RailAdventure 43480 & 43468 + 9 former XC Mk3s - 42378, 42373, 42376, 45004, 42372, 42368, 45001, 42371, 44072.
Barbara and Trevor Tremethick
I am sending these knowing you have a meeting tonight, but hopefully you will look at them tomorrow.
Apart from a couple of rain showers, and a half-hour in the road works approaching the town centre, a perfect Autumn day. 5Z25 came through Teignmouth 9 minutes early. I have given you both ends, but don’t ask what the numbers were, I couldn’t see any, and neither could Barbara who was waiting with a notebook and pen. The driver of 5Z26 (whose cool shades you may be able to see in the photograph) gave two or three toots to announce his appearance (slightly early), which were appreciated by me!
You ask whether there will still be ‘Laira Depot’ post-HST. My answer is I don’t know, but I hope so. I keep hearing mutterings of closure but, if it were to happen, my questions are these:
- Where would they put the trains on a Sunday, when Laira is full (not with HSTs but mainly IETs)?
- Where would they put the trains that start and finish at Plymouth?
- During rail strikes, Laira is full. The current ones haven’t even finished yet! What will they do?
- Suppose there is another pandemic?
As the Yanks would say (and I have quoted them before) “Go figure”.....
Best Wishes Keith and Roger
A trip to Devon to capture the Rail Adventure Power Cars removing the remaining Cross Country Mk3s from Laira T&RSMD to Cheddesden Sidings, running as 5Z25/5Z26 in 2+9 formations, with the Sun bright above affecting the 'Up' shots available, it wasn't the easiest of subjects to capture to be honest, but History was recorded
All the Best
Stock Moves from Laira to Chaddesdon
Sidings photo at Dawlish Warren etc
1Z63 5726 1436 Laira T&RSMD -Chaddesden Sdgs
5Z 25 1358 Laira T&RSMD - Chaddesdon Sdgs
Clear Out Continues
Guy and Cathy Vincent
Regards Keith Turley,