Meredith Neiman USA
Michael L. Roach
After visiting Marsh Mills Station on the afternoon of Saturday 15 December 1962 I moved on to Bickleigh Station which was the next staffed station down the line to Tavisock and Launceston. There was no sun, but if there had been sunset would have been around 4,13pm. I saw one train pass through, the 3.05pm Plymouth to Launceston which was scheduled to stop here from 3.24 to 3.27 although nothing passed the other way. The train was hauled by the now preserved 4555. The loco had arrived at Laira Shed on 19 May 1962 and was withdrawn from Laira on 2 December 1963 and sold for preservation on 19 May 1964 – the formal date of exchange of ownership because 4555 actually worked the last passenger train out of Brecon, a railtour, on 2 May 1962 double heading with pannier tank 3690.
I took five photos at a very dull Bickleigh Station in five minutes all at a shutter opening of f2.8 and the three included here were all taken at a shutter speed of one thirtieth of a second
MLR / 03 December 2022