Michael L. Roach
Marsh Mills Station
On the afternoon of Saturday 15 December 1962 I went to Marsh Mills station to take a couple of photos and see two trains go through. First to appear was small prairie 5568 with two coaches on the 12.40pm SO Launceston to Plymouth. This Saturday extra broke up the long gap on weekdays between the second train of the day (at 10.15am) and the third train (at 5.40pm). I recorded that it was a wet dreary day and the resultant photo of 5568 is not worth showing. Next train to appear was the 2.10pm Plymouth to Tavistock South auto hauled by pannier 6430. From Marsh Mills Station I moved on to Bickleigh Station which was four miles away by rail but further by road.
5850 Here we are looking south at Marsh Mills towards Tavistock Junction and the main line a quarter of a mile away.
5852 The 2.10pm Plymouth to Tavistock South with 6430 hauling two auto coaches.
MLR / 03 December 2022
In 1968 the loco was rebuilt with a larger firebox and converted to a 4-6-2 and moved to Blenheim Palace in 1975 where it was renamed 'Sir Winston Churchill'. It was sold in the 1990s and renamed 'Prince William' and moved to Evesham Vale Light Railway in Worcestershire, but I have no idea of its current where abouts?
Many Thanks Andy
With the temperature at 2c, I made a brief visit to Exminster:-
43004/43010 with the 1100 Cardiff Central to Penzance.
150248/216 with the 1326 Exmouth to Paignton.
66131 1418 Exeter (Riverside) to St Blazey clay empties.
Regards Dave Tozer