Just to be pedantic on the subject. I was a regular visitor the Newton Abbot on a Sunday and one of the tasks for a group of us was to visit the Works which was closed and locked up. Part of the works which was furthest from the station had a dead road which was a single line extending for some way towards Teignmouth beyond the main building. Although the Workshops was locked and barred the gate to the whole complex of Works and Shed was never closed. By gaining access we found that there were a row of windows on the back side of the building and that there were outward hopper windows at the top which was never secured. The process was to stand on the window sill and prise open the window and then read off the engine numbers and gradually work your way along until you were able to read the lot.
Reference to 4566 being the last steam loco to be outshopped this is not correct. 4566 was a prime candidate for BEING THE LAST as it could be painted Green and was a pleasant sight when presented to the public and media. You will notice that the presentation to the public and media was not in the workshops but outside the shed area FOR A VERY GOOD REASON. 4566 looked magnificent in the lined green livery even if a bit overdone BUT inside the works was still a flat top class 587xx Pannier which wasn’t to be repainted and if it was it would need to be black and it would not have been so impressive as a green outlined locomotive. From memory, and I may be wrong, the locomotive was 5775 which is an easy number to remember.
Roy Hart (Rangoon)
I note that pannier tank 5775 was a Pontypool Road engine from 1956 until withdrawal in 1963. Odd (but not impossible) that she was not repaired at nearby Caerphilly works, which were still going strong in 1963.
Regards Keith Turley.
After working yesterday's ' Welshman ' railtour, Royal Scot 46100 worked the ecs from Kingswear back to Crewe today,
and is seen here passing Norton Fitzwarren with 47805 bringing up the rear. One wonders at the cost of such a move !
Something to ponder over what could have been arranged?
Best Wishes, Bill Elston
This shot is taken from the bridge that carried the former Midland Railway line over the Great Western route at Lawrence Hill and on owards Temple Meads.