vehicles to Westbury. The locos in question, 20118 and 20132 are owned by Harry Needle Railroad Company and were crewed by Devon and Cornwall Railways staff, DCR being the train operator. 20118 is no stranger to the West Country as it was based at the South Devon Railway for several years in preservation before sale to HNRC in 2010.
On 2nd May 1994 20118 and 20131 worked Hertfordshire Railtours' 'Big E' tour from Paddington to Exeter St Davids for the Exeter Rail Fair. I remember waiting at Fairwood Junction to photograph this train but, following the failure of 37407 at Castle Cary on the 0900 Bristol Temple Meads-Weymouth (rescued by 37227 that was sent light from Westbury to assist) the tour was re-routed from Heywood Road Junction via Bradford-on-Avon, Bristol and Bridgwater. Of course, in 1994 there were no mobile phones so after waiting for over 2 hours defeat was admitted and I went from Westbury to Exeter for the Rail Fair on an HST as planned. 20118 and 20131 were later noted but did not return to Paddington, instead they headed north on Pathfinder Tours return 'Torbay Exe-Cursioner' from Paignton to York which they worked as far as Derby.
Best regards, Guy Vincent. Many thanks to you Guy.
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Part 2 of Network Rail Measurement Train
Rolling Stock. By Mick House.
We see a number of Network Rail Measurement Trains visit our area over the years and predominantly the photos that have been taken are of the Locomotives that bring the trains down, but what of the rolling stock that is within the train!
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Westbury & Castle Cary
Many thanks to you Martin.
Kind regards, Paul Barlow. Many thanks Paul