Sadly as I write they had got no further than Taunton. Stopped here due to the second fatality in two days on the Taunton to Exeter line. GWR diverts again via Honiton.
When will they wake up and put the extra passing points in.
Andrew Triggs David Tozer Paul Barlow Bill Elston & Roger Winnen
3 shots of todays Class 20 run from Derby to Plymouth, which ran as 0V16 which ran as the OV16 11.16 Derby RTC Network Rail Loram Driver Refresher run, arriving 45 early at 16.45. Good to see and chat with Roger today
All the Best
Two Class 20s 20007 and 20205 ran today on the Loram Rail route learning trip, after an overnight stay it returns back home tomorrow. It is many years since one of these engines were seen on the main line in the South West. 20007 formally D8007 was built nearly 63 years ago in September 1957, 20205 followed ten years later in March 1967.
The last steam locomotive to receive an overhaul at the works was small prairie tank number 4566 of Penzance Shed in June and July 1960. The loco left the works on Wednesday 15 July 1960 in a ceremony which was attended by local dignitaries and reported in the local press. Two weeks earlier on 3 July there were 6 locos in the works including 2 Castles. The choice of 4566 as the last loco to go through the works was a masterstroke because the loco had been sent new to Newton Abbot as its first shed in October 1924 immediately after construction. 4566 was transferred from Penzance to Laira Shed, Plymouth in October 1961 and withdrawn from there in April 1962. Sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard at Barry the loco was saved for preservation on the Severn Railway Railway arriving there in August 1970. So this is a notable year for 4566 being 60 years since it left Newton Abbot Works and 50 years since it arrived on the Severn Valley Railway.
What of 4566 in the year 2020. The loco still resides on the Severn Valley Railway where she is stored in The Engine House at Highley awaiting an overhaul. 4566 was last steamed on 2 January 2017 when the loco made two return trips between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, and performed very well. Its a little over four years until 4566 celebrates its 100th birthday. Lets hope that the overhaul can be completed in time for this wonderful little locomotive to celebrate its centenary in steam and earning its living on passenger trains. I am obliged to David Cook of The 4566 Group, owners of the locomotive, for assistance in writing this article and for providing the photographs.
Another veteran of the steam era with strong connections to South Devon is the coal-fired paddle steamer Kingswear Castle built by Philip & Son on the banks of the River Dart. The ship is back where it belongs doing the pleasure trips it was designed for between Dartmouth and Totnes. The steamer entered service in 1924 and will also celebrate its 100th birthday in 4 years time.
Michael L Roach 10 July 2020
I'm not sure if the first one with 6845 Paviland Grange is a before or after shot as it looks likely 4566 is not in steam! Whilst the classic ex-works photograph taken by Peter Gray (front three quarter view) has been seen many times I think the second one I have submitted with the crew posing is the better one but that is just my opinion!
Regards, David Cook (4566 Group)
All the Best, Andrew
This has fallen under my radar for prior research, so I have rushed the information through as quickly as I possibly can. Two Class 20's 20007 and 20205 are currently on their way from Derby RTC to Plymouth light engine, the times are: *Wednesday 15th July 0V16 Derby RTC to Plymouth* https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/K26444/2020-07-15/detailed *Thursday 16th July 0M16 Plymouth to Derby RTC* https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/K36866/2020-07-16/detailed The return although under an 0 headcode has a trailing load of 245 tonnes? Regards Karl (The Friends Of Penmere Station).